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The thread for the box set as a whole will be filled with discussion of ordering, shipping, receiving, delays, excitement, etc etc for a while, so here's a thread to simply discuss the musical content (and liner notes) of THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE without all that clutter. 

 

Discuss away!! 

 

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THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE

 

THE FILM SCORE 36:43
1 Main Title ++ 2:16
2 Rogo And Linda 1:37
3 The Big Wave And The Aftermath ++ 4:05
4 Raising The Christmas Tree 1:32
5 Nonnie And Martin :54
6 Up The Tree 1:12
7 Death’s Door :56
8 The Upturned Galley ++ 1:16
9 The Other Survivors+ 1:37
10 Through The Galley 1:15
11 Search For The Engine Room 2:52
12 Barber Shoppe 1:49
13 Saving Robin 1:26
14 The Death Of Belle 3:28
15 Hold Your Breath 3:09
16 The Red Wheel 1:27
17 Rogo Takes Command 1:40
18 The Rescue And End Title 3:40

 

ADDITIONAL MUSIC 24:47
19 Main Title (Alternate No. 1) 2:02
20 Main Title (Alternate No. 2) 2:10
21 The Morning After (Vocal Version 1) + Performed by Renee Armand 2:10
22 To Love 3:14
23 New Year’s Party No. 1 1:01
24 The Morning After (Vocal Version 2)+ 2:11 Performed by Renee Armand
25 New Year’s Party No. 2 2:13
26 Give Me The Simple Life /
A Certain Smile (Medley) 1:53
27 Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing 1:29
28 The Morning After(Instrumental) + 2:11
29 Auld Lang Syne+ 1:37 Performed by Renee Armand
30 The Morning After (Song From The Poseidon Adventure) 2:24 Performed by Maureen McGovern
Total Disc Time: 61:42
+ monaural source
+ + partial monaural source

 

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In case anybody missed this, here it is again from the FSM thread

 

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I'm looking at the "Poseidon Adventure" track listings and I'm confused as to why the "Alternate End Title" from the last release isn't listed.

 

The alternate was the same recording and was only there last time for sound quality reasons. This time I was able to present one version in better quality.

 

The only thing not included on the new master is the Williams chit-chat and false start to "Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing."

 

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Took my first listen to this today - actually, my first listen to this score in any form, other than samples. Definitely dig the main theme, but there's some nice underscoring in there too. It's amazing to hear stylistic through lines from 1972 that you still find in Williams' work now, almost 50 years later.

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I’ll continue to sound like a broken record but thanks to Mike Matessino and co for restoring this score. You can notice the slight improvements in the audio. 
 

Never thought I would triple dip for this score. 😄 

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So I lit another cigar and listened to The Poseidon Adventure this evening.

 

This was my first acquaintance with the score, and I wasn’t enamoured. It’s a lot of underscore as previously stated, or ‘suspense’ music as one might call it.

 

Certain parts foreshadow Jaws, for sure, and perhaps even CE3K, and that’s interesting.

 

But there’s not really any theme to ‘hook’ you in. It’s the kind of release where the cues outside of the main program, the alternates and the source cues, are the most interesting, if you know what I mean.

 

Sound wise, it sounds good, but old. I wasn’t as blown away as I was with Earthquake.

 

Worth to mention, is that the liner notes are stellar.

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I have to say, I kind of agree.

 

For me, Towering Inferno was a revelation in this set, I hadn't paid much attention to it before, but the new program made me love it

 

Earthquake, I liked the OST, and the new film score is fun too

 

But Poisedon?  I dunno, I guess I'm just not feeling what Williams was doing here.  The old LLL CD didn't do much for me, and this one doesn't much either.  Perhaps finally seeing the film will put it in a new context and I'll appreciate the music more.  I dunno.

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Poseidon is surprisingly the ugly duckling of the three. I've got more playtime out of the other two which also have the benefit of some great restoration. I absolutely love the main theme of Poseidon, though and wish it had more room to stretch its legs throughout the score; it has this remarkable quality (as do the other two) to be solemn, action packed and rousing all in one. 

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Ive always loved Poseidon. It was probably the first score (pre Jaws) were I instantly latched onto the main theme without conscously knowing It was written by that Williams guy.

It was so disappointing finding out there was never a soundtrack album available. To this day Ive always been fascinated what pieces Williams would have included if an album would have been produced at the time. There was certainly some great material there. A wonderful title theme, stirring set pieces, a rousing end credits piece. There was also the hit song from Maureen Mcgovern as well as some other source pieces worthy of mention, ( To Love anyone?). So for me all the releases of Poseidon have been pretty special.

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I'm fairly confident Williams recognized the fact that the score is rather meandering, compared to TOWERING INFERNO or EARTHQUAKE, so it wouldn't hold up very well on album. I'm glad it eventually was released on FSM, just for completist's sake, but I think I can understand his decision (if it was indeed his decision).

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The complete Poseidon score is only 36 minutes long to start.  If you take away the cues JW would consider to be not OST worthy you're probably looking at 25-30 minutes of score.  You'd have to pad that out with The Morning After (which is only 2 1/2 minutes anyway) and the source music JW wrote (of which there's only 10 minutes to choose from) to come up with a 40 minute LP

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Really? What was on it?

 

I still think The Poseidon Adventure is the real masterpiece on this set, the quite brilliant theme fits the film like a glove, the brooding 'meandering' cues are not ideal listening, perhaps, but they really define the atmosphere in the film. And the musical pay-off with The Red Wheel and the ending cue is fantastic.

 

Too bad the source material is in the state it is.

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On 1/8/2020 at 6:49 PM, rough cut said:

Worth to mention, is that the liner notes are stellar.

Agreed. But I kind of missed the tech details, like Mike included on Towering Inferno, as Poseidon here sounds significantly better than the 2010 release (and all past releases). Was it a new source material that was found? I hope he can elucidate it some day.

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4 hours ago, fommes said:

Really? What was on it?

 

I still think The Poseidon Adventure is the real masterpiece on this set, the quite brilliant theme fits the film like a glove, the brooding 'meandering' cues are not ideal listening, perhaps, but they really define the atmosphere in the film. And the musical pay-off with The Red Wheel and the ending cue is fantastic.

 

Too bad the source material is in the state it is.

 

Yes, the score works wonderfully in the film, BY FAR the best of the three disaster pics in this set. But it fails to engage much on album, in any shape or form. That's just how it is sometimes.

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3 hours ago, JTWfan77 said:

If this had received an OST at the time, perhaps it would have given JW the opportunity to write some concert suites or revisit the score with listening in mind , a la Jaws, for a re-recorded album. Alas, it wasn't to be.

 

Not to mention the usual crossfades, segues and microedits.:)

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Loving this album. Are these 3 source music pieces John Williams? The notes don't discuss them (unless I'm missing something)

 

ADDITIONAL MUSIC
22 To Love
23 New Year’s Party No. 1
25 New Year’s Party No. 2

 

I also appreciate the detail on this site 

https://chrono-score.blogspot.com/2010/05/poseidon-adventure.html

 

 

Thanks

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