FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1999
IT'S A BIRD! IT'S A PLANE! IT'S JOHN WILLIAMS' COMPLETE SUPERMAN SCORE!
Warner Archives/Rhino Movie Music 2-CD Set Available for the First Time Ever Features Over 40 Minutes of Previously Unreleased Music
LOS ANGELES -- Fear not, film fans! After years of waiting, wondering, and worrying, Warner Archives/Rhino Movie Music comes to the rescue of John Williams fans and Superman fans alike with the February 15 release of the complete original movie soundtrack to SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE. This two-CD set marks the first time John Williams' classic score is available in full and includes over 40 minutes of previously unavailable music.Considered by many film and soundtrack aficionados to be one of the top 10 scores of all time, this award-winning soundtrack finally gets the treatment it deserves, with deluxe packaging that includes a 36-page, full-color booklet with extensive liner notes about the history of the Man of Steel and a track-by-track annotation of the score by film historian Michael Matessino. And fans of the score will be thrilled to discover that this release includes seven bonus tracks, comprised of alternate takes and an instrumental version of the love theme "Can You Read My Mind." Available on CD-only, this 2-disc treasure carries a suggested retail price of $29.98 and will be available at all record retail outlets or via the Rhino Web site at <http://www.rhino.com>. The SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE soundtrack showcases Williams at an artistic peak. During the five years surrounding the 1978 release of Superman: The Movie, Williams wrote some of his most popular and enduring scores, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T. the Extra-terrestrial. Williams is among the most successful and popular composers for film, having garnered five Academy Awards and 37 nominations, including a nomination for Best Music, Original Score for SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE. He has been nominated for 27 Grammy Awards and has won 17, including two for SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special, and Best Instrumental Composition, "Main Title Theme From Superman: The Movie." In addition, Williams was nominated for a Golden Globe for Superman: The Movie, Best Original Score, Motion Picture. In 1980, after Arthur Fiedler's passing, Williams was chosen to replace the popular conductor as leader of the Boston Pops Orchestra, a position he held for 12 years.