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Black Sunday - Complete Score - John Williams

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John Williams was a natural choice to score Black Sunday. Not only was he a veteran of the 1970s disaster cycle (The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno) but his landmark score to Jaws marked him as HollywoodÕs top composer at a time when Paramount Pictures was positioning Black Sunday to be the blockbuster of 1977 (a claim to fame shortly taken by Star Wars).
For the Frankenheimer film, Williams composed a taut, suspenseful score with an obsessive terrorist motive and grim but noble minor-mode theme for ShawÕs character. As the film expands in scope from claustophobic backrooms to the sprawl of the Super Bowl, so does the score grow from quiet tension to large-scale action-adventure, climaxing in furious symphonic writing for a showdown aboard the (would be) killer Goodyear blimp.
This premiere release (in any form) of the Black Sunday soundtrack is in complete chronological order, remixed by Mike Matessino from the original 16-track 2Ó masters recorded on the Paramount Pictures scoring stage for stunning sound quality. Liner notes are by Scott Bettencourt, Mike Matessino, Jeff Eldridge and Alexander Kaplan.
Track Listing
01. Beirut (00:37)
02. Commandos Arrive (01:15)
03. Commando Raid (05:30)
04. It Was Good / Dahlia Arrives / The Unloading (03:11)
05. Speed Boat Chase (01:50)
06. The Telephone Man / The Captain Returns (02:14)
07. Nurse Dahlia / KabakovÕs Card / The Hypodermic (03:28)
08. MoshevskyÕs Dead (01:57)
09. The Test (01:55)
10. Building the Bomb (01:53)
11. Miami / DahliaÕs Call (02:26)
12. The Last Night (01:28)
13. Preparations (02:42)
14. Passed (00:31)
15. The Flight Check (01:49)
16. Airborne / Bomb Passes Stadium (01:46)
17. FarleyÕs Dead (01:33)
18. The Blimp and the Bomb (03:12)
19. The Take Off (01:43)
20. Underway (00:39)
21. Air Chase (Part 1) (01:12)
22. Air Chase (Parts 2 and 3) / The Blimp Hits (07:19)
23. The Explosion (02:36)
24. End Title (02:15)
25. Hotel Lobby (source) (01:49)
26. Fight Song #1 (source) (00:51)
27. Fight Song #2 (source) (01:45)
28. End Title (alternate, without percussion) (02:20)
29. The Explosion (revised ending) / End Title (film edit) (02:12)
tracks 25-29, alternates and source music