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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Soundtrack

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Soundtrack music by John Williams. Indiana Jones is back with the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Listen to this new jewel in the ongoing saga of Indiana Jones. Be there in the snake pit, journey to Akator, hear the call of the crystal. Be part of the Raiders' march with this soundtrack album.

1. Raiders March
2. Call of the Crystal
3. The Adventures of Mutt
4. Irina's Theme
5. The Snake Pit
6. The Spell of the Skull
7. The Journey to Akator
8. A Whirl Through Academe
9. "Return"
10. The Jungle Chase
11. Orellana's Cradle
12. Grave Robbers
13. Hidden Treasure and the City of Gold
14. Secret Doors and Scorpions
15. Oxley's Dilemma
16. Ants!
17. Temple Ruins and the Secret Revealed
18. The Departure
19. Finale

Product Details

  • Composer: John Williams
  • Audio CD (May 20, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Concord Music Group
  • ASIN: B00171MNM4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Adam Cohen on May 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The score to "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" is a worthy entry into the series' pantheon of film music.

Notable Tracks: The "Raiders March" is as inspiring and rousing a piece of film music ever composed. "The Call of the Crystal" introduces one of the film's new motifs, a three-note string repetition that builds with a tenuous flute progression. This is an understated and atmospheric piece, obviously meant to build tension and suggest a great mystery. Is it a piece you will hum? No. But it has structure and a presence that is actually pretty diverse (when it shows up in later tracks) given its simplicity. Other notable pieces: "The Adventures of Mutt", "The Snake Pit" and "A Whirl Through Academe" are whimsical pieces reminiscent of the motorcycle music from "The Last Crusade." "Irinia's Theme" is a string-heavy romantic piece, with a down-tone to suggest evil! "The Spell of the Skull" repeats the "Map Room" theme from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (which raises an eyebrow and wonders if there is a direct connection to the Lost Ark of the Covenant happening in this new movie). One of the bigger surprises is "The Journey to Akator" which midway thru breaks into an indigenous arrangement of South American music (full-on tropical dance stuff). "Return" is a repeat of the "Crystal Skull" theme, this time sounding more cohesive and focused. The film's more traditional creepy-crawlies action music blends together mostly, sounding more incidental and less like concert music (these selections include "Grave Robbers", "Secret Doors and Scorpions" and "Ants!"). "The Jungle Chase" is structured almost identically to pieces from past Indiana Jones scores, and its quite rousing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angela Harrell on October 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
..then you are probably better off, as Concord Records is releasing this score as well as the (newly expanded) scores from the first three Indiana Jones films in a Five Disk Box Set. However, if you have no intention of purchasing the Box Set (I would reconsider if I were you), or if you do not mind purchasing the same album twice, then you cannot really go wrong with this album. As I stated above, there are many who do not like this score ( as well as the film it accompanies), but it really is not bad, not bad at all (though it may take a number of listens for you to fully appreciate the album).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G M. Stathis on June 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Many fans of the film music of John Williams all alike probably looked forward to his latest partnership with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas with hungry anticipation, and not a little worry about possible disappointment. After all, the maestro is getting on in age, and we might just see, or hear, simple retreads of themes from the earlier Indiana Jones films. Fear not, Indiana Jones is back and doing fine, and so is Maestro Williams. First of all it must be noted that "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" is at least in part a tribute to the other films and to the 1950s and it works incredibly well on these levels. Williams' music follows suit. He resurrects earlier themes to be sure. The "Raider's March" is a must (with a nice final twist), and because of plot developments so is "Marion's Theme." The "Lost Ark Theme" actually becomes more of a mystery of discovery theme and works well here. New themes for Irina and the Commies also work, along with a creepy motif for the "ants." The action cues are typical Williams and as usual are great fun (note the integration of Brahms on campus), as are his Latin American motifs which proved a very pleasant surprise. But the unexpected is his music for the "Crystal Skull" which proves mesmerizing and practically perfect. By intention or not, there is a reminder of Miklos Rozsa's music for "Spellbound" but Williams takes it to another level. Overall, this was all well worth the wait. The score is perfect on the screen and as usual a tremendous soundtrack album. Outstanding production, and great packaging (no jewel-case which is a sensible touch) by Concord Records (this is another surprise given this labels usual focus).
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Urban on May 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I listened intently when I saw the movie the other day for anything original that stood out like in the other 3 movies (i.e. the Marion love theme from Raiders; the slave mining theme and Indian village themes and Willie Scott love theme from Temple of Doom; the grail theme, father/son theme, etc.) but there was nothing that I heard specifically that stayed with me. I did hear a lot of familar music cues from the other movies (Marion theme and the grail theme--surprising used extensively towards the end of the movie). Just like the movie, I felt the score was rushed and Williams basically phoned this in. Of all his scores, this one was really lacking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Hart on August 25, 2008
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He's my favorite composer, and I'm glad his first score after his hiatus is an Indy score. I was hoping he would have used more of the jungle-themed ideas he employed in The Lost World, but the few times he does are great anyway. My only gripe is the sound quality--it's too sharp and "digital." It's kinda hard to listen to sometimes. And the "Crystal" theme is a little lackluster. I like Mutt's Robin Hood-like theme, though it takes getting used to. Overall, a great score, definitely better than most of the crap that came out this summer.
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Why doesn't John Williams give us a gift pack of all four soundtracks?
Concorde is re-releasing the original scores sometime later this year.

Also, Williams himself doesn't have anything to do with releasing his scores on CD, that falls to whatever record label picks them up.
May 1, 2008 by Daniel Harsh |  See all 10 posts
What happened to the sound clips?
I dunno... I read a news article elsewhere and came here expecting to listen to them....
May 12, 2008 by A. W. Lawson |  See all 5 posts
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Yes ! It will be long to wait for this soundtrack and above all, to wait for the movie. I hope we will soon have the possibility to listen to a few extracts !
Apr 24, 2008 by Nameless1138 |  See all 2 posts
Why aren't chain stores advertising this in their Sunday ads?
I was wondering the same thing. They probably do not think that it will be a big seller.
May 18, 2008 by T. Muth |  See all 3 posts
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