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Musical Treasure Unearthed

02 JUN 08 VIVIEN SCHWEITZER

It's been 27 years since Indiana Jones first burst onto the screen in the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, accompanied by the now iconic tune of the "Raiders March." So it seems appropriate that the Concord Records release of John Williams' soundtrack to Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull opens with that famous tune.

The new film, released almost twenty years after Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, is set in 1957. An older, wiser Harrison Ford has seemingly abandoned his adventures for a life in academia, but is soon back swinging through treetops and battling the Soviets in a Peruvian jungle to harness the powers of an ancient crystal skull.

John Williams, who also composed the famous soundtracks to Jaws and Star Wars (among others) demonstrates once again his remarkable skill in illuminating the narrative, such as in the mysteriously eerie "Call of the Crystal," the mariachi-tinged "Journey to Akator," the sultry "Irina's Theme," the exuberant, rhythmically driven "Jungle Chase" and "Grave Robbers," with its colorful percussion flourishes. An evocative woodwind solo adds an air of suspense to "Temple Ruins and the Secret Revealed," which quickly builds in dramatic intensity. The brass take up the vibrant theme again with gusto in the "Finale."