John Williams - The Towering Inferno: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1974) Limited Edition 2001 [Silver Age]


John Williams - The Towering Inferno: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1974) Limited Edition 2001 [Silver Age]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 353 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 193 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Soundtrack, Score | Label: Film Score Monthly | # FSM Vol. 4, No. 3 | Time: 01:16:29

Great balls of fire! The Towering Inferno (1974) was the biggest success of the Master of Disaster, Irwin Allen, and his last collaboration with the world's most famous film composer, John Williams. Williams had written TV themes and scores for Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel and Land of the Giants, as well as the score for The Poseidon Adventure (1972). The Towering Inferno was both the summa of his work for Allen and a large-scale lead-in for his legendary run on 1970s and early '80s blockbusters for Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.

Williams has always had a talent for opening themes and The Towering Inferno features one of his best: the bustling, five-minute "Main Title" accompanies a helicopter flight over San Francisco in soaring, heroic fashion. From there the score encompasses distinct romantic themes—presented symphonically as well as in the "light pop" style of the period—and a wide variety of suspense, chaos and action music as the characters struggle valiantly to stay alive. Unlike The Poseidon Adventure, which featured sparse and claustrophobic interior scoring in addition to a thrilling main theme, The Towering Inferno was scored much extensively and emotionally. In cues like "Trapped Lovers" and "Planting the Charges" Williams' music is fully in his '70s blockbuster mode, with heroic brass fanfares and rich American harmonies.

The Towering Inferno was released on LP at the time of the movie, but the brief presentation omitted a great deal of the best music. FSM's new CD more than doubles the running time, shuffles the LP tracks back into chronological order, and restores numerous memorable sequences like "Let There Be Light" (an explosive fanfare for the building's inauguration) and virtually the entire middle section of the movie. Both the album version and the previously unreleased film version of the Oscar-winning song "We May Never Love Like This Again" (by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn, performed by Maureen McGovern) are included.

The CD is entirely in stereo, remixed from the original 35mm film stems. In recent years, Williams' classic scores to Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman: The Movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. and the entire Star Wars series have been lovingly restored—now, add The Towering Inferno to that distinguished collection.


Just prior to taking the leap into superstardom with his score for Steven Spielberg's 1975 suspense classic JAWS, John Williams did some of his biggest work in three of the most prominent films of the much-maligned disaster film genre that dominated the 1970s. The first two were THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE in 1972, and EARTHQUAKE in 1974. The third film in this disaster film troika was THE TOWERING INFERNO, released almost simultaneously with EARTHQUAKE towards the end of 1974.

Beginning with the vigorously cosmopolitan main title, Williams weaves a tapestry of different musical elements, much as he had done for EARTHQUAKE, and what he would later do for the underrated 1977 thriller BLACK SUNDAY as well. He had a lot to work with in THE TOWERING INFERNO; after all, this 165-minute epic film of a fiery holocaust erupting inside the world's tallest skyscraper in San Francisco, though chock full of the melodrama that is part-and-parcel to the disaster genre, has a great deal going for it, including intense action cues involving such acting heavyweights as Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jones, and others. The particular cue that is the payoff is "Planting The Charges", which accompanies the suspense-building sequence in which the charges are blown above the Promenade Room to finally put out the massive blaze. In an age like ours, where film music is largely taken for granted except when done by geniuses of Williams' caliber, we've become jaded to such devices as this. But back then, such things were lauded, because they tended to elevate the films those scores were a part of.

As with EARTHQUAKE, not everyone knows the score for THE TOWERING INFERNO as well as many of Williams' other scores; and that is at least in part due to the less-than-stellar reputation this film has with the critics, even though it was a monstrous box office hit. But it does what it was meant to do--to set the mood for a terrifying film experience in what even now is considered the pinnacle of the disaster film genre. The soundtrack to THE TOWERING INFERNO is a rare find, and should be picked up post-haste.

Review by Erik North, Amazon










Tracklist:

01. Main Title (05:00)
02. Something for Susan (02:41)
03. Lisolette and Harlee (02:34)
04. The Flame Ignites (01:01)
05. More for Susan (01:55)
06. Harlee Dressing (01:37)
07. Let There Be Light (00:37)
08. Alone at Last (00:51)
09. We May Never Love Like This Again (film version) (02:05)
- by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn; vocals by Maureen McGovern
10. The First Victims (03:23)
11. Not a Cigarette (01:18)
12. Trapped Lovers (04:45)
13. Doug's Fall/Piggy Back Ride (02:18)
14. Lisolette's Descent (03:07)
15. Down the Pipes/The Door Opens (02:59)
16. Couples (03:38)
17. Short Goodbyes (02:25)
18. Helicopter Rescue (03:07)
19. Passing the Word (01:12)
20. Planting the Charges (09:06)
21. Finale (03:55)
22. An Architect's Dream (03:28)

Bonus material:
23. We May Never Love Like This Again (album version) (02:18)
- by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn; vocals by Maureen McGovern
24. The Morning After (instrumental) (02:07) (by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn)
25. Susan and Doug (album track) (02:32)
26. Departmental Pride and the Cat (damaged) (01:05)
27. Helicopter Explosion (damaged) (02:35)
28. Waking Up (damaged) (02:37)


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John Williams / The Towering Inferno

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