Buy Superman - The Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Superman the Movie Soundtrack was
composed by John Williams who worked with director Richard Donner to
score the 1978 film Superman. The score's heroic and romantic themes,
particularly the main march, the Superman fanfare and the love theme,
known as "Can You Read My Mind," would appear in the four subsequent
sequel films. Williams is responsible for many movie themes including
Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, and many more.
In 2006, Superman Returns was
released, under the direction of Bryan Singer, best known for directing
the first two movies in the X-Men series. Singer did not request
Williams to compose a score for the new movie; instead, he employed the
skills of X2 composer John Ottman to honorably incorporate Williams'
original Superman theme, as well as those for "Lois Lane" and
"Smallville". Don Davis performed a similar role for Jurassic Park III,
recommended to the producers by Williams himself. (Film scores by Ottman
and to a lesser extent Davis are often compared to those of Williams, as
both use similar styles of composition.)
Jerry Goldsmith, who scored Donner's
The Omen, was originally set to compose Superman. Portions of
Goldsmith's work from Capricorn One were used in Superman's teaser
trailer. He dropped out over scheduling conflicts and John Williams was
hired. Kidder was supposed to sing "Can You Read My Mind", the lyrics to
which were written by Leslie Bricusse, but Donner disliked it and
changed it to a composition accompanied by a voiceover.
John Williams's epic score. The composer's Oscar-nominated music (coming
on the heels of Star Wars and Close Encounters) was a wall-to-wall
heroic symphony, rife with memorable melodies and ominous arrangements.
Almost every original cut on this soundtrack appears in an expanded
version, supplemented by nearly a dozen previously unreleased cues and
alternate takes. Featuring a deluxe slipcase and extensive, new liner
notes, this is the definitive release of one of Maestro Williams's
greatest scores. --Jerry McCulley
Can You Read My Mind
Can You Read My Mind is the love theme from the 1978
film Superman, with music by John Williams and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.
The music is a theme for Lois Lane, whose role in the film was performed
by Margot Kidder. It was originally recorded as a pop-influenced piece,
but as the original version might have dated the picture, a more
orchestrated version was used for the final film.
It has been said that either Karen Carpenter (The Carpenters) or Toni
Tennille (Captain and Tennille) were originally considered to perform
the vocal, but there is no existing proof that either one actually did
it. What is known is that the producers of Superman tried to get Margot
Kidder herself to actually sing it but, according to Richard Donner's
commentary track for the Superman DVD, "it didn't sound right". So it
was decided that Kidder would recite the lyrics, and this vocal track is
what was used for the final film version.
Shortly after the film's release, Maureen McGovern recorded the song
proper for the hit single version, which did not appear in the film.
The soundtrack album by Rhino Movie Music contains four versions of "Can
You Read My Mind" - the film version with and without vocal (as part of
"The Flying Sequence" medley), and two alternate "pop versions", also
with and without vocal. Alternate mixes of the "pop version" appear on
both the supplementary section of the Superman DVD and the 2008 Film
Score Monthly compilation set Superman: The Music (1978-1988).
An instrumental orchestral version with the London Symphony Orchestra
(titled "Love Theme From Superman") was recorded for the original 1978
double LP Superman soundtrack as a "concert piece" and had not been
intended for use in the movie, but during the film's post-production the
final credits ran longer than expected (seven-and-a-half minutes), so to
fill the extra time the piece was the last music cue used in the film.
Buy Superman: The Movie - Original Sound Track
Customer Review -
Abridged "Super-Saver" album is still super, man.....
Before Rhino Records released the 2-CD soundtrack album a few years ago,
this single disc 1990 edition was the only version of the John Williams'
composed-and-conducted soundtrack for Superman: The Movie. Featuring the
exciting Theme from Superman and the romantic "Love Theme" as performed
by the London Symphony Orchestra, this somewhat abridged album is still
worth listening to, even though the newer (and more expensive) version
Superman: The Movie's original double album and cassette editions had 16
tracks, but when this CD was first published 14 years ago there was a
"super saver" (no pun intended) trend of releasing soundtrack albums
with fewer tracks to sell the CDs at a lower price. In the case of
Superman, the cues "Growing Up" (heard mostly in the scene where young
Clark Kent kicks a football into the stratosphere, then outraces a
train) and "Lex Luthor's Lair" were deleted. The latter track is not
missed -- the thematic material omitted is reprised in "The March of the
Villains" -- but "Growing Up" was one of my favorite cues, starting out
with a gentle statement of the "Superman Fanfare" which segues first
into an ascending motif that suggests the flight of that kicked football
and concludes with music that conveys the power of that speeding
locomotive and the even faster superhero-to-be.
The tracks are arranged more or less in the sequence in which they
appear in the film, but as is common practice on albums of the genre
some cues are spliced together because they sound good on the record.
The major differences between the original 1978 soundtrack (and this
first CD) and the Rhino/Warner Archives reissue are:
1. The tracks on the 2-CD re-release follow the film's storyline
precisely. This is also the case on other Nick Redman-produced projects
such as The Special Edition albums of the original Star Wars Trilogy and
the Raiders of the Lost Ark CD release.
2. Track 5, which should have been "Growing Up," is "Love Theme From
Superman." The 2001 re-release features the love theme after the main
end title march, since it is played as underscore for what is one of the
longest credits rolls in movie history.
3. Track 1, Theme from Superman (Main Title) is not the same cue heard
either in the film or on the Rhino re-release. It's actually the shorter
concert hall version. It lacks the subtle woodwind introduction and the
longer, more dramatic buildup to the Main Title, and it is included in
the 2-CD edition as a bonus track.
4. The Flying Sequence and Margot Kidder's "Can You Read My Mind" vocal
(which was also covered as a song by Melissa Manchester but not in any
soundtrack) appears on this abridged version right after The Fortress of
Solitude, but is presented as a bonus track on the Rhino re-release.
(There was another, unused "pop" version which was wisely not used in
either the final film or the original recordings, but owners of the
Special Edition DVD or the longer soundtrack can hear and compare it to
the LSO/Kidder version.)
Even though film score (and John Williams) aficionados prefer the latest
version of the Superman: The Movie soundtrack, this "super-saver"
edition is still enjoyable. The LSO is one of the world's greatest
classical ensembles and has provided musical firepower to such films as
the Star Wars saga and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and under the direction
of Williams at the height of his powers, its performance of this score
will make the listener believe that a man can, indeed, fly.