Raiders of the Lost Ark: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Concord)

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The theme for “Indiana Jones” must rank right up there with the theme to “Star Wars” as one of the most recognizable movie scores to ever be produced. Coincidently, they were both composed by the great John Williams. The 85-year-old composer from Flushing, Queens, New York, has been a part of over 200 films and continues to make memorable scores to this day.

Williams struck gold in 1981 when director Steven Spielberg came calling and asked Williams to produce the score for his new film “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The movie was a huge hit and spawned a movie franchise. Thanks to Williams’ masterful ear for music, the soundtrack to “Raiders of the Lost Ark” earned an Oscar and Grammy nomination for Best Score.

Concord Music Group has recently released the iconic soundtrack on a double 180-gram vinyl album with a glorious gatefold featuring pictures and liner notes. This version of the album follows the track list of the 2008 expanded edition, previously only available on CD, and offers over 30 minutes of extended cues not on the original LP.

Composed by Williams with the legendary London Symphony Orchestra, the double vinyl takes you through the ups and downs of Indiana Jones adventure, from the opening scene of escaping the temple to the mystery of the well of souls and the magic of the ark. The soundtrack ends triumphantly with what would eventually be known Indiana’s signature theme, “Raiders March.” The song was and is still so popular it has been used in every Indiana Jones film.

More than a soundtrack, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” finds Williams becoming a star in his own right. He scored some of the greatest and highest grossing films of all time (“Jaws,” “Star Wars,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jurassic Park,” and the first three “Harry Potter” films). Williams has gone on to amass an astounding list of movie credits and awards including five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, and 22 Grammy Awards. There will never be another composer like John Williams and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is just a snapshot into his legacy.