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Superman: The Movie - Original Sound Track Soundtrack

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1. Theme from Superman (Main Title) Listen 2. The Planet Krypton 3. Destruction of Krypton 4. The Trip to Earth 5. Love Theme from Superman 6. Leaving Home 7. The Fortress of Solitude 8. The Flying Sequence & Can You Read My Mind 9. Super Rescues 10. Superfeats 11. The March of the Villains 12. Chasing Rockets 13. Turning Back the World 14. End Title

1. Theme from Superman (Main Title)
2. The Planet Krypton
3. Destruction of Krypton
4. The Trip to Earth
5. Love Theme from Superman
6. Leaving Home
7. The Fortress of Solitude
8. The Flying Sequence & Can You Read My Mind
9. Super Rescues
10. Superfeats
11. The March of the Villains
12. Chasing Rockets
13. Turning Back the World
14. End Title

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: March 14, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002KJG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Alex Diaz-Granados on January 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Before Rhino Records released the 2-CD soundtrack album a few years ago, this single disc 1990 edition was the only version of the John Williams' composed-and-conducted soundtrack for Superman: The Movie. Featuring the exciting Theme from Superman and the romantic "Love Theme" as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, this somewhat abridged album is still worth listening to, even though the newer (and more expensive) version is better.
Superman: The Movie's original double album and cassette editions had 16 tracks, but when this CD was first published 14 years ago there was a "super saver" (no pun intended) trend of releasing soundtrack albums with fewer tracks to sell the CDs at a lower price. In the case of Superman, the cues "Growing Up" (heard mostly in the scene where young Clark Kent kicks a football into the stratosphere, then outraces a train) and "Lex Luthor's Lair" were deleted. The latter track is not missed -- the thematic material omitted is reprised in "The March of the Villains" -- but "Growing Up" was one of my favorite cues, starting out with a gentle statement of the "Superman Fanfare" which segues first into an ascending motif that suggests the flight of that kicked football and concludes with music that conveys the power of that speeding locomotive and the even faster superhero-to-be.
The tracks are arranged more or less in the sequence in which they appear in the film, but as is common practice on albums of the genre some cues are spliced together because they sound good on the record. The major differences between the original 1978 soundtrack (and this first CD) and the Rhino/Warner Archives reissue are:
1. The tracks on the 2-CD re-release follow the film's storyline precisely.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Just to let you know that the track listing above (as of 20th Janurary) are wrong and are in fact from the forthcoming Superman Box Set. THIS CD has 14 tracks on one CD
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Media Lover on September 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Being an avid Williams and film score collector, I've aptly kicked myself in the forehead ten times for not owning this soundtrack sooner. It's not only great, it's vintage Williams. From the opening fanfare to the sweeping love theme, this soundtrack is perfection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrea K .C. on June 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This CD has a lot of great melodies and the arrangement of the music is awesome.It is one of my all-time favorites and if you like any CD's such as Star-Wars you are sure to find the Superman soundtrack of great interest.Check it out.PEACE!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.Storm on July 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's John Williams. What more can I write? Anytime a soundtrack song is composed and when you hear it you automatically think of the movie then the composer has done his job. The 1st track is timeless. I am no expert like the other reviewers but this version of the soundtrack suits me fine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By langleybcguy on August 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As with his masterpiece score for 'Star Wars' the year before, Williams did it again with this amazing score for the Man of Steel's story. His magnificent main title personifies the Superman I remember seeing on screen at age 7, seeing him flying over deserts, rivers, mountains & cities. The only reason this gets 4 stars instead of 5 is because there are some important cues missing, though this was understandable with what they had to work with when this was originally released in 1978. Conspicuous by their absence were the cues from Superman's first night - the helicopter crash on the building's roof which brought the first appearance of our hero, and a triumphant sequence following that rescue in which we watch Superman flying over the buildings of Metropolis.

Williams' composition style is easy to spot in his various scores; even with more recent ones such as 'Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith', it's easy to distinguish a Williams score from the rest.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
John Williams was on a roll that started with Jaws and that roll has yet to end! The word genius gets bandied around a lot these days but it is an apellation that applies to Williams in spades. 'Star Wars', 'Close Encounters' and 'Superman' are his best works, in my opinion, and Supes is probably the best of those. You would have to be tone deaf and made of stone to not feel the hairs on the back of your neck rise when the horns of the 'Main Title' sound! This music is sheer (that word again) genius from start to finish and is very moving in every way. 'The Love Theme To Superman', 'Fortress Of Solitude' and 'Leaving Home' still give me goosebumps after all these years. Am I gushing over this album? You bet! If I could I'd give it TEN stars, so help me! I think I'll go play 'Leaving Home' again right now, so I can blubber like a baby once more...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jorge A. Zarco on July 8, 2011
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This budget, out of print CD had "the best" of John Williams' music score for Superman The Movie(1978). We heard Williams' Superman theme music twice on track 1 and track 14. The Superman Love Theme was on track 5. Margot Kidder "singing" Can You Read My Mind was on track 8. Track 3 had a suspenseful music cue that was left out of the film during the Destruction of Krypton. Track 9 was the theme music for Lex Luthor and Otis. Many music cues were not used on the CD so it could be sold as a single compact disc. Originally, director Richard Donner wanted Jerry Goldsmith to write music for Superman. Goldsmith did write music for Supergirl(1984). Donner settled on John Williams and was not disappointed. Donner claims that the musical notes actually yell out, "SUPERMAN!" Williams' Superman theme music is a classic. Without it, we're left with "plain superhero music". The Superman theme can be heard in the short-lived Ruby-Spears Superman(1988) cartoon. The Superman theme has been adapted into the other Superman movies by Ken Thorne, Alexander Courage, and John Ottman. When I was 12, I played a Superman arcade game that had Williams' Superman theme music coming from the speakers! If we're lucky, this CD will be re-released.
The music score for Superman The Movie is some of John Williams' best work!
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Where is the 8 CD set?
Here's a link to a site that still sells the 8-CD set, but it does cost $119 and change:
http://www.moviesunlimited.com/musite/product.asp?sku=S12577&loc=soundtracks
I don't believe this limited special release was ever available for cheaper than that.
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