Concord Music Group is pleased to announce the vinyl release of John Williams‘ classic Oscar-nominated score for the legendary Indiana Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. Due out June 2nd, the two-LP album will be available on 180-gram vinyl pressed at RTI (Record Technology Incorporated), and housed in a two-pocket gatefold jacket featuring original stills and artwork from the film. The audio, which features a wealth of cues not previously available on the original soundtrack LP, was cut by renowned engineer Bernie Grundman, who mastered the score for its initial release in 1981.
Composed by John Williams, and nominated for both anAcademy Award and GRAMMY Award, Raiders of the Lost Ark was the only score in Stephen Spielberg‘s beloved series performed by the renowned London Symphony Orchestra — which also recorded the inimitable and now ubiquitous score for Star Wars. The soundtrack is most notable for its inclusion of the iconic and instantly recognizable “Raiders March,“ which came to symbolize Indiana Jones, as played by Harrison Ford, and was later used in the scores for all subsequent films. 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.
With a career spanning more than six decades, John Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, to many of the highest-grossing films of all-time, including Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, and the first three Harry Potter films. A winner of five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, and 22 Grammy Awards, Williams‘ stature as a composer is beyond compare.