Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Soundtrack
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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.Read more ›
And while the rest of the three original scores is generally not popular with the public, they still remain the epitome of adventure music.
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was produced in a different time and zeitgeist, and even though Spielberg's direction has changed, George Lucas is a shadow of his former self, and John Williams went through several phases since The Last Crusade was written, they produced a thoroughly entertaining adventure romp, which I doubt was intended to capture the magic of the originals.
Indeed, I can only second what Roger Ebert has to say about it: you cannot compare KotCS to any movie but the first three, since they dwell in a universe of their own.
Not only that, John Williams lives in a league of his own as well.
For KotCS, he wanted to capture some atmosphere of 30s sci-fi movies to match the intention of Steven Spielberg. This approach is clearly audible in "Call Of The Crystal", the theme for the Skull. The primary theme is indeed a reversed version of the Ark theme of the original Raiders movie. It is instantly recognisable, but lacks some punch and, most surprising for a Williams theme, does not encourage repeated listens. The secondary theme for the skull, an ominous and almost seducing oboe piece, is far more enticing.Read more ›
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This cd is just awesome. The first track is one that long time fans will recognize instantly. The rest is all one big nostalgia trip because its John Williams.Published 3 months ago by lobster face
Good music for a so-so film. It's not as adventuresome as the Raiders or Temple of Doom tracks, but Williams does keep pace with the theme and overall film. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Raisuli the Magnificent
Disapointing!...For those that are wont to listen transcendent music from John Williams this is weak!...it saves the final and the old march of the raiders... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Antonio Silva
This is an excellent soundtrack, one that is really great to listen to. John Towner Williams, the composer of this wonderful music, has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe... Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
The Indiana Jones saga would be nothing without the compelling and original soundtracks by John Williams, and with Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Williams delivers on every level. Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by Elizabeth K
This is a classic piece of music to enjoy for the WHOLE family! since the very first movie with Indiana Jones, John has blown the socks off of millions who enjoy the films that... Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by tada
The soundtrack iSs better than the movie! If you love John Williams you will love this musical score ax well.Published on December 26, 2012 by Steven Wilkins
John Williams brings listeners into the Indiana Jones adventure. Always fun, through out. Take a walk down memory lane....this is great!Published on October 13, 2012 by Andrea
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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 LORDs_angellos | See all 5 posts
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