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 Posted:   Nov 11, 2013 - 5:37 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Have you ever looked at the grooves of the LP in the places where the earthquake appears? The grooves are really wide. It's beautiful.

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2013 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

I keep a copy of this CD in the CD player so the next time we have an earthquake I can run over and press play, providing the building doesn't collapse before I get there.

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2013 - 8:09 PM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

I keep a copy of this CD in the CD player so the next time we have an earthquake I can run over and press play, providing the building doesn't collapse before I get there.

Josh, I do the same thing, except mine is the 1973 vinyl, so it would probably skip a little if I tried to play it during the big one. But it is my go-to musical fixture if ever we have a tremor. Miles on Wheels soothes the nerves.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 4:43 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I keep a copy of this CD in the CD player so the next time we have an earthquake I can run over and press play, providing the building doesn't collapse before I get there.


big grin big grin

That's good!

Oddly enough, I used to keep a picture of Victoria Principal next to the CD player - nothing to do with the possibility of an earthquake though. I removed it when Mrs TG threatened to retaliate with Richard Roundtree. Couldn't compete with that.

Back on topic, I'm strangely fond of this film and especially its soundtrack although it's one that so far has eluded me since dispensing with the LP almost 20 years ago.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I place Earthquake in the middle of the Williams Disaster Trilogy.
It ain't as good as Towering Inferno, but it's better than Poseidon Adventure to me.
My favourite track is The City Sleeps, which is one of those sublime pieces of music that Mr Williams seems to conjure with alarming regularity and that are always able to hit me right where I need great music to hit me.
If the LP was a re-recording, then I'm all for a release of the actual score tracks so I can compare performance and hear new music. I'll never say no to more Williams.

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Cory In Jeopardy and the Main Title music are clearly different between album and actual film soundtrack. I'm going to see the DvD tonight because I suspect the OST may actually have been a hybrid collection. But I wouldn't commit to that notion because things are far from certain wink

Edit: On viewing the film I'm fairly convinced the film and album soundtracks are completely disjoint.

 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

Have you ever looked at the grooves of the LP in the places where the earthquake appears? The grooves are really wide. It's beautiful.

One of the pleasures of purchasing that Second version of the LP (with a pasted on change of program on the back, otherwise the same back album art work) was watching the arm wobble while the needle navigated through the rumbling!

The omission of "Something for Remy" in that version of the LP, however, amounted to what is probably a sin.

"Something for Remy" might be the most relaxing, peaceful, reflective cue in the John Williams catalog! And associated with the character in the film, it is also wistful.



 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 4:41 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

EARTHQUAKE is one Williams film from which I have nary a note. Here's the opening of the film as it appeared on Cinemax.

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2013 - 5:04 AM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

The opening main title music Really had added suspense surroundings if you had the experience of sitting in a cavernous theater with it opened in November 1974 with the newly installed SENSURROUND system tall speakers taking out the back row of seats in the theater corners and standing in the back like twin monster towers and the audience anticipation Sky High and the cinema Packed with wondering spectators.

Also, in those first weeks that "Earthquake" played, SENSURROUND was much louder (it was toned down later because of discovered hairline cracks in at least one theater wall) and could make the Exit lights frantically blink. By the time the Williams Love Theme for two characters returns at the very end and George Kennedy says "This used to be a hell of town, officer", the theater experience was quite effective!

And, lastly, there is the wonderful Williams cue "The City Sleep" which adds a tasteful finish to the destruction and the doom.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2013 - 5:55 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)



One of the pleasures of purchasing that Second version of the LP (with a pasted on change of program on the back, otherwise the same back album art work) was watching the arm wobble while the needle navigated through the rumbling!

The omission of "Something for Remy" in that version of the LP, however, amounted to what is probably a sin.



My copy has both "Something for Remy" and the earthquake rumblings. I can't remember how that track goes.

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2013 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   Steve H   (Member)

EARTHQUAKE is one Williams film from which I have nary a note. Here's the opening of the film as it appeared on Cinemax.



The film version of the main title is really not that different from the album re-recording.
There seems to be a little more emphasis on the brass hits, and of course the truncated ending.

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2013 - 3:35 PM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

This is the anniversary date of the theatrical opening of "Earthquake" in the US on Nov. 15, 1974.

The ads called it..."An Event". And so it was!

The debut date of the SENSURROUND system, too!

Watched it tonight.

If there was a CD release of the original tracks that appear in the film there would be a lot of cues that do not appear in the re-recorded album.

And, if I'm not mistaken, the brief appearance of the "Something for Remy" cue is primarily a piano piece and is nothing like the cool version on the re-recorded album.

"The City Sleeps" end titles may be the highlight of the entire score and it would be so wonderful to have the film version on a CD album.

 
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