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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 21, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Silva America
  • ASIN: B006YZAPVE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

Silva Screen Records presents the most comprehensive collection of music to mark the 80th Birthday of John Williams. The 5 time Oscar and 18 time Grammy Award winning Film Composer is considered the World's No. 1 Film Music Composer.
This 6 CD Box Set has 87 Tracks and over 7 hours of Music.

Customer Reviews

John Williams good composer.
Vince J Deitrich
Overall quite handsome package and the sound quality is generally very good.
Kirk Orebaugh
This CD collection is a must-have.
Konsumer

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By David Rowe on October 22, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This set can certainly be considered a definitive collection and representation of the magnificent John Williams. It is all well played and most of it is conducted with flair and a real understanding of this music.

It's the editing/mastering of this set that brings real concerns and real problems. Playback levels are all over the place. But I could live with that if that were the only problem. It's not. Worse, the mastering process subjects many tracks to severe manipulation, seemingly randomly and on-the-fly. For example, a track will start, and after a couple of notes the recorded volume is suddenly turned way up or down. Not at the beginning of the track, but while the music is playing! Also, the HDCD remastering is bizarrely and randomly applied. It varies from track to track (on for track 1, off for track 2 etc.) But worse, it is turned on and off at will throughout some tracks! (on for a few seconds, off for a few, on/off, on/off throughout while the music is playing.) And yes it is clearly audible - good grief! It's as if a little kid did the mastering and decided to mess it all up just for fun! It's that bizzare and random and amateurish and, frankly, inept. So all in all, a great collection of music completely ruined by inept editing and mastering.

Amazon, since you commissioned this set "exclusively" for you, you really ought to go back to whoever you paid to do it and demand some answers. We buyers are not pleased. And Silva Screen Records, you ought to be ashamed of your lack of quality control. And your Mastering Tech on this set, listed as Rick Clark, needs to be fired.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Konsumer on August 8, 2012
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This CD collection is a must-have. A set of 6 discs filled with the best (and most familiar) sound tracks and scores from John Williams. All for only $20 (the MP3 would cost more than double the price, which makes no sense)! The first 3 discs are music from the 3 movie franchises: star wars, indiana jones, and harry porter. While I haven't seen many harry porter movies, the music is a joy to listen to. The last 3 discs are a mixture of various sound tracks, scores, and you won't be disappointed.

*It looks like the price of the CD set has also more than doubled -- it now costs almost $54. Back in July 2012 it was only $20. But even for $54, it is still well worth every penny*
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Anne Laird on August 9, 2012
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I'm in heaven. This has absolutely everything anyone could ever want from John Williams. Great, great, great listening. I am a very happy camper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SAM on January 21, 2013
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It's a daunting task to collect all of Williams' old scores so I was excited about this..but it turns out the performances are not the originals and definitely don't live up to that quality. It's cool to hear music I haven't heard though (skipping all the Star Wars stuff because of course as a big JW fan I already have those...I'm betting anyone who buys this does?!)
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I thought I'd write this review just to clear things up. I purchased this set and then read the reviews. That was a mistake; people were complaining about the horrible mixing and bad volume levels for instruments. Let me just say, this is NOT true at all. This is a top-notch compilation of some of John Williams' best work. You must keep in mind that this is NOT the same recordings of music used in the movies, this is a different group's adaptation of JW's work, ergo, Star Wars sounds a little different than the one you've heard countless times since 1977, but all the instruments are there in a high-quality production that sounds true to the iconic themes. From Raiders all the way to the Cantina Theme, this set is worth every penny!
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There is one whole CD from Star Wars and another from Harry Potter and another from Indiana Jones. Those 3 are my favorites. The other 2 I knew some of the music - all from movies. I think I'll have to brush up on my Speilberg/Williams movies to completely appreciate the whole collection. Definately a great buy if you know all the movies for which he wrote.
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Overall quite handsome package and the sound quality is generally very good. If I was to nitpick, it does not include some of John's numerous tv scores; lost in space, etc. But if you grew up on Williams, this is a must have.
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This is a good deal for both the quality, variety and amount of music. I am considering giving a copy of this to someone for Christmas as well, I think other would also enjoy.
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