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Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology [Box set, Soundtrack]

John Williams , John Williams , London Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Composer: John Williams
  • Audio CD (November 23, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Soundtrack
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Arista Records/Sbme
  • ASIN: B000002VI7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,235 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Star Wars: Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare With CinemaScope Extension - John Williams
2. Star Wars: Main Title - London Symphony Orchestra
3. Star Wars: Imperial Attack - London Symphony Orchestra
4. Star Wars: The Desert - The Robot Auction - London Symphony Orchestra
5. Star Wars: The Little People Work - London Symphony Orchestra
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Empire Strikes Back: Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare With CinemaScope Extension
2. The Empire Strikes Back: Main Title - The Imperial Probe (Extended Version)
3. The Empire Strikes Back: Luke's Escape
4. The Empire Strikes Back: Luke's Rescue
5. The Empire Strikes Back: The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Return Of The Jedi: Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare With CinemaScope Extension
2. Return Of The Jedi: Main Title - Approaching The Death Star
3. Return Of The Jedi: Han Solo Returns (At The Court Of Jabba The Hutt)
4. Return Of The Jedi: Fight In The Dungeon
5. Return Of The Jedi: The Return Of The Jedi
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Star Wars: Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare With CinemaScope Extension
2. Star Wars: Main Title (Alternate)
3. Return Of The Jedi: Heroic Ewok - The Fleet Goes Into Hyperspace
4. Star Wars: A Hive Of Villiany
5. Star Wars: Destruction Of Alderaan
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Very informative booklet discusses the history and influence John Williams' music has had on the movie music industry, as well as critically describing the thematic elements of the score.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
For over 30 years, composer/conductor John Williams has been one of the most prolific and renowned film score creators in Hollywood. For many of his fans, the music he recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra for the Star Wars saga has been -- and will remain -- his masterpiece.
Until the 1997 Special Edition soundtracks were released, this 1993 4-disc collection was the most complete version of the Original Soundtrack recordings. Earlier CD editions either went out of "print" or were simply awful (The Empire Strikes Back's first CD release was criminally lacking in tracks and organization; indeed, it was a "bargain basement" priced CD and was not as good as, say, the Varese Sarabande release of Charles Gerhardt's recording of the Empire score). It fell to producer Nick Redman (who has been working steadily on releasing good collections of Williams' film music) to compile this Soundtrack Anthology.
Although much of the material had been released in other editions of the soundtracks, the Anthology set allows listeners to enjoy and appreciate the evolution of the music as the series moved from A New Hope to Return of the Jedi. Williams -- as the booklet of liner notes points out -- uses the Wagnerian technique of "leitmotivs" or themes...sometimes for characters such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, sometimes for places or things (the Death Star has a theme, as do the Ewoks on Endor and, most importantly, the Force). The themes themselves are often simple and very hummable, but it is their, malleability....that allows Williams to describe what's going on with music alone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Williams is a genius.... April 12, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I am a big Star Wars fan, so naturally, when i saw this CD, i grabbed it. and it was incredible. John Williams is a genius. Some of the tracks were really amazing! My favorite is Princess Leia's Theme. In this track, Williams has truly captured the magic of Star Wars and the character of Princess Leia. When i hear this track, i can SEE it. Meaning, when i close my eyes, i can see the music. it's rolling and flowing and its just beautiful. of course, all the other tracks are great too, like the Main Title, Rescue of the Princess, etc. i really enjoyed listening to this music and i highly recommend it to everyone. its terrific!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the whole galaxy, but not bad November 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Like another poster, I owned this boxed set before the release a few years ago of the "Special Edition" 2-CD packages representing each film in the original trilogy. This set is rendered almost, but not completely, obsolete by the later issues. Yes, the "Star Wars" (sorry, George--I refuse to call the first movie "Episode IV: A New Hope"), "Empire" and "Jedi" special-edition soundtracks are more complete than this (although even these aren't absolutely note-complete: If you've got sharp ears, when watching "Empire" or "Jedi" you'll hear a bit of music that didn't make it to CD, because alternate takes were used in the movies). But if you just want a generous helping of "Star Wars" tunes and aren't so concerned about having every last note, this set might be the better bargain. It's cheaper than buying three double-disc sets, and it's got maybe 70 percent of the music contained in the special-edition packages. And if it matters to you, it's got two songs ("Lapti Nek" and "Ewok Celebration") that don't appear on the "Jedi" 2-CD set, because they were replaced for the Special Edition reissue of "Jedi."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent anthology, sound quality and authenticity January 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This release originally came out in 1993. I've waited almost ten years to get. I've never had the money, seeing as how i was a youngster at the time. I purchased all of the special edition soundtracks, which are outstanding. This is an excellent and cheeper alternative to hearing the entire trilogy score in it's entirety. Seeing as how the Special edition soundtracks are about twenty to thirty dollars each, it is cheeper to purchase the anthology which, price wise, is the equivilant of one special edition score. There are four discs in this release, each cd covers at least 95% of the music heard in actual the films. A great booklet accomponies the cds as well. The anthology also features music not available on the special edition releases, including the Ewok ORIGINAL celebration music, and jabba's palace performers. OUTSTANDING BOX SET, HIGHLY RECCOMMENDED BEFORE IT GOE'S OUT OF PRINT!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Everyone knows this music; there's no purpose to rehashing superlatives, except to simply restate that John Williams' classic scores for the original Star Wars trilogy of films rank amongst the most recognized and beloved music ever written. For anyone even remotely interested in film music, they are a must-listen.

The real consideration is the worth of this specific set, the Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology. With a single compact disc for each of the three featured scores and a single disc of additional material, that leaves this set's 4 CDs well shy of the combined length of the Special Edition soundtrack albums, which devote 2 CDs to each film for a total of 6. Comparing the runtimes, the Anthology runs roughly 83 minutes shorter, just over a full CD's worth of material.

Why, then, is this out-of-print, "antiquated" set still worth seeking out? There are two primary reasons:

1) As the Anthology was released in 1993, it predates the Special Edition releases of the films, which means it contains two tracks from the original, unaltered versions of the original trilogy that were replaced on the Return of the Jedi Special Edition soundtrack - namely, "Lapti Nek," sung in Jabba's palace (replaced by the execrable "Jedi Rocks"), and "Ewok Celebration," which was a replaced by a more generic cue to complement the new montage of planets celebrating the fall of the Galactic Empire. Having been introduced to Star Wars via the pre-Special Edition versions of the films, the latter track in particular is a welcome find even if I don't particularly mind the alteration in the film itself.

2) For the latter two scores in the series, the Anthology has arguably superior sound quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extras worth it, great sound
I bought this when it first was issued and loved it then. I had to replace my stolen copy. Worth buying, even it lacks the pretty dust cover. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Danarose Crystal
5.0 out of 5 stars will worth the weight
will worth the buy. always find a cheaper price like i did.keep it on stand by above cart. will worth the weight.
Published 4 months ago by mark
5.0 out of 5 stars music
I had an exact copy of this set and loaned it out/lost it. now i have it back to listen to
Published 4 months ago by Bill Kunkle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Trilogy Soundtrack
All I can say is that this soundtrack brings back memories and scenes from the movies every time I listen to it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Perry Sandlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars fan must have
This is an item I bought in 1993. I still listen to it regularly and love it. It has the true yub nub version of the ewok celebration. Read more
Published 17 months ago by sr
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope
This is a awesome soundtrack it is fun and enjoyable to listen to the best songs on this soundtrack are all of them. Read more
Published 19 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent find!
My son was ecstatic to receive this for Christmas. It is so fun to listen to. He has it playing all the time.
Published 19 months ago by M. B. Cundall
5.0 out of 5 stars A long time ago, in a galaxy far,far away.....
very happy to hear the original score, by the great composer John Williams. The inlet book is very informative a great buy for any Star Wars nut
Published 21 months ago by simon
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I expected the boxed cover as shown on display but did not receive. The 4 individual cds were in great playing condition and order was received very promptly.
Published 22 months ago by linda
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the version to buy.
What can I say that hasn't been said before? Well, this is the best version of this music- not only because of the fancy packaging (with a wonderful booklet), but this edition also... Read more
Published on September 6, 2011 by RRL
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