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 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
LLLCD 1650
Universal Pictures Film Music Classics Collection

Music composed and conducted by John Williams

Limited Edition of 5000 Units

La-La Land Records and Universal Studios proudly present the twenty-first title within the acclaimed Universal Pictures Film Music Classics Collection – THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS, a world premiere release of music from the original soundtrack for the very first collaboration between director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams (JAWS, E.T., SCHINDLER’S LIST).

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS, released in 1974, stars Goldie Hawn as a Texas mother who breaks her husband (William Atherton) out of a prison farm when she is denied custody of their baby. Together they hijack a highway patrolman (Michael Sacks) and lead a convoy of media, onlookers, and countless police cars across the state. Spielberg’s first feature film balances comedy, drama and action in what Pauline Kael of The New Yorker called “one of the most phenomenal debut films in the history of movies.”

Although Williams’ score never received a prior album release, the 50th anniversary of his historic partnership with Spielberg, along with a revisitation of the film for Universal Studios’ new 4K restoration, yielded the proper conditions to at last create an original soundtrack, which now takes a place of honor in the successful Universal Studios Film Music Classics Collection.

While Spielberg originally hoped for a larger scale score for his first movie, Williams convinced him that THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS called for something more intimate. The great Belgian harmonica soloist Toots Thielemans became the principal musical voice of the film, supported by an ensemble of top guitarists and percussionists and a small string ensemble. The resulting music reflects the complex characters and the building tension of the story, with a bluesy, country vibe evoking the landscape and cultural backdrop of the tale. The album presentation, produced by the composer, delivers a distinctive musical journey and features material not used in the completed film.

Classics Collection producer Mike Matessino mixed, edited and mastered the album from high resolution transfers of pristine 8-track master tapes, archiving the material as well as conforming the music for a new stereo mix of the film. Matessino also contributes in-depth liner notes detailing the history of the production, the creation of the music, and its place in the legendary Spielberg/Williams collaboration. Art direction by Jim Titus appropriately celebrates this historic premiere release.


1. The Sugarland Express – Main Title 1:29
2. Freedom At Last :46
3. The First Chase 2:32
4. Taking The Jump 1:48
5. The Caravan Forms 2:01
6. To The Roadblock 1:27
7. Sugarland Dance 1:38
8. Road Ballad 2:05
9. Out Of Gas 2:24
10. Trading Stamps 1:14
11. Police Cars Move 1:00
12. Along The Route 1:18
13. Man And Wife 2:09
14. Franklyn Falls :29
15. Sealing The Bargain 1:27
16. The Deputies Arrive :55
17. The Onlookers 1:02
18. Open Highway 2:04
19. Pursuit 1:51
20. Over The Next Hill 1:04
21. Setting The Trap 1:41
22. Last Conversation 2:00
23. The Final Ride 3:36
24. The Sugarland Express – End Title 1:45

Total Album Time: 40:31

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Jaw dropping.... dropping.... dropped.

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   Magnus Opum   (Member)

Well holy shit. It actually happened.

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:09 AM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

And they have just dropped the Nuke from Orbit....


Ford A. Thaxton

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   Larry847   (Member)

Someone tell Thor! This finally completes his collection.

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:14 AM   
 By:   Hedji   (Member)

Ordered! Looking forward to people re-assessing this properly. It's a winner.

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Someone tell Thor! This finally completes his collection.

Not likely, he'll still prattle on about that Story of a Woman thingywink

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:16 AM   
 By:   KonstantinosZ   (Member)

Someone tell Thor! This finally completes his collection.

What collection? The John Williams collection?
There are quite a few Williams scores that are entirely unreleased still.
But of course, we're grateful for this!
I never thought it would see the light of day in Williams's lifetime!

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

For some reason I felt in my bones hell was about to freeze over. JAWS are dropping all over the place. Yeah, I personally was waiting for this since 1974. LaLaLand has delivered so many astounding works over the years it seems "eternally grateful" doesn't say it all but, damn, that's how I feel.

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   Ny   (Member)

Well well well. Oh the glee. Not sure yet if I will go for it, but it's always great to see a grail this big get released.

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   Marko   (Member)

Someone tell Thor! This finally completes his collection.

Not likely, he'll still prattle on about that Story of a Woman thingywink

Or that a 25 min album would have been more sufficient.

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   judy the hutt   (Member)

thanks to Dog Plant on order

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   ShadowStar   (Member)

Ordered! smile

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:33 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

CD= No sale!!!*

*just kidding before anyone touchy gets upset.

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)

Forty minutes is the perfect length for an album!

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

Ordered! I can’t believe this.

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

Someone tell Thor! This finally completes his collection.

Only if it is in his budget!

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:41 AM   
 By:   Willgoldnewtonbarrygrusin   (Member)

Thank you!

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   LordDalek   (Member)

Anybody got a weather report for hell right now?

 Posted:   Jun 15, 2024 - 10:56 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Anybody got a weather report for hell right now?

Apparently it's just froze over.

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