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JFK
(1991)
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Composed, Conducted, Orchestrated and Produced by:

Performed by:
Soloists of the Boston Pops Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Elektra Entertainment
(January 21st, 1992)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 1998 and difficult to find in retail stores.
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Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... only if the beautiful title theme heard over the prologue of the film is worth the price of an album littered with questionable source music and highly synthetic, turbulent suspense cues.

Avoid it... if you expect any consistency in the listening experience, free of intentional, synthetic dissonance at the conclusion of the majority of thematic performances.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #381
WRITTEN 6/2/98, REVISED 5/10/07
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JFK: (John Williams) Among Oliver Stone's historical, political dramas, none was received with such controversy and spin as JFK in 1992. While the film's examination of the conspiracy behind the assassination of the iconic American president wasn't meant to be considered "the truth," many attempted to twist it as such, further heightening the film's popularity. The film's settings alternate between images powerful to American heritage and the smaller, seedier sides of its culture, creating a dramatic swing of emotions necessary for composer John Williams to address. His score would have to convey the nobility of "Camelot" while suffering the task of mourning the death, sparking tension for the obsessive investigation, and offering a glimpse of life and hope in tender character themes. Ultimately, Williams' task would be aided by the use of considerable source music in the film, servicing Stone's immediate needs for each scene quite well. But in the overall scheme, JFK is a classic example of a score that functions well in context but quite badly on album. His tribute to Kennedy in the form of the film's title theme is really the extent of the memorable success for JFK, placing itself well in Williams' concert performances and at the start of the album. Mirroring the sound of a military funeral, the primary theme opens with traditional snare salutes and Tim Morrison's noble trumpet solos. The full ensemble performances of this theme are a spectacular entry in Williams' career, oozing with respect with each carefully placed snare roll and bass string swell. In the film, the theme would see sparing use, though in traditional fashion, Williams didn't forget to adapt the theme into several variants to expand the album's running time.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 64:16
• 1. Prologue (4:00)
• 2. The Motorcade (5:14)
• 3. Drummers' Salute - traditional adaptation (2:55)
• 4. Theme from J.F.K. (2:23)
• 5. Eternal Father, Strong to Save (For Those in Peril on the Sea) - traditional (1:19)
• 6. Garrison's Obession (2:33)
• 7. On the Sunny Side of the Street - performed by Sidney Bechet (4:13)
• 8. The Conspirators (4:04)
• 9. The Death of David Ferrie (2:47)
• 10. Maybe Sepetember - performed by Tony Bennett (4:03)
• 11. Garrison Family Theme (2:14)
• 12. Ode to Buckwheat - performed by Brent Lewis (3:54)
• 13. El Watusi - performed by Ray Barretto (2:41)
• 14. The Witnesses (2:46)
• 15. Concerto #2 For Horn and Orchestra, K. 417:1 Allegro Maestoso - written by Mozart, Clevenger, and Liszt (6:29)
• 16. Arlington (6:29)
• 17. Finale (3:14)
• 18. Theme from JFK (Reprise) (2:23)

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