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Comments about the soundtrack for Jurassic Park (John Williams)
Best of the best.

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Best of the best.   Friday, July 20, 2001 (10:46 p.m.) 

This is the soundtrack that turned me on to movie scores. I saw Jurassic Park as a sophomore in high school, and spent the entire summer enthralled by what I had seen. Like, full obsession. The movie captured my imagination in a way that no movie ever had, and, for the first time that I recall, the musical score played a large part. I remember being upstairs at home, and the commercial for the film would come on downstairs... I'd come running, because I knew what that music meant. The first movie in this series is pure magic, and the score is just as awe-inspiring as the effects which amazed us all eight years ago.

The JP theme is majestic and beautiful... and sort of moves with the same lumbering grace of the larger beasties in the film (though it best fits the brachiosaurs). To this day, when I hear the theme, I am brought back to my first glimpse of the brachiosaur feeding from its tree, and I am reminded of how stunned and mystified I was the first time I saw what Dr. Grant and crew saw -- perhaps I'm silly, but this cinema moment is (to a dino-lover like myself) deeply moving, and the music pulls no stops to convey that fact. Meanwhile, Journey to the Island mixes this sound with the adventurous tones of Indiana Jones, setting the audience up for the ride of their lives. It retains the beauty of the main theme, but adds heavy doses of thrill-seeking. The bells and choirs add to this grandeur, and provide a momentum that subtly holds the entire piece aloft.

The rest of the music on this disc is clever and thoughtful... sometimes sappy, sometimes aggressive, and always manipulative (in that fabulous Spielberg/Williams way). You will be made to feel exactly as you're supposed to, and you'll be powerless to stop it. That's what music is meant to do, and this soundtrack succeeds on a level that no other (even Star Wars, dare I say it) has ever done. Faint glimpses of the main themes appear at the right time, generally as punctuation, and handily ramp up the audience's excitement when called on. The non-thematic tracks are also very nice. Dennis Steals the Embryo has a very gritty synth feel that matches its source, and Petticoat Lane is, easily, the best part of what was a very lame scene in the movie. The only weak point on the entire album is the second half of My Friend the Brachiosaur, which, after a grand start, lapses into silly Disney fare. A minor point on a soundtrack of such exceptional caliber.

No score enthusiast should be without this disc. It will simultaneously remind you of why, precisely, you like movies so much... and why you like music so much. Easily a crown jewel in my collection.

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Jurassic Park musical score   Tuesday, July 31, 2001 (1:21 a.m.) 

The movie Jurassic Park was in my opinion one of the greatest movies of all time. In the same way the score was one of the greatest orchestral masterpices that i think i will ever hear as long as i live. I am somewhat partial to John Williams who has given us musical scores like: the Star WArs trilogy, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indianna Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indianna Jones and the Last Crusade, Home Alone, Saving Private Ryan, and also the creative genius that breathed new life into the Boston Pops after the great Arthur Fiedler passed away. In 1979 John Williams became the director and brought them back to being the most respected, loved, and treasured orchestra anywhere. I wish there were words that could convey what John Williams and his music have given to me and my life. Thank YOU John... Thank YOU so very much... and GOD Bless you...

Chuck
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Jurassic Park soundtrack   Wednesday, March 20, 2002 (6:50 p.m.) 

Jurassic Park is an incredible movie. John Williams did an excellent job in capturing the majestic awe of movie and putting it to music. Journey to the Island and Welcome to Jurassic Park are awesome pieces of work that should go down as classics. John, I don't know how, but you've done it again, living up to standards only you could set in the soundtracks of other great movies such as Star Wars and E.T.


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Re: Jurassic Park soundtrack   Wednesday, April 14, 2004 (8:59 p.m.) 

> Jurassic Park is an incredible movie. John Williams did an excellent job
> in capturing the majestic awe of movie and putting it to music. Journey to
> the Island and Welcome to Jurassic Park are awesome pieces of work that
> should go down as classics. John, I don't know how, but you've done it
> again, living up to standards only you could set in the soundtracks of
> other great movies such as Star Wars and E.T.

Jurassic Park is without a doubt the most well done movie ever created. Especially my hopes of getting a Palontology degree and the awesome ideas this movie generates. GJ John, God Bless.

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