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    danbeck reacted to Yavar Moradi in La-La Land Records Black Friday 2020   
    Because Godzilla is my personal favorite David Arnold score, I guess. The LLL was a godsend.
     
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    danbeck got a reaction from greenturnedblue in Remasters of the First 6 Star Wars Soundtracks now available (Shawn Murphy / Disney Records 2018)   
    I acquired the Sony 2015 remasters vinyl box and it is really fantastic that they faithfully reproduced the original LPs including their labels and inserts (including a form to order a SW t-shirt [with a small disclaimer that the offer is expired]), they had a digital dowload card but the files, if I remember correctly, were not hi-res. 
     
    Before receiving the LPs I had also aquired them in iTunes (but 256kbps files) at that time and they dowloaded as a single album with multiple discs, so I renamed the albums splitting the collection for each movie. Last year I noted that the downloads had dissapeared from my iTunes libary but it was possible to restore them accessing my previously purchased items. I was very happy to discover that I could still recover them even if the albums were no longer available for sale.
     
    Besides sounding better than the latest remaster one thing I always noted is how the LP mix in ROTJ track "The Emperor" is the only version were you hear a kind of 'wind effect' at 0:32, 0:48 that is absent from all subsequent releases (including the Arista 1993 box).
     
    If MM is allowed in the future to work on these I think the ideal approach would be to do the best he can with the original recordings to release the complete scores and remaster the original albums from the actual album masters instead of recreating them as they attempted in the latest release. 
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    danbeck got a reaction from blondheim in Favorite single year in Williams career and why   
    1975 - writes the music that elevated Jaws to instant classic status, solidified his relationship with Spielberg, gave him his first Oscar for an original score (and that got him recommended to George Lucas for Star Wars).
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    danbeck got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in Favorite single year in Williams career and why   
    1975 - writes the music that elevated Jaws to instant classic status, solidified his relationship with Spielberg, gave him his first Oscar for an original score (and that got him recommended to George Lucas for Star Wars).
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    danbeck got a reaction from mrbellamy in Star Wars I-IX Playlist, or: How I Learned to Stop Socializing and Love John Williams   
    I did a 2 hour Spotify playlist focusing mainly on the concert arrangements. Some difficulties to prepare it as not all the albuns are available in Spotify (Force Awakens is not, so I had to use tracks from a compilation).
    Here's the link: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2FPslwPXOBcHNglKgwlBSn?si=ud4tfx7-RL-nqx8r0UYJOA
     
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    danbeck got a reaction from Smeltington in Star Wars I-IX Playlist, or: How I Learned to Stop Socializing and Love John Williams   
    I did a 2 hour Spotify playlist focusing mainly on the concert arrangements. Some difficulties to prepare it as not all the albuns are available in Spotify (Force Awakens is not, so I had to use tracks from a compilation).
    Here's the link: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2FPslwPXOBcHNglKgwlBSn?si=ud4tfx7-RL-nqx8r0UYJOA
     
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    danbeck got a reaction from Pieter Boelen in Who would be your (Non-Williams) choice for scoring Indiana Jones 5   
    My choice would be "other", namely Christopher Young.
     
    Other interesting but also unlikely choices would be Trevor Jones or David Arnold.
     
    On the more likely options I'd go with Powell over Giacchino, but if Giacchino is chosen I hope he has time to properly work on the score instead of having to provide a last minute replacement.
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    danbeck got a reaction from DarthDementous in The Rise of Skywalker OST Album Discussion   
    Based on all the passionate praise Williams repeatedly gives Daisy Ridley on his interviews, it is fair to assume he must have refused to provide a love theme for her with another man.
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    danbeck got a reaction from The Five Tones in Which expanded soundtrack from the last decade has been the greatest improvement over the OST?   
    Jaws must be mentioned. The previous MCA anniversary edition was unlistenable due to its muffled sound. The Intrada Matessino 2.015 remaster really rescued this score.
     
    Psycho II was a grail and the expanded is so much better with all the wonderful tracks that were left off the 30 min. album.
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    danbeck got a reaction from igger6 in The Rise of Skywalker OST Album Discussion   
    Based on all the passionate praise Williams repeatedly gives Daisy Ridley on his interviews, it is fair to assume he must have refused to provide a love theme for her with another man.
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    danbeck got a reaction from rpvee in The Rise of Skywalker OST Album Discussion   
    Based on all the passionate praise Williams repeatedly gives Daisy Ridley on his interviews, it is fair to assume he must have refused to provide a love theme for her with another man.
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    danbeck got a reaction from DominicCobb in The Rise of Skywalker OST Album Discussion   
    Based on all the passionate praise Williams repeatedly gives Daisy Ridley on his interviews, it is fair to assume he must have refused to provide a love theme for her with another man.
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    danbeck got a reaction from _deleted_ in The Rise of Skywalker OST Album Discussion   
    Based on all the passionate praise Williams repeatedly gives Daisy Ridley on his interviews, it is fair to assume he must have refused to provide a love theme for her with another man.
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    danbeck got a reaction from crumbs in Star Wars End Credits Rankings   
    The Throne Room/End Title (Throne Room is hard to suprass with that bold version of the force theme) The Rebel Fleet/End Title (great themes and great transitions) Jedi Steps / Finale A New Hope and End Credits Confrontation with Count Dooku and Finale Augie's Great Municipal Band and End Credits (cut and paste started here, not impressed with Augie’s Band with an awkward transition to the end credits, nor by the full reprise of Duel of the Fates, but Anakin’s theme and the somber ending compensates) Yub Nub/End Title Finale (TLJ)  Finale (TROS) good score but very disappointing finale. Another ending with the force theme, jarring transitions, cut and paste all over the place.
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    danbeck got a reaction from Bellosh in Star Wars End Credits Rankings   
    The Throne Room/End Title (Throne Room is hard to suprass with that bold version of the force theme) The Rebel Fleet/End Title (great themes and great transitions) Jedi Steps / Finale A New Hope and End Credits Confrontation with Count Dooku and Finale Augie's Great Municipal Band and End Credits (cut and paste started here, not impressed with Augie’s Band with an awkward transition to the end credits, nor by the full reprise of Duel of the Fates, but Anakin’s theme and the somber ending compensates) Yub Nub/End Title Finale (TLJ)  Finale (TROS) good score but very disappointing finale. Another ending with the force theme, jarring transitions, cut and paste all over the place.
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    danbeck got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in Why do people prefer the Disney Trilogy to the Prequels?   
    Probably because the prequels, specially The Phantom Menace, were the biggest cinematic disapointments I can remeber. It was a matter of very high expectative vs. what was delivered.
     
    For a story that should have been carefully planed as a trilogy it is amazing how poorly it was structured by Lucas among the three movies. Also the inconsistencies with the original trilogy are inexcusable (remember Leia talking about how she remembered her mother at RotJ? How Obi Wan mentions he never had a droid when he meets R2-D2?)
     
    But Phantom Menace main mistake was to have Anakin as a child with very little happening to the character during the movie (which made his arc from Jedi to Sith Lord very rushed in the 3rd film [as nothing much happens to the character besides the love story in the 2nd], instead of a more planned/developed arc during the three movies). IMO it would be more effective if the character already started as a young man, like Luke, that would be developed along the three movies.
     
    Phantom Menace also had a boring story and a very underwelming battle between the Gungan's vs. idiotic robots, Anakin destroying the Commercial Federation ship "by chance" and a vilain with some potential (Darth Maul) that is disposed at the end of the movie intead of retained for the trilogy. In the end it feels too toned down/made for kids movie (even more than Return Of The Jedi with the Ewoks) that had no point other to display newer special effects (a CGI character, the underwater sequences, the various planets), with good actors that were wasted having nothing to do.
     
    The two subsequent movies were progresively better (expectatives were already much lower after TPM, so anything would be an improvement). I liked Revenge Of The Sith (but it was still very rushed as everything relevant had to happen in that movie).
     
    The new Disney trilogy can be considered superfluous, but the movies are much more engaging (even if TFA regurgitated the original Star Wars plot) and more watchable than the prequels.
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    danbeck got a reaction from Ricard in As of 12/2019, your most wanted JW...   
    C&C:
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (M. Matessino edition: complete with the film takes, inserts/overlays, corrected speed/pitch, and alternate versions as a bonus)
     
    Premiere:
    The Sugarland Express
     
    Unrecorded concert arrangement of a film / television theme:
    Willie’s Theme (ToD), I’d love to see this short love theme more developed.
     
    Unrecorded concert work:
    1st Symphony (never heard it, but in general I prefer symphonies to violin concertos)
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    danbeck got a reaction from Bellosh in As of 12/2019, your most wanted JW...   
    C&C:
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (M. Matessino edition: complete with the film takes, inserts/overlays, corrected speed/pitch, and alternate versions as a bonus)
     
    Premiere:
    The Sugarland Express
     
    Unrecorded concert arrangement of a film / television theme:
    Willie’s Theme (ToD), I’d love to see this short love theme more developed.
     
    Unrecorded concert work:
    1st Symphony (never heard it, but in general I prefer symphonies to violin concertos)
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    danbeck got a reaction from Incanus in SCORE: Jaws The Revenge (1987) - Michael Small   
    JAWS THE REVENGE (1987) – Music Composed, Arranged and Conducted by Michael Small
    **** out of ***** an excellent score with fast paced variations on the jaws theme, great action music and lovely emotional moments. Only loses one star for the brevity of some tracks that prevented Michael Small to further develop his fantastic music in longer pieces.
     
    The film is terrible with an absurd plot, hushed production and a very fake-looking shark but has a few redeeming qualities: a good cast, beautiful locations, some effective sequences and, above all, the excellent musical score by veteran composer Michael Small.
    An original soundtrack “available at MCA records and tapes” was mentioned at the movie’s teaser poster. Having seen this poster I started to hunt for the soundtrack, and, in the pre-internet days, it took me a long time to discover that in fact that release of the score had never happened. I continued to be obsessed with this soundtrack over the years, enduring the movie multiple times on VHS just to hear the music.
    In 1994 some of the score became available at an Edel’s  2-CD Compilation “Best of Adventure” which included a “world premiere recording” of “Jaws IV: The Revenge” (and of the then unreleased scores of The Goonies, Shoot to Kill, Remo Williams, Savage Island [Nate and Hayes], Fandango - among others). It was only an 11 min. suite re-recording by the City of Prague Orchestra (before the CPO became more refined) but it was great to finally have at least some of the music available.
    On 2000 a promo of the original score was released (with the Jaws 2 teaser poster as a cover). But I was disappointed to discover that it included only 28 min. of music (missing a lot of essential tracks while including music not used in the film) and by the hissy sound quality. That promo was supposedly sourced from a composer 2nd or 3rd generation personal copy of the discarded LP program.
    Finally, on February 2015, the score was released by Intrada Records. It is an excellent release with the complete score, including one cue of source music and some alternates in good sound (even if still with some hiss) taken from the original stereo mixes prepared for the film.
    The booklet includes a lot of interesting information on the problematic production of the film but not much on how Michael Small was chosen or on how the music is used in the movie. Therefore, I decided to do a track-by-track comment on the music and its context in the movie.
    1)  Jaws The Revenge – Main Title (2:30)
    The movie opens with an underwater shark POV at night (with the sounds of a marker buoy bell, reminiscent of the first Jaws). The music starts with a kind of low “roar effect” (the same effect will be used in several tracks) and suspenseful music in the strings and brass. Soon the familiar two note shark motif appears as the shark’s POV rises above the water to reveal docks in the distance. The title of the movie appears and a triumphant brass fanfare plays (at 0:27) - such fanfare will be used various times though the movie (becoming a kind of musical signature of the film). Following the fanfare the familiar shark theme begins in a fast paced version (more adventurous than menacing), then at 1:11 Michael Small introduces his unique take on the Jaws theme: an exciting, fast-paced rhythmic portion of the theme that is expanded from a very brief secondary section of the original John Williams theme. The music continues with a statement of the bridge portion of the Jaws theme (the “supernatural” motif of the shark that is used in the original Jaws when it first swims by the Orca revealing its size in “Man Against Beast” / “Sea Attack Number One” – which is particularly appropriated in this movie given the supernatural nature of the “revenge”) and then it finishes with a more traditional take on the climax of the Jaws theme.
    This track really gets your blood pumping. Michael Small music has many different layers of sound playing simultaneously in the various sections of the orchestra and creates a sense of urgency and adventure that makes you which he had scored more action films in his career.
    https://youtu.be/5CaY-RfGGME 
     
     
    2) Sean Attacked (1:31) Sean Brody (taking his late father position as Amity Chief of Police) must go out on a boat at night to release a piece of wood stuck in the canal marker buoy. The music starts with the ominous two note shark motif when the shark POV focus on Sean in the Amity Police boat. Then it accelerates and a powerful version of the shark theme music alternating with some dissonant orchestral outbursts are applied for the brutal attack itself. In the movie some of the music is dialed out (this track is also largely reused on the reedited finale of the film). I did some score restore on this sequence
     
     
    3)  Identification (0:44) Sad music which in the final part reminds a bit the mood of “Remains On The Beach” from Jaws. The music is for the scene on which Ellen recognizes her son’s body at the morgue.
     
     4)  Run – Funeral (1:21) More sad but beautiful music for the scene on which Michael Brody remembers his brother and runs at the beach then it moves to the subsequent funeral scene (on which Ellen remembers the “Father And Son” scene from Jaws that will be recreated latter in the movie).
     
    5) Flight To The Bahamas (1:39) This unused track should play when Ellen leaves with Michael’s family to the Bahamas, starting with some sad music (similar to the music in Identification) when the camera focus on the piece of wood that was stuck on the buoy laying at the beach then changing to more uplifting music as the group is arriving at the Bahamas by plane. This track introduces a motif (at 0:12) that will be used for the flight sequences in the film when Ellen is dating the pilot Hoagie [Michael Caine]).
     
    6) Ellen Warns (0:37) A very short suspense track for the scene on which Ellen shouts at her granddaughter upon seeing her playing in a dock (also to some extent a recreation of the scene of Jaws on which Brody shouts at his son Michael to get out of the boat at the dock). Even in a very short track Michael Small manages to move from suspense to regret (when Ellen regrets her ‘irrational’ behavior). This track introduces the sound of electronic echoing bells and this same sound will be applied latter for the “telepathic motif” that will be used in the movie when Ellen senses that the shark is around or Michael is worrying about the shark.
     
    7) Ellen’s Dream (1:07) A short track but one of the score’s highlights. The music starts with some suspense as Michael shows Ellen a sculpture being made by his wife that looks a lot like a shark’s jaws, then a kind of hypnotic rhythm starts for Ellen swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas - the music seems tranquil at first but gradually becomes menacing and accelerates as the shark POV approaches and attacks. The music stops abruptly when it is all revealed to have been a nightmare.
     
    8) Tagging the Conchs (1:36) Another unused track for the underwater activities of Michael Brody who is studying some sea snails with his partner Jake. The music is basic “diving music” and its omission from the movie is understandable as it doesn’t add much dramatically to the scene. 
     
    9) Ellen Plays With “Leah” (1:09) (misspelled track title as the name of the kid is Thea and not Leah). This unused track should score the Christmas scene, the happy mood from the first part of the track changes when Thea asks about her uncle Sean and Ellen remembers the shark (and an ominous slow version of the shark theme introduction plays in the background).
     
    10) Jaws The Revenge (0:33) The shark is shown arriving in the Bahamas (with tracked music from the beginning of the Main Titles). In the following sequence Ellen is playing with Thea at the beach and when her feet touch the sea she feels that the shark is near. The shark theme plays and the score introduces the “telepathic” echoing bells motif.
     
    11) Ellen Flies Plane (1:31) After a brief introduction the flying theme plays for the scene on which Ellen has some piloting lessons with Hoagie, the mood is breezy and light. This track is tracked at the end of the movie for the airport scene (replacing the almost identical original version recorded for the “finale”).
     
    12) Shark Attacks Jake In Sled (0:57) Another short track that is also a highlight of the score. Jake is in a small submarine and the shark slowly approaches it from the side, then it climbs above the water and attacks the barge on which Michael Brody is.
    The music starts with suspense and the roar effect is used when Jake sees the shark. A pulsing action music is used for the scene on which the shark rises out of the water and chomps on a wooden platform at the barge. The shark theme plays in the background as the shark dives and disappears. 
     
    13) Don’t Tell Mother (0:29) A very short track for the aftermath of the previous attack, while Jake is fascinated by the shark and wants to study it Michael is very worried that his mother’s fears may have some grounds. The music starts when Michael asks Jake to not tell his mother about the shark and then the “telepathic” motif plays as he stares the ocean. IMO this track could have been joined with the previous as they’re both very short and play great together (the ending of the previous matching perfectly the start of this track).
     
    14) Saying Goodnight (0:46) Another score highlight. A delicate short romantic interlude starting at a love scene between Michael and his wife Carla and closing with Hoagie and Ellen saying goodnight after a date and almost kissing. Maybe the only problem with the score is that tracks like this are too short, which is the result of the movie structure (it is a very short movie, less than 1h30, comprised of short sequences – a similar problem that affects Robocop 3, for example) which prevented Michael Small to develop the music longer.
     
    15) Shark Takes Bait (1:44) Michael and Jake decides to put a transmitter on the shark to monitor and study it. The music starts when the shark POV is seen approaching from the distance. Michael Small applies an unique arrangement of the two note shark theme almost as a march, with the rhythm accelerating as the shark approaches. When it dives some suspense music is applied, until it bursts out of the water and takes the bait (allowing Jake to tag it with the transmitter) with an outburst of action music concluding with a big stinger as the shark is tagged and rhythmic percussion as the shark dives returning to suspenseful music as it swims away. 
     
    16) Runaway Bay (4:11) A track of light “Caribbean” source music that plays while Ellen and Hoagie are having a drink at a beach bar and Hoagie kisses Ellen. The scene is short using a fraction of this source track, which in its entirety runs over 4 minutes. IMO this is the main sequencing problem of the album. This kind of source track breaks the mood of the score, being a bit overlong and having no dramatic progression. Although it is in its chronological place I think it would be better if it was placed after the finale of the score.
     
    17) Alright Mr. Fish (0:38) Michael and Jake are on a boat tracking the shark, as Michael is worried about Hoagie dating Ellen he loses track of the shark. As they stare at the ocean the telepathic motif plays and the shark is shown swimming away.
     
    18) Michael’s Dream (0:44) A big brass stinger plays as Michael has a nightmare with the shark jumping out of the water. As he awakes the music continues reflecting his concerns.
     
     
    19) Peak-A-Boo (1:25) Michael is worried and his daughter Thea starts to mimic him as Ellen watches (in a recreation of the first movie “Father And Son” scene). If in the first Jaws Williams scored the scene in a more reflective way on the mood of Brody, here Michael Small opted instead for a kind of Mickey Mousing approach, reflecting in the music the kids gestures. It is a nice track providing some warm mood for the father and daughter relationship.
     
    20) Picking Up Signals (0:42) As Michael is diving to work on the conchs research the tracking system picks the shark heart beat signals approaching. The introduction to the shark theme starts to play and, as Jake warns Michael to return and Michael boards the submarine an exciting suspense rhythm plays with the telepathic echoing bells motif ending the track. In the movie this track is immediately followed by the next (and IMO they should have been joined in a single track - as the suspense rhythm in this track is repeated also in the ending of the next track – and it works great as single track book ended by this same motif)
     
    21) Michael Attacked By Shark (2:32) The best and longest set piece of the movie – apparently the scene was extended after it was originally scored as in the movie the music is looped to cover the longer length of the sequence.
    As Michael is in his submarine the shark appears and attacks it. Michael manages to leave the submarine and is chased by the shark. Michael enters a sunken ship and is followed by the shark through the sunken ship corridors. When Michael becomes trapped in a room he manages to escape using its air tank to climb to the surface.
    The music starts with the fanfare used at the main titles as the shark appears and starts to attack the submarine. The shark theme is used backing some exciting action music and on occasion rising to the foreground as Michael escapes and is chased by the shark. When Michael enters the sinking ship the music shifts for suspense as the shark slowly chases him through the corridors of the ship. The final portion of the track is unused in the film as Michael makes his escape after the shark breaks through a wall and hits a stair almost getting Michael.  
     
    22) Michael At Mirror (0:52) Following the attack Michael is in shock. The telepathic motif plays through the track and a new “resolution” theme is introduced as Michael can not sleep that night. This theme is my favorite from the movie that will be fully developed in the movie’s turning point as Ellen goes out to sea to face the beast.
     
     
    23) Moray Eel (1:03) On the next day after being attacked Michael decides to return to his job diving to tag conchs. The first part of this track should be heard as he is diving but went unused in the movie. As a moray eel scares Michael there’s a big stinger (an effective scare in the movie), then the new resolution theme is briefly quoted as Michael is recovers from the scare. 
     
     
    24) Banana Boat (1:27) Another effective sequence in the movie. Thea is riding a Banana Boat as her mother is attending a dedication ceremony at the beach on which her sculpture is being installed. As Ellen starts to fell that something is not right the telepathic motif plays briefly and then the shark theme plays as the fin rises on the water chasing the banana boat. This track uses the fast-paced arrangement of the shark theme applied at the main titles and also the main titles fanfare as the crowd watch in panic the shark approaching the banana boat. As the shark misses Thea and gets another woman in the banana boat the track gets more intense and concludes with the telepathic motif as the shark dives eating the woman and the banana boat escapes with the kids.
     
     
    25) Ellen Goes Out To Sea (1:14) Another highlight of the score (the final portion of the soundtrack is a string of amazing tracks, starting with this one). After the Banana Boat attack, Ellen sees the fin in the sea and rushes to the dock were she takes Michael and Jake’s boat and goes out to sea to face the shark. The “resolution” introduced in Michael At Mirror plays in full as Ellen is navigating the boat to the open sea. It is a bittersweet beautiful theme.
     
    26) Michael Runs For Help (1:01) Upon returning home Michael learns about the attack on Thea and realizes that his mother and his boat are missing. This is an amazing action track on which the music reflects the urgency of the situation, as Michael runs and takes a small boat with Jake to go after his mother (final portion of this track was unused in the movie). https://youtu.be/7BdXaWO1WoQ
     
    27) Plane Buzzes Shark (1:28) The shark’s POV approaches Ellen at the boat. As it approaches the same shark theme march arrangement used at “Shark Takes Bait” plays, while Michael, Jake and Hoagie are on a plane searching for Ellen. When Ellen sees the fin approaching in the distance the “supernatural” shark theme bridge plays in a dramatic statement as Ellen confronts the shark. The action returns with the main title fanfare as Hoagie sees the shark approaching the boat and dives his plane to scare it as it is jumping out of the water to attack Ellen.
     
     
    28) Is Hoagie Dead? (0:58) After an unscored impressive stunt of the plane landing on the water (the actual crashed plane became a diving spot in the Bahamas). Michael and Jake swims to Ellen’s boat while Hoagie is leaving the plane. The music starts with suspense as the shark underwater POV sees Michael and Jake swimming and then focus on the plane. As the shark starts to attack the plane and sinks it with Hoagie inside a powerful rendition of the shark theme plays. Then some tragic music plays as Ellen, Michael and Jake believe that Hoagie is dead (but somehow Hoagie managed to get of the plane and to swim to the other side of the boat. In the following sequence he already appears with his clothes and hair completely dry as it was noted as a continuity error in several reviews of the movie).
     
     
    29) Killing Of Jake (1:39) The tracking system starts to pick the signals of the shark approaching. Jake prepares an electrical transmitter that he intends to put inside the shark to give the shark jolts aiming to disorientate it. As Michael sees the shark approaching the shark theme starts, then an aggressive action music plays as Michael turn the boat and Jake gets ready to feed the transmitter to the shark.
    The shark disappears and the music becomes suspenseful. When the shark jumps out of the water is slow motion some impressive dissonant music plays (while dialogue is muted) mimicking Ellen and Jake muted screams as the shark eats the electrical device but also gets Jake and dives with Jake in its mouth.
     
    30) Shocked Shark – The Finish (5:44) The finale was heavily reedited after it was scored by Michael Small (with the tracking of Ellen’s Dream and Sean Attacked to accompany a series of flashbacks that apparently were a late addition to the film). The original track indicates a more straightforward finale, without the added flashbacks.
    An action rhythm starts the track as Ellen sees the fin coming in the direction of the boat. A powerful rendition of the shark theme plays as Ellen turns the boat towards the shark.
    As the shark is shocked by Jake’s electrical device, it jumps out of the water and Ellen impales it with the prow of the boat accompanied by a big orchestral stinger (in the movie the stinger is looped playing twice). The impaled shark dies and sink (a sequence shortened after being scored, as the music runs much longer than the scene in the theatrical cut of the movie) and then some tranquil but sad music plays (an omitted sequence on the theatrical cut that should have shown Ellen, Hoagie and Michael in the water after the shark died and the boat sinks).
    For the final scene of the movie at the airport the flying theme returns as Ellen board a plane with Hoagie and leaves, the main title fanfare closes the score as the plane flies to the sunset. Curiously in the movie the airport track is replaced by the almost identical “Ellen Flies Plane” with the fanfare omitted with a cross fade to the main titles music for the end credits.
    [After the USA theatrical release the movie ending was reshot with a poor miniature effect of the shark exploding for no reason after being impaled. Also a new scene with Jake appearing alive after the shark exploded was added - this is the version that was released on home vídeo, DVD and Blu-ray. Even with its flaws the original ending is still superior to the reshot ending]  
     
    31) Jaws The Revenge – End Credits (2:22) This track was replaced by a looped version of the Main Title music. The original track is a more traditional performance of the theme from Jaws - which is much slower than the Main Titles version and includes sections not used in the underscore such as the Orca theme from the first movie. Apparently, Michael Small’s idea was to close the series “full circle” with the first movie’s theme, just adding a somewhat odd finish with a big crescendo. I think this slower version would be appropriate for the closing of the movie but the fast-paced Main Titles is more exciting.
     
     32) Flight To The Bahamas (alternate take) (1:36) This alternate take does not have any significant difference to the film version.
     
    33) Shark Attacks Jake In Sled (alternate take) (0:55) Again very similar to the film take, but in this track some differences can be perceived specially in the electronics and the beginning of the track.
     
    34) Banana Boat (original ending) (1:29) This track has a big crescendo ending, that was replaced by a quieter finale in the film take.
     
    Intrada’s 2015 release is now sold out but can still be found on some resellers for reasonable price.
    IMO there’s still some room for improvement in case it is rereleased by some label in the future. Mainly the minimization of the hiss (maybe with a 1st generation multitrack remix – which could also allow some alternate mixes without the electronic roar effect that remains the more dated aspect of the score). The sequencing could also be improved removing the source track to the end of the program. Also the booklet had an issue in the alternate cover that is a low resolution version of the teaser poster with some visible rendering problems – at the Intrada site this alternate cover was corrected later with a better resolution version (I’m not sure if any of the later pressings of the soundtrack included a booklet with the corrected version)
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    danbeck got a reaction from Naïve Old Fart in SCORE: Jaws The Revenge (1987) - Michael Small   
    JAWS THE REVENGE (1987) – Music Composed, Arranged and Conducted by Michael Small
    **** out of ***** an excellent score with fast paced variations on the jaws theme, great action music and lovely emotional moments. Only loses one star for the brevity of some tracks that prevented Michael Small to further develop his fantastic music in longer pieces.
     
    The film is terrible with an absurd plot, hushed production and a very fake-looking shark but has a few redeeming qualities: a good cast, beautiful locations, some effective sequences and, above all, the excellent musical score by veteran composer Michael Small.
    An original soundtrack “available at MCA records and tapes” was mentioned at the movie’s teaser poster. Having seen this poster I started to hunt for the soundtrack, and, in the pre-internet days, it took me a long time to discover that in fact that release of the score had never happened. I continued to be obsessed with this soundtrack over the years, enduring the movie multiple times on VHS just to hear the music.
    In 1994 some of the score became available at an Edel’s  2-CD Compilation “Best of Adventure” which included a “world premiere recording” of “Jaws IV: The Revenge” (and of the then unreleased scores of The Goonies, Shoot to Kill, Remo Williams, Savage Island [Nate and Hayes], Fandango - among others). It was only an 11 min. suite re-recording by the City of Prague Orchestra (before the CPO became more refined) but it was great to finally have at least some of the music available.
    On 2000 a promo of the original score was released (with the Jaws 2 teaser poster as a cover). But I was disappointed to discover that it included only 28 min. of music (missing a lot of essential tracks while including music not used in the film) and by the hissy sound quality. That promo was supposedly sourced from a composer 2nd or 3rd generation personal copy of the discarded LP program.
    Finally, on February 2015, the score was released by Intrada Records. It is an excellent release with the complete score, including one cue of source music and some alternates in good sound (even if still with some hiss) taken from the original stereo mixes prepared for the film.
    The booklet includes a lot of interesting information on the problematic production of the film but not much on how Michael Small was chosen or on how the music is used in the movie. Therefore, I decided to do a track-by-track comment on the music and its context in the movie.
    1)  Jaws The Revenge – Main Title (2:30)
    The movie opens with an underwater shark POV at night (with the sounds of a marker buoy bell, reminiscent of the first Jaws). The music starts with a kind of low “roar effect” (the same effect will be used in several tracks) and suspenseful music in the strings and brass. Soon the familiar two note shark motif appears as the shark’s POV rises above the water to reveal docks in the distance. The title of the movie appears and a triumphant brass fanfare plays (at 0:27) - such fanfare will be used various times though the movie (becoming a kind of musical signature of the film). Following the fanfare the familiar shark theme begins in a fast paced version (more adventurous than menacing), then at 1:11 Michael Small introduces his unique take on the Jaws theme: an exciting, fast-paced rhythmic portion of the theme that is expanded from a very brief secondary section of the original John Williams theme. The music continues with a statement of the bridge portion of the Jaws theme (the “supernatural” motif of the shark that is used in the original Jaws when it first swims by the Orca revealing its size in “Man Against Beast” / “Sea Attack Number One” – which is particularly appropriated in this movie given the supernatural nature of the “revenge”) and then it finishes with a more traditional take on the climax of the Jaws theme.
    This track really gets your blood pumping. Michael Small music has many different layers of sound playing simultaneously in the various sections of the orchestra and creates a sense of urgency and adventure that makes you which he had scored more action films in his career.
    https://youtu.be/5CaY-RfGGME 
     
     
    2) Sean Attacked (1:31) Sean Brody (taking his late father position as Amity Chief of Police) must go out on a boat at night to release a piece of wood stuck in the canal marker buoy. The music starts with the ominous two note shark motif when the shark POV focus on Sean in the Amity Police boat. Then it accelerates and a powerful version of the shark theme music alternating with some dissonant orchestral outbursts are applied for the brutal attack itself. In the movie some of the music is dialed out (this track is also largely reused on the reedited finale of the film). I did some score restore on this sequence
     
     
    3)  Identification (0:44) Sad music which in the final part reminds a bit the mood of “Remains On The Beach” from Jaws. The music is for the scene on which Ellen recognizes her son’s body at the morgue.
     
     4)  Run – Funeral (1:21) More sad but beautiful music for the scene on which Michael Brody remembers his brother and runs at the beach then it moves to the subsequent funeral scene (on which Ellen remembers the “Father And Son” scene from Jaws that will be recreated latter in the movie).
     
    5) Flight To The Bahamas (1:39) This unused track should play when Ellen leaves with Michael’s family to the Bahamas, starting with some sad music (similar to the music in Identification) when the camera focus on the piece of wood that was stuck on the buoy laying at the beach then changing to more uplifting music as the group is arriving at the Bahamas by plane. This track introduces a motif (at 0:12) that will be used for the flight sequences in the film when Ellen is dating the pilot Hoagie [Michael Caine]).
     
    6) Ellen Warns (0:37) A very short suspense track for the scene on which Ellen shouts at her granddaughter upon seeing her playing in a dock (also to some extent a recreation of the scene of Jaws on which Brody shouts at his son Michael to get out of the boat at the dock). Even in a very short track Michael Small manages to move from suspense to regret (when Ellen regrets her ‘irrational’ behavior). This track introduces the sound of electronic echoing bells and this same sound will be applied latter for the “telepathic motif” that will be used in the movie when Ellen senses that the shark is around or Michael is worrying about the shark.
     
    7) Ellen’s Dream (1:07) A short track but one of the score’s highlights. The music starts with some suspense as Michael shows Ellen a sculpture being made by his wife that looks a lot like a shark’s jaws, then a kind of hypnotic rhythm starts for Ellen swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas - the music seems tranquil at first but gradually becomes menacing and accelerates as the shark POV approaches and attacks. The music stops abruptly when it is all revealed to have been a nightmare.
     
    8) Tagging the Conchs (1:36) Another unused track for the underwater activities of Michael Brody who is studying some sea snails with his partner Jake. The music is basic “diving music” and its omission from the movie is understandable as it doesn’t add much dramatically to the scene. 
     
    9) Ellen Plays With “Leah” (1:09) (misspelled track title as the name of the kid is Thea and not Leah). This unused track should score the Christmas scene, the happy mood from the first part of the track changes when Thea asks about her uncle Sean and Ellen remembers the shark (and an ominous slow version of the shark theme introduction plays in the background).
     
    10) Jaws The Revenge (0:33) The shark is shown arriving in the Bahamas (with tracked music from the beginning of the Main Titles). In the following sequence Ellen is playing with Thea at the beach and when her feet touch the sea she feels that the shark is near. The shark theme plays and the score introduces the “telepathic” echoing bells motif.
     
    11) Ellen Flies Plane (1:31) After a brief introduction the flying theme plays for the scene on which Ellen has some piloting lessons with Hoagie, the mood is breezy and light. This track is tracked at the end of the movie for the airport scene (replacing the almost identical original version recorded for the “finale”).
     
    12) Shark Attacks Jake In Sled (0:57) Another short track that is also a highlight of the score. Jake is in a small submarine and the shark slowly approaches it from the side, then it climbs above the water and attacks the barge on which Michael Brody is.
    The music starts with suspense and the roar effect is used when Jake sees the shark. A pulsing action music is used for the scene on which the shark rises out of the water and chomps on a wooden platform at the barge. The shark theme plays in the background as the shark dives and disappears. 
     
    13) Don’t Tell Mother (0:29) A very short track for the aftermath of the previous attack, while Jake is fascinated by the shark and wants to study it Michael is very worried that his mother’s fears may have some grounds. The music starts when Michael asks Jake to not tell his mother about the shark and then the “telepathic” motif plays as he stares the ocean. IMO this track could have been joined with the previous as they’re both very short and play great together (the ending of the previous matching perfectly the start of this track).
     
    14) Saying Goodnight (0:46) Another score highlight. A delicate short romantic interlude starting at a love scene between Michael and his wife Carla and closing with Hoagie and Ellen saying goodnight after a date and almost kissing. Maybe the only problem with the score is that tracks like this are too short, which is the result of the movie structure (it is a very short movie, less than 1h30, comprised of short sequences – a similar problem that affects Robocop 3, for example) which prevented Michael Small to develop the music longer.
     
    15) Shark Takes Bait (1:44) Michael and Jake decides to put a transmitter on the shark to monitor and study it. The music starts when the shark POV is seen approaching from the distance. Michael Small applies an unique arrangement of the two note shark theme almost as a march, with the rhythm accelerating as the shark approaches. When it dives some suspense music is applied, until it bursts out of the water and takes the bait (allowing Jake to tag it with the transmitter) with an outburst of action music concluding with a big stinger as the shark is tagged and rhythmic percussion as the shark dives returning to suspenseful music as it swims away. 
     
    16) Runaway Bay (4:11) A track of light “Caribbean” source music that plays while Ellen and Hoagie are having a drink at a beach bar and Hoagie kisses Ellen. The scene is short using a fraction of this source track, which in its entirety runs over 4 minutes. IMO this is the main sequencing problem of the album. This kind of source track breaks the mood of the score, being a bit overlong and having no dramatic progression. Although it is in its chronological place I think it would be better if it was placed after the finale of the score.
     
    17) Alright Mr. Fish (0:38) Michael and Jake are on a boat tracking the shark, as Michael is worried about Hoagie dating Ellen he loses track of the shark. As they stare at the ocean the telepathic motif plays and the shark is shown swimming away.
     
    18) Michael’s Dream (0:44) A big brass stinger plays as Michael has a nightmare with the shark jumping out of the water. As he awakes the music continues reflecting his concerns.
     
     
    19) Peak-A-Boo (1:25) Michael is worried and his daughter Thea starts to mimic him as Ellen watches (in a recreation of the first movie “Father And Son” scene). If in the first Jaws Williams scored the scene in a more reflective way on the mood of Brody, here Michael Small opted instead for a kind of Mickey Mousing approach, reflecting in the music the kids gestures. It is a nice track providing some warm mood for the father and daughter relationship.
     
    20) Picking Up Signals (0:42) As Michael is diving to work on the conchs research the tracking system picks the shark heart beat signals approaching. The introduction to the shark theme starts to play and, as Jake warns Michael to return and Michael boards the submarine an exciting suspense rhythm plays with the telepathic echoing bells motif ending the track. In the movie this track is immediately followed by the next (and IMO they should have been joined in a single track - as the suspense rhythm in this track is repeated also in the ending of the next track – and it works great as single track book ended by this same motif)
     
    21) Michael Attacked By Shark (2:32) The best and longest set piece of the movie – apparently the scene was extended after it was originally scored as in the movie the music is looped to cover the longer length of the sequence.
    As Michael is in his submarine the shark appears and attacks it. Michael manages to leave the submarine and is chased by the shark. Michael enters a sunken ship and is followed by the shark through the sunken ship corridors. When Michael becomes trapped in a room he manages to escape using its air tank to climb to the surface.
    The music starts with the fanfare used at the main titles as the shark appears and starts to attack the submarine. The shark theme is used backing some exciting action music and on occasion rising to the foreground as Michael escapes and is chased by the shark. When Michael enters the sinking ship the music shifts for suspense as the shark slowly chases him through the corridors of the ship. The final portion of the track is unused in the film as Michael makes his escape after the shark breaks through a wall and hits a stair almost getting Michael.  
     
    22) Michael At Mirror (0:52) Following the attack Michael is in shock. The telepathic motif plays through the track and a new “resolution” theme is introduced as Michael can not sleep that night. This theme is my favorite from the movie that will be fully developed in the movie’s turning point as Ellen goes out to sea to face the beast.
     
     
    23) Moray Eel (1:03) On the next day after being attacked Michael decides to return to his job diving to tag conchs. The first part of this track should be heard as he is diving but went unused in the movie. As a moray eel scares Michael there’s a big stinger (an effective scare in the movie), then the new resolution theme is briefly quoted as Michael is recovers from the scare. 
     
     
    24) Banana Boat (1:27) Another effective sequence in the movie. Thea is riding a Banana Boat as her mother is attending a dedication ceremony at the beach on which her sculpture is being installed. As Ellen starts to fell that something is not right the telepathic motif plays briefly and then the shark theme plays as the fin rises on the water chasing the banana boat. This track uses the fast-paced arrangement of the shark theme applied at the main titles and also the main titles fanfare as the crowd watch in panic the shark approaching the banana boat. As the shark misses Thea and gets another woman in the banana boat the track gets more intense and concludes with the telepathic motif as the shark dives eating the woman and the banana boat escapes with the kids.
     
     
    25) Ellen Goes Out To Sea (1:14) Another highlight of the score (the final portion of the soundtrack is a string of amazing tracks, starting with this one). After the Banana Boat attack, Ellen sees the fin in the sea and rushes to the dock were she takes Michael and Jake’s boat and goes out to sea to face the shark. The “resolution” introduced in Michael At Mirror plays in full as Ellen is navigating the boat to the open sea. It is a bittersweet beautiful theme.
     
    26) Michael Runs For Help (1:01) Upon returning home Michael learns about the attack on Thea and realizes that his mother and his boat are missing. This is an amazing action track on which the music reflects the urgency of the situation, as Michael runs and takes a small boat with Jake to go after his mother (final portion of this track was unused in the movie). https://youtu.be/7BdXaWO1WoQ
     
    27) Plane Buzzes Shark (1:28) The shark’s POV approaches Ellen at the boat. As it approaches the same shark theme march arrangement used at “Shark Takes Bait” plays, while Michael, Jake and Hoagie are on a plane searching for Ellen. When Ellen sees the fin approaching in the distance the “supernatural” shark theme bridge plays in a dramatic statement as Ellen confronts the shark. The action returns with the main title fanfare as Hoagie sees the shark approaching the boat and dives his plane to scare it as it is jumping out of the water to attack Ellen.
     
     
    28) Is Hoagie Dead? (0:58) After an unscored impressive stunt of the plane landing on the water (the actual crashed plane became a diving spot in the Bahamas). Michael and Jake swims to Ellen’s boat while Hoagie is leaving the plane. The music starts with suspense as the shark underwater POV sees Michael and Jake swimming and then focus on the plane. As the shark starts to attack the plane and sinks it with Hoagie inside a powerful rendition of the shark theme plays. Then some tragic music plays as Ellen, Michael and Jake believe that Hoagie is dead (but somehow Hoagie managed to get of the plane and to swim to the other side of the boat. In the following sequence he already appears with his clothes and hair completely dry as it was noted as a continuity error in several reviews of the movie).
     
     
    29) Killing Of Jake (1:39) The tracking system starts to pick the signals of the shark approaching. Jake prepares an electrical transmitter that he intends to put inside the shark to give the shark jolts aiming to disorientate it. As Michael sees the shark approaching the shark theme starts, then an aggressive action music plays as Michael turn the boat and Jake gets ready to feed the transmitter to the shark.
    The shark disappears and the music becomes suspenseful. When the shark jumps out of the water is slow motion some impressive dissonant music plays (while dialogue is muted) mimicking Ellen and Jake muted screams as the shark eats the electrical device but also gets Jake and dives with Jake in its mouth.
     
    30) Shocked Shark – The Finish (5:44) The finale was heavily reedited after it was scored by Michael Small (with the tracking of Ellen’s Dream and Sean Attacked to accompany a series of flashbacks that apparently were a late addition to the film). The original track indicates a more straightforward finale, without the added flashbacks.
    An action rhythm starts the track as Ellen sees the fin coming in the direction of the boat. A powerful rendition of the shark theme plays as Ellen turns the boat towards the shark.
    As the shark is shocked by Jake’s electrical device, it jumps out of the water and Ellen impales it with the prow of the boat accompanied by a big orchestral stinger (in the movie the stinger is looped playing twice). The impaled shark dies and sink (a sequence shortened after being scored, as the music runs much longer than the scene in the theatrical cut of the movie) and then some tranquil but sad music plays (an omitted sequence on the theatrical cut that should have shown Ellen, Hoagie and Michael in the water after the shark died and the boat sinks).
    For the final scene of the movie at the airport the flying theme returns as Ellen board a plane with Hoagie and leaves, the main title fanfare closes the score as the plane flies to the sunset. Curiously in the movie the airport track is replaced by the almost identical “Ellen Flies Plane” with the fanfare omitted with a cross fade to the main titles music for the end credits.
    [After the USA theatrical release the movie ending was reshot with a poor miniature effect of the shark exploding for no reason after being impaled. Also a new scene with Jake appearing alive after the shark exploded was added - this is the version that was released on home vídeo, DVD and Blu-ray. Even with its flaws the original ending is still superior to the reshot ending]  
     
    31) Jaws The Revenge – End Credits (2:22) This track was replaced by a looped version of the Main Title music. The original track is a more traditional performance of the theme from Jaws - which is much slower than the Main Titles version and includes sections not used in the underscore such as the Orca theme from the first movie. Apparently, Michael Small’s idea was to close the series “full circle” with the first movie’s theme, just adding a somewhat odd finish with a big crescendo. I think this slower version would be appropriate for the closing of the movie but the fast-paced Main Titles is more exciting.
     
     32) Flight To The Bahamas (alternate take) (1:36) This alternate take does not have any significant difference to the film version.
     
    33) Shark Attacks Jake In Sled (alternate take) (0:55) Again very similar to the film take, but in this track some differences can be perceived specially in the electronics and the beginning of the track.
     
    34) Banana Boat (original ending) (1:29) This track has a big crescendo ending, that was replaced by a quieter finale in the film take.
     
    Intrada’s 2015 release is now sold out but can still be found on some resellers for reasonable price.
    IMO there’s still some room for improvement in case it is rereleased by some label in the future. Mainly the minimization of the hiss (maybe with a 1st generation multitrack remix – which could also allow some alternate mixes without the electronic roar effect that remains the more dated aspect of the score). The sequencing could also be improved removing the source track to the end of the program. Also the booklet had an issue in the alternate cover that is a low resolution version of the teaser poster with some visible rendering problems – at the Intrada site this alternate cover was corrected later with a better resolution version (I’m not sure if any of the later pressings of the soundtrack included a booklet with the corrected version)
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    JAWS THE REVENGE (1987) – Music Composed, Arranged and Conducted by Michael Small
    **** out of ***** an excellent score with fast paced variations on the jaws theme, great action music and lovely emotional moments. Only loses one star for the brevity of some tracks that prevented Michael Small to further develop his fantastic music in longer pieces.
     
    The film is terrible with an absurd plot, hushed production and a very fake-looking shark but has a few redeeming qualities: a good cast, beautiful locations, some effective sequences and, above all, the excellent musical score by veteran composer Michael Small.
    An original soundtrack “available at MCA records and tapes” was mentioned at the movie’s teaser poster. Having seen this poster I started to hunt for the soundtrack, and, in the pre-internet days, it took me a long time to discover that in fact that release of the score had never happened. I continued to be obsessed with this soundtrack over the years, enduring the movie multiple times on VHS just to hear the music.
    In 1994 some of the score became available at an Edel’s  2-CD Compilation “Best of Adventure” which included a “world premiere recording” of “Jaws IV: The Revenge” (and of the then unreleased scores of The Goonies, Shoot to Kill, Remo Williams, Savage Island [Nate and Hayes], Fandango - among others). It was only an 11 min. suite re-recording by the City of Prague Orchestra (before the CPO became more refined) but it was great to finally have at least some of the music available.
    On 2000 a promo of the original score was released (with the Jaws 2 teaser poster as a cover). But I was disappointed to discover that it included only 28 min. of music (missing a lot of essential tracks while including music not used in the film) and by the hissy sound quality. That promo was supposedly sourced from a composer 2nd or 3rd generation personal copy of the discarded LP program.
    Finally, on February 2015, the score was released by Intrada Records. It is an excellent release with the complete score, including one cue of source music and some alternates in good sound (even if still with some hiss) taken from the original stereo mixes prepared for the film.
    The booklet includes a lot of interesting information on the problematic production of the film but not much on how Michael Small was chosen or on how the music is used in the movie. Therefore, I decided to do a track-by-track comment on the music and its context in the movie.
    1)  Jaws The Revenge – Main Title (2:30)
    The movie opens with an underwater shark POV at night (with the sounds of a marker buoy bell, reminiscent of the first Jaws). The music starts with a kind of low “roar effect” (the same effect will be used in several tracks) and suspenseful music in the strings and brass. Soon the familiar two note shark motif appears as the shark’s POV rises above the water to reveal docks in the distance. The title of the movie appears and a triumphant brass fanfare plays (at 0:27) - such fanfare will be used various times though the movie (becoming a kind of musical signature of the film). Following the fanfare the familiar shark theme begins in a fast paced version (more adventurous than menacing), then at 1:11 Michael Small introduces his unique take on the Jaws theme: an exciting, fast-paced rhythmic portion of the theme that is expanded from a very brief secondary section of the original John Williams theme. The music continues with a statement of the bridge portion of the Jaws theme (the “supernatural” motif of the shark that is used in the original Jaws when it first swims by the Orca revealing its size in “Man Against Beast” / “Sea Attack Number One” – which is particularly appropriated in this movie given the supernatural nature of the “revenge”) and then it finishes with a more traditional take on the climax of the Jaws theme.
    This track really gets your blood pumping. Michael Small music has many different layers of sound playing simultaneously in the various sections of the orchestra and creates a sense of urgency and adventure that makes you which he had scored more action films in his career.
    https://youtu.be/5CaY-RfGGME 
     
     
    2) Sean Attacked (1:31) Sean Brody (taking his late father position as Amity Chief of Police) must go out on a boat at night to release a piece of wood stuck in the canal marker buoy. The music starts with the ominous two note shark motif when the shark POV focus on Sean in the Amity Police boat. Then it accelerates and a powerful version of the shark theme music alternating with some dissonant orchestral outbursts are applied for the brutal attack itself. In the movie some of the music is dialed out (this track is also largely reused on the reedited finale of the film). I did some score restore on this sequence
     
     
    3)  Identification (0:44) Sad music which in the final part reminds a bit the mood of “Remains On The Beach” from Jaws. The music is for the scene on which Ellen recognizes her son’s body at the morgue.
     
     4)  Run – Funeral (1:21) More sad but beautiful music for the scene on which Michael Brody remembers his brother and runs at the beach then it moves to the subsequent funeral scene (on which Ellen remembers the “Father And Son” scene from Jaws that will be recreated latter in the movie).
     
    5) Flight To The Bahamas (1:39) This unused track should play when Ellen leaves with Michael’s family to the Bahamas, starting with some sad music (similar to the music in Identification) when the camera focus on the piece of wood that was stuck on the buoy laying at the beach then changing to more uplifting music as the group is arriving at the Bahamas by plane. This track introduces a motif (at 0:12) that will be used for the flight sequences in the film when Ellen is dating the pilot Hoagie [Michael Caine]).
     
    6) Ellen Warns (0:37) A very short suspense track for the scene on which Ellen shouts at her granddaughter upon seeing her playing in a dock (also to some extent a recreation of the scene of Jaws on which Brody shouts at his son Michael to get out of the boat at the dock). Even in a very short track Michael Small manages to move from suspense to regret (when Ellen regrets her ‘irrational’ behavior). This track introduces the sound of electronic echoing bells and this same sound will be applied latter for the “telepathic motif” that will be used in the movie when Ellen senses that the shark is around or Michael is worrying about the shark.
     
    7) Ellen’s Dream (1:07) A short track but one of the score’s highlights. The music starts with some suspense as Michael shows Ellen a sculpture being made by his wife that looks a lot like a shark’s jaws, then a kind of hypnotic rhythm starts for Ellen swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas - the music seems tranquil at first but gradually becomes menacing and accelerates as the shark POV approaches and attacks. The music stops abruptly when it is all revealed to have been a nightmare.
     
    8) Tagging the Conchs (1:36) Another unused track for the underwater activities of Michael Brody who is studying some sea snails with his partner Jake. The music is basic “diving music” and its omission from the movie is understandable as it doesn’t add much dramatically to the scene. 
     
    9) Ellen Plays With “Leah” (1:09) (misspelled track title as the name of the kid is Thea and not Leah). This unused track should score the Christmas scene, the happy mood from the first part of the track changes when Thea asks about her uncle Sean and Ellen remembers the shark (and an ominous slow version of the shark theme introduction plays in the background).
     
    10) Jaws The Revenge (0:33) The shark is shown arriving in the Bahamas (with tracked music from the beginning of the Main Titles). In the following sequence Ellen is playing with Thea at the beach and when her feet touch the sea she feels that the shark is near. The shark theme plays and the score introduces the “telepathic” echoing bells motif.
     
    11) Ellen Flies Plane (1:31) After a brief introduction the flying theme plays for the scene on which Ellen has some piloting lessons with Hoagie, the mood is breezy and light. This track is tracked at the end of the movie for the airport scene (replacing the almost identical original version recorded for the “finale”).
     
    12) Shark Attacks Jake In Sled (0:57) Another short track that is also a highlight of the score. Jake is in a small submarine and the shark slowly approaches it from the side, then it climbs above the water and attacks the barge on which Michael Brody is.
    The music starts with suspense and the roar effect is used when Jake sees the shark. A pulsing action music is used for the scene on which the shark rises out of the water and chomps on a wooden platform at the barge. The shark theme plays in the background as the shark dives and disappears. 
     
    13) Don’t Tell Mother (0:29) A very short track for the aftermath of the previous attack, while Jake is fascinated by the shark and wants to study it Michael is very worried that his mother’s fears may have some grounds. The music starts when Michael asks Jake to not tell his mother about the shark and then the “telepathic” motif plays as he stares the ocean. IMO this track could have been joined with the previous as they’re both very short and play great together (the ending of the previous matching perfectly the start of this track).
     
    14) Saying Goodnight (0:46) Another score highlight. A delicate short romantic interlude starting at a love scene between Michael and his wife Carla and closing with Hoagie and Ellen saying goodnight after a date and almost kissing. Maybe the only problem with the score is that tracks like this are too short, which is the result of the movie structure (it is a very short movie, less than 1h30, comprised of short sequences – a similar problem that affects Robocop 3, for example) which prevented Michael Small to develop the music longer.
     
    15) Shark Takes Bait (1:44) Michael and Jake decides to put a transmitter on the shark to monitor and study it. The music starts when the shark POV is seen approaching from the distance. Michael Small applies an unique arrangement of the two note shark theme almost as a march, with the rhythm accelerating as the shark approaches. When it dives some suspense music is applied, until it bursts out of the water and takes the bait (allowing Jake to tag it with the transmitter) with an outburst of action music concluding with a big stinger as the shark is tagged and rhythmic percussion as the shark dives returning to suspenseful music as it swims away. 
     
    16) Runaway Bay (4:11) A track of light “Caribbean” source music that plays while Ellen and Hoagie are having a drink at a beach bar and Hoagie kisses Ellen. The scene is short using a fraction of this source track, which in its entirety runs over 4 minutes. IMO this is the main sequencing problem of the album. This kind of source track breaks the mood of the score, being a bit overlong and having no dramatic progression. Although it is in its chronological place I think it would be better if it was placed after the finale of the score.
     
    17) Alright Mr. Fish (0:38) Michael and Jake are on a boat tracking the shark, as Michael is worried about Hoagie dating Ellen he loses track of the shark. As they stare at the ocean the telepathic motif plays and the shark is shown swimming away.
     
    18) Michael’s Dream (0:44) A big brass stinger plays as Michael has a nightmare with the shark jumping out of the water. As he awakes the music continues reflecting his concerns.
     
     
    19) Peak-A-Boo (1:25) Michael is worried and his daughter Thea starts to mimic him as Ellen watches (in a recreation of the first movie “Father And Son” scene). If in the first Jaws Williams scored the scene in a more reflective way on the mood of Brody, here Michael Small opted instead for a kind of Mickey Mousing approach, reflecting in the music the kids gestures. It is a nice track providing some warm mood for the father and daughter relationship.
     
    20) Picking Up Signals (0:42) As Michael is diving to work on the conchs research the tracking system picks the shark heart beat signals approaching. The introduction to the shark theme starts to play and, as Jake warns Michael to return and Michael boards the submarine an exciting suspense rhythm plays with the telepathic echoing bells motif ending the track. In the movie this track is immediately followed by the next (and IMO they should have been joined in a single track - as the suspense rhythm in this track is repeated also in the ending of the next track – and it works great as single track book ended by this same motif)
     
    21) Michael Attacked By Shark (2:32) The best and longest set piece of the movie – apparently the scene was extended after it was originally scored as in the movie the music is looped to cover the longer length of the sequence.
    As Michael is in his submarine the shark appears and attacks it. Michael manages to leave the submarine and is chased by the shark. Michael enters a sunken ship and is followed by the shark through the sunken ship corridors. When Michael becomes trapped in a room he manages to escape using its air tank to climb to the surface.
    The music starts with the fanfare used at the main titles as the shark appears and starts to attack the submarine. The shark theme is used backing some exciting action music and on occasion rising to the foreground as Michael escapes and is chased by the shark. When Michael enters the sinking ship the music shifts for suspense as the shark slowly chases him through the corridors of the ship. The final portion of the track is unused in the film as Michael makes his escape after the shark breaks through a wall and hits a stair almost getting Michael.  
     
    22) Michael At Mirror (0:52) Following the attack Michael is in shock. The telepathic motif plays through the track and a new “resolution” theme is introduced as Michael can not sleep that night. This theme is my favorite from the movie that will be fully developed in the movie’s turning point as Ellen goes out to sea to face the beast.
     
     
    23) Moray Eel (1:03) On the next day after being attacked Michael decides to return to his job diving to tag conchs. The first part of this track should be heard as he is diving but went unused in the movie. As a moray eel scares Michael there’s a big stinger (an effective scare in the movie), then the new resolution theme is briefly quoted as Michael is recovers from the scare. 
     
     
    24) Banana Boat (1:27) Another effective sequence in the movie. Thea is riding a Banana Boat as her mother is attending a dedication ceremony at the beach on which her sculpture is being installed. As Ellen starts to fell that something is not right the telepathic motif plays briefly and then the shark theme plays as the fin rises on the water chasing the banana boat. This track uses the fast-paced arrangement of the shark theme applied at the main titles and also the main titles fanfare as the crowd watch in panic the shark approaching the banana boat. As the shark misses Thea and gets another woman in the banana boat the track gets more intense and concludes with the telepathic motif as the shark dives eating the woman and the banana boat escapes with the kids.
     
     
    25) Ellen Goes Out To Sea (1:14) Another highlight of the score (the final portion of the soundtrack is a string of amazing tracks, starting with this one). After the Banana Boat attack, Ellen sees the fin in the sea and rushes to the dock were she takes Michael and Jake’s boat and goes out to sea to face the shark. The “resolution” introduced in Michael At Mirror plays in full as Ellen is navigating the boat to the open sea. It is a bittersweet beautiful theme.
     
    26) Michael Runs For Help (1:01) Upon returning home Michael learns about the attack on Thea and realizes that his mother and his boat are missing. This is an amazing action track on which the music reflects the urgency of the situation, as Michael runs and takes a small boat with Jake to go after his mother (final portion of this track was unused in the movie). https://youtu.be/7BdXaWO1WoQ
     
    27) Plane Buzzes Shark (1:28) The shark’s POV approaches Ellen at the boat. As it approaches the same shark theme march arrangement used at “Shark Takes Bait” plays, while Michael, Jake and Hoagie are on a plane searching for Ellen. When Ellen sees the fin approaching in the distance the “supernatural” shark theme bridge plays in a dramatic statement as Ellen confronts the shark. The action returns with the main title fanfare as Hoagie sees the shark approaching the boat and dives his plane to scare it as it is jumping out of the water to attack Ellen.
     
     
    28) Is Hoagie Dead? (0:58) After an unscored impressive stunt of the plane landing on the water (the actual crashed plane became a diving spot in the Bahamas). Michael and Jake swims to Ellen’s boat while Hoagie is leaving the plane. The music starts with suspense as the shark underwater POV sees Michael and Jake swimming and then focus on the plane. As the shark starts to attack the plane and sinks it with Hoagie inside a powerful rendition of the shark theme plays. Then some tragic music plays as Ellen, Michael and Jake believe that Hoagie is dead (but somehow Hoagie managed to get of the plane and to swim to the other side of the boat. In the following sequence he already appears with his clothes and hair completely dry as it was noted as a continuity error in several reviews of the movie).
     
     
    29) Killing Of Jake (1:39) The tracking system starts to pick the signals of the shark approaching. Jake prepares an electrical transmitter that he intends to put inside the shark to give the shark jolts aiming to disorientate it. As Michael sees the shark approaching the shark theme starts, then an aggressive action music plays as Michael turn the boat and Jake gets ready to feed the transmitter to the shark.
    The shark disappears and the music becomes suspenseful. When the shark jumps out of the water is slow motion some impressive dissonant music plays (while dialogue is muted) mimicking Ellen and Jake muted screams as the shark eats the electrical device but also gets Jake and dives with Jake in its mouth.
     
    30) Shocked Shark – The Finish (5:44) The finale was heavily reedited after it was scored by Michael Small (with the tracking of Ellen’s Dream and Sean Attacked to accompany a series of flashbacks that apparently were a late addition to the film). The original track indicates a more straightforward finale, without the added flashbacks.
    An action rhythm starts the track as Ellen sees the fin coming in the direction of the boat. A powerful rendition of the shark theme plays as Ellen turns the boat towards the shark.
    As the shark is shocked by Jake’s electrical device, it jumps out of the water and Ellen impales it with the prow of the boat accompanied by a big orchestral stinger (in the movie the stinger is looped playing twice). The impaled shark dies and sink (a sequence shortened after being scored, as the music runs much longer than the scene in the theatrical cut of the movie) and then some tranquil but sad music plays (an omitted sequence on the theatrical cut that should have shown Ellen, Hoagie and Michael in the water after the shark died and the boat sinks).
    For the final scene of the movie at the airport the flying theme returns as Ellen board a plane with Hoagie and leaves, the main title fanfare closes the score as the plane flies to the sunset. Curiously in the movie the airport track is replaced by the almost identical “Ellen Flies Plane” with the fanfare omitted with a cross fade to the main titles music for the end credits.
    [After the USA theatrical release the movie ending was reshot with a poor miniature effect of the shark exploding for no reason after being impaled. Also a new scene with Jake appearing alive after the shark exploded was added - this is the version that was released on home vídeo, DVD and Blu-ray. Even with its flaws the original ending is still superior to the reshot ending]  
     
    31) Jaws The Revenge – End Credits (2:22) This track was replaced by a looped version of the Main Title music. The original track is a more traditional performance of the theme from Jaws - which is much slower than the Main Titles version and includes sections not used in the underscore such as the Orca theme from the first movie. Apparently, Michael Small’s idea was to close the series “full circle” with the first movie’s theme, just adding a somewhat odd finish with a big crescendo. I think this slower version would be appropriate for the closing of the movie but the fast-paced Main Titles is more exciting.
     
     32) Flight To The Bahamas (alternate take) (1:36) This alternate take does not have any significant difference to the film version.
     
    33) Shark Attacks Jake In Sled (alternate take) (0:55) Again very similar to the film take, but in this track some differences can be perceived specially in the electronics and the beginning of the track.
     
    34) Banana Boat (original ending) (1:29) This track has a big crescendo ending, that was replaced by a quieter finale in the film take.
     
    Intrada’s 2015 release is now sold out but can still be found on some resellers for reasonable price.
    IMO there’s still some room for improvement in case it is rereleased by some label in the future. Mainly the minimization of the hiss (maybe with a 1st generation multitrack remix – which could also allow some alternate mixes without the electronic roar effect that remains the more dated aspect of the score). The sequencing could also be improved removing the source track to the end of the program. Also the booklet had an issue in the alternate cover that is a low resolution version of the teaser poster with some visible rendering problems – at the Intrada site this alternate cover was corrected later with a better resolution version (I’m not sure if any of the later pressings of the soundtrack included a booklet with the corrected version)
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    danbeck got a reaction from Sir Hilary Bray in SCORE: Jaws The Revenge (1987) - Michael Small   
    JAWS THE REVENGE (1987) – Music Composed, Arranged and Conducted by Michael Small
    **** out of ***** an excellent score with fast paced variations on the jaws theme, great action music and lovely emotional moments. Only loses one star for the brevity of some tracks that prevented Michael Small to further develop his fantastic music in longer pieces.
     
    The film is terrible with an absurd plot, hushed production and a very fake-looking shark but has a few redeeming qualities: a good cast, beautiful locations, some effective sequences and, above all, the excellent musical score by veteran composer Michael Small.
    An original soundtrack “available at MCA records and tapes” was mentioned at the movie’s teaser poster. Having seen this poster I started to hunt for the soundtrack, and, in the pre-internet days, it took me a long time to discover that in fact that release of the score had never happened. I continued to be obsessed with this soundtrack over the years, enduring the movie multiple times on VHS just to hear the music.
    In 1994 some of the score became available at an Edel’s  2-CD Compilation “Best of Adventure” which included a “world premiere recording” of “Jaws IV: The Revenge” (and of the then unreleased scores of The Goonies, Shoot to Kill, Remo Williams, Savage Island [Nate and Hayes], Fandango - among others). It was only an 11 min. suite re-recording by the City of Prague Orchestra (before the CPO became more refined) but it was great to finally have at least some of the music available.
    On 2000 a promo of the original score was released (with the Jaws 2 teaser poster as a cover). But I was disappointed to discover that it included only 28 min. of music (missing a lot of essential tracks while including music not used in the film) and by the hissy sound quality. That promo was supposedly sourced from a composer 2nd or 3rd generation personal copy of the discarded LP program.
    Finally, on February 2015, the score was released by Intrada Records. It is an excellent release with the complete score, including one cue of source music and some alternates in good sound (even if still with some hiss) taken from the original stereo mixes prepared for the film.
    The booklet includes a lot of interesting information on the problematic production of the film but not much on how Michael Small was chosen or on how the music is used in the movie. Therefore, I decided to do a track-by-track comment on the music and its context in the movie.
    1)  Jaws The Revenge – Main Title (2:30)
    The movie opens with an underwater shark POV at night (with the sounds of a marker buoy bell, reminiscent of the first Jaws). The music starts with a kind of low “roar effect” (the same effect will be used in several tracks) and suspenseful music in the strings and brass. Soon the familiar two note shark motif appears as the shark’s POV rises above the water to reveal docks in the distance. The title of the movie appears and a triumphant brass fanfare plays (at 0:27) - such fanfare will be used various times though the movie (becoming a kind of musical signature of the film). Following the fanfare the familiar shark theme begins in a fast paced version (more adventurous than menacing), then at 1:11 Michael Small introduces his unique take on the Jaws theme: an exciting, fast-paced rhythmic portion of the theme that is expanded from a very brief secondary section of the original John Williams theme. The music continues with a statement of the bridge portion of the Jaws theme (the “supernatural” motif of the shark that is used in the original Jaws when it first swims by the Orca revealing its size in “Man Against Beast” / “Sea Attack Number One” – which is particularly appropriated in this movie given the supernatural nature of the “revenge”) and then it finishes with a more traditional take on the climax of the Jaws theme.
    This track really gets your blood pumping. Michael Small music has many different layers of sound playing simultaneously in the various sections of the orchestra and creates a sense of urgency and adventure that makes you which he had scored more action films in his career.
    https://youtu.be/5CaY-RfGGME 
     
     
    2) Sean Attacked (1:31) Sean Brody (taking his late father position as Amity Chief of Police) must go out on a boat at night to release a piece of wood stuck in the canal marker buoy. The music starts with the ominous two note shark motif when the shark POV focus on Sean in the Amity Police boat. Then it accelerates and a powerful version of the shark theme music alternating with some dissonant orchestral outbursts are applied for the brutal attack itself. In the movie some of the music is dialed out (this track is also largely reused on the reedited finale of the film). I did some score restore on this sequence
     
     
    3)  Identification (0:44) Sad music which in the final part reminds a bit the mood of “Remains On The Beach” from Jaws. The music is for the scene on which Ellen recognizes her son’s body at the morgue.
     
     4)  Run – Funeral (1:21) More sad but beautiful music for the scene on which Michael Brody remembers his brother and runs at the beach then it moves to the subsequent funeral scene (on which Ellen remembers the “Father And Son” scene from Jaws that will be recreated latter in the movie).
     
    5) Flight To The Bahamas (1:39) This unused track should play when Ellen leaves with Michael’s family to the Bahamas, starting with some sad music (similar to the music in Identification) when the camera focus on the piece of wood that was stuck on the buoy laying at the beach then changing to more uplifting music as the group is arriving at the Bahamas by plane. This track introduces a motif (at 0:12) that will be used for the flight sequences in the film when Ellen is dating the pilot Hoagie [Michael Caine]).
     
    6) Ellen Warns (0:37) A very short suspense track for the scene on which Ellen shouts at her granddaughter upon seeing her playing in a dock (also to some extent a recreation of the scene of Jaws on which Brody shouts at his son Michael to get out of the boat at the dock). Even in a very short track Michael Small manages to move from suspense to regret (when Ellen regrets her ‘irrational’ behavior). This track introduces the sound of electronic echoing bells and this same sound will be applied latter for the “telepathic motif” that will be used in the movie when Ellen senses that the shark is around or Michael is worrying about the shark.
     
    7) Ellen’s Dream (1:07) A short track but one of the score’s highlights. The music starts with some suspense as Michael shows Ellen a sculpture being made by his wife that looks a lot like a shark’s jaws, then a kind of hypnotic rhythm starts for Ellen swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas - the music seems tranquil at first but gradually becomes menacing and accelerates as the shark POV approaches and attacks. The music stops abruptly when it is all revealed to have been a nightmare.
     
    8) Tagging the Conchs (1:36) Another unused track for the underwater activities of Michael Brody who is studying some sea snails with his partner Jake. The music is basic “diving music” and its omission from the movie is understandable as it doesn’t add much dramatically to the scene. 
     
    9) Ellen Plays With “Leah” (1:09) (misspelled track title as the name of the kid is Thea and not Leah). This unused track should score the Christmas scene, the happy mood from the first part of the track changes when Thea asks about her uncle Sean and Ellen remembers the shark (and an ominous slow version of the shark theme introduction plays in the background).
     
    10) Jaws The Revenge (0:33) The shark is shown arriving in the Bahamas (with tracked music from the beginning of the Main Titles). In the following sequence Ellen is playing with Thea at the beach and when her feet touch the sea she feels that the shark is near. The shark theme plays and the score introduces the “telepathic” echoing bells motif.
     
    11) Ellen Flies Plane (1:31) After a brief introduction the flying theme plays for the scene on which Ellen has some piloting lessons with Hoagie, the mood is breezy and light. This track is tracked at the end of the movie for the airport scene (replacing the almost identical original version recorded for the “finale”).
     
    12) Shark Attacks Jake In Sled (0:57) Another short track that is also a highlight of the score. Jake is in a small submarine and the shark slowly approaches it from the side, then it climbs above the water and attacks the barge on which Michael Brody is.
    The music starts with suspense and the roar effect is used when Jake sees the shark. A pulsing action music is used for the scene on which the shark rises out of the water and chomps on a wooden platform at the barge. The shark theme plays in the background as the shark dives and disappears. 
     
    13) Don’t Tell Mother (0:29) A very short track for the aftermath of the previous attack, while Jake is fascinated by the shark and wants to study it Michael is very worried that his mother’s fears may have some grounds. The music starts when Michael asks Jake to not tell his mother about the shark and then the “telepathic” motif plays as he stares the ocean. IMO this track could have been joined with the previous as they’re both very short and play great together (the ending of the previous matching perfectly the start of this track).
     
    14) Saying Goodnight (0:46) Another score highlight. A delicate short romantic interlude starting at a love scene between Michael and his wife Carla and closing with Hoagie and Ellen saying goodnight after a date and almost kissing. Maybe the only problem with the score is that tracks like this are too short, which is the result of the movie structure (it is a very short movie, less than 1h30, comprised of short sequences – a similar problem that affects Robocop 3, for example) which prevented Michael Small to develop the music longer.
     
    15) Shark Takes Bait (1:44) Michael and Jake decides to put a transmitter on the shark to monitor and study it. The music starts when the shark POV is seen approaching from the distance. Michael Small applies an unique arrangement of the two note shark theme almost as a march, with the rhythm accelerating as the shark approaches. When it dives some suspense music is applied, until it bursts out of the water and takes the bait (allowing Jake to tag it with the transmitter) with an outburst of action music concluding with a big stinger as the shark is tagged and rhythmic percussion as the shark dives returning to suspenseful music as it swims away. 
     
    16) Runaway Bay (4:11) A track of light “Caribbean” source music that plays while Ellen and Hoagie are having a drink at a beach bar and Hoagie kisses Ellen. The scene is short using a fraction of this source track, which in its entirety runs over 4 minutes. IMO this is the main sequencing problem of the album. This kind of source track breaks the mood of the score, being a bit overlong and having no dramatic progression. Although it is in its chronological place I think it would be better if it was placed after the finale of the score.
     
    17) Alright Mr. Fish (0:38) Michael and Jake are on a boat tracking the shark, as Michael is worried about Hoagie dating Ellen he loses track of the shark. As they stare at the ocean the telepathic motif plays and the shark is shown swimming away.
     
    18) Michael’s Dream (0:44) A big brass stinger plays as Michael has a nightmare with the shark jumping out of the water. As he awakes the music continues reflecting his concerns.
     
     
    19) Peak-A-Boo (1:25) Michael is worried and his daughter Thea starts to mimic him as Ellen watches (in a recreation of the first movie “Father And Son” scene). If in the first Jaws Williams scored the scene in a more reflective way on the mood of Brody, here Michael Small opted instead for a kind of Mickey Mousing approach, reflecting in the music the kids gestures. It is a nice track providing some warm mood for the father and daughter relationship.
     
    20) Picking Up Signals (0:42) As Michael is diving to work on the conchs research the tracking system picks the shark heart beat signals approaching. The introduction to the shark theme starts to play and, as Jake warns Michael to return and Michael boards the submarine an exciting suspense rhythm plays with the telepathic echoing bells motif ending the track. In the movie this track is immediately followed by the next (and IMO they should have been joined in a single track - as the suspense rhythm in this track is repeated also in the ending of the next track – and it works great as single track book ended by this same motif)
     
    21) Michael Attacked By Shark (2:32) The best and longest set piece of the movie – apparently the scene was extended after it was originally scored as in the movie the music is looped to cover the longer length of the sequence.
    As Michael is in his submarine the shark appears and attacks it. Michael manages to leave the submarine and is chased by the shark. Michael enters a sunken ship and is followed by the shark through the sunken ship corridors. When Michael becomes trapped in a room he manages to escape using its air tank to climb to the surface.
    The music starts with the fanfare used at the main titles as the shark appears and starts to attack the submarine. The shark theme is used backing some exciting action music and on occasion rising to the foreground as Michael escapes and is chased by the shark. When Michael enters the sinking ship the music shifts for suspense as the shark slowly chases him through the corridors of the ship. The final portion of the track is unused in the film as Michael makes his escape after the shark breaks through a wall and hits a stair almost getting Michael.  
     
    22) Michael At Mirror (0:52) Following the attack Michael is in shock. The telepathic motif plays through the track and a new “resolution” theme is introduced as Michael can not sleep that night. This theme is my favorite from the movie that will be fully developed in the movie’s turning point as Ellen goes out to sea to face the beast.
     
     
    23) Moray Eel (1:03) On the next day after being attacked Michael decides to return to his job diving to tag conchs. The first part of this track should be heard as he is diving but went unused in the movie. As a moray eel scares Michael there’s a big stinger (an effective scare in the movie), then the new resolution theme is briefly quoted as Michael is recovers from the scare. 
     
     
    24) Banana Boat (1:27) Another effective sequence in the movie. Thea is riding a Banana Boat as her mother is attending a dedication ceremony at the beach on which her sculpture is being installed. As Ellen starts to fell that something is not right the telepathic motif plays briefly and then the shark theme plays as the fin rises on the water chasing the banana boat. This track uses the fast-paced arrangement of the shark theme applied at the main titles and also the main titles fanfare as the crowd watch in panic the shark approaching the banana boat. As the shark misses Thea and gets another woman in the banana boat the track gets more intense and concludes with the telepathic motif as the shark dives eating the woman and the banana boat escapes with the kids.
     
     
    25) Ellen Goes Out To Sea (1:14) Another highlight of the score (the final portion of the soundtrack is a string of amazing tracks, starting with this one). After the Banana Boat attack, Ellen sees the fin in the sea and rushes to the dock were she takes Michael and Jake’s boat and goes out to sea to face the shark. The “resolution” introduced in Michael At Mirror plays in full as Ellen is navigating the boat to the open sea. It is a bittersweet beautiful theme.
     
    26) Michael Runs For Help (1:01) Upon returning home Michael learns about the attack on Thea and realizes that his mother and his boat are missing. This is an amazing action track on which the music reflects the urgency of the situation, as Michael runs and takes a small boat with Jake to go after his mother (final portion of this track was unused in the movie). https://youtu.be/7BdXaWO1WoQ
     
    27) Plane Buzzes Shark (1:28) The shark’s POV approaches Ellen at the boat. As it approaches the same shark theme march arrangement used at “Shark Takes Bait” plays, while Michael, Jake and Hoagie are on a plane searching for Ellen. When Ellen sees the fin approaching in the distance the “supernatural” shark theme bridge plays in a dramatic statement as Ellen confronts the shark. The action returns with the main title fanfare as Hoagie sees the shark approaching the boat and dives his plane to scare it as it is jumping out of the water to attack Ellen.
     
     
    28) Is Hoagie Dead? (0:58) After an unscored impressive stunt of the plane landing on the water (the actual crashed plane became a diving spot in the Bahamas). Michael and Jake swims to Ellen’s boat while Hoagie is leaving the plane. The music starts with suspense as the shark underwater POV sees Michael and Jake swimming and then focus on the plane. As the shark starts to attack the plane and sinks it with Hoagie inside a powerful rendition of the shark theme plays. Then some tragic music plays as Ellen, Michael and Jake believe that Hoagie is dead (but somehow Hoagie managed to get of the plane and to swim to the other side of the boat. In the following sequence he already appears with his clothes and hair completely dry as it was noted as a continuity error in several reviews of the movie).
     
     
    29) Killing Of Jake (1:39) The tracking system starts to pick the signals of the shark approaching. Jake prepares an electrical transmitter that he intends to put inside the shark to give the shark jolts aiming to disorientate it. As Michael sees the shark approaching the shark theme starts, then an aggressive action music plays as Michael turn the boat and Jake gets ready to feed the transmitter to the shark.
    The shark disappears and the music becomes suspenseful. When the shark jumps out of the water is slow motion some impressive dissonant music plays (while dialogue is muted) mimicking Ellen and Jake muted screams as the shark eats the electrical device but also gets Jake and dives with Jake in its mouth.
     
    30) Shocked Shark – The Finish (5:44) The finale was heavily reedited after it was scored by Michael Small (with the tracking of Ellen’s Dream and Sean Attacked to accompany a series of flashbacks that apparently were a late addition to the film). The original track indicates a more straightforward finale, without the added flashbacks.
    An action rhythm starts the track as Ellen sees the fin coming in the direction of the boat. A powerful rendition of the shark theme plays as Ellen turns the boat towards the shark.
    As the shark is shocked by Jake’s electrical device, it jumps out of the water and Ellen impales it with the prow of the boat accompanied by a big orchestral stinger (in the movie the stinger is looped playing twice). The impaled shark dies and sink (a sequence shortened after being scored, as the music runs much longer than the scene in the theatrical cut of the movie) and then some tranquil but sad music plays (an omitted sequence on the theatrical cut that should have shown Ellen, Hoagie and Michael in the water after the shark died and the boat sinks).
    For the final scene of the movie at the airport the flying theme returns as Ellen board a plane with Hoagie and leaves, the main title fanfare closes the score as the plane flies to the sunset. Curiously in the movie the airport track is replaced by the almost identical “Ellen Flies Plane” with the fanfare omitted with a cross fade to the main titles music for the end credits.
    [After the USA theatrical release the movie ending was reshot with a poor miniature effect of the shark exploding for no reason after being impaled. Also a new scene with Jake appearing alive after the shark exploded was added - this is the version that was released on home vídeo, DVD and Blu-ray. Even with its flaws the original ending is still superior to the reshot ending]  
     
    31) Jaws The Revenge – End Credits (2:22) This track was replaced by a looped version of the Main Title music. The original track is a more traditional performance of the theme from Jaws - which is much slower than the Main Titles version and includes sections not used in the underscore such as the Orca theme from the first movie. Apparently, Michael Small’s idea was to close the series “full circle” with the first movie’s theme, just adding a somewhat odd finish with a big crescendo. I think this slower version would be appropriate for the closing of the movie but the fast-paced Main Titles is more exciting.
     
     32) Flight To The Bahamas (alternate take) (1:36) This alternate take does not have any significant difference to the film version.
     
    33) Shark Attacks Jake In Sled (alternate take) (0:55) Again very similar to the film take, but in this track some differences can be perceived specially in the electronics and the beginning of the track.
     
    34) Banana Boat (original ending) (1:29) This track has a big crescendo ending, that was replaced by a quieter finale in the film take.
     
    Intrada’s 2015 release is now sold out but can still be found on some resellers for reasonable price.
    IMO there’s still some room for improvement in case it is rereleased by some label in the future. Mainly the minimization of the hiss (maybe with a 1st generation multitrack remix – which could also allow some alternate mixes without the electronic roar effect that remains the more dated aspect of the score). The sequencing could also be improved removing the source track to the end of the program. Also the booklet had an issue in the alternate cover that is a low resolution version of the teaser poster with some visible rendering problems – at the Intrada site this alternate cover was corrected later with a better resolution version (I’m not sure if any of the later pressings of the soundtrack included a booklet with the corrected version)
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    danbeck got a reaction from The Illustrious Jerry in Top 15 ESSENTIAL John Williams Cues   
    I agree with you guy from the past (10 yrs ago). I probably would not be able to recommend 15 tracks to the guy knowing that the 15th will make him deaf again forever.
    Maybe I could recommend 14 tracks and ask the guy to stay away from Williams scores to maintain his hearing. The issue is if the guy likes it so much that he decides to listen to another one on his own and turns deaf again.
     
    Here are the 14:
     
    1- 1975: Man Against Beast -Jaws (starts with a bang! Maybe JW best cue ever - moves from suspense to wonderment to action to excitement and then to frustration, all in great style)
    2- 1977: The Throne Room and End Titles-Star Wars (The score who made JW the JW we know, this track is essential, the force theme, the rebel fanfarre, Princess Leia theme)
    3 - 1977: Appearance of the Visitors/Contact/End Credits - CETK (starts with dissonance then moves to the wonderful finale - I know this is two tracks in the latest release, but I count it as one based on the previous release)
    4 - 1978: Epilogue - The Fury (album) - wonderful track
    5 - 1978: The Fortress of Solitude - Superman 
    6- 1981: The Miracle of the Ark - for me the ark theme is a highlight of the Inidiana Jones series
    7 - 1982: Over The Moon - ET 
    8 - 1984: End Credits - IJ and the Temple of Doom (one of the best End Credits suites ever assembled by Williams - wonderful bridges between the various themes)
    9 - 1991: You Are The Pan - Hook
    10 - 1993: Journey to the Island - Jurassic Park
    11 - 1993: Schindler’s Working Force (not the most representative track of the soundtrack, but my favorite track - hypnotic)
    12 - 2004: The Firebolt/End Credits - HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban (great summary of some of the best HP music from the best score in the series)
    13 - 2005: Sayuri’s Theme - Memoirs of a Geisha
    14 - 2015: Jedi Steps and Finale - SW The Force Awakens - not impressed with Rey’s theme at first but this one have grown on me and nowadays is one of my favorite in the series. This track has it and other excellent music being a good closure to the playlist.
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    danbeck got a reaction from Naïve Old Fart in What are your favorite shots in a movie?   
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