Entertainment Weekly - 10/12/01, p.38Ranked #53
in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...Precise and dynamic..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 6/02, p.67
Included in Mojo's "100 Coolest Movie Soundtracks" - "...It's the thundering thumping leit motif that steals the show, but Williams' creative use of sea shanties and dark, mood mosaics are also noteworthy."
Composed by John Williams.
The 25th Anniversary edition contains the original music cues from "Jaws" and various previously unreleased tracks.
Original score composed by John Williams.
Includes liner notes by John Williams & Steven Spielberg.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Recording information: 20th Century Fox Studios.
Jaws was John Williams' first film score to capture the imagination of the public, and the first hit movie score of the 1970s not to involve a love theme (… la Love Story). The obvious centerpiece of the music is the bump-bump-bump-bump theme associated with the movements (usually unseen) of the shark, which became so well known that it was used as an essential part of various comedy sketches in a multitude of media at the time (Williams himself quoted it comically in his scoring for Steven Spielberg's 1941). It does reappear in numerous forms, many of them veiled, throughout the score, along with a handful of additional memorable musical phrases associated with Williams' score, many involving the hunt for the shark. This was not only where John Williams' career as a superstar soundtrack composer began but also where he first started using the musical attributes that would identify that phase of his career. ~ Bruce Eder