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The Witches of Eastwick
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1987 Warner
2006 Collector's Choice
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2012 Perseverance
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Herbert Spencer
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Warner Brothers

Collector's Choice
(June 27th, 2006)

Perseverance Records
(October 16th, 2012)
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The 1987 album from Warner Brothers was a regular commercial release that eventually became a top film music collectible. The 2006 retail re-issue by Collector's Choice reduced its value to about $12, though that label quickly went out of business and the re-issue became scarce. The 2012 Perseverance re-issue was limited to 3,000 copies but returned to a retail value of about $13.
Nominated for an Academy Award and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you're tired of hearing John Williams' melodramatic and bombastic music and desire an intelligently enthusiastic, whimsical score of faux romance and perky spirit.

Avoid it... if you find Williams' musical sense of humor to be tedious, for The Witches of Eastwick is so flighty in parts that it does tend to become obnoxious outside of context.
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WRITTEN 8/11/09, REVISED 11/19/12
The Witches of Eastwick: (John Williams) For those who believe that casting is everything in a film, then The Witches of Eastwick was a production custom made for its cast. Not only do Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer play bored New England housewives messing around with witchcraft, but they conjure their perfect man in the form of the devil. In perhaps the most predictable single casting move ever in Hollywood, Jack Nicholson finally got to revel in the role he was truly meant for. Adapted competently by director George Miller from John Updike's fantasy novel, The Witches of Eastwick is a classic comedy in part because of the fiendish performance by Nicholson but also because the story is a timeless one that doesn't go overboard on the imaginative religious turmoil involving special effects until its final scenes. After creating the devil in a pristine small town, the three women are first seduced by him before uniting to defeat him, eventually yielding one of the most spirited and humorous (not to mention cherry-spewing) monologues to "church-going folk" ever to exist on the screen. While most of the accolades and awards attention pointed to Nicholson's performance, the Academy nominated The Witches of Eastwick only for its sound and score by John Williams. Indeed, the music by the veteran Williams was a delightful and obvious contributor to the comedy of the film, maintaining just the right tone of dreamy fluffiness until unleashing the necessary ballsy action material at the tale's conclusion. When you merge cheeky comedy with a keen classical sense, along with the composer's inherently intellectual view of practically any assignment, you get a score for The Witches of Eastwick that is remarkably effective despite its carefree attitude. In personality, it is about as far removed as possible from Williams' other Oscar-nominated score of 1987, Empire of the Sun (and more consistent in its flow by a substantial margin), though both scores suffer when translated onto album. In the case of The Witches of Eastwick, this trial of patience apart from the film is due to the overwhelmingly positive, dancing spirit of Williams' title theme and related material throughout the film. This music could quite literally drive a person mad in its twisted combination of folk and waltz movements, foreshadowing some the uplifting material of magical intent in the Harry Potter franchise but pouring on the tone of a carnival atmosphere (with slight religious nods from harp and organ) to such an extent that it borders on tedium in its more enthusiastic parts. Williams even lightly emulates Jerry Goldsmith's "squishing sound" rhythm from Damien: Omen II in "The Ride Home."

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Don't feel the same
thw - August 24, 2009, at 12:07 p.m.
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All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 49:29
• 1. The Township of Eastwick (2:50)
• 2. The Dance of the Witches (4:57)
• 3. Maleficio (3:22)
• 4. The Seduction of Alex (2:42)
• 5. Daryl's Secrets (3:55)
• 6. The Seduction of Suki and The Ballroom Scene (7:09)
• 7. Daryl Arrives (2:47)
• 8. The Tennis Game (2:51)
• 9. Have Another Cherry! (3:25)
• 10. Daryl Rejected (3:03)
• 11. The Ride Home (3:24)
• 12. The Destruction of Daryl (5:39)
• 13. The Children's Carousel (1:54)
• 14. End Credits (The Dance of the Witches Reprise) (4:51)

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The inserts for none of the retail albums include extra information about the score or film.
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