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John Williams

Jaws [Original Soundtrack]

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    Track Title

    Time

  1. Main Title and First Victim
  2. Chrissie's Death
  3. Promenade
  4. Out to Sea
  5. The Indianapolis Story
  6. Sea Attack Number One
  7. One Barrel Chase
  8. Preparing The Cage
  9. Night Search
  10. The Underwater Siege
  11. Hand to Hand Combat
  12. End Title

Jaws was John Williams' first film score to capture the imagination of the public, and the first hit movie score of the 1970s not to involve a love theme (à la Love Story). The obvious centerpiece of the music is the bump-bump-bump-bump theme associated with the movements (usually unseen) of the shark, which became so well known that it was used as an essential part of various comedy sketches in a multitude of media at the time (Williams himself quoted it comically in his scoring for Steven Spielberg's 1941). It does reappear in numerous forms, many of them veiled, throughout the score, along with a handful of additional memorable musical phrases associated with Williams' score, many involving the hunt for the shark. This was not only where John Williams' career as a superstar soundtrack composer began but also where he first started using the musical attributes that would identify that phase of his career. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

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