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Vinyl, Limited Edition, Soundtrack, July 1, 2017
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I thought this album was okay when I first listened to it, but once I put it in order and, equally importantly, added Duel of the Fates in where it belonged off my Episode I CD, I fell in love with the score.
Here, then, is the film order for this CD:
1, 7, 13(0:00-1:50), 2, 6, 5, 8, 4, 11, 10, 13(1;50-end), 9, Duel of the Fates off Episode I album, 3, 12, 14, 15
Tracks 5 and 6 are made up of multiple small cues from the film, but they can't be taken apart easily, and they all come from roughly the same point in the film, so it seemed logical to me to leave them together. If you want to know exactly how to slice them up, go to jwfan.net.
The album as bought doesn't grab me, but the reorganized CD is one of my favorite score albums in years.
"Battle of the Heroes" is the latest grand Star Wars suite, offering an energetic three minutes and 42 seconds of Williams at his best. Operatic in scope, desperate in mood, precise in execution, this track will almost certainly rank as highly as "Duel of the Fates" with fans of Williams' previous Star Wars scores.
Other tracks of note include the bombastic opening "Star Wars and The Revenge of the Sith," the moody and sinister "Palpatine's Teachings," "Anakin Vs. Obi-Wan," the tragic "The Immolation Scene," and "The Birth of the Twins and Padme's Destiny."
An extra special bonus is the inclusion of "Star Wars: A Musical Journey," a 70 minute DVD featuring 16 muisc videos of selected Williams-penned suites set to video and audio from all six Star Wars films. Actor Ian McDiarmid (Palpatine) is our host for the DVD, introducing each video with a brief synopsis of the particular events surrounding the images we are about to witness. Seeing these videos tell the grand story that is Star Wars is nothing short of pure magic. Kudos to the production team for a perfect editing job.Read more ›
Williams uses the perfect tone for this score, which looks to be easily the darkest of all the films, with brooding, choral pieces that carve out new territory while echoing already established themes. "Battle of Heroes", "Enter Lord Vader", and "Anakin vs. Obi-Wan" are especially rousing, with shreds of old themes interspersed with fresh new musical arcs.
Williams has a real dilemma with Star Wars: how to maintain the consistent feel of the film's musical tone while still introducing new material that works. I think "Duel of the Fates" and "Across the Stars" from Episodes I & II worked toward this end, despite people's criticisms of the films. I think Williams lives up to this challenge each time out, and Revenge of Sith's music is another enjoyable journey into Lucas's visionary world.
Now, the DVD. Simply put, this is enough of a reason to buy the CD by itself. Each musical vignette (video, I suppose) traces the story arc of Star Wars in an entertaining way, as prequels and originals come together to tie the saga into one series. It is interesting to finally see Anakin's face blend into Vader's and then into Anakin again. Obi-Wan becomes young and aging in a seamless visual sequence. This is done again and again to satisfying degree. For those hungry for a preview of Episode III, watch "A Hero Falls" which shows new footage not seen in any of the trailers. The narration of Ian McDiarmid is also a nice touch--one can almost hear Palpatine in his pleasant dictation.
Simply put, this music is what Star Wars should be, plus a bonus DVD. You can't beat it.
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