John Williams Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (2-CD)

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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
Item:  SNY 929502

CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Sony

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 3/6/97, p.72
3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Williams not only enhanced the film but embodied its spirit. The music for STAR WARS moved beyond the film....what Williams does best is make the big melody, and with STAR WARS, an entire generation learned it..."
Rolling Stone - 3/6/97, p.72
3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Williams not only enhanced the film but embodied its spirit. The music for STAR WARS moved beyond the film....what Williams does best is make the big melody, and with STAR WARS, an entire generation learned it..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/12/01, p.32
Ranked #26 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...Only the best-known film music of the last 25 years..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $0.991.Twentieth Century-Fox Fanfare
  • Buy for $0.992.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: Main Title / Rebel Blockade Runner
  • Buy for $0.993.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: Imperial Attack
  • Buy for $0.994.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: The Dune Sea of Tatooine / Jawa Sandcrawler
  • Buy for $0.995.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: The Moisture Farm
  • Buy for $0.996.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: The Hologram / Binary Sunset
  • Buy for $0.997.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: Landspeeder Search / Attack of the Sand People
  • Buy for $0.998.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: Tales of a Jedi Knight / Learn About the Force
  • Buy for $0.999.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: Burning Homestead
  • Buy for $0.9910.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: Mos Eisley Spaceport
  • Buy for $0.9911.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: Cantina Band
  • Buy for $0.9912.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: Cantina Band #2
  • 13.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: Binary Sunset (Alternate) (Archival Bonus Track) - (alternate take)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $0.991.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: Princess Leia's Theme
  • Buy for $0.992.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: The Millenium Falcon / Imperial Cruiser Pursuit
  • Buy for $0.993.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: Destruction of Alderaan
  • Buy for $0.994.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: The Death Star / The Stormtroopers
  • Buy for $0.995.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: Wookie Prisoner / Detention Block Ambush
  • Buy for $0.996.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: Shootout In The Cell Bay / Dianoga
  • Buy for $0.997.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: The Trash Compactor
  • Buy for $0.998.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: The Tractor Beam / Chasm Crossfire
  • Buy for $0.999.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: Ben Kenobi's Death / TIE Fighter Attack
  • Buy for $0.9910.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: The Battle of Yavin (Launch From the Fourth Moon / X-Wings Draw Fire / Use The Force)
  • Buy for $0.9911.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score: The Throne Room / End Title

Product Description:

This Special Edition 1997 reissue of STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE is a remastered and edited version of the original STAR WARS film soundtrack. It includes a 31 page booklet and newly-discovered outtakes and alternate versions of the main title.
Original score written and conducted by John Williams.
Recorded at Anvil Studios, Denham, England on March 5-16, 1977. Includes liner notes by Michael Matessino.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE includes a full color 24-page storybook.
Personnel: Anthony Daniels (C-3PO); Roy Dotrice (Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi); Joshua Fardon (Luke Skywalker); Charles Howerton (Uncle Owen); Perry King (Han Solo); Pat Parris (Princess Leia); Brock Peters (Darth Vader); Chuck Riley (narrator).
Music composed by John Williams.
This Special Edition 1997 reissue of STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE is a remastered and edited version of the original STAR WARS film soundtrack. It includes a 31 page booklet and newly-discovered outtakes and alternate versions of the main title.
Original score written and conducted by John Williams.
Recorded at Anvil Studios, Denham, England on March 5-16, 1977. Includes liner notes by Michael Matessino.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Composer: John Williams .
Composer: John "Buddy" Williams .
Recording information: Anvil Studios, Denham, England (03/05/1977-03/16/1977).
Editor: Michael Matessino.
One of the greatest aspects of the original STAR WARS trilogy is John Williams's score. "Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner" is the opening theme to EPISODE 4: A NEW HOPE, and it begins with an unmistakable, powerful brass fanfare. As the piece develops, Williams introduces many of the leitmotifs that he will use later in the picture. This exciting overture foreshadows the galactic struggle that will take place and anticipates the triumph of the tale's heroes (Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and their comrades).
"The Imperial Attack" focuses on the power of the "Dark Side." Wagnerian brass figures bring both fervor and weight to this track. This music is truly menacing, and it effectively portends the wrath of Darth Vader. As the piece intensifies, the timpanist plays a steady series of blows, suggesting the Imperial pounding of rebel forces. "Cantina Band" is a much lighter piece, and this jovial Dixieland-in-space tune adds comic relief to the otherwise dense score. "Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force" is a mysterious work that features Ravel-like swirling violins, distant harp glissandos, and the delicate wash of a celeste. The London Symphony Orchestra performs all of this music exquisitely, and, led by composer and conductor Williams, they give this cinematic classic a resoundingly memorable musical personality.
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