A ‘Juras­sic’ score for Wil­liams

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Devon Maloney

If you can hum a clas­sic movie theme song, there’s a good chance it was writ­ten by John Wil­liams. From “Star Wars” and “E.T.: The Ex­trater­res­trial” to “Jaws” and “Harry Pot­ter,” the su­per­star com­poser has more or less built the tem­plate for what block­buster Hol­ly­wood film scores ought to sound like.

Yet de­spite boasting more than 20 Gram­mys (and twice that in nom­i­na­tions), one of Wil­liams’ most iconic themes — the orig­i­nal “Juras­sic Park Theme” — has never made it into the top 10. Any top 10. Un­til now, that is: On the eve of the re­lease of the fran­chise’s new­est in­stall­ment, “Juras­sic World,” his song hit the No. 9 slot on the Clas­si­cal Dig­i­tal Songs chart last week. It then sold a whop­ping 1,000 down­loads to rise to No. 6 this week, Bill­board re­ports.

Even weirder: “World’s” score was com­posed by Michael Gi­acchino, not Wil­liams (though with cred­its like “Clover­field” and “Up,” Gi­acchino is per­haps the clos­est thing Wil­liams has to an heir in Hol­ly­wood). The “World” sound­track does con­tain an up­dated ver­sion of Wil­liams’ orig­i­nal, but it’s the orig­i­nal, not the adap­ta­tion, that’s fi­nally charted.

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