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 Posted:   Jan 31, 2018 - 9:32 AM   
 By:   kaseykockroach   (Member)

Which non-John Williams shark symphony satisfies your appetite, Alan Parker's contribution or Michael Small's?
I own Jaws 3's score and not the latter, but Small's has a fantastic opening.

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2018 - 9:44 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

I like both but I think I prefer The Revenge. But then I'm a Michael Small fan...

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2018 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   Mike S   (Member)

I prefer Jaws 3, though in full disclosure it was on constant cable rotation when I was a kid so that may be nostalgia talking. That said, I think I could say as an adult that I prefer it objectively. Revenge has a killer opening and a few nice eerie moments, but Jaws 3 is much more full-throated score with bigger themes and more prominent action.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2018 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   Reeve   (Member)

I love the atmosphere that the score for "JAWS 3" evokes.
Take that End Title piece for example (some people will call it "cheesy" - BAH! HUMBUG!) For me, that is a real winner!
Also, the Shark theme gets a better workout in the third entry - in my opinion.
It feels more threatening to me...
Michael Small's score - I do love dearly... but to answer your question, it isn't too hard to choose!
JAWS 3 - wins easily!

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2018 - 10:39 AM   
 By:   JTWfan77   (Member)

Easily Jaws 3-D for me. It almost feels like a 70's JW disaster movie score (which pretty much works with the tone of the film), and as mentioned earlier the shark motif gets plenty of variation and is really nicely integrated into the score. Just listen to that Main Title!

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2018 - 10:43 AM   
 By:   Timothy J. Phlaps   (Member)

They're both fantastic, but I think I'd give JAWS 3D the edge for the one-two-punch of "The Shark's Gonna Hit Us!*" and "End Title."


* This track title always amused me since they suggest it's a line in the film, when the actual line in this scene is Dennis Quaid's slow motion "SHIT!"

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2018 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

For me, it's "The Revenge" by a mile. It's a serious, aggressive "Jaws" score that very much stands on its own. To me, "3-D" isn't much, competent but a wade in shallow water compared to "The Revenge"s dive into the deep end.

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2018 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Schiffy put it much better than I did...glad I'm not totally alone in my preference.

I agree that 3-D sounds something like a Williams 70s disaster score...but more Towering Inferno than Poseidon Adventure, sadly...I'm not a big fan of the former as it comes off as dated and lacking depth (I like Jaws 3-D much better, actually).

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2018 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Neither, really. But I do own both of them in physical format.

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2018 - 1:44 PM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

They're both fantastic, but I think I'd give JAWS 3D the edge for the one-two-punch of "The Shark's Gonna Hit Us!*" and "End Title."


* This track title always amused me since they suggest it's a line in the film, when the actual line in this scene is Dennis Quaid's slow motion "SHIT!"


In fact it was a line shouted by Louis Gosset Jr. (at least “it’s gonna hit us!” that remained in some tv spots and in the Making Of) but the scene and the film had several cuts and changes by the producer after director Joe Alves loguer original cut.

On the scores;

Jaws The Revenge was a holly grail for me ever since watching the film. It has some of the best variations of the shark theme and other very touching music. The issue is that, like Robocp 3, the scenes are short and there are lots of very short tracks. I wish Michael Small had better and longer setpieces to develop the music more.

Jaws 3-D is a “bigger” score, with long setpieces and more varied, full of themes. I love it too and probably listen to it more than Revenge.

Its a tie for me, maybe with an edge to Revenge.

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2018 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

Jaws 3. Its softer, more lyrical feel is unique in the series. It's a nice break from the other three.

And Restaurant Source is just gorgeous.

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2018 - 2:27 PM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

I like both. It's worth owning all 4 albums.

All 4 scores are pretty great, despite the various differences.
I like 3 for the Theme Park material at the beginning. It should not work, but it does.

Williams wrote two very different (and effective) scores for I & II, removing the curse of simply rehashing themes and such. But make no mistake, Jaws I is an instant stone cold classic from the opening notes of that Shark Theme.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2018 - 2:49 PM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

Jaws 3-D. Alan Parker greatness!

 
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