Music Monday: ‘Jurassic Park’ (Original Score) by John Williams

cover for Jurassic Park original score
©1993 Geffen Records

Because Jurassic World Dominion will be released soon, it’s time to take it back to the Jurassic Park original score by John Williams. There’s a high chance that whether you are a fan of Spielberg’s iconic films or not, you’ve at least heard Williams’ score. Blasted through speakers in Universal Studios and among one of the most celebrated numbers, the original score is one of the greats.

While there is something special in each of the original scores, we could spend hours geeking out over Jurassic Park’s transportive theme, which, like the film, makes the first moment where Dr. Ellie Sattler and Dr. Alan Grant the kind of unbelievable (and unforgettable) adventure. As much as the directing and acting play a role in creating a truly extraordinary moment, Williams’ theme is the icing on the top of the cake, and it’d be incomplete without it.

Years later, or no matter how long it’s been since the films have been revisited, the moment the theme comes on shuffle, it’s still the type of extraordinary treasure you have to stop to take in—the kind of number that immediately and effortlessly transports you to a land that seems distant and familiar, all at once. So few themes have the power, but this is an unsurprising gift John Williams especially possesses. Where the Star Wars theme takes us to a galaxy far, far away, the Jurassic Park theme forces us straight to a field of green full of roars.

While the entirety of the soundtrack is sensational, nothing compares to the film’s main theme, which more often than not feels like yet another comforting homecoming even if perhaps, well, it shouldn’t always, considering well, you know. There is magic in the music that’s indescribable in a way that only Williams manages as successfully.

Listen to the Jurassic Park original score below, and let us know which tracks are your favorite.


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