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Superman: The Movie (1998 Re-recording) Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: December 15, 1978
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000DF8W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,673 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prologue And Main Title
2. The Planet Krypton
3. The Destruction Of Krypton
4. Trip To Earth
5. Growing Up
6. Jonathan's Death
7. Leaving Home
8. The Fortress Of Solitude
Disc: 2
1. The Helicopter Sequence
2. The Penthouse
3. The Flying Sequence
4. The Truck Convoy
5. To The Lair
6. March Of The Villains
7. Chasing Rockets
8. Pushing Boulders
9. Flying To Lois
10. Turning Back The World
See all 12 tracks on this disc

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I feel fortunate to have been able to obtain a copy of this.
Mark Young
As an audiophile-quality presentation of a first-rate film score, this album is highly recommended.
A. Thomas
It has a history of bad sound quality as well as half the music that the newer releases have.
Joseph Payne

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Garrett on April 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I thoroughly enjoyed this 2-CD set. The music needs no introduction anywhere in the world. The audio quality of this 1998 recording surpasses what could be captured in 1978 when the original recording was made. The liner notes are a pleasure to read.
I'd also like to correct an error made by a previous reviewer: the total running length of this set is 82 minutes 10 seconds, which *cannot* be accomodated on a single CD. The producers originally planned a single CD release, but when it turned out that the music as recorded ran a few minutes too long, the decision was made to create a 2-CD set. In hindsight, it's unfortunate that they didn't know from the start that there would be room for extra pieces, but even so the selections included make a full and satisfying experience. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra was definitely up to the task. It's terrific.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Payne on October 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
John Williams' excellent score for "Superman" was a landmark in film music. With the help of soundtracks such as "Jaws", "Star Wars", and "E.T.", Williams is known as the composer who brought orchestral music back into style. During the 70's, music was taking a path directly away from the orchestral style of music, and I would say if it weren't for John Williams, orchestral film music would no longer exist. (We really ought to give John Williams a lot of credit for the favor he did for those who still stick with the true form of music) Every word that describes highly entertaining and inspiring music will fit "Superman." This particular release of "Superman" was performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and was conducted by John Debney. (I think this release conducted my John Debney is excellent. After hearing his score for "Cutthroat Island", I think that anything under his name is worth getting) I would think that calling "Superman" the "King of March Music" would be an appropriate title. The main theme (at least) is all about the marching kind of music. This soundtrack will never cease to give a surprise and fill you with excitement. The main theme from "Superman" starts with bold brass instruments, introducing the sequel of long, inspiring music to come. The theme is then repeated, this time by more brass instruments. Snare drums in the background can be heard quietly growing louder, and a sudden build up in the orchestra hits a high point, and then quickly backs off, followed by a quiet arrangement for the woodwinds and strings. After their part is finished, their is a short moment of silence. Suddenly, strings slowly begin to play repeated low notes, gaining speed as they progress.Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bucco@erols.com on December 29, 1998
Format: Audio CD
The power and majesty of the John Williams music for Superman: The Movie is above reproach. It transcends its genre and proves that film scoring deserves to be taken seriously as modern, post-romantic classical music. The original recording, released in 1978, demonstrated that much. Thankfully, this new recording of the score by John Debney and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra loses none of this greatness in the translation; in fact, in some ways, it intensifies it. Although not all the music from the original recording made it into this release, everything that makes this score a mandatory part of every film music enthusiast's collection is still in there, and the 20 bit digital sound only enhances the experience.
They went back to William's original sketches for this release, so there are occasional slight differences in the music's arrangements and orchestration. But for anyone familiar with the original recording, the new approach gives the feeling of listening to the score once again for the first time.
If you are adding this music to your collection or upgrading it to CD, this is definitely the version to go with. A word of caution though: the original 1978 recording contains lyrics to convey Lois Lane's thoughts about Superman during The Flying Sequence (Can You Read My Mind?) that are missing from this new version. Still, those lyrics are included in the movie itself, so purchasing this new release will not cause these lyrics to disappear forever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mojo1633 on January 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
As a huge film score buff, I won't spend too much time on the score itself, as it's pretty well established that this score is one of the best in the modern era of film scoring, and certainly one of John Williams's best. The march and fanfare, along with the love theme, are three of the most recognizable and finest motifs in film score history. The original score recording featured Williams conducting the London Symphony Orchestra (peformances don't get much better!).

This recording features John Debney, an excellent composer in his own right, conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. I have come to love the RSNO, and this recording is one of the reasons why. The RSNO produced quite a bit of re-recordings of classic film scores (primarily under the direction of Joel McNeely) in the 90's, and this effort is the second of two with Debney. Unfotunately, the second, a recording of suites from the Back to the Future franchise, fell miserably short of the rest of RSNO's body of work, sounding mostly muddled and sloppy. But don't let that deter you from picking this recording up!

The RSNO absolutely shines here, with performances that rival the originals from Williams and the LSO. The sound quality is also superb. Although in minor places the scoring and orchestration is slightly altered, due to the record producers having to go back to the composer's original drafts for the material, the performance is faithful enough to be played right along with the movie but artistically liberal enough to warrant its own acclamations. For any of you who have heard their performances, the RSNO is a typically large orchestra, notable for their dynamic range and sweeping sound. All that particularly comes through here, with virtuosity and heroism abound.
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