I listened to Earthquake for the first time in about a decade and it is mostly really enjoyable. It in much more entertaining than I remembered, probably because my musical tastes have evolved since I last listened to it.
It forms a nice trilogy with The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure. The City theme is a typical 70s JW disaster theme - heavily rooted in both the style of the era and his background as a jazz musician. I love its robust rendition in the Main Title and its development from solo piano to full orchestra in The City Theme concert track. The City Sleeps is another awesome cue with a lovely melody that slowly builds to an incredibly satisfying epic crescendo. It is surely one of the best "resolution" cues I can think of. Miles On Wheels has a really cool 70s sound too.
So what do people here think of this score?
Also, are there any differences between the Varese and MCA releases? I have a copy of the Varese release and it seems to have a lot of clipping problems which is confirmed by the audio spectrum graph. I'm also hearing a bit of distortion at about 0:51 of track three. Does anyone else experience these audio issues?