In Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, John Williams composes the music for the last film in this famous series (or at least, we thought back then). In my review of Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, I said that the album had an overall majestic feel. In this album, Williams decides to go for a more orchestral feel, with heavy usage of stringed instruments. It almost feels ambient in certain places, with very quiet sustained notes and light dynamics in the piece, like in “The Penitent Man Will Pass”.
The album starts with â€œIndy’s Very First Adventureâ€, a calm track that soon breaks into strings and flutes and then later on picks up in excitement and dynamics. “X Marks The Spot” builds up the usage of horns, but soon falls into the aforementioned ambience.
In “Scherzo For Motorcycle And Orchestra”, John Williams shows off his classical chops. “Scherzo” is an Italian word for “joke”, and usually used as a term for a single movement in a larger symphony. Williams lives up to the title by giving the song a playful feel, with a return of the Indiana Jones theme throughout the song. Unfortunately, there seems to be no motorcycle included in the piece.
“Ah, Rats!!!” returns to Williams’ use of dissonance, using it to punctuate deep dark tones and create a sense of anxiety (most likely to Indiana Jones’ loathing of the aforementioned rodents). “The Keeper Of The Grail” starts with sustained notes and again, a sense of ambience, but soon breaks into a slow emotional piece. On the other hand, “Keeping Up With The Joneses” is an up-tempo track, brassy and dramatic.
Williams again upholds a fine standard for film music, and give The Last Crusade a worthy send-off. It will be interesting to hear what he has up his sleeve for Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, but one can almost be assured that it will fall neatly with the rest of the music from this series.
- Indy’s Very First Adventure (8:13)
- X Marks The Spot (3:11)
- Scherzo For Motorcycle And Orchestra (3:52)
- Ah, Rats!!! (3:40)
- Escape From Venice (4:23)
- No Ticket (2:44)
- The Keeper Of The Grail (3:23)
- Keeping Up With The Joneses (3:36)
- Brother Of The Cruciform Sword (1:55)
- Belly Of The Steel Beast (5:28)
- The Canyon Of The Crescent Moon (4:16)
- The Penitent Man Will Pass (3:22)
- End Credits (Raiders March) (10:37)
Released by: Warner Bros.
Release date: 1989
Total running time: 58:40