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 Posted:   Nov 24, 2022 - 9:03 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)



LLLCD 1612
Music by John Williams

Limited Edition of 5000 Units


In celebration of John Williams‘ 90th birthday and the 25th Anniversary of the acclaimed feature film AMISTAD, La-La Land Records, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Geffen Records present AMISTAD, a special 2-CD remastered and expanded release of Academy Award-Winning composer John Williams’ (E.T., SCHINDLER’S LIST, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN) original motion picture score to the renowned 1997 big-screen historical drama directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins and Djimon Hounsou. Maestro Williams’ masterwork encompasses the depths and heights of human experience, unleashing unforgettable moments of anguish and uplift as it supports the film’s true chronicling of the 1839 African slave ship revolt abord the La Amistad and its subsequent landmark U.S. court case.

A breathtaking fusion of orchestral Americana with African percussion rhythms and vocal chanting, this important John Williams score finally gets a definitive release with this deluxe 2-CD presentation, meticulously produced, edited and mastered by Mike Matessino, in consultation with the composer and director.

Remastered in high resolution from studio master elements, Disc One and Disc Two of this program features the film Score Presentation, which expands the original 1997 soundtrack album by almost double its length, including cues not used in the film. The score presentation is followed on Disc Two by 50 minutes of bonus tracks including source music, concert arrangements, and alternates - some of which offer completely different approaches than the film versions. The exclusive, in-depth liner notes are by writer Jeff Bond, with the packaging’s elegant design by Jim Titus. This is a limited edition release of 5000 units.




1 Introduction And Retribution 4:40
2 July 4, 1839 4:04
3 Steering East 1:27
4 The Capture 5:00
5 Introducing John Quincy Adams 5:15
6 Meeting Of The Minds 3:58
7 Counsel Meets Client 1:36
8 The Ship Remembers 5:32
9 Visiting Adams 1:32
10 What Is Their Story? 3:44
11 Learning To Count 1:57
12 Tale Of The Lion’s Tooth 5:48
13 The Capture Of Cinqué 4:03
14 The Crossing 4:41
15 Tales Of Horror 7:40
16 Discovering The Bible 5:05
17 Prisoners’ Song 1:33
18 The Letter To Massachusetts 2:09
19 Cinqué’s Legal Mind 2:26
20 African Violet 5:33
Disc One Time: 78:10


1 Adams’ Address To The Court 7:21
2 Adams’ Summation (Film Version) 3:01
3 The Verdict 5:10
4 Liberation Of Lomboko: Dry Your Tears, Afrika 2:17
5 Going Home 2:05
6 Dry Your Tears, Afrika (Reprise) 3:37
7 The Long Road To Justice 3:19


8 Cinqué’s Theme 4:13
9 Introduction (Alternate) 1:12
10 The Capture (Alternate) 5:02
11 Harbor Tavern 3:05
12 Cinqué’s Theme (Solo Flute) 2:07
13 Meeting Of The Minds (Instrumental Version) 3:45
14 The Ship Remembers (Alternate) 5:26
15 What Is Their Story? (Alternate) 3:33
16 The Crossing (Alternate) 4:23
17 Tales Of Horror (Alternate Excerpt) 3:19
18 Discovering The Bible (Alternate) 5:11
19 Cinqué’s Memories Of Home 2:39
20 Going Home (Alternate) 2:06
21 Dry Your Tears, Afrika (Alternate) 3:35

Disc Two Time: 76:50
Total 2-Disc Time: 2:35:00

This is a CD format release.

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2022 - 9:10 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

This one was so very out in left field, but done right. Will get for sure.

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2022 - 9:50 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Really excited for this one, a hugely underrated film and score. smile

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2022 - 11:11 PM   
 By:   tobis   (Member)

In a batch without a weak spot, this is my most wanted. Didn't expect this to have that much music.

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2022 - 11:46 PM   
 By:   Jurassic T. Park   (Member)

John Williams is an instant buy. Wonderful archival-level quality as usual from LLL on this one. Thorough and comprehensive. Can't wait to listen AND to study!

 Posted:   Nov 25, 2022 - 12:07 AM   
 By:   Willgoldnewtonbarrygrusin   (Member)

What a wonderful gift to us Williams fans!

 Posted:   Nov 25, 2022 - 12:33 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

In addition to the extra music and alternates - it will be a solid listening experience in this new High Resolution transfer.

Mike Matessino is the Man of the Hour- A Very Happy Birthday to you you today Mike !!!

 Posted:   Nov 25, 2022 - 1:31 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)


 Posted:   Nov 25, 2022 - 4:04 AM   
 By:   orbital   (Member)

Stunning. Thank you, LLLR! Fantastic job.

 Posted:   Nov 25, 2022 - 4:10 AM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

Great batch, but this is the one I'm getting!

 Posted:   Nov 25, 2022 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

Yeah, this will be the one I will DEFINITELY buy.
I will have to think about THE BURBS and SPIDERMAN (I'm happy with the BURBS CD's I already have and I've never truly loved SPIDERMAN, although I enjoy it in parts and it works great within the film).
I'm happy for GODFATHER & JAMES BOND fans re the other two releases, but they ain't for me.

 Posted:   Nov 25, 2022 - 7:11 AM   
 By:   kingtolkien   (Member)

Instant buy. Also the Burbs and The Godfather

 Posted:   Nov 25, 2022 - 7:39 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

I absolutely LOVE that new artwork.
So atmospheric.

 Posted:   Nov 25, 2022 - 9:56 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

This is a terrific score that I've enjoyed for a long time. And while I feel like a lot of expansions can feel like more of the same to me, Williams expansions rarely do. Excited to get this!

 Posted:   Nov 25, 2022 - 10:33 AM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

It is a terrific score I've always loved too, I can't wait to get it, Thanks La La Land!

 Posted:   Nov 25, 2022 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   Spinmeister   (Member)

Perhaps I should give this another spin — I mean, it's been at least 25 years since I last played it. Wasn't a fan of it then. Maybe I've softened in the interim.

 Posted:   Nov 26, 2022 - 6:47 AM   
 By:   ghost of 82   (Member)

I haven't even seen the film, nevermind heard anything of the soundtrack. That does seem odd to me now that I think of it, but it's a funny thing how one can have blank spots regards certain films, like they never even existed.

 Posted:   Nov 27, 2022 - 2:34 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

I have to wait until after work on Tuesday before I can order this, I hope it doesn't sell out before.frown

 Posted:   Nov 27, 2022 - 2:43 PM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I have the original CD release, the only piece I really recall is the Dry Your Tears track and little else. I should give it another listen. I vaguely remember seeing the film on release and not particularly being involved but maybe should view it again.

 Posted:   Nov 27, 2022 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   Adam.   (Member)

I have to wait until after work on Tuesday before I can order this, I hope it doesn't sell out before.

There's no chance of it selling out quickly, Henry. 5000 units of one of the lesser known Williams/Spielberg films. It will be available quite a long time.

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