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American Journey
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Performed by:
The Utah Symphony and
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles

The Boston Pops Orchestra

Co-Produced by:
Ken Wannberg
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(January 15th, 2002)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. The album's international pressings exist under the title "Call of the Champions."
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Buy it... if you seek a safe and impressive collection of many of John Williams' most prominent concert works up to 2002.

Avoid it... if you expect the composer to transcend his predictable sense of Americana spirit and write music that truly merges the sounds of many cultures.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #742
WRITTEN 1/14/02, REVISED 11/20/08
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American Journey: (John Williams) When the people of the United States need a single composer or conductor to rally their spirits, who better than the venerable John Williams? One of the truly interesting aspects of Williams' career since the 1980's has been his ability to balance his artistic skills between both the scoring stage and the concert hall. His soundtracks for feature films are often best-sellers, as are his concert works, which sell equally well to collectors of classical music. He has, more than any other composer, infused modern film music with a sense of classical style, complex layers of orchestration, and a newly defined sense of tradition. With such a diverse resume of popular works, Williams has been called upon several times to write themes for the Olympic Games hosted by the United States. His popular theme for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta was the centerpiece of yet another best-selling album for Williams. In early 2002, with the country's nerves on edge because of the previous year's terrorist attacks, the maestro was called upon once again to lift the American spirit and provide a bold rallying cry for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. The resulting album contains a collection of other concert works of Americana inspiration by Williams, culminating in a product that is simply summarized with title of "American Journey." The album opens with a November, 2001, concert performance of the Olympic theme for Salt Lake City's event, "Call of the Champions" (which was the title of the album in foreign pressings). Unlike "Summon the Heroes," the theme for the 1996 game, "Call of the Champions" is performed by a prevailing local orchestra and choir, adding more depth and local significance to the recording. The piece is an arguably more impressive composition than the 1996 one, though it has lost some of the Roman and Greek-like historical appeal in the brass section that the previous theme featured with nobility. After the main 2002 attraction, the album continues with the six-part inspiration for the title of the album, "American Journey." The twenty-five or so minutes of this work was written for a multimedia presentation assembled for the Millennium celebrations supervised by Steven Spielberg in Washington D.C. a few years prior.

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848 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.24 Stars
***** 202 5 Stars
**** 192 4 Stars
*** 196 3 Stars
** 131 2 Stars
* 127 1 Stars
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John Williams Music Is Too Good For All You Who Just Don't Understand!
Ray Robinson - April 16, 2005, at 12:52 a.m.
1 comment  (1653 views)
not so much stars IMO
cs~TBL - July 23, 2002, at 10:09 a.m.
1 comment  (1861 views)
Call of the Champions rules
Darth Willem - March 9, 2002, at 9:20 a.m.
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I am new to John Williams but...
Chris Cat - March 8, 2002, at 4:15 a.m.
1 comment  (1851 views)
call of the champions
ian - February 26, 2002, at 10:54 a.m.
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explain...   Expand >>
James - February 12, 2002, at 8:59 p.m.
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Newest: February 27, 2002, at 3:24 p.m.by Andrew
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 60:53
• 1. Call of the Champions (The Official Theme of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games) (5:00)
• 2. American Journey: Immigration and Building (5:38)
• 3. American Journey: The Country at War (3:22)
• 4. American Journey: Popular Entertainment (2:29)
• 5. American Journey: Sports and Celebrities (2:37)
• 6. American Journey: Civil Rights and The Woman's Movement (3:26)
• 7. American Journey: Technology and Flight (7:09)
• 8. Song for World Peace (4:41)
• 9. Jubilee 350 (3:44)
• 10. The Mission Theme (Theme for NBC News) (3:30)
• 11. For New York (Variations on Themes of Leonard Bernstein) (3:02)
• 12. Sound the Bells! (2:50)
• 13. Hymn to New England (3:11)
• 14. Celebrate Discovery (3:50)
• 15. Summon the Heroes (The Official Theme of the 1996 Olympic Summer Games) (6:16)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive credits and a note about each selection by Jackson Braider of WGBH Radio.
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