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The Music of Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Long, long ago in a cineplex far, far away, George Lucas unleashed his great space-opera. That was 1977, the year Elvis died, the Apple II hit the market, and Star Wars seized the imaginations of moviegoers. Lucas may have been the man in the director's chair, but all due credit goes to composer/conductor John Williams, whose brilliant score lent the film its epic grandeur. No wonder Williams became a five-time Oscar winner. This 30th anniversary edition collects seven CDs of Williams's music for the Star Wars series, plus a bonus CD-ROM with downloadable artwork from the original LPs. The scores for the first set of movies (now confusingly labeled episodes four, five, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Long, long ago in a cineplex far, far away, George Lucas unleashed his great space-opera. That was 1977, the year Elvis died, the Apple II hit the market, and Star Wars seized the imaginations of moviegoers. Lucas may have been the man in the director's chair, but all due credit goes to composer/conductor John Williams, whose brilliant score lent the film its epic grandeur. No wonder Williams became a five-time Oscar winner. This 30th anniversary edition collects seven CDs of Williams's music for the Star Wars series, plus a bonus CD-ROM with downloadable artwork from the original LPs. The scores for the first set of movies (now confusingly labeled episodes four, five, and six) fill three two-CD sets, housed in mini replicas of the original albums, while an additional CD, called The Corellian Edition, presents the greatest hits from all six films. A 15x15 fold-out poster, liner notes, and stickers sweeten the deal for Star Wars fans young and old.
All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This eight-disc set seven CDs and a CD-ROM didn't seem that appealing at first sight -- after all, there have been dozens of reissues and repackagings, in various forms, of John Williams' music. from Star Wars and the two immediate sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. But with each successive effort, they've made the music sound better, and it was pretty impressive to start with, 30 years back. The results here are somewhat mixed -- the producers have given the scores for the three movies another state-of-the-art digital treatment, which ends up putting parts of the orchestra at various points virtually in the listener's lap. This was essential, as in the space of three decades, home audio systems that are more advanced and sophisticated than the theater sound systems where the first Star Wars movie ran have become routine. But before going further in sorting out the contents here, one matter should be cleared up -- the soundtrack to the 1977 movie once known as Star Wars and now officially designated Star Wars IV: A New Hope has been assembled based on the 1997 CD reissue, in the use and arrangement of cues, and will differ significantly from the original 1977 double-LP which it otherwise resembles visually; the latter featured a lot of editing by Williams, who sought to assemble his music cues into more significant sounding movements for the album; in keeping with the 1997 edition, the producers have re-established the cues in plot-chronological order, as well as offering some relevant outtakes referring back to Williams' original 1977 album conception. The 400-plus minutes of listening here are mostly extremely rewarding, not just for their exceptional fidelity but what that clarity reveals of the details in Williams' writing for the screen -- the Holst influences were obvious from the start, and it's amazing to realize now how thoroughly and successfully the composer reached out to Stravinsky's playbook for some of the best quiet moments in the score. The seventh disc in the set is referred to as "The Corillian Edition" and assembles cues from all six Star Wars movies, thus acknowledging Williams' later contributions. There's also a CD-ROM set up to work on both PCs and Macs that re-creates the artwork, including the various pages of the inserts, from the original three soundtrack LPs. All of that work on the programming, mastering, and production end is great, and if the label had followed through at every other level, this set would get an even higher rating than it does. But the producers also repackaged the CDs in miniature LP-style sleeves, re-creating the original artwork and design of the double-LP soundtrack albums, which is a neat idea; and here's where the flaws in the set become clear -- whereas Sony's Japanese-issued mini-LPs include tiny inner-sleeves to keep the CDs safe in their miniature LP jackets, the company's U.S. division has done us no such courtesy, so the mini-LPs must be kept in the box to prevent the CDs from falling out and rolling away. Additionally, for all of the effort spent enhancing the sound, the makers have given us annotation that's not only sketchy and a bit disjointed, but also very cheap looking -- in place of a booklet, there's just a flimsy folded sheet with lots of artwork and graphics and not a lot of text, and not all of it that well written. For the asking price, one would hope that a little bit more could have been done with the packaging, and it prevents the set from getting a real rave.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2007
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886971411423
  • Catalog Number: 714114
  • Sales rank: 365

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Twentieth Century-Fox Fanfare (0:22)
  2. 2 Main Title / Rebel Blockade Runner (2:14)
  3. 3 Imperial Attack (6:42)
  4. 4 The Dune Sea of Tatooine / Jawa Sandcrawler (5:01)
  5. 5 The Moisture Farm (2:25)
  6. 6 The Hologram / Binary Sunset (4:08)
  7. 7 Landspeeder Search / Attack of the Sand People (3:20)
  8. 8 Tales of a Jedi Knight / Learn About the Force (4:28)
  9. 9 Burning Homestead (2:50)
  10. 10 Mos Eisley Spaceport (2:16)
  11. 11 Cantina Band (2:46)
  12. 12 Cantina Band #2 (3:54)
  13. 13 Archival bonus track: Binary Sunset (Alternate) (16:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Princess Leia's theme (4:27)
  2. 2 The Millennium Falcon / Imperial Cruiser Pursuit (3:51)
  3. 3 Destruction of Alderaan (1:32)
  4. 4 The Death Star / The Stormtroopers (3:34)
  5. 5 Wookie Prisoner / Detention Block Ambush (4:01)
  6. 6 Shootout in the Cell Bay / Dianoga (3:47)
  7. 7 The Trash Compactor (3:06)
  8. 8 The Tractor Beam / Chasm Crossfire (5:18)
  9. 9 Ben Kenobi's Death / Tie Fighter Attack (3:51)
  10. 10 The Battle of Yavin (Launch from the Fourth Moon / X-Wings Draw Fire / (9:06)
  11. 11 The Throne Room / End Title (5:37)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Twentieth Century-Fox Fanfare (0:22)
  2. 2 Main Title / The Ice Planet Hoth (8:08)
  3. 3 The Wampa's Lair / Vision of Obi-Wan / Snowspeeders Take Flight (8:48)
  4. 4 The Imperial Probe / Aboard the Executor (4:24)
  5. 5 The Battle of Hoth (Ion Cannon / Imperial Walkers / Beneath the AT-AT / (14:48)
  6. 6 The Asteroid Field (4:15)
  7. 7 Arrival on Dagobah (4:52)
  8. 8 Luke's Nocturnal Visitor (2:35)
  9. 9 Han Solo and the Princess (3:26)
  10. 10 Jedi Master Revealed / Mynock Cave (5:43)
  11. 11 The Training of a Jedi Knight / The Magic Tree (5:16)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Imperial March (3:02)
  2. 2 Yoda's Theme (3:29)
  3. 3 Attacking a Star Destroyer (3:04)
  4. 4 Yoda and the Force (4:02)
  5. 5 Imperial Starfleet Deployed / City in the Clouds (6:03)
  6. 6 Lando's Palace (3:53)
  7. 7 Betrayal at Bespin (3:46)
  8. 8 Deal with Dark Lord (2:36)
  9. 9 Carbon Freeze / Darth Vader's Trap / Departure of Boba Fett (11:50)
  10. 10 The Clash of Lightsabers (4:17)
  11. 11 Rescue from Cloud City / Hyperspace (9:08)
  12. 12 The Rebel Fleet / End Title (6:27)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Twentieth Century-Fox Fanfare (0:22)
  2. 2 Main Title / Approaching The Death Star / Tatooine Rendezvous (9:17)
  3. 3 The Droids Are Captured (1:17)
  4. 4 Bounty for a Wookie (2:50)
  5. 5 Han Solo Returns (4:01)
  6. 6 Luke Confronts Jabba / Den of the Rancor / Sarlacc Sentence (8:48)
  7. 7 The Pit of Carkoon / Sail Barge Assault (6:02)
  8. 8 The Emperor Arrives / The Death of Yoda / Obi-Wan's Revelation (10:57)
  9. 9 Alliance Assembly (2:10)
  10. 10 Shuttle Tydirium Approaches Endor (4:06)
  11. 11 Speeder Bike Chase / Land of the Ewoks (9:38)
  12. 12 The Levitation / Threepio's Bedtime Story (2:44)
  13. 13 Source Music: Jabba's Baroque Recital (3:03)
  14. 14 Jedi Rocks (for the film Return of the Jedi) (2:49)
  15. 15 Archival bonus track: Sail Barge Assault (Alternate) (5:06)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Parade of the Ewoks (3:27)
  2. 2 Luke and Leia (4:45)
  3. 3 Brother and Sister / Father and Son / The Fleet Enters Hyperspace / Her (10:39)
  4. 4 Emperor's Throne Room (3:25)
  5. 5 The Battle Of Endor 1 (Into the Trap / Forest Ambush / Scout Walker Scr (11:50)
  6. 6 The Lightsaber / The Ewok Battle (4:31)
  7. 7 The Battle Of Endor 2 (Leia is Wounded / The Duel Begins / Overtaking t (10:02)
  8. 8 The Battle Of Endor 3 (Superstructure Chase / Darth Vader's Death / The (6:03)
  9. 9 Leia's News / Light of the Force (3:21)
  10. 10 Victory Celebration / End Title (8:33)
  11. 11 Source Music: Ewok Feast / Part of the Tribe (4:00)
  12. 12 Archival bonus track: The Forest Battle (Concert Suite) (4:06)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Star Wars Main Title Theme and The Arrival At Naboo (2:56)
  2. 2 The Flag Parade (2:11)
  3. 3 Qui-Gon's Noble End (3:48)
  4. 4 Jango's Escape (3:49)
  5. 5 Yoda And The Younglings (3:57)
  6. 6 General Grievous (4:07)
  7. 7 Anakin's Dark Deeds (4:05)
  8. 8 Imperial Attack (6:45)
  9. 9 Ben Kenobi's Death / Tie Fighter Attack (3:55)
  10. 10 Yoda And The Force (4:06)
  11. 11 The Clash Of Lightsabers (4:10)
  12. 12 Sail Barge Assault (5:05)
  13. 13 End Title (From Star Wars Episode VI) (6:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Williams [composer] Primary Artist, Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
John Williams Conductor
Technical Credits
John Williams [composer] Composer, Producer
Jerry Hey Arranger, Composer
Shawn Murphy Remixing
Nick Redman Producer
Eric Tomlinson Engineer
Tommy Vicari Remixing
John Williams Producer
George Lucas Producer
Sean Evans Art Direction
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Laura Kszan Editorial Production
Jonathan Allen Engineer
Daniel Hersch Digital Editing, Mastering
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