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Amazon
(1997)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Alan Williams

Orchestrated by:
Larry Rench

Performances by:
Brice Martin
Alan Vavrin
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hybrid Records
(April 9th, 1998)
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The album was a limited commercial release in the summer of 1998, available through some regular outlets but distributed more reliably through soundtrack specialty stores.
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Buy it... if you can't get enough of that huge IMAX sound to go along with the visuals, with fully symphonic and choral passages accentuated by brilliantly mixed ethnic percussion and woodwind solos.

Avoid it... if, as is the case with Alan Williams' subsequent IMAX score for Island of the Sharks, you simply can't get beyond the temp track adaptations that will be obvious to any film music collector.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,114
WRITTEN 8/21/98, REVISED 2/18/08
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Amazon: (Alan Williams) The 1997 IMAX production Amazon was nominated for an Academy Award for its uniquely beautiful visuals and deference to the cultures of the South American region. As film music collectors well realize, IMAX films often inspire the best and most memorable scores from lesser known composers, and Alan Williams is one such regular to the genre. In the late 1990's, Williams introduced himself to many soundtrack collections with a pair of scores for IMAX films in the sub-tropics that both excelled at their task of providing expansive, melodic music to accompany the stunning visuals. Between Amazon and Island of the Sharks the following year, Williams brought IMAX music to a level of popularity that he would struggle to maintain in subsequent years, though the lack of a continuation of the same recognition for his endeavors does not in any way cheapen these two earlier entries. As expected, Amazon features orchestral, ethnically percussive, and vocal performances of epic proportions, equaling the grand scope of the film. As would be the case with Island of the Sharks, you get an impression from the finished score that Williams was guided by some obvious temp track usage. Interestingly, many of the same sources of inspiration guide both scores, including the expansively melodic sound of John Barry in the themes and the percussion and electronics of Jerry Goldsmith in the rolling rhythms in between. The title theme for Amazon is without a doubt a variation, in many ways, on James Newton Howard's main title for Waterworld, with the entire sequence of the opening theme from the 1994 score adapted for usage here. A nearly identical bed of deep percussion leads to a weighty brass and string theme unmistakable from Waterworld, even down to the interlude for flute that draws the theme down from its crescendo. Regardless of its origins, it is a very effective and encompassing theme, and in many ways, it is an even better orchestration than that heard in Howard's Waterworld. Once you get past that theme, which is performed in full twice more in "Flight" and "End Credits," the score for Amazon hides its influences far better.



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Average: 3.58 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 41:12
• 1. Amazon (1:54)
• 2. Mamani (3:18)
• 3. The Journey Begins (3:26)
• 4. Bolivian Village (1:44)
• 5. The Rain/Searching for Herbs (3:09)
• 6. Animal Montage (2:05)
• 7. Underwater (1:41)
• 8. The River (2:16)
• 9. Flight (1:47)
• 10. Faces from the Past (2:17)
• 11. The Zoe (3:01)
• 12. Mamani Arrives (3:49)
• 13. The Dart of Death (1:32)
• 14. The Village (2:16)
• 15. Meeting at the Market (2:26)
• 16. Journey's End (2:22)
• 17. End Credits (2:07)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a short description of the film and the following note from Williams:
    "The first time that director Kieth Merrill showed me Amazon, I knew that it was a special film. The beauty of the rainforest and the majesty of the river provided a canvas to create lush musical textures and sweeping melodies.

    The combination of the traditional orchestra along with ethnic woodwinds, percussion and choir, created a musical tapestry as rich as the rainforest itself.

    I thank Kieth for the stunning visual images which stimulated my emotions and led to the music of the Amazon."
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