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Henry Mancini recorded an album of film music in 1976 with the London Symphony Orchestra which included a Disaster Movie Suite made up of Earthquake, The Towering Inferno and Jaws. While I knew of the

I have the manuscript. It says "Orchestrated and Arranged by Henry Mancini"    I like the segue note into JAWS:    

John Williams' only real disaster epic was the Star Wars prequels.

Technically, I guess you can shoehorn Jaws in as a disaster film, but we all know that Williams' famous disaster trilogy in the 70s was comprised of the following: The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake and The Towering Inferno. He should have ended this suite with The Rescue from Poseidon Adventure.

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Technically, I guess you can shoehorn Jaws in as a disaster film, but we all know that Williams' famous disaster trilogy in the 70s was comprised of the following: The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake and The Towering Inferno. He should have ended this suite with The Rescue from Poseidon Adventure.

No you can't. There is no disaster in the film? No technically about it. Next E.T. will be a disaster movie.

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On 12/24/2014 at 3:52 PM, Omen II said:

Henry Mancini recorded an album of film music in 1976 with the London Symphony Orchestra which included a Disaster Movie Suite made up of Earthquake, The Towering Inferno and Jaws. While I knew of the album I had never heard any of it, but noticed today that someone has posted a few selections on YouTube.

Given that it features rare cover versions of Johnny's two 1974 disaster main titles, I thought you might enjoy hearing it if it is new to you too. I think it's rather good.

 

 

 

Thanks, Omen. That suite (or one very much like it) was performed at Filmharmonic '76, at the Royal Albert Hall, and was televised by ITV.

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That must have been quite something - I wonder if the tapes for the TV broadcast still exist.  I have seen a scan of the programme for the Filmharmonic '76 concert and the concert also included The Poseidon Adventure amongst the other disaster movie selections.

 

Incidentally, I believe that Filmharmonic '76 was the first of four occasions to date on which John Williams has conducted at the Royal Albert Hall.  The orchestra was the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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On 29 January 2018 at 5:41 PM, Bespin said:

Sorry to come late to the party, but I just read on the Grammy's website, that this arrangement for the "Disaster movie suite" got a nomination in 1976 for "best intrumental arrangement".

 

Ordered the CD!

 

Wow! Who did the arrangement? Was it JW?

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I'm now realizing I have two sets of memories for this recording - one from childhood, listening to a library copy of the vinyl in about 1981/2 and forgetting most details except that it was Earthquake and Towering Inferno and an uncompressed concert style recording, and one from adulthood, where the CD was stocked in the classical music shop where I worked (and where I met JW the same year this reissue compilation came out, 1993) - but I hadn't put them together. I think I must've dismissed the CD without looking closely at it or forgotten about it after it sold out so never made the connection. Thanks for helping me recall!

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