Original Soundtrack – Earthquake

31 Jul

Released in very low numbers in Japan in CD-4, this is the original soundtrack to the film ‘Earthquake’ and contains ‘Sensurround’ effects from the film, so your warned!

Release: DS103

Source: CD-4 LP

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP: 24/44  DTS: 24/48  DD: 24/48


17 Responses to “Original Soundtrack – Earthquake”

  1. mactwit December 19, 2016 at 09:51 #

    While one might think this is just an ‘effects’ number, on the contrary, it is a great and varied musical soundtrack! Being a John Williams fan, it’s such a treat to hear it in quad! The separation is excellent, although I think the percussion takes over a bit too much in places. Reminds me of the (perhaps even better) “Towering Inferno” soundtrack in style, which of course would be wonderful to hear in quad too! (I saw both these movies in 1975, when on holiday in England.)

  2. OxfordDickie August 5, 2012 at 15:23 #

    Not relly sure, but i'm led to believe the disc wasn't limited.

  3. Fernando López Vargas-Machuca August 5, 2012 at 08:06 #

    Thank you very much for this release!

  4. Owen Smith August 4, 2012 at 22:14 #

    This has such a 1970s feel to it, the era I grew up in. I'm now humming the theme tune to “The Professionals” and similar late 1970s era music.

    On the subject of this disc, I suspect I'm not getting the full effect as I don't have a subwoofer. My front left/right pair are floor standing Castle Harlechs but their listed response is 40Hz to 22KHz. I can hear lots of rumbling from the quarter wave loading gap at the bottom. What does this disc go down to?

  5. OxfordDickie August 3, 2012 at 18:19 #

    Film soundtracks are high on my list, but tend to be hard to track down, probably because they aren't great sellers.

    As to Streisand, there will be something coming up 😉

  6. duilawyr August 3, 2012 at 18:08 #

    do you have any other film music, maybe from the 70's, something maybe with vocals? Maybe something in SQ Quad with Barbara Streisand? And Robert Redford?

  7. wasscally wabbit August 1, 2012 at 12:05 #

    You are truly amazing! Thank you. Every site should function as efficiently as this, and every person as thoughtfully as you! Rose.

  8. duilawyr July 31, 2012 at 15:49 #

    “you're” warned..anyway, looks like fun.

  9. Disclord September 22, 2011 at 14:11 #

    I was wrong that only “Jaws” and “Earthquake” had been given CD-4 releases in Japan. “The Great Waldo Pepper” and “MacArthur” were also released on CD-4 but it appears that the JVC Cutting Center only brought “Jaws” and “Earthquake” into the US for direct sales.

  10. OxfordDickie August 23, 2011 at 20:33 #

    Many thanks Disclord, very interesting

  11. Disclord August 23, 2011 at 20:15 #

    Only Jaws and Earthquake received CD-4 quad releases of the original soundtracks in Japan. Poseidon Adventure got a 'sort of' release: what I mean by “sort of” is it's the JVC Orchestra and contains other movie music too. The US JVC Disc Cutting Center imported 400 copies each of the CD-4 Jaws and Earthquake from Japan into the US for direct-to-consumer sale in 1976/77. They are pretty rare discs!

    Rollercoaster's original soundtrack received a standard stereo LP release in the US and Japan, but no CD-4 quad release anywhere. The LP jacket says on the back: “Rollercoaster… Ride It In SENSURROUND!” Rollercoaster could have been an interesting release in quad – it was the only Sensurround film to have music in the Sensurround horns – the composer wrote a special 'low-end' score just for the Sensurround prints that played during the Sensurround rollercoaster ride scenes. None of the Sensurround music is on the LP, any of the video transfers, including DiscoVision, or even the LFE channel on the DVD release.

  12. OxfordDickie August 23, 2011 at 08:22 #

    I do know a few where done, but exactly which ones i don't know, i'm afraid. I know there are some in the pipeline from one of the other releasers, which will be made available here

  13. Stephen August 23, 2011 at 08:05 #


    I don't suppose they did a CD-4 for Rollercoaster as well… another great Sensurround soundtrack.

  14. Disclord August 22, 2011 at 21:05 #

    The CD-4 release is a much better recording – and better played – than the official “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” released by MCA on LP in the US and on CD by Varese Sarabande. Plus, it's a very, very well made CD-4 (and isn't JAWS made even better?) This doesn't sound at all like a typical CD-4, with the HF roll-off that usually starts well before 15 kHz. The high-end is sparkling and thrillingly alive. Even the tape hiss of the quad master is easily audible. JVC went to a lot of trouble to record the rumble directly from the output of the digital pseudo-random/infrasonic noise generator that was used in every theater showing Earthquake. LP's didn't like high levels of very low frequency bass and the stereo US LP with the 2 minute quake effects track doesn't go nearly as deep as the CD-4. (MCA initially released the soundtrack with only two short sections of rumble, at the beginning and the 'medley'; the stand-alone quake track was added for a 2nd pressing and MCA dropped “Something For Remmy” to make room for it.)

  15. OxfordDickie August 22, 2011 at 17:47 #

    many thanks for the comments. It's fair to say we are very happy the way this turned out, i've played it so many times now, problem is the complaints from the neighbours LOL

  16. InQuadWeTrust August 22, 2011 at 17:01 #

    Another lovely treat from Malcolm and OD – and what a wonderfully mixed sound track it is. Light and airy almost poppy Morricone-esque instrumentals with an assured percussion section and great quad staging. Stronger more orchestral movements are also to be found which bring his later Spielberg era to mind as well as hinting at influences from Schifrin. The track with the mute trumpet is only missing a Scott Walker vocal – the quality of the arrangements is that good.

    It sounds great throughout and I can only imagine how much work Malcolm and OD put into this release. Superb.

  17. Anonymous August 21, 2011 at 12:47 #

    oh, this looks FUN!

    Thanks so much to both you and Malcolm!

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