|Alhambra A 8913||Composed and Conducted by John Williams|
|Format: CD||Produced by John Williams|
|Total Playing Time: 38:07|
|Date of Purchase: Oct 20, 1990||Director: Steven Spielberg|
|Cat. No. SC17|
German Title: 1941 - Wo bitte geht's nach Hollywood?
1. The March
From "1941" (4:06)
* Traditional. Based on "The Rakes of Mallow"
(arranged by John Williams)
Drums on "Swing Swing Swing": Louis Bellson
Liner NotesOn his filmscore for JAWS, John Williams became half pirate, half shark. ON CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, he was part Star Child, part Super Nova. Finally, with "1941", John went half crazy and all gung-ho attempting to fit a score to a movie that tries to make World War II a Comedy Spectacular. Film humor is sticky business. In order for it to succeed, it must always have one foot firmly on the ground, no matter what colour sock the other foot is wearing.
"1941" is about a mix of characters whose reaction to the "Invasion of Hollywood" is at times so extreme that we wonder what on earth is keeping them from blasting into orbit. John's score is a major reason. It is so brazenly dramatic, so brimming with guts and glory, that if you hear the album before seeing the movie you'll probably wonder just how much comedy "1941" really has. We hope it's "Full of it". If you agree, it is due in large part to ninenty minutes of incredible music that underscores the most liberate reinterpretation of American History since BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID.
Steven Spielberg, Director