I would hate to to try to "correct" a man as BIG as Jim T. Wilson regarding flubber, so I'll agree with him on the sound of the Decca release. It sounds like it was taped off my neighbour's telly, through the wall, with the cassette player microphone wrapped in a duvet.
If I remember correctly, the Decca release was created by folding down to 2-track the 5.1 mix for the film that had liberal amounts of reverb and noise reduction applied. For the Intrada release Mike went back to the original 3-track masters.
I've got over 40 years of experience* of listening to the JAWS score via various options, using my super attuned ears and incredibly good judgement (I won't mention my handsome good looks too). And it's never sounded better than the Intrada 2 disc edition that Mike Matessino remastered. A truly sonic spectacular experience after the cracks and pops of the LP and the muddy waters of the disappointing Decca expansion. It's gonna be my go-to version to the end, I imagine. And I also imagine there have been many engineers in many industries who were just bang average, or not even very good. Not everyone is top notch.
Wow! Yet another thread starts getting spiteful, from I can read, for absolutely no reason whatsoever (in fact there is never reason to get spiteful).
It’s been very clear to me for years that the Decca product was seriously flawed. It never sounded good. Intrada blew that away with a brilliant release. To me the sound of that cd is as close to fantastic as you can get. THE only way to listen to the Jaws score.