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The Towering Inferno and Other Disaster Classics
John Williams
The Towering Inferno and Other Disaster Classics
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
 
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1

When James Cameron's Titanic became the biggest film in this corner of the galaxy, cynical Hollywood observers couldn't help but wonder if it heralded the beginning of yet another cycle of disaster films like the classic o...  more »

      
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All Artists: John Williams
Title: The Towering Inferno and Other Disaster Classics
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Varese Sarabande
Original Release Date: 3/9/1999
Release Date: 3/9/1999
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 030206580723

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When James Cameron's Titanic became the biggest film in this corner of the galaxy, cynical Hollywood observers couldn't help but wonder if it heralded the beginning of yet another cycle of disaster films like the classic one in the '70s. Then, producer Irwin Allen, among others, had gathered increasingly populous all-star casts and attempted to drown them (The Poseidon Adventure), burn them (The Towering Inferno), or, most novelly, sting them to death (The Swarm). Sometimes the only thing that kept these ego- and effects-laden films moving was the music. Not surprisingly, John Williams was the master; his music for Towering Inferno (especially its lengthy title sequence featured on this disc) was as taught and dramatic as the film's stars' performances--and hairpieces--were ill-fitting and two-dimensional. Williams's rousing main titles for Poseidon and Earthquake are well-served here, as is Jerry Goldsmith's theme for The Swarm. Proving that the cycle never really died--and that Hollywood's inventiveness in killing its stars knows no bounds--are selections from Twister, Dante's Peak, Outbreak, Volcano, and Independence Day. If you don't have enough tension--or sweeping, overwrought Wagnerian musical grandeur--in your life, this is the collection for you. Minus point: the space allotted here to the already overexposed Titanic score could have been better devoted to a different kind of disaster--say, Howard the Duck or Hudson Hawk. --Jerry McCulley
 

CD Reviews

"Williams & Goldsmith fans this is a treasure"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 04/22/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For Williams and Goldsmith fans this is a treasure, a sure thing. Just listen, then purchase and add to your ever growing "soundtrack collection". The opening track - "THE TOWERING INFERNO" is powerful and far-reaching with the grandeur and essence of that Williams sound we've come to appreciate. Three cues from that film are "MAIN TITLE, PLANTING THE CHARGES/FINALE", and "AN ARCHITECT'S DREAM" are almost twenty minutes in length total, the score may never be released in its entirety on CD, so enjoy. "THE SWARM" by Goldsmith is awesome, fans will love it. Two other stand outs are - "INDEPENDENCE DAY" the David Arnold cue "THE DAY WE FIGHT BACK" - and Mark Mancina "TWISTER" are very good.The highlight is "VOLCANO" by Alan Silvestri with "MARCH OF THE LAVA" building with emotion and suspense, with some outstanding orchestration.Total Time: 69:37 on 12 Tracks/ Varese Sarabande - VSD 5807 (1999)"
Best disaster compilation
tjguitar | 08/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I prefer this to Silva America's Disaster compilation for two reasons. More cues from The Towering Inferno and IMHO better track selection.

This compilation has 19 minutes of John Williams' The Towering Infero film score re-recorded by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Joel McNeeley. The original soundtrack to the towering inferno is not in print any more, and this 19 minute suite is more than enough for most film score fans. In addition there are composers like David Arnold (Independence Day), Mark Mancina (Twister), Alan Silvestri (Volcano), James Newton Howard (Dante's Peak, Outbreak), Jerry Goldsmith (The Swarm) and James Horner (Titanic). In additiion, Williams is represented by Earthquake and The Poseidon Adventure. All of the tracks are re-recorded by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under the batons of John Debney and Joel McNeeley with the exceptions of Dante's Peak, Outbreak and Volcano which are OST recordings from the Varese back catalogue.

Be sure to check out Great Science Fiction Blockbusters and Hollywood 95 as well from Varese."