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 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 6:51 PM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

INTRADA Announces:

Composed and Conducted by JOHN WILLIAMS

The theme from Jaws is one of the most iconic in all of film music. It not only communicates the mortal threat of a living killing machine, it performs double duty and fills in for the screen absence of the shark itself. The theme is the shark. It is the menace. And it is forever engrained in our minds. Now, forty years after the 1975 release of the film, Intrada presents a special, 2-disc presentation of the iconic, Oscar-winning score. One disc features a reissue of the original MCA recording released in '75 -- a rerecorded, reworking of the score for commercial audiences that won Williams his first Grammy. The other disc features the original film tracks, sourced from the unmixed 1/2" elements, completely restored using state-of-the-art technology. These master tapes featured a nontraditional mix, allowing for the low strings -- the force behind the shark -- to be a dominant presence amongst the orchestra. While these tracks were previously released in 2000 featuring a stereo mix derived from the 5.1 DVD spread, its mixdown and added reverb took much of the punch out of the score. Going back to the original recording, engineer Mike Matessino was able to create a thrilling new experience and achieve a stunning sound, the likes of which have not been heard from this score before.

Most of the original score was presented on the 2000 Decca release, but in addition to the remastered quality the music is now presented in narrative sequence, with a few previously truncated phrases and one short unused cue added to the program. The original elements also yielded a healthy collection of “Extras” that include an alternate version of the “Main Title.” Rounding out the disc with the 1975 album is a selection of source cues from the film, also previously unreleased. John Williams reviewed and approved this entire presentation.

This landmark release is the ultimate presentation of the music from Jaws and concludes Intrada's journey to restoring the music from all the four Jaws films.

Retail Price: $29.99
For track listing and sound samples, please visit:

John Williams - Academy Award Winner Best Score
Label: Intrada 7145
Date: 1975
Time: 115:49
Tracks: 54

One of cinema's most famous soundtracks finally gets the deluxe 2-CD treatment it deserves! John Williams won a well-deserved Academy Award for his 1975 scoring masterpiece Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg, featuring Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw... and the most terrifying shark in movie history. Peter Benchley's No. 1 best-selling book became a sensational hit under Spielberg, who himself claimed the John Williams music was responsible for at least half of the picture's success. And what music! Basses, cellos and arguably the two most famous "theme" notes in history. Williams offers a score that is equal parts powerfully ferocious terror, rousing nautical adventure.

Almost the entire soundtrack as it appears in the film was presented for the first time in its actual soundtrack form for the movie's 25th anniversary in 2000 for the Decca label. The three-channel scoring masters were then newly-mixed into 5.1 sound for the film, with numerous sonic compromises made to create two-track stereo album masters, including significant reduction of the stereo imaging as well as liberal added reverb and noise reduction. For this new 2-CD release on Intrada, we have returned to the original session tapes, courtesy Universal Pictures, and created brand new mixes with state-of-the-art technology, affording genuine stereo imaging with clarity of detail and dynamic range never-before available - all under the supervision of John Williams.

Included are all of the actual soundtrack sequences plus several brief but previously unreleased cues and several alternate selections, all being heard for the first time ever! Enjoy an alternate version of the "Main Title" made early in the scoring sessions but never used, two versions of the previously unreleased "Shark Tows Orca", two versions of the lengthy and incredible "Man Against Beast" cue, an extended version of "The Empty Raft", an alternate version of "Quint Meets His End", and more!

CD 2 features a remastered presentation of the famed 1975 re-recorded 35-minute MCA album. Finally, six selections from the Amity Town Band parade and beach sequences, arranged by Stu Phillips and Hal Mooney and recorded by Williams early in the sessions, bring this important set to a close. Mike Matessino restores and masters the audio, Scott Bettencourt authors the informative liner notes, Joe Sikoryak provides the colorful "flipper" cover artwork and booklet design. A soundtrack library essential! John Williams conducts. Intrada INT series 2-CD set.

01. Jaws – Main Title (0:59)
02. The First Victim (1:45)
03. Remains On The Beach (0:59)
04. The Empty Raft (Extended Version) (1:45)
05. The Pier Incident (2:30)
06. Father And Son (Film Version) (1:59)
07. The Alimentary Canal (1:58)
08. Ben Gardner’s Boat (3:33)
09. Montage (1:35)
10. Into The Estuary (2:53)
11. Out To Sea (Film Version) (1:01)
12. Tug On The Line (2:39)
13. Man Against Beast (Film Version) (5:34)
14. Quint’s Tale (2:48)
15. Brody Panics (1:16)
16. Barrel Off Starboard (1:41)
17. Great Chase (3:02)
18. Shark Tows Orca (0:41)
19. Three Barrels Under (2:17)
20. From Bad To Worse (1:07)
21. Quint Thinks It Over (1:14)
22. The Shark Cage Fugue (2:02)
23. The Shark Approaches (Film Version) (0:53)
24. The Shark Hits The Cage (2:03)
25. Quint Meets His End (1:27)
26. Blown To Bits (3:17)
27. Jaws – End Title (1:57)
     Total Score Time: 54:55
The Extras

28. Jaws – Main Title (Alternate) (1:12)
29. The Typewriter (0:21)
30. Man Against Beast (Alternate) (5:38)
31. Barrel Off Starboard (Alternate Segment) (0:54)
32. Great Chase (Alternate) (3:03)
33. Shark Tows Orca (Alternate) (0:42)
34. The Shark Approaches (Alternate) (0:55)
35. Quint Meets His End (Alternate) (1:32)
36. Wild Shark Theme (1:10)
     Total Extras Time: 15:15
     Total CD1 Time: 70:20
CD2 Original 1975 MCA Soundtrack Album

01. Main Title (Theme From Jaws) (2:24)
02. Chrissie’s Death (1:42)
03. Promenade (Tourists On The Menu) (2:48)
04. Out To Sea (2:30)
05. The Indianapolis Story (2:27)
06. Sea Attack Number One (5:25)
07. One Barrel Chase (3:10)
08. Preparing The Cage (3:26)
09. Night Search (3:34)
10. The Underwater Siege (2:34)
11. Hand To Hand Combat (2:34)
12. End Title (Theme From Jaws) (2:21)
     Total Album Time: 34:52
The Extras Music From Amity Town Beach
13. Joplin Rag (Original Rag) (Scott Joplin) (2:07)
14. Winter Stories Waltz (Alphons Czibulka) (1:46)
15. In The Good Old Summertime (George Evans & Ren Shields) (1:29)
16. Thousand And One Nights Waltz (Johann Strauss Jr.) (1:49)
17. Marching Band No. 1 (1:09)
18. Marching Band No. 2 (2:05)
     Total Source Music Time: 14:30
     Total CD2 Time: 45:29

SAMPLES & Direct Order link:

ADDITIONAL Order links:

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 6:52 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Is the other discussion with 200+ replies not good enough?

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 6:56 PM   
 By:   Steve H   (Member)

An incredible release!
Ordered 2 copies. one for a xmas present.
Thank You Intrada.

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 7:03 PM   
 By:   bdm   (Member)


 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 7:14 PM   
 By:   Timothy J. Phlaps   (Member)

In my rush to order it, I never actually listened to the samples. They sound fantastic.

Cancelled my original JAWS 2 order and put them both through together. Might have to wait a bit longer but that's $13 saved towards AIRPLANE 2 at the end of the month.

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   Burk Whittenburg   (Member)

Is the other discussion with 200+ replies not good enough?

Seriously! I mean why not just update the thread title and edit the first post on the other thread??

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 7:38 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

An incredible release!
Ordered 2 copies. one for a xmas present.
Thank You Intrada.

Do you need my mailing address?!?big grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grin

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 7:45 PM   
 By:   Sketchkid   (Member)

Ordered! Still awaiting my Jaws 2 (and others) order, but that's allright... Intrada doesn't combine orders do they?

Any chance we could get higher-res cover art? (it's the only nit-pic I have!)

What a year - the Jaws and BTTF series taken care of. And LLL's final batch still to come!

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 7:47 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

Holy cow, I just listened to the end title sound sample... even with the relatively low bitrate of the sample it is a revelation

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 8:04 PM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

Is the other discussion with 200+ replies not good enough?

I, for one, am glad an official thread has started instead of continuing one with a bunch of numbskulls pontificating what it might be and others complaining over what it's most likely going to be without even having any knowledge of what the cd will posses, what it will sound like, the price, etc...

Furthermore, now a person (new to the site or not) has an official thread to go to (with a proper title) that has the relevant info about the release front and center so there is no searching around.

Thanks, Jason for making a new thread with all the official info on it. One that contains facts.


Can't wait for this holiest of grails! Major geekgasm going on here tonight!



 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 8:18 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

Congratulations To Doug, Mike Mattessino, Roger and the Intrada team!

What a superb restoration effort! JAWS is one of the most iconic scores and it truly must have been a great honor and labour of love for the Intrada team to make this available as a definitive polished gem. Kudos! Listening to the sound samples and hearing the extraordinary clarity gave me goosebumps!

May this set remain in print for generations to come.

Thank You all!!!

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 8:20 PM   
 By:   Thgil   (Member)

Is the other discussion with 200+ replies not good enough?

Better yet, let's just have one big thread about everything we have or will discuss.

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 8:22 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Jason's always wagging his finger at people for starting a new thread on a subject that's already being discussed in a different thread, so I think Mastadge was jokingly giving him a taste of his own medicine.

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 8:23 PM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

Jason's always wagging his finger at people for starting a new thread on a subject that's already being discussed in a different thread, so I think Mastadge was jokingly giving him a taste of his own medicine.

Jason shouldn't do that either.

It reminds me of something Brainy Smurf would do. And as I always say -- No one likes Brainy Smurf.


 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 8:24 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

How amazing is it that we now have all four wonderful Jaws scores in great-sounding definitive versions? Thanks Intrada!

I also thought it was brilliant how they released the later scores first (because there was more unreleased music), but then progressed themselves over the year to the more famous Williams scores. Brilliant release strategy how it worked into a countdown building excitement. Now I hope they start another 4 of 4, 3 of 4, 2 of 4, 1 of 4 countdown at Universal! (Yes, I'm referring to the Airport series...I particularly want a release of the amazing original Alfred Newman score tracks!)


 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 8:46 PM   
 By:   Hedji   (Member)

Arguably the most important modern era film score ever.

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 9:23 PM   
 By:   Reeve   (Member)

The Complete Jaws Saga!

Having all four scores is definitely THE GREATEST RELEASE outside of The Superman Blue Box! (I mean - who would have believed owning the complete scores to 3 and 4!!!???) WOW!!!!

At first I didn't think it would happen; but once Jaws 2 got released, I knew it would only be a matter of time since THIS RELEASE HAPPENED!

This score with it's fantastic restoration and extras - is THE GREATEST RELEASE OF 2015! Nothing can top it now!

WELL DONE INTRADA!!!!!! Wooohoooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 9:31 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

I noticed that Doug didn't say anything about this being available while interest remains, so I can only assume that this title is here for the long-haul! smile

 Posted:   Nov 16, 2015 - 11:09 PM   
 By:   Willgoldnewtonbarrygrusin   (Member)

The only sad thing about this wonderful release: now, we can´t say anymore "when will JAWS finally be released in a definitive version?"

 Posted:   Nov 17, 2015 - 12:32 AM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

How amazing is it that we now have all four wonderful Jaws scores in great-sounding definitive versions? Thanks Intrada!

Am I the only one who doesn't think this release sounds "great"? Now don't get me wrong -- it's clearly better than the 2000 release, though the difference is mostly in volume and being a bit 'forward' in sound comparatively but I would in no way call it 'great-sounding'.

(Note to those who can't comprehend things, this is NOT a complaint, just a statement -- I am very happy this got the remastering as it is much more enjoyable and I know Intrada did the best they could with what they had, and it's certainly going to be in my possession soon enough).

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