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The Towering Inferno and Other Disaster Classics
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Robert Townson
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Varèse Sarabande
(March 9th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek thirty minutes of outstanding re-recorded performances of The Towering Inferno, Independence Day, Twister, and The Swarm.

Avoid it... if you're placing high hopes on the suite from Titanic or are discouraged by the lesser quality of the three original recordings thrown into the middle of the compilation.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,178
WRITTEN 4/4/99, REVISED 10/21/07
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The Towering Inferno and Other Disaster Classics: (Compilation) Disaster flicks experienced a renaissance in the mid-1990's, led by the super popular Independence Day and Titanic. But like the Irwin Allen films of the 1970's, these flicks featured two duds for each success, often leaving the soundtracks for the films as one of the few redeeming elements of the production. Taking advantage of the resurgence of disaster films was the Varèse Sarabande label's series of re-recorded film scores featuring Joel McNeely and John Debney conducting the usually dependable Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The compilation took a remarkably long time in the making, with recordings spanning 1997 and 1998 before the finished album would debut in 1999. Commercially speaking, Varèse was late in jumping on the Titanic bandwagon, with most other labels already doing so in 1998; the lengthy suite of music from James Horner's critically and financially successful score came at a time when most listeners had already grown tired of the score and had moved on to newer favorites. While the label may have been attempting to lure buyers using Titanic, the true film score collectors sought the album for the far more interesting suite from John Williams' The Towering Inferno. The original recording for the best of Allen's disaster films was a much requested item in the 1990's, but would not be released on its own until Film Score Monthly finally solved that problem not long after this compilation was released. In response to the perception at the time that The Towering Inferno might never receive due treatment in its original form, Varèse producer Robert Townson would commission the RSNO to perform twenty of the most pivotal minutes of music from Williams' score for this album. The performances of "Main Title," "Finale," and "Architect's Dream" are adequate replacements here, saturated with the essence of Williams' original grand, far-reaching scope (and constant foreshadowing of doom). The opening titles in particular balances the orchestral power with the percussive rhythmic elements quite well.



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Average: 3.3 Stars
***** 57 5 Stars
**** 55 4 Stars
*** 42 3 Stars
** 30 2 Stars
* 36 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 69:35
The Towering Inferno: (John Williams) **
• 1. Main Title (5:01)
• 2. Planting the Charges/Finale (11:01)
• 3. An Architect's Dream (3:31)

Twister: (Mark Mancina) **
• 4. Suite (4:40)

Earthquake: (John Williams) *
• 5. Main Title (2:57)

The Swarm: (Jerry Goldsmith) **
• 6. End Title (3:05)

The Poseidon Adventure: (John Williams) *
• 7. Main Title (2:06)

Dante's Peak: (James Newton Howard/John Frizzell) ***
• 8. Main Title (5:30)

Volcano: (Alan Silvestri) ***
• 9. March of the Lava (3:42)

Outbreak: (James Newton Howard) ***
• 10. They're Coming (7:14)

Independence Day: (David Arnold) **
• 11. The Day We Fight Back (5:45)

Titanic: (James Horner) *
• 12. Suite: Distant Memories/Southampton/Rose/Take Her to Sea, Mr. Murdoch (14:24)
* Conducted by John Debney
** Conducted by Joel McNeely
*** Original Soundtrack Recording

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains a lengthy note from producer Robert Townson that is easily among the funniest commentaries he has ever written for an album... Highly entertaining.
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