John Williams The Music of Star Wars (30th Anniversary Collector's Edition) (7-CD + CD-ROM)

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Format: CD  (8 Discs)
Item:  SCLL 714114

CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: Sony Classics

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $0.991.20th Century Fox Fanfare
  • Buy for $0.992.Main Title / Rebel Blockade Runner
  • Buy for $0.993.Imperial Attack
  • Buy for $0.994.Dune Sea of Tatooine / Jawa Sandcrawler
  • Buy for $0.995.Moisture Farm
  • Buy for $0.996.Hologram / Binary Sunset
  • Buy for $0.997.Landspeeder Search / Attack of the Sand People
  • Buy for $0.998.Tales of a Jedi Knight / Learn About the Force
  • Buy for $0.999.Burning Homestead
  • Buy for $0.9910.Mos Eisley Spaceport
  • Buy for $0.9911.Cantina Band
  • Buy for $0.9912.Cantina Band #2
  • 13.Archival Bonus Track: Binary Sunset [Alternate Take]

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $0.991.Princess Leia's Theme
  • Buy for $0.992.Millennium Falcon / Imperial Cruiser Pursuit
  • Buy for $0.993.Destruction of Alderaan
  • Buy for $0.994.Death Star / The Stormtroopers
  • Buy for $0.995.Wookie Prisoner / Detention Block Ambush
  • Buy for $0.996.Shootout in the Cell Bay / Dianoga
  • Buy for $0.997.Trash Compactor
  • Buy for $0.998.Tractor Beam / Chasm Crossfire
  • Buy for $0.999.Ben Kenobi's Death / Tie Fighter Attack
  • Buy for $0.9910.Battle of Yavin (Launch from the Fourth Moon / X - Wings Draw Fire / Use the
  • Buy for $0.9911.Throne Room / End Title

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • Buy for $0.991.20th Century Fox Fanfare
  • Buy for $0.992.Main Title / The Ice Planet Hoth
  • Buy for $0.993.Wampa's Lair / Vision of Obi - Wan / Snowspeeders Take Flight
  • Buy for $0.994.Imperial Probe / Aboard the Executor
  • 5.Battle of Hoth (Ion Cannon / Imperial Walkers / Beneath the At - At / Escape in
  • Buy for $0.996.Asteroid Field
  • Buy for $0.997.Arrival on Dagobah
  • Buy for $0.998.Luke's Nocturnal Visitor
  • Buy for $0.999.Han Solo and the Princess
  • Buy for $0.9910.Jedi Master Revealed / Mynock Cave
  • Buy for $0.9911.Training of a Jedi Knight / The Magic Tree

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • Buy for $0.991.Imperial March
  • Buy for $0.992.Yoda's Theme
  • Buy for $0.993.Attacking a Star Destroyer
  • Buy for $0.994.Yoda and the Force
  • Buy for $0.995.Imperial Starfleet Deployed / City in the Clouds
  • Buy for $0.996.Lando's Palace
  • Buy for $0.997.Betrayal at Bespin
  • Buy for $0.998.Deal with Dark Lord
  • 9.Carbon Freeze / Darth Vader's Trap / Departure of Boba Fett
  • Buy for $0.9910.Clash of Lightsabers
  • Buy for $0.9911.Rescue from Cloud City / Hyperspace
  • Buy for $0.9912.Rebel Fleet / End Title

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • Buy for $0.991.20th Century Fox Fanfare
  • Buy for $0.992.Main Title / Approaching the Death Star / Tatooine Rendezvous
  • Buy for $0.993.Droids Are Captured
  • Buy for $0.994.Bounty for a Wookie
  • Buy for $0.995.Han Solo Returns
  • Buy for $0.996.Luke Confronts Jabba / Den of the Rancor / Sarlacc Sentence
  • Buy for $0.997.Pit of Carkoon / Sail Barge Assault
  • 8.Emperor Arrives / The Death of Yoda / Obi - Wan's Revelation
  • Buy for $0.999.Alliance Assembly
  • Buy for $0.9910.Shuttle Tydirium Approaches Endor
  • Buy for $0.9911.Speeder Bike Chase / Land of the Ewoks
  • Buy for $0.9912.Levitation / Threepio's Bedtime Story
  • Buy for $0.9913.Source Music: Jabba's Baroque Recital
  • Buy for $0.9914.Source Music: Jedi Rocks
  • Buy for $0.9915.Archival Bonus Track: Sail Barge Assault [Alternate Take]

Tracks on Disc 6:

  • Buy for $0.991.Parade of the Ewoks
  • Buy for $0.992.Luke and Leia
  • 3.Brother and Sister / Father and Son / The Fleet Enters Hyperspace / Heroic Ew
  • Buy for $0.994.Emperor's Throne Room
  • 5.Battle of Endor 1 (Into the Trap / Forest Ambush / Scout Walker Scramble / Pr
  • Buy for $0.996.Lightsaber / The Ewok Battle
  • 7.Battle of Endor 2 (Leia Is Wounded / The Duel Begins / Overtaking the Bunke
  • Buy for $0.998.Battle of Endor 3 (Superstructure Chase / Darth Vader's Death / The Main Re
  • Buy for $0.999.Leia's News / Light of the Force
  • Buy for $0.9910.Victory Celebration / End Title
  • Buy for $0.9911.Source Music: Ewok Feast / Part of the Tribe
  • Buy for $0.9912.Archival Bonus Track: The Forest Battle (Concert Suite)

Tracks on Disc 7:

  • Buy for $0.991.Star Wars Main Title Theme and the Arrival at Naboo
  • Buy for $0.992.Flag Parade
  • Buy for $0.993.Qui - Gon's Noble End
  • Buy for $0.994.Jango's Escape
  • Buy for $0.995.Yoda and the Younglings
  • Buy for $0.996.General Grievous
  • Buy for $0.997.Anakin's Dark Deeds
  • Buy for $0.998.Imperial Attack
  • Buy for $0.999.Ben Kenobi's Death / Tie Fighter Attack
  • Buy for $0.9910.Yoda and the Force
  • Buy for $0.9911.Clash of Lightsabers
  • Buy for $0.9912.Sail Barge Assault
  • Buy for $0.9913.End Title [From Star Wars Episode Vi]

Product Description:

Audio Remixers: Shawn Murphy; Tommy Vicari.
Recording information: Anvil Studios, Denham, England; Emi; EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England; Lansdowne Studios, London, England.
Arranger: Jerry Hey.
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. ~ Bruce Eder

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  • UPC: 886971411423
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