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The Towering Inferno
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Composed and Conducted by:

Orchestrated by:
Herbert Spencer
Al Woodbury

Song and Lyrics by:
Al Kasha
Joel Hirschhorn

Song Performed by:
Maureen McGovern

Album Produced by:
Lukas Kendall
Nick Redman
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Film Score Monthly
(April, 2001)
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Limited release of 3,000 copies, available originally through only soundtrack specialty outlets. It sold out almost immediately and has been a top collectible since.
The Williams score and Kasha/Hirschhorn song "We May Never Love Like This Again" were both nominated for Academy Awards, the latter winning. That song was also nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you want only the best of John Williams' Silver Age endeavors for blockbuster disaster flicks.

Avoid it... if 22 minutes of classic Williams action and melodrama can't compensate for both the rarity of the album and the dated sound of the contemporary 1970's elements of the score.
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WRITTEN 4/28/01, REVISED 10/19/08
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The Towering Inferno: (John Williams) In the early to mid-1970's, disaster films were at their peak of success. With Hollywood long suffering from a preference for smaller character films and B-rate action flicks, the mega-blockbusters were ready for a return. Irwin Allen, the "Master of Disaster," had just exploded onto the scene by providing the world with The Poseidon Adventure two years earlier, a film which stunned Hollywood with its smash box office success. In The Towering Inferno in 1974, the genre of realistic disaster films would reach a climax not to be touched again until the late 1990's. With two studios, 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers, preparing two films based on very similar stories, the pair of studios made the unprecedented move of combining their resources for The Towering Inferno. The resulting production of epic proportions led to a monumental cast (led by Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway, and William Holden), incredible special effects, and stunning cinematography and editing (both of which garnered Academy Award wins for the film). The movie will also be remembered for producing one of the most awkward screen moments of all time, with Fred Astaire and O.J. Simpson sharing the same frame at its conclusion. Even many decades later, The Towering Inferno is an awesome film, a guilty pleasure at the least and a classic at its best. It is therefore appropriate that quickly rising composer John Williams scored the film. The budding maestro had worked with Allen several times in the past, reaching all the way back to the "Lost in Space," "The Time Tunnel," and "Land of the Giants" television scores, and including, of course, The Poseidon Adventure. Aside from Allen's projects, Williams would become the "Master of Disaster Scores" by also composing for the subsequent Earthquake and Black Sunday. Even when he had all of these disaster scores under his belt, though, it is The Towering Inferno that stands tall as Williams' greatest score for the genre.

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Average: 3.9 Stars
***** 441 5 Stars
**** 197 4 Stars
*** 128 3 Stars
** 76 2 Stars
* 82 1 Stars
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Nice surprise
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Total Time: 75:31
• 1. Main Title (5:01)
• 2. Something for Susan (2:42)
• 3. Lisolette and Harlee (2:35)
• 4. The Flame Ignites (1:01)
• 5. More for Susan (1:55)
• 6. Harlee Dressing (1:37)
• 7. Let There Be Light (0:37)
• 8. Alone at Last (0:51)
• 9. We May Never Love Like This Again (Film Version)*/** (2:04)
• 10. The First Victims (3:24)
• 11. Not a Cigarette (1:18)
• 12. Trapped Lovers (4:44)
• 13. Doug's Fall/Piggy Back Ride (2:18)
• 14. Lisolette's Descent (3:07)
• 15. Down the Pipes/The Door Opens (2:59)
• 16. Couples (3:38)
• 17. Short Goodbyes (2:26)
• 18. Helicopter Rescue (3:07)
• 19. Passing the Word (1:12)
• 20. Planting the Charges (9:04)
• 21. Finale (3:57)
• 22. An Architect's Dream (3:28)

Bonus Material:
• 23. We May Never Love Like This Again (Album Version)*/** (2:13)
• 24. The Morning After (Instrumental)* (2:07)
• 25. Susan and Doug (Album Track) (2:33)
• 26. Departmental Pride and the Cat (Damaged) (1:03)
• 27. Helicopter Explosion (Damaged) (2:34)
• 28. Waking Up (Damaged) (2:39)
* written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
** performed by Maureen McGovern

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The insert contains lengthy notes about the movie, score, and composer by Jeff Eldridge and Lukas Kendall, as well as concept art and shots from the production. The album track "Helicopter Explosion (Damaged)" is different from the LP track of a similar name; here, the track features the actual music for the helicopter explosion, while the LP track was for other scenes. That LP music is not damaged and has been redistributed into the "Helicopter Rescue" and "The First Victims" tracks on the CD album. The tracks "Trapped Lovers" and "Finale" have more music than previously heard on the LP.
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