Released by Intrada, 2015
2-Disc Special Edition. Disc 1 features 36 Tracks with a total running time of 69 min. & Disc 2 features 18 tracks with 45 min.
Music Composted and Conducted by John Williams
Jaws is one of the perfect examples when a soundtrack actually is so powerful that it in itself, becomes so recognizable, so commanding and potent, that just hearing the first two notes of the opening theme can send chills up the spine. That, my friends, is an effective soundtrack at its finest. Sure, it might have something to do with the fact that Jaws scared the living crap out of me when I first seen it as a kid, but this score still remains one of those that upon hearing it, immediately puts me back in that theater seat all those years ago, making my stomach tighten with knots, tension rising, and nervousness ready to jump overboard. Even when this score has been parodied over and over again, it still hasn’t lost its impact.
While there was a release from Decca back in 2000, that featured over 51 minutes of the score, this new release from Intrada is going to be THE release to get. First of all, it is a 2-disc set. The first disc has a re-issue of the original MCA recording that was released in 1975. The second disc has the original film tracks that are coming from an unmixed 1/2″ elements but that have been restored using modern technology. We also get some bonus tracks to make things even sweeter.
But no matter what the extras are, it really comes down to the score itself. There’s not too many times I would say that there is a perfect score, but what Williams did here is about as close to perfect as you can get. Not even just the famous shark theme, but some of the sequences with Quint, Brody, Murphy on the boat squaring off against this mighty aquatic beast, like track 13, Man Against Beast (Film Version), gets your heart pumping, adrenaline rushing, and once again, puts your brain right back there in the thick of it. Not too many scores can do this, time and time again, but even after 40 years later, this score can STILL do it to me.
If you are a collector of soundtracks, even if you have the last release of this title, you need to upgrade your copy with this latest version. You won’t be disappointed.