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Hypothetical question.   You have a solar powered iPod which only has room for 5 John Williams tracks from any of his album releases, which you fortunately copied across before your chartere

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when you realize what you chose:  

Well I’ll be picking some long tracks then;)
 

1.Remembering Childhood (Hook)

2. Indy’s First Adventure ( Last Crusade-concord version)

3. The Battle of Hoth (ESB-RCA version)

4. Jedi Steps and Finale (Force Awakens)

5. Escape/Chase/ Saying Goodbye...(E.T. 2002 version) 

 

 

 

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Faking the Code

A New Beginning (Minority Report OST)

Love Pledge / The Arena

Mischief Managed (for WampaRat reasons)

 

And since I'm stuck on a crab-infested island, my fifth selection won't be John Williams:

I'll spend the rest of my life teaching the crabs this routine.

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I'm just gonna choose the longest tracks possible:

1. Adventure on Earth (35th Anniversary Edition)

2. The Battle of Hoth (RCA)

3. Mischief Managed !

4. End Credits (from Revenge of the Sith)

5. The Jedi Steps and Final

 

although to be fair I would rather take my personal mixes:

1. Battle of Endor (32:17)

2. Farewell/The Jedi Steps/Finale (16:20)

3. Arrival on Mustaphar/Duel of the Fates/Battle of the Heroes (18:32)

4. Adventure on Earth (same as the 35th Anniversary)

5. The Battle of Hoth (same as RCA)

 

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6 minutes ago, Naïve Old Fart said:

Oh, this is easy. In chronological order.

Main Title from

THE TOWERING INFERNO,

LIGHTSHOW,

TURNING BACK THE WORLD,

GLORIA,

THE SEDUCTION OF SUKI AND THE BALLROOM SCENE.

These happen to be my top-5 favourite JW tracks.

and an original selection. It's rare to see those ones to be choose as favourite tracks especially for Gloria and the seduction of Suki

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I assume crumbs is asking for film album tracks only (not concert suites), if so, here goes:

 

The March from '1941'

The Map Room

Indy's Very First Adventure

Sail Barge Assault (film version)

Escape - Chase - Saying Goodbye

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  1. Journey to the Island
  2. Adventure on Earth
  3. Pain of Glass / Truck Stop (my own edit from the LLL release)
  4. Throne Room / End Title
  5. POA end credits (either the album version or the recorded version with Hedwig's theme...not sure which)

God damn, I can't believe there's no Indy on that list. Also, I'm strongly tempted to put the Battle of Hoth in there instead of the TLW track. Yikes. Toughie.

 

I will say that these are not an attempt at picking my five best Williams tracks of all time. These are among my many favorites, but I'm just trying to imagine what would be most likely to hold me over from right now until mid-2026.

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In no particular order:

 

- Soundings

- Mischief Managed!

- Visitor in San Diego

- "Destiny"... "Canneloni"... and The Tale Of Viktor Navorski Reprise

- Rey's Theme

 

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I am just glad we get the clarification of "Hypothetical question."  Otherwise I would have felt threatened but also heartened with the consideration of Williams music being offered to my force exile.  

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The Cowboys Overture (By Request...)

Throne Room and Finale (Skywalker Symphony)

Journey to the Island (Jurassic Park OST)

Finale & End Credits (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade OST)

Adventure on Earth (E.T. OST)

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okay here's my list:

 

Return to the Village/End Credits - Temple of Doom (my own edit)

Schindler's Workforce (Film Version) - Schindler's List

Escape / Chase / Saying Goodbye - E.T. the Extra Terrestrial

Dry Your Tears, Afrika - Amistad

The Rebel Fleet / End Title - The Empire Strikes Back

 

Are those my favorite 5 cues of all time?  Probably not.  But those 5 cues would last a long time for me on this tropical island.

 

But luckily, you guys will be there too.  So we can swap iPods and stuff.

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3 hours ago, Matt S. said:

The Cowboys Overture (By Request...)

Journey to the Island (Jurassic Park OST)

Great choices.

I'm convinced that I hear a musical joke in the JP track.

 

 

 

 

7 hours ago, Datameister said:
  1. Adventure on Earth

 

3 hours ago, Matt S. said:

Adventure on Earth (E.T. OST)

Thank you for calling it by its correct title.

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Schindler's Workforce

The Quidditch Match (Philosopher's Stone)

The Return to the City - alternate version (Empire of the Sun)

From Mermaids to Lost Boys - The Lost Boys Chase (Hook)

Replicas (A. I.)

 

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1. 1941 End Credits - non explosion version
 

2. Towering Inferno Main Titles

 

3. Asteroid Field 
 

4.  Adventure on Earth. From original LP

 

5.  The Helicopter Sequence 

 

 

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Tough call, I'm partial to his extended action queues, but I like a nice mix

 

1. Zam the Assassin and the Chase Through Coruscant

 

2. Journey to the Island

 

3. Boxing Montage

 

4. The Five Sacred Trees: I. Eo Munga

 

5. Ben Gardner's Boat

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Hmmm...

 

1. Confrontation with Count Dukoo and Finale (Attack of the Clones)

 

2. An Architect’s Dream (The Towering Inferno)

 

3. Star of Bethlehem Instrumental (Home Alone)

 

4. Reunion (Jane Eyre)

 

5. End Titles (Dracula)

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What I hate about this scenario is that in relatively short order I would probably grow to LOATHE these 5 pieces of music.  I suppose the trick would be to listen to one a week, and make a big ceremony out of it.  Oh, well, perhaps taking this too literally.  

 

1. "The Flying Sequence" (Superman)

2. "Adventure on Earth" (E.T.)

3. "The Land Race" (Far and Away)

4. "End Credits" (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)

5. "When You Wish Upon a Star Medley from Close Encounters" (Williams & Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection)

 

 

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1. The Reunion from A.I.

2. Across the Stars from AotC

3. Escape/Chase/Saying Goodbye from ET

4. Harry’s Wondrous World from HP1

5. Journey to the Island from JP

On 5/30/2021 at 3:15 PM, MikeH said:

Hmmm...

 

1. Confrontation with Count Dukoo and Finale (Attack of the Clones)

 

2. An Architect’s Dream (The Towering Inferno)

 

3. Star of Bethlehem Instrumental (Home Alone)

 

4. Reunion (Jane Eyre)

 

5. End Titles (Dracula)


Man I really wanted to get Jane Eyre and Home alone on my list. Nice selection. 

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Obviously this is agonizingly difficult to choose but here's my tentative list:

 

"Farewell & the Trip" from TFA

"Journey to the Island" from JP

"Adventure on Earth" from E.T.

"Reunion of Friends" from HP2

"The Land Race" from Far & Away

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I have entire soundtracks memorized. i close my eyes and here all the good stuff.

 

But for fun Adventure on Earth, Parade of the slave children. Superman Love theme. Jaws End title. Towering Inferno main title. Bonus 6th track Princess Leia's theme.

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