Music of Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection

Performers John Williams

SCL | November 9, 2007 | Compact Disc

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This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
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

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 9, 2007

Genre: Orchestral

Style: Easy Listening

Number of Discs: 7

Label Name: SCL

UPC: 886971411423

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Music of Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection

Performers John Williams

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 9, 2007

Genre: Orchestral

Style: Easy Listening

Number of Discs: 7

Label Name: SCL

UPC: 886971411423


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Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.Twentieth Century-Fox Fanfare --
1.Return of the Jedi: Luke and Leia Theme --
2.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~Main Title / Rebel Blockade Runner --
2.Star Wars: Excerpt(s) --
3.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~Imperial Attack --
4.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~The Dune Sea of Tatooine / Jawa Sandcrawler --
5.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~The Moisture Farm --
6.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~The Hologram / Binary Sunset --
7.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~Landspeeder Search / Attack of the Sand People --
8.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~Tales of a Jedi Knight / Learn About the Force --
9.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~Burning Homestead --
10.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~Mos Eisley Spaceport --
11.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~Cantina Band --
12.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~Cantina Band #2 --
13.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~Archival bonus track: Binary Sunset (Alternate) --
0.DISC 2: --
1.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~Princess Leia's theme --
2.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~The Millennium Falcon / Imperial Cruiser Pursuit --
3.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~Destruction of Alderaan --
4.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~The Death Star / The Stormtroopers --
5.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~Wookie Prisoner / Detention Block Ambush --
6.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~Shootout in the Cell Bay / Dianoga --
7.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~The Trash Compactor --
8.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~The Tractor Beam / Chasm Crossfire --
9.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~Ben Kenobi's Death / Tie Fighter Attack --
10.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~The Battle of Yavin (Launch from the Fourth Moon / X-W --
11.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~The Throne Room / End Title --
0.DISC 3: --
1.Twentieth Century-Fox Fanfare --
2.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~Main Title / The Ice Planet Hoth --
3.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~The Wampa's Lair / Vision of Obi-Wan / Sno --
4.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~The Imperial Probe / Aboard the Executor --
5.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~The Battle of Hoth (Ion Cannon / Imperial --
6.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~The Asteroid Field --
7.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~Arrival on Dagobah --
8.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~Luke's Nocturnal Visitor --
9.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~Han Solo and the Princess --
10.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~Jedi Master Revealed / Mynock Cave --
11.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~The Training of a Jedi Knight / The Magic --
0.DISC 4: --
1.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~The Imperial March --
2.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~Yoda's Theme --
3.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~Attacking a Star Destroyer --
4.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~Yoda and the Force --
5.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~Imperial Starfleet Deployed / City in the --
6.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~Lando's Palace --
7.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~Betrayal at Bespin --
8.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~Deal with Dark Lord --
9.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~Carbon Freeze / Darth Vader's Trap / Depar --
10.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~The Clash of Lightsabers --
11.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~Rescue from Cloud City / Hyperspace --
12.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~The Rebel Fleet / End Title --
0.DISC 5: --
1.Twentieth Century-Fox Fanfare --
2.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Main Title / Approaching The Death Star / Tato --
3.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~The Droids Are Captured --
4.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Bounty for a Wookie --
5.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Han Solo Returns --
6.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Luke Confronts Jabba / Den of the Rancor / Sar --
7.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~The Pit of Carkoon / Sail Barge Assault --
8.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~The Emperor Arrives / The Death of Yoda / Obi- --
9.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Alliance Assembly --
10.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Shuttle Tydirium Approaches Endor --
11.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Speeder Bike Chase / Land of the Ewoks --
12.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~The Levitation / Threepio's Bedtime Story --
13.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Source Music: Jabba's Baroque Recital --
14.Jedi Rocks (for the film Return of the Jedi) --
15.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Archival bonus track: Sail Barge Assault (Alte --
0.DISC 6: --
1.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Parade of the Ewoks --
2.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Luke and Leia --
3.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Brother and Sister / Father and Son / The Flee --
4.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Emperor's Throne Room --
5.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~The Battle Of Endor 1 (Into the Trap / Forest --
6.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~The Lightsaber / The Ewok Battle --
7.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~The Battle Of Endor 2 (Leia is Wounded / The D --
8.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~The Battle Of Endor 3 (Superstructure Chase / --
9.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Leia's News / Light of the Force --
10.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Victory Celebration / End Title --
11.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Source Music: Ewok Feast / Part of the Tribe --
12.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Archival bonus track: The Forest Battle (Conce --
0.DISC 7: --
1.Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, film score~Star Wars Main Title Theme and The Arrival At N --
2.Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, film score~The Flag Parade --
3.Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, film score~Qui-Gon's Noble End --
4.Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, film score~Jango's Escape --
5.Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones, film score~Yoda And The Younglings --
6.Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, film score~General Grievous --
7.Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, film score~Anakin's Dark Deeds --
8.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~Imperial Attack --
9.Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, film score~Ben Kenobi's Death / Tie Fighter Attack --
10.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~Yoda And The Force --
11.Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, film score~The Clash Of Lightsabers --
12.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~Sail Barge Assault --
13.Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, film score~End Title (From Star Wars Episode VI) --

Editorial Notes

This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
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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