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The Poseidon Adventure/ The Paper Chase (1972/1974)
Music by John Williams
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Price: $54.95
Limited #: 4000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: July 1998
Catalog #: Vol. 1, No. 2
# of Discs: 1

The Paper Chase is the acclaimed 1973 comic drama about Harvard law students, starring Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, and John Houseman as the tyrannical Professor Kingsfield. John Williams wrote an eclectic score emphasizing the film's myriad social worlds: a beautiful love theme in the style of the light pop of the day, with characteristic Williams touches; pseudo-Baroque music (like Family Plot) and arrangements of Bach and Telemann for the academic environment; two jazz-rock source cues; and a haunting, noble theme ("The Passing of Wisdom") used for the students' fascination with Professor Kingsfield.

The Poseidon Adventure is the classic 1972 Irwin Allen disaster epic, for which Williams wrote a stirring, legendary main and end title theme for low brass building to full orchestra. The interior cues evoke dread and claustrophobia as well as the single-minded drive of the protagonists to escape alive. The score bridges Williams's television work for Allen in the '60s with the more symphonic style he used on his famous blockbusters of the late 1970s and '80s, and has been requested by fans for a quarter-century.

The CD also includes the six-minute "Main Title" to Conrack, the acclaimed early '70s Martin Ritt drama starring Jon Voight as a schoolteacher on a poor South Carolina island. The music features Williams's uplifting Americana writing, as heard in The Cowboys and The River, with a gentle bluegrass bent.

This album of previously unreleased John Williams tracks was drawn from clean, best-possible archival sources, with roughly 15 minutes surviving in stereo. The 16-page color booklet includes rare photos from the 20th Century Fox archives and track-by-track liner notes by Jeff Bond and Jeff Eldridge.

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About the Composer

John Williams (b. 1932) is not only the composer of most of the biggest blockbusters of all time—including Star Wars, E.T., Jaws, the Indiana Jones films, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and many more, many of them directed by Steven Spielberg—but he has transcended film music to become the world's most famous living composer, and an American institution. His popular symphonic scores are so iconic that they often overshadow the fact that he has been equally proficient at sophisticated, adult fare (Schindler's List, Images) and had a successful career in composing (for television and often comedy features), arranging and performing well before he even met Steven Spielberg. FSM, like most labels, will release everything it can of Williams's music, and has concentrated (for reasons of availability) on his early years as "Johnny" Williams when he was doing sterling work on relatively little-known television and films—always with an amazing attention to melody and detail. In fact, his early works are fascinating for the ways in which they foreshadow his later, world-renowned efforts. IMDB

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Track List
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Conrack
The Paper Chase
The Poseidon Adventure
The Poseidon Adventure songs/source music

Leader (Conductor):
John T. Williams

Violin:
Israel Baker, George Berres, Harry Bluestone, Joachim Chassman, Herman Clebanoff, Glenn Dicterow, Harold Dicterow, Kurt Dieterle, Adolph DiTullio, Bonnie J. Douglas (Shure), David Frisina, Irving Geller, Debbie Sue Grossman, Louis Kaufman, Lou Klass, Jacob Krachmalnick, Marvin Limonick, Paul Lowenkron, Alfred Lustgarten, Shirley Marcus, Irma W. Neumann, Nathan Ross, Ralph Schaeffer, Paul C. Shure, Marshall Sosson, Joseph Stepansky, Charles Veal, Jr., Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel)

Viola:
Myer Bello, Alan B. DeVeritch, Allan Harshman, Jan Hlinka, Virginia Majewski, Alex Neiman, Sven Reher, Joseph Reilich, David Schwartz, Milton Thomas

Cello:
Joseph DiTullio, Marie Fera, Edwin Geber, Armand Kaproff, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Edgar Lustgarten, Kurt Reher, Nathaniel K. Rosen, Nino Rosso, Frederick R. Seykora, Eleanor Slatkin, Mary Louise Zeyen

Bass:
Suzanne Ailman (Stokes), Charles L. Domanico, Milton Kestenbaum, Abraham Luboff, Peter A. Mercurio, Joseph Mondragon, Meyer (Mike) Rubin

Flute:
Gene Cipriano, Arthur Hoberman, Luella Howard, Sheridon W. Stokes

Recorder:
Shirley Marcus

Oboe:
John F. Ellis, Gordon Pope

Clarinet:
Dominick Fera, Justin Gordon, Gary G. Gray, John Neufeld

Bassoon:
Don Christlieb, Ray Nowlin

French Horn:
James A. Decker, Vincent N. DeRosa, William E. Lane, Richard Mackey, Arthur Maebe, Jr., James M. McGee, Richard E. Perissi, Gale H. Robinson, Harry Schmidt, Henry Sigismonti

Trumpet:
John Clyman, Chase E. Craig, Robert Divall, Charles B. Findley, Carroll "Cappy" Lewis, Malcolm Boyd McNab, Graham Young

Trombone:
Edward Kusby, Richard "Dick" Nash, Phillip A. Teele

Tuba:
John T. "Tommy" Johnson

Keyboards:
Ralph E. Grierson, Artie Kane, Michael A. Lang, Milcho Leviev, Lincoln Mayorga, Michael S. O'Martian

Guitar:
Robert F. Bain, Dennis Budimir, Alton R. "Al" Hendrickson, Arthur H. Munson, Thomas "Tommy" Tedesco, Robert T. "Waddy" Wachtel

Fender (electric) Bass:
Carol Kaye, Mark Tulin

Harp:
Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk), Dorothy S. Remsen, Anne Stockton (Mason)

Harmonica:
Tommy Morgan

Drums:
Victor Feldman, Stuart Perry

Percussion:
Richard Cornell, Victor Feldman, Harold L. "Hal" Rees, Jerry D. Williams

Orchestrator:
Alexander Courage, Richard P. Hazard

Contractor:
Meyer (Mike) Rubin, Meyer (Mike) Rubin

Copyist:
Dominic John Fidelibus, Jack McTaggart, Robert L. Reid, Ernest Rosecrans, Glen R. Rosecrans, Paul Sprosty

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