Meco Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk
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- by John Williams ~ Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (2-CD) ~ $12.85
- Released: May 18, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Hip-O Records
- 1.Star Wars Medley: Title Theme / Imperial Attack / The Desert And The Robot Auction / The Princess Appears / The Land Of The Sand People / Princess Leia's Theme / Cantina Band / The Last Battle / The Throne Room And End Title
- 2.Other Galactic Funk
- 3.Star Wars Theme / Cantina Band - (7" Edit)
- 4.Star Wars Theme / Cantina Band - (12" Disco Mix)
Personnel includes: Danny Gatton (guitar); Eddie Daniels (reeds); Allen Rubin, Jon Faddis (trumpet); John Clark (French horn); Dave Taylor (trombone); Harold Wheeler (keyboards); Will Lee (bass); Steve Gadd (drums);
Suzanne Cianni (sound effects).
Producers: Meco Monardo, Harold Wheeler, Tony Bongiovi.
Reissue producer: Harvey Weinger.
Recorded at MZH Studio, New York, New York in Summer 1977. Originally released on Millennium (8001).
Digitally remastered by Doug Schwartz (Audio Mechanics, Los Angeles, California).
Personnel: Meco (keyboards); Atten Lessik (guitar, autoharp); Lamer Murnhab (guitar, violin); Cliff Morris, Danny Gatton, David Spinozza, Eric Rosenfeld, Jeff Mironov, John Tropea, Lance Quinn, Steve Love, Bob Cadway (guitar); Nad Dnalloh, Gene Bianca, Ynned Lessick, Gloria Agostini (autoharp); Lamar Alsop (violin, viola); Marvin Morgenstern, Dave Davis, Atten Anmodro, Marilyn Wright, Elliot Rosoff, Simm Amorni, Odnal, Yrrah Htoob, Paul Winter , La Yruoc, Naclum Kcops, Nam Elohass, Retsim Adoy, Lou Eley, Kermie Ceedu, Brab Ferrag, Emong Divad-Nhoj, Tony Posk, Gerald Tarack, Obb Stretlaw, Oted Otra, Jack Zimmerman, Naje Spua, Senob Yocum, Nomeg Oirepim, Mij Euqnic, Guy Lumia, Abob Ttef, Aaron Rosand , Voh Kehc, John Pintavalle, Ariana Bronne, Sanford Allen, Harold Kohon, Charles Libove, David Nadien, Gene Orloff, Irving Spice, Paul Gershman, Harry Lookofsky (violin); Theodore Israel, Royam Dowe, Yug Aimul, Dickie Max, Sec Nurf, Richard Maximoff (viola); Mijmy Nernie, Egroeg Sacuf, Het Mogen, Neddor Yrreb, Ymmii Rennei, Aruhu Ulus, Paul Brand, Rairy Leicher, Jesse Levy, Richard Locker (cello); David Tofani, Eddie Daniels, George Marge, George Young , Lew Del Gatto, Phil Bodner (reeds); John Gatchell, Aynot Tinto, Jon Faddis, Alan Rubin, Lew Soloff, Mike Lawrence , Randy Brecker, Danny Cahn (trumpet); Fred Griffin, Bill Brown , James Buffington, John Clark (French horn); Eddie Bert, Dick Hixson, Sonny Russon, Allen Ralph, Raryl Scomb, Wayne Andre, Keith O'Quinn, David Taylor , Tony Studd, Paul Faulise (trombone); Robbie Kondor (keyboards, synthesizer); Harold Wheeler , Peter Phillips , Pat Rebillot (keyboards); Richard Trifan, Lloyd Landesman, Ed Walsh, Suzanne Ciani (synthesizer); Barry Lazarowitz, Jimmy Young , Steve Gadd , Richard Crooks , Allan Schwartzberg (drums); Vincent Lilly, Tommy Simons, Retsim Ocem, Dave Carey , Kirk Parson (percussion); Tony Bongiovi (sound effects).
Audio Remixer: Tony Bongiovi.
Recording information: MZH Studio, NY, NY.
Illustrator: Robert Rodriguez .
Unknown Contributor Role: Meco.
Arranger: Harold Wheeler .
As a purist, Meco's Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk should be heard on its original vinyl, even if that means losing the two bonus tracks on the Hip-O CD, the "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band (7" Radio Edit)" and the "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band (12" Disco Mix)." This is not the music most people would listen to every day, so why not enjoy the experience. The LP's cover is large, and the two space travelers bumping bottoms is hilarious cheese. Musically, the LP and the CD are identical (with the exception of the bonus material). An interesting trivia bit is that John Williams supposedly did not know anything about disco when he returned from London. When he was asked to listen to Meco's version of his now famous recording, Williams was apprehensive. But, in the end, he credited Meco with helping bring symphonic music further into the mainstream. This important genre-busting album is most enjoyable in its original form. The "Title Theme" was a number one hit in 1977. Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk makes one of the best kids albums out there. ~ JT Griffith
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