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The Poseidon Adventure
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1995 Bootleg
1998 FSM
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2010 La-La Land
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Composed and Conducted by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage

1998 Album Produced by:
Lukas Kendall
Nick Redman
Jeff Bond

2010 Album Produced by:
Nick Redman
Mike Matessino
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Johnny Boy Bootleg
(October, 1995)

Film Score Monthly
(August, 1998)

La-La Land Records
(April 27th, 2010)
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The 1995 Johnny Boy bootleg was available only through soundtrack specialty outlets and eventually sold on the secondary market for $150 before the release of the score by Film Score Monthly deflated it. That 1998 FSM album was a limited release of 3,000 copies and was also available only through soundtrack specialty outlets for $20. It sold out and escalated beyond $100 in value. The 2010 La-La Land album was also limited to 3,000 copies and sold out quickly through specialty outlets, achieving a value of $65 almost immediately.
The Williams score and Kasha/Hirschhorn song "The Morning After" were both nominated for Academy Awards, the latter winning. Both were also nominated for Golden Globes.
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Buy it... if you're exploring the early triumphs of John Williams' transformation into a master of large-scale orchestral action and desire a taste of his grim, dissonant style of dread.

Avoid it... if lingering sound quality issues due to poor master tape availability, as well as the perpetual scarcity of the score on album, deter you from its often unreasonable prices when also considering that it lacks enough typical Williams harmony to satisfy casual collectors.
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WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 9/14/10
The Poseidon Adventure: (John Williams) After the surprising success of Airport in 1970, the stage was set for a series of highly popular disaster films in that decade, led by a leap from television to big screen by producer Irwin Allen. Having offered several documentaries and fantasy TV series in the years prior, Allen would jump from the massive success of The Poseidon Adventure in 1972 to The Towering Inferno in 1974 before The Swarm several years later would end his run. At the height of the genre's dominance in the early 70's, however, audiences couldn't get enough of these films, which usually put stellar casts on display and dazzled with their mammoth production values for the time. Riding this wave of popularity, The Poseidon Adventure would receive nine Academy Award nominations (winning for its song and special effects), an important recognition of the quality of the film despite its incredibly outdated technology and cultural elements from today's perspective. A 2006 remake did not challenge Allen's authority on the topic even when attempting to address these aspects of the original. Among the Oscar nominations for the 1972 film was one for the score by John Williams, who had morphed from the "Johnny" Williams of 1960's jazz into a capable symphonic action composer by the time his collaboration with Allen reached the big screen. While having no association with the production of the famous song, Williams incorporated Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn's popular "The Morning After" (performed by Renee Armand for the screen version but made famous by Maureen McGovern's single version) into some of his underscore where appropriate, creating a subtle but important link to the film's lasting musical identity. Regardless of Williams' soon-to-come reputation, however, casual observers tend to forget that his work here is largely atmospheric. His harsh, brass theme of epic proportions for the title is utilized often, but always in the context of a tumultuous rhythmic base. It stylistically resembles the title theme for The Towering Inferno, and also shares similar chord progressions with some of David Arnold's 1990s disaster themes.

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1995 Bootleg Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 38:46
• 1. S. S. Poseidon (2:01)
• 2. Shipboard Life (1:34)
• 3. The Wave/Aftermath (4:04)
• 4. Raising the Christmas Tree (1:26)
• 5. Martin and Nonnie (0:51)
• 6. An Appeal to the Living (2:16)
• 7. Reverend Scott Explores the Kitchen (1:13)
• 8. Inferno (1:12)
• 9. Bow or Stern? (1:35)
• 10. Hell, Upside Down (2:37)
• 11. Snip Snip Snip (1:45)
• 12. Trapped Underwater (1:24)
• 13. Belle Dies (2:27)
• 14. Climb to Freedom (4:30)
• 15. Rogo Takes the Lead (1:39)
• 16. Rescue/End Titles (3:35)
• 17. The Morning After - performed by Maureen McGovern (2:22)
1998 FSM Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 75:51
2010 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 60:39

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The 1995 bootleg insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The 1998 Film Score Monthly album includes the label's usual standard of outstanding, in-depth notes about films and scores for all three scores represented on the product. The 2010 La-La Land album's insert also features an extensive analysis of the film and score.
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