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Raiders of the Lost Ark [Original recording remastered, Soundtrack]

John Williams Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Composer: John Williams
  • Audio CD (February 17, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Concord Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In The Jungle
2. The Idol Temple
3. Escape From The Temple
4. Flight From Peru
5. Washington Mer/Indy's Home [#]
6. A Thought For Marion/To Nepal
7. The Medallion
8. Flight To Cairo
9. The Basket Game
10. Bad Dates [#]
11. The Map Room: Dawn
12. Reunion In The Tent/Searching For The Well
13. The Well Of The Souls
14. Indy Rides The Statue [#]
15. The Fist Fight/The Flying Wing
16. Desert Chase
17. Marion's Theme/The Crate
18. The German Sub
19. Ride To The Nazi Hideout
20. Indy Follows The Ark
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

In the Jungle; Escape from the Temple; Marion's Theme/The Crate; The Miracle of the Ark , and the rest of the classic 1981 score including unreleased tracks. 22 total!

Customer Reviews

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Intrepid Musical Archeologist... March 27, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
...has scoured the Earth for decades looking for the definitive soundtrack that captures and presents every magical note of John Williams' legendary score to the classic, original Indiana Jones adventure movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

This latest 2008 Lucasfilm-licensed, remastered incarnation is a quantum leap over the original 1981 version, and over even the 1995 DCC reissue (available here at Amazon; light beige case, artwork of Indy cheerfully cracking his whip), which includes several tracks that have never before been released, even in the 1995 DCC reissue.

Among them, we have "Washington Men/Indiana Jones Theme": After Indy's harrowing adventure in the South American jungle, when Indy is in conference with the U.S. Army Intelligence officials talking about the Ark of the Covenant, the chest the Hebrews used to carry the Ten Commandments in, one of the guys asks Indy, "Well, what does this Ark look like?". Indy promptly replies, "There's a picture of it right here." and opens up a giant book to reveal our first glimpse of the historic, supernatural chest in a drawing. As this is the first time in the film that we've seen the Ark, this is the first time in the film, and on this CD, that we hear the mysterious, ethereal theme that signals the danger of the Ark. After Indy's longtime friend and musty museum curator, Marcus Brody, concludes that, if the Nazis get ahold of the Ark, their army would be "invincible", the Ark theme segues into a calm, sedate rendition of the Indiana Jones theme, as Marcus drives up to Indy's house after dusk to tell Indy the good news, that "They want you to go for it!".

Also present, for the first time, in this release, is the menacing music when the monkey man poisons the dates in "Bad Dates".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic adventure score June 23, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I don't need to say much about this track. If you like movie soundtracks, you probably already love the Raiders soundtrack. The Raiders march alone is worth the price of the album. The ark theme is still my favorite, with its haunting quality. However, if you want this soundtrack, make sure to get the 2008/2009 special edition release because it has 4 additional new tracks. Also, the Indiana Jones: The Soundtracks Collection has an additional disc with several tracks of previously unreleased Raiders music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Doesn't Love John Williams? March 5, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What can I really say about this CD?

If you like John Williams or Indiana Jones, my guess is that you might have already purchased this CD.

Honestly, the musical score from this CD (which is Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark) is one of the defining reasons I like the film so much. John Williams just has a way with music that is not only enjoyable to listen to, but enjoyable to play as part of an orchestra. He does an excellent job of equalizing parts of excitement and drama with fun and emotion. And the soundtrack flows very nicely together, as a musical score for a film should.

It's really a shame that more musical scores for film aren't up to this caliber as I really believe it can make or break a film.

The only reason this receives 4 out of 5 stars as opposed to 5 stars is because I honestly think the soundtracks from Temple of Doom and Last Crusade are better. It feels like he developed more as a musical director/composer in the time between films (and he probably did).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Williams - The Master June 22, 2011
By G
Format:Audio CD
Pure mastery and understanding of the craft. One of the greatest compliments to a film that has ever been composed. It's longevity is testament. The March alone is seared into our collective consciousness and wherever you may hear it, tell me you do not only think of the film but also of what Hollywood is all about : Swashbuckling, Heroism, Grandeur, Escapism - with class.

So much of true film scoring is being lost. Hans Zimmer, the absolute culprit of mediocrity, has done irreparable damage to the art of film scoring. He has essentially stunted it, him and his clones.

Raiders Of The Lost Ark compliments the film beautifully, as a score should. And as a stand alone performance, it is an experience. I challenge any current composer to accomplish this great a feat. Williams did this time and time again.

John Williams is the Master....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raiders of the Lost Ark music score February 14, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is some of John Williams best work. It still sounds good. Williams composed music for B movies, 1960's TV shows, Valley of the Dolls(1967), Black Sunday(1977), Superman(1978), and 1970's disaster movies. Working on George Lucas and Steven Spielberg films made him more well known. Some people claim that Williams' music after 2000 got worse. The music score for Raiders of the Lost Ark is a classic. It's still catchy and energetic decades later. Stock music from this score was used in the Turkish Star Wars rip off The Man Who Saves the World(1984). You can hear the Indiana Jones theme as Bart runs to the school bus on The Simpsons. The Indiana Jones theme music is made up from two different melodies that Spielberg liked.
There were some Indiana Jones clones in the 1980's such as King Solomon's Mines(1985) and Romancing the Stone(1984).
The Jet Li movie Dr. Wai and the Scripture With No Words(1996) felt like an Indiana Jones movie. John Willams' Indiana Jones music is an important part of pop culture.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have a complete score
I had the older CD of this score, back when they were essentially copying LPs to CDs which made for very short CDs. This more comprehensive disc is very enjoyable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charles Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Another John Williams Classic
Of the three original Indiana Jones CDs, it is my least favorite, but it is still one of the best CDs I have. Read more
Published 7 months ago by RRS
One of my favorite film soundtracks. Clever scoring and a wonderful compliment to the picture. One to play again and again. The bonus material on the disc is a real plus. Read more
Published 7 months ago by DinoTerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Jones
I love John Williams score for the Indiana jones movies. Now when I take a road trip I can use this as back ground music.
Published 8 months ago by h
4.0 out of 5 stars It's John Williams and Indy! How could it not be good....
Well, a stand-alone Raider's March is not part of this soundtrack. The closest you get is the end title. I know, it's a soundtrack. Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wild Ride
This soundtrack prepares you for the wild ride for which you are about to embark on. A white knuckle rollercoaster of adventure.
Published 12 months ago by Carl Lafong
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Good to Hear
Best of the Indiana Jones movies. It's great fun to hear the soundtrack isolated from the images. Brings back great memories being a kid in the 80's. Read more
Published 13 months ago by H_E_H
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This is a classic soundtrack. Even the parts that aren't famous are still pretty good. I wasn't a fan of the packaging though, the part that holds the disc is plastic but the top... Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. Fegely
5.0 out of 5 stars Me and an old Friend living in Tennessee went to "Raiders" movie, and...
Don't turn the volume up too high, as there are some sharp peaks, but overall this CD perfectly puts you right inside of the Movie Theater, less the whip and hat.
Published 16 months ago by Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic John Williams Score.
Nothing can compare to a score that sets the tone for a movie. The Raiders of the Lost Ark Score is one of those indomitable and memorable scores that you cannot ever associate... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Daniel Diaz
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