- Released: January 15, 2002
- Label: Sony
- 1.Call Of The Champions - (The Official Theme Of The 2002 Olympic Winter Games, with Mormon Tabernacle Choir)
- 2.Immigration And Building (I)
- 3.Country At War, The (II)
- 4.Popular Entertainment (III)
- 5.Sports And Celebrities (IV)
- 6.Civil Rights And The Woman's Movement (V)
- 7.Technology And Flight (VI)
- 8.Song For World Peace
- 9.Jubilee 350
- 10.Mission Theme, The - (Theme For NBC News)
- 11.For New York - (Variations On Themes Of Leonard Bernstein)
- 12.Sound The Bells
- 13.Hymn To New England
- 14.Celebrate Discovery
- 15.Summon The Heroes - (bonus track)
Personnel: John Williams (conductor); Recording Arts Orchestra Of Los Angeles; Utah Symphony; Boston Pops Orchestra; Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Principally recorded at Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California on December 9-10, 1999 and June 19-20, 2000. Includes liner notes by Jackson Braider.
John Williams's experience in painting broad musical strokes is invoked throughout AMERICAN JOURNEY, as stirring a set as you'd expect from this veteran soundtrack composer. It's not only the soundtrack to the 2002 Winter Olympics but also a salute to America, its ideals, and its history.
Starting with the STAR WARS-esque "Call of the Champions," which features the 350-strong Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the collection quickly gets down to business with "American Journey," a six-movement piece with sections devoted to "Immigration and Building," "The Country At War," and "Civil Rights and the Women's Movement," to name but a few. It's an interesting combination of subjects for a musical interpretation, and though it's not really apparent where one topic ends and another begins, Williams' stirring compositional style never disappoints. His "Song for World Peace" is by turns stately, simple, and poignant, while the variation on several Leonard Bernstein themes on "For New York" impeccably conjures the eclectic vitality, sadness, and optimism of that unique city, all in just over three minutes. AMERICAN JOURNEY features a master of heartstring-tugging at his incomparable best.