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Great balls of fire! The Towering Inferno (1974) was the biggest success of the Master of Disaster, Irwin Allen, and his last collaboration with the world's most famous film composer, John Williams. Williams had written TV themes and scores for Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel and Land of the Giants, as well as the score for The Poseidon Adventure (1972). The Towering Inferno was both the summa of his work for Allen and a large-scale lead-in for his legendary run on 1970s and early '80s blockbusters for Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
Williams has always had a talent for opening themes and The Towering Inferno features one of his best: the bustling, five-minute "Main Title" accompanies a helicopter flight over San Francisco in soaring, heroic fashion. From there the score encompasses distinct romantic themes—presented symphonically as well as in the "light pop" style of the period—and a wide variety of suspense, chaos and action music as the characters struggle valiantly to stay alive. Unlike The Poseidon Adventure, which featured sparse and claustrophobic interior scoring in addition to a thrilling main theme, The Towering Inferno was scored much extensively and emotionally. In cues like "Trapped Lovers" and "Planting the Charges" Williams' music is fully in his '70s blockbuster mode, with heroic brass fanfares and rich American harmonies.
The Towering Inferno was released on LP at the time of the movie, but the brief presentation omitted a great deal of the best music. FSM's new CD more than doubles the running time, shuffles the LP tracks back into chronological order, and restores numerous memorable sequences like "Let There Be Light" (an explosive fanfare for the building's inauguration) and virtually the entire middle section of the movie. Both the album version and the previously unreleased film version of the Oscar-winning song "We May Never Love Like This Again" (by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn, performed by Maureen McGovern) are included.
The CD is entirely in stereo, remixed from the original 35mm film stems. In recent years, Williams' classic scores to Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman: The Movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. and the entire Star Wars series have been lovingly restored—now, add The Towering Inferno to that distinguished collection.