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Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981 Film) [Soundtrack]

London Symphony Orchestra, Indiana Jones (Related Recordings), John Williams (Composer)Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 28, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: June 12, 1981
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Ryko Distribution
  • ASIN: B0000001AE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,806 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Raiders March
2. Main Title: South America
3. In The Idol's Temple
4. Flight From Peru
5. Journey To Nepal
6. The Medallion
7. To Cairo
8. The Basket Game
9. The Map Room: Dawn
10. Reunion And The Dig Begins
11. The Well Of The Souls
12. Airplane Fight
13. Desert Chase
14. Marion's Theme
15. The German Sub/To The Nazi Hideout
16. Ark Trek
17. The Miracle Of The Ark
18. The Warehouse
19. End Credits

Editorial Reviews

In the '80s and '90s, John Williams has come to occupy roughly the same towering place in filmdom occupied by Henry Mancini for much of the '60s and '70s. Williams (who played piano on some early Mancini scores) carved out that distinction with exciting, full-blooded scores like George Lucas's Star Wars trilogy and the Indiana Jones cycle, Steven Spielberg's blockbuster tributes to the cheesy film serials of his youth. The first in that series, Raiders wears its retro-symphonic sensibilities like a badge of honor and indeed, DGG's expanded deluxe release plays like a more economic Mahler opus. A true film music classic, even if its sensibilities are 40 years misplaced. --Jerry McCulley

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has it All - And Then Some! March 24, 2002
By B.P.
Yet another masterpiece by Williams. This soundtrack gives the best demonstration of his capability to harmonize music and film. With previosly unreleased material the listener gets a complete spectrum of the motion picture score. From the dynamic pulsing beats of the Desert Chase, the atmospheric tones of the Idol's Temple to the memorable theme in The Raiders March. Once you've heard it you wont ever forget it and I find myself whistling it now and then.
The twenty-four page booklet that comes with the CD is so fat that it doesn't fit into the case very well. It's FULL of extras that include behind the scene clips, story-board sketches and comments from Williams and Spielberg. But the real gem is the music critiques by Lukas Kendall. He goes through each track explaining the music piece and the movie scene it accompanies. This is quite amusing and any one who is a fan of the movie or of John Williams will take pleasure in reading it. All in all it has a seamless way of giving the score its due credit. I couldn't say it any better myself and suggest that you get it and read it on your own.
This soundtrack is great and I highly recommend it for those who throughly enjoy the work of Williams and/or the Indiana Jones films. The booklet's insight reflect the passion that made the film the classic that it is. Making the soundtrack that much more priceless.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 74 minutes of pure entertainment! May 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Contrary to the popular belief that "if it's not in the final cut, it was left out for good reason," this 74 minute CD demonstrates just how high of quality music can acheive.
John Williams is widely known for his successful film scores, and this is one of his best. From the memorable tunes of the Raiders March and the mystery evoked in the Ark Theme, to the fast-paced Desert Chase and the tranquility of Marion's Theme, this CD has it all. Re-released (by demand?), 30 minutes were added to what was already a success, and the addition was *not* a waste.
While track 2 (South America, 1936) was relatively mediocre compared to the others (and it was an unreleased track), the remainder of the unreleased material fully compensated for this. I especially enjoyed the Basket Game, with an unforgettable little tune, and the additional length of The Desert Chase, which I would say is my favorite of the entire soundtrack. I prefer fast-paced music, and this is filled accordingly. However, it's not without variation, as you'll find in Marion's Theme, The German Sub/Nazi Hideout (unreleased), and several others. The bottom line is : this score unquestionably contributed to John Williams' success, as it is an incredibly addictive soundtrack.
I highly recommend this to any fan of instrumental music, John Williams' soundtracks, or just the Indiana Jones series (depending on your taste in music). If you're wondering if it's worth the price, consider this : 74 minutes is nearly twice the length of the average soundtrack, and nearly twice the quality, which thereby warrants at least a doubled price. It also comes with a 20 page booklet with a fair amount of information.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Raiders" Defines The Meaning Of The Words Film Score October 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
One of John Williams' all time best film scores is, arguably one of the best in film history.

Sadly, Williams didn't win the Oscar for best score at the Oscars in 1982 (it went to "Chariots of Fire". What the *u*k?!) & this is a perfect example of how the Academy screws over noteworthy performers (another fine example is, Spielberg's, "The Color Purple").

This expanded release to "Raiders of The Lost Ark" is a classic example of blending action (the truck chase), & romance (Marion's Theme) with the overall theme of the film itself (the "Raiders" march).

If you've watched the film a million times you will instantly recognize a lot of this music. The score practically encompasses & embraces the screen time of the film itself, running at over roughly 75 to 80 minutes of music, from a movie that runs at 1 hr. & 50 min. With the average film score running at anywhere between 40 - 45 min., for a film screentime of 1 hr. & 40 min., the score to "Raiders" is practically a supporting character to the film.

The CD is set so that the score to "Raiders" starts at the films beginning and goes chronilogically through to the film's end.

This score has been on moratorium for some time, but, it's definitely worth every penny.

John Williams' score to "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" is a treasure that even Dr. Jones couldn't pass up.

Neither should you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of John Williams's Most Sadly Underrated Scores December 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Even though many people have never included Raiders Of The Lost Ark as one of John Williams's best scores, it is in fact a great classic that is in the same league as Star Wars, Superman, and Jurassic Park. The Raiders theme has been heard everywhere and sounds like a mockery of the campy-sounding action movies of the past, and the secondary theme for Indy sounds mysterious and truly suspensful. What makes this score so great, though, is because it sounds like a mix between Star Wars A New Hope, and Return Of The Jedi. It sounds heroic and bright like New Hope but dark like Return Of The Jedi. Marion's theme sounds like and almost starts off like Princess Leia's. The Ark and Nazi themes are my favorites. The Ark theme sounds mysterious and vague until its powers are released on The Miracle Of The Ark, where it sounds powerful and out of this world. The Nazi's theme sounds truly menacing and rivals even the Imperial theme of Empire Strikes Back. I recommend this to any fan of John Williams or action-lovers. It is a true classic in film scoring.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies of all time.
I remember seeing this movie when it first came out in the movie theater. This movie blew me away and it still does. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeffrey Wishart
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Complete!
I gave this release 4 out of 5 stars, because, while it contains many cues never before heard in the 1981 soundtrack release, it is still missing a few others, most notably the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Michael D. Kuhlman
5.0 out of 5 stars Pumped
Desert Chase gets me so pumped ive even gone out and driven fast on back roads to it blaring.... probably a good way to get killed.... but come on. the thing gets your blood going.
Published on July 18, 2010 by angeltread
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's Not The Years, Honey, It's The Mileage." "Marion, DUCK!!" "You...
Of the 4 "Indiana Jones" adventures (with a fifth one in development), "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" is still the best one yet. Read more
Published on May 21, 2010 by HAMLET
5.0 out of 5 stars raiders of the lost ark soundtrack
some of the best music from john williams , with added score that wasnt avaiable from the original release in the eighties this is very high end adventure at its best.
Published on November 13, 2009 by Mark A., Martino
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music -- New Release comming 2/24/2009
It's great music, and I am looking forward to replacing my Album with a new cd. DON'T BUY THIS COPY -- WAAAAAY OVERPRICED! Read more
Published on January 2, 2009 by Concerned Shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Track Listing
Track Listings
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
2. Flight from Peru
3. Map Room: Dawn
4. Basket Game
5. Well of the Souls
6. Desert Chase
7. Read more
Published on October 7, 2008 by Dmitrirex
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rousing and Memorable Soundtrack!
John Williams' score for RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK may be the second most memorable score of all time, second only to Williams' score for the original STAR WARS film. Read more
Published on May 25, 2008 by Atticus
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
This is truly one of John Williams greatest works.

The only thing is that Marion's Theme. It is a nice track but it doesn't really fit her in my opinion. Read more
Published on June 10, 2007 by Colleen A. Mcdowell
5.0 out of 5 stars TRACKS:

1. Raiders Of The Lost Art / Kool Moe Dee & Treacherous Three -- Kool Moe Dee & The Treacherous Three

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Published on March 8, 2007 by themusiccollector
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