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The Witches Of Eastwick O.S.T. CD Review

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“The Witches Of Eastwick” is an underrated film score from John Williams.

When you think of John Williams, your mind likely goes to the Steven Spielberg and George Lucas movies he provided music for such as “Star Wars,” “E.T.,” “Jaws,” and, well, the list truly does go on. Of course, Williams also composed and conducted film scores for many other films including the 1987 George Miller movie “The Witches of Eastwick” starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer. Despite getting an Academy Award nomination for his work on “The Witches of Eastwick,” this John Williams score doesn’t get mentioned all that much, but it should.

Clocking in at 49 minutes, the 14 track film score really sets the tone for the movie (although that’s to be expected from the prolific maestro John Williams). The soundtrack kicks off with the track “The Township of Eastwick” which audibly showcases the small town America setting (Eastwick, Rhode Island to be exact). After that is the real centerpiece of the score titled “The Dance of the Witches” which also happens to be the best and most memorable track. The Witches theme from this track is scattered all over the rest of the other tracks and the theme is later reprised in the final 14th track. What’s really striking about ‘Dance’ is that it really captures the magical vibe with a hint of bad behavior. It is the perfect theme for this film. In many ways, it’s also a bit of a precursor to Williams own Harry Potter work. There’s even a cue that sounds like it to a certain degree!

Some of the other stand-out tracks here include the eerie “Malefico” which gives off a very dark and moody vibe. “The Children’s Carousel” also makes an impression in that it’s a sort of lullaby version of the Witch’s theme AKA “The Dance of the Witches.”

I should also mention this CD re-release from Perseverance Records comes with a booklet featuring credits and thoughtful music notes by author and music commentator Randall D. Larson.

Overall Thoughts: If you love film scores and the catalogue of John Williams, this soundtrack is well worth picking up. You don’t have to be a fan of the film to appreciate Williams artistry on display here.

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September 23, 2018 - Posted by | CD Review | , , , , , , ,

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