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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Herbert Spencer

2000 Decca Album Produced by:
Laurent Bouzereau

2000 Re-Recording Produced by:
Robert Townson

2000 Re-Recording Conducted by:
Joel McNeely

2000 Re-Recording Performed by:
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MCA Records
(April 21st, 1992)

(July 11th, 2000)

Varèse Sarabande
(September 12th, 2000)
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All of the albums are regular U.S. releases and can be readily found for reasonable prices.
Winner of an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Grammy Award, and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... on the 2000 Decca album if you seek to conduct a definitive study of one of the most effective film scores of all time, or on the 2000 re-recording if you want to hear that classic music translated decently into digital sound.

Avoid it... on all the albums if you recognize, like many John Williams collectors do, that it is a great score in the context of the film, but not the most pleasant or cohesive listening experience on album.
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WRITTEN 3/23/03, REVISED 3/25/09
Jaws: (John Williams) The first film to ever gross more than $100 million, Jaws also represented the mainstream debut of director Steven Spielberg. An incredibly well conceived concept and outstanding screenplay scared audiences in such a timeless fashion that the film is still effectively terrifying more than thirty years after its release. Another reason for the film's great memorability relates to its striking score by composer John Williams, who had previously worked with Spielberg on Sugarland Express. When Williams first invited the director to his studio and played on a piano the two-note theme he had conjured to represent the great white shark in Jaws, Spielberg responded by saying something along the lines of "you're kidding, right?" Fortunately for both, Williams wasn't kidding, and thus was born a film music and silver screen legend. Spielberg was still an up and coming director, with only a few small, successful films under his belt, but Williams was already an Academy Award winner and the composer of choice for large-scale disaster films. His popular scores of the early 1970's for The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake, and, most notably, The Towering Inferno had offered a glimpse of the symphonic rebirth that Williams was initiating in Hollywood at the time. He would go on to earn Academy Award wins for both Jaws and Star Wars within a two year span, elevating him to a status of the top composer of the 1970's. The production of Jaws was a near disaster during its shooting, mostly due to "Bruce," the mechanical shark that was useless 90% of the time, and Spielberg was counting on a strong score with a dark and sweeping identity to help save the production. Such was the reason for Spielberg's surprise when Williams produced a title theme consisting of a repeating two-note phrase. On the piano, it sounded silly, but when performed by the large string section of an orchestra, both men were surprised by the monstrous thematic creation they had stumbled upon. There is no serious debate about the functionality of the music in the film. Part of the film's dominant success was due, directly, to its relatively deceptive use of music, however.

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Oddly, I prefer the '92 release   Expand >>
Michael - December 30, 2007, at 9:57 a.m.
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Newest: November 5, 2011, at 11:23 Faleel
Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - April 12, 2007, at 9:26 a.m.
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query..?   Expand >>
pablo - July 13, 2006, at 2:49 a.m.
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Infinite parodies of Williams' theme
Julio Gomez - March 4, 2005, at 3:52 p.m.
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y cant i listen to the damn music   Expand >>
bill johnson - January 27, 2005, at 2:02 p.m.
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Newest: July 4, 2005, at 5:53 Silvester
i apologize for giving wrong information
S.Venkatnarayanan - January 17, 2005, at 10:55 p.m.
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1992 MCA Records Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 35:12
• 1. Main Title (Theme From 'Jaws') (2:18)
• 2. Chrissie's Death (1:39)
• 3. Promenade (Tourists on the Menu) (2:46)
• 4. Out to Sea (2:26)
• 5. The Indianapolis Story (2:23)
• 6. Sea Attack Number One (5:23)
• 7. One Barrel Chase (3:04)
• 8. Preparing the Cage (3:23)
• 9. Night Search (3:29)
• 10. The Underwater Siege (3:31)
• 11. Hand to Hand Combat (2:32)
• 12. End Title (Theme From 'Jaws') (2:18)
2000 Decca Records Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 51:17
2000 Varèse Sarabande Re-Recording Tracks   ▼Total Time: 51:09

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The packaging of all of the albums is extensive; all are very informative about the film and score. The 2000 Re-recording contains the complete score with cues in the order in which they appeared in the film; Jown Williams rearranged the other two albums' cues to his liking. The 2000 re-recording album's liner does contain a few errors in the track title names during its commentary by Michael McDonagh and Robert Townson. The Decca album contains notes from Williams, Spielberg, and music producer Laurent Bouzereau.
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