Category: Album Reviews

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…

STAR WARS (1977) – Album Review

Review by Jeff Commings Clearly no one could argue that the score from Star Wars is the most popular score of our generation, and many may wonder what our lives would be like if this score, or this film for that matter,…

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (1971) – Album Review

TRACK LISTING Review by Jeff Commings Back in the 1970s the movie musical genre was on its last legs. MGM’s grand successes of the 50s and 60s were not holding out when 1970 came along, but one film made MGM…

BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989) – Album Reviews

TRACK LISTING & SOUND CLIPS Review by Jeff Commings Amidst the flurry and mayhem of Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July is the extremely subtle work of John Williams. Ever ready to take on a project that presents a musical…

FAR AND AWAY (1992) – Album Review

TRACK LISTING & SOUND CLIPS Review by Frank Lehman How do I begin? The score to Far and Away never ceases to amaze me. Everytime I listen to it I feel like I’ve been transported to another world. John Williams seamlessly blends…

EMPIRE OF THE SUN (1987) – Album Review

TRACK LISTING & SOUND CLIPS Review by Frank Lehman Marking the ninth movie that Steven Spielberg and John Williams collaborated on, Empire of the Sun is the second “not action” movie directed by Spielberg. His first serious movie was E.T., where he branched…

SLEEPERS (1996) – Album Review

TRACK LISTING & SOUND CLIPS Review by ‘Mahler 3’ Sleepers is a fantastic score on many different levels. Williams captures the organic feel of Brooklyn using the electronic bass and percussion with piano exceptionally well. The computerised voice effects are…

HOOK (1991) – Original Album Review

TRACK LISTING & SOUND CLIPS Review by Frank Lehman I got my first dosage of this score when I bought the Williams o­n Williams Spielberg Collaboration #2. And I was perfectly satisfied with the five awesome Concert Versions of some…

JAWS (1975) – Album Review (Re-recording)

TRACK LISTING & SOUND CLIPS Review by Nicolai P. Zwar Yesterday I came home with a couple of new CDs, among them Joel McNeely’s recording of John Williams score for Jaws. After one listening I have to say I am very…

NIXON (1995) – Album Reviews

TRACK LISTING Review by Frank Lehman Ah, Richard Millhouse Nixon, we hardly knew ye. That is, until we listen to the movie soundtrack bearing your name. If anything, the score to is an elaborate character portrait, in fact, the biggest…