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Raiders of the Lost Ark Original recording remastered, Soundtrack

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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!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  21. The Miracle Of The Ark
  22. Washington Ending & Raiders March


Product Details

  • Composer: John Williams
  • Audio CD (February 17, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B001FBSMOE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,727 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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...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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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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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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RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK was the first and best of the movies and soundtracks. As a bonus the remastered CD version includes a few additional tracks. Yes, as others have pointed out, there are some musical cues missing, but this CD is a hopeful beginning. You can't have everything.

I went to see RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK three times when it appeared in theaters in the Summer of 1981. Shortly thereafter I purchased the audio cassette soundtrack. Mind you, this was at a time when my third hand car still had an installed eight track player. I spliced in a cassette jack into the wiring so that I could play store bought and home recorded tapes. Unfortunately my RAIDERS cassette only lasted about two months before the cassette pressure plate buffer fell off. I was able to swap the tape housings with another cassette, but the soundtrack was never quite right aftter that. At some point the orginal soundtrack disappeared from music store shelves and catalogs and was only available in a version performed by an Eastern European symphony orchestra.

I held off buying the re-released soundtrack until I happened to watch the better part of an INDIANA JONES marathon on one of the cable channels. That did it for me. I picked up my smart phone and ordered the iconic 1980's soundtrack. I am glad I did.

While playing the RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK CD on the the long commute to work my memories harkened back to 1981 and the fond memories associated with seeing the film in a real theater. Let me define REAL: A bonafide real theater is a cinema that can seat more than 150 people and is not one of those grand movie houses converted into multiple shoebox auditoriums.
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