Category: Album Reviews

THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK (1987) – Album Review

TRACK LISTING Review by Jeff Commings Many years ago when I started gaining an interest in movie music and, in particular, the scores of John Williams, much of my focus was on the big action scores of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes…

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002) – Album Reviews

TRACK LISTING Review by Jeff Commings When Steven Spielberg and John Williams decided to include classic songs from the 1960s on the Catch Me If You Can soundtrack, many score fans groaned. Would Spielberg make the same mistake that Oliver Stone made…

HOME ALONE (1990) – Original Album Review

TRACK LISTING & SOUND CLIPS Review by Jeff Commings There isn’t much Christmas music I feel would be appropriate to listen to in, say, June, but John Williams’ score for Home Alone may be the one exception (and to a…

HEARTBEEPS (1981) – Album Review

Review by Amer Zahid One of the great scores to come from composer John Williams from his golden writing marathon is from the late 1970’s to mid 1980s’ during which he rendered such classics as The Star Wars films, Close Encounters, Superman, Raiders and E.T. In between he…

JFK (1991) – Album Reviews

TRACK LISTING Review by Jeff Commings Anyone who has seen Oliver Stone’s requiem to President Kennedy knows that this film is not one that would require a normal composer to just write a simple theme for strings and develop it…

AMISTAD (1997) – Album Review

TRACK LISTING Review by Jeff Commings I would love to be a fly on the wall when John Williams and Steven Spielberg get together and discuss scoring options for their films. I have wondered how they came up with the…

SPACECAMP (1986) – Album Review

TRACK LISTING & SOUND CLIPS Review by Jeff Commings I’m sure after John Williams saw SpaceCamp, he knew it wasn’t going to be like his former space scores, which made him a household name. Instead, SpaceCamp appears to be geared for…

SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993) – Album Review

TRACK LISTING & SOUND CLIPS Review by Jeff Commings Anyone who says that Schindler’s List is not John Williams’ most touching composition to date has not really felt the full scope of this score. It deserved an Oscar not only for its…

SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998) – Album Reviews

TRACK LISTING & SOUND CLIPS Review by Jeff Commings You don’t have to read the liner notes in the Saving Private Ryan CD to realize that this project marks a change in thinking for both Steven Spielberg and John Williams. Though it…

ROSEWOOD (1997) – Album Review

TRACK LISTING & SOUND CLIPS Review by Jeff Commings Imagine my surprise to see John Williiams’ name in the opening credits for the film Rosewood. Not to say that I don’t think Mr. Williams can score a film covering such a…