Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Soundtrack
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MP3 Music, May 4, 1999
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Original issue NEW SEALED CD 1999 Original U.S.A. Sony issue. Brand New! Case is sealed/wrapped and in perfect condition with no cracks etc. Will be mailed 1st Class w/ Tracking. Note - there is a hole punch in the Bar Code area on the back side.
The Star Wars cycle, George Lucas's stellar pop parable cum merchandising blitzkrieg, has long since made history as an unparalleled cinematic-cultural-marketing phenomena; somewhere Billy Jack should be in one envious, ass-kickin' mood. Phantom Menace, easily the most eagerly anticipated film of the '90s, returns to the saga's roots and allows Lucas to flesh out the history of some of the fable's core characters and conjure up a dazzling new cast of cohorts, antagonists, and alien realms for them to interact with and in. Thus, all composer John Williams had to do was essentially reinvent the world's most popular wheel. The film-scoring legend has admirably risen to that daunting challenge, delivering an inventive score whose dynamics should surprise and delight even the most ardent SW fanatic. The Main Title and a few oh-so-sparing bars of a familiar Jedi theme are all that remains from the original trilogy's lexicon, Williams having evolved the saga's musical language, stylistic reach, and orchestral palette with masterful subtlety. The composer's most ambitious surprise is the welcome addition of strong choral elements, which he uses in ways both majestic ("Duel of the Fates") and menacing ("Passage Through the Planet's Core"). And though the film revolves around a young boy (Anakin Skywalker, who will grow to be both corrupted and redeemed as Darth Vader), the only flirtation with cloying sentimentality comes with the innocently loping "Jar Jar's Introduction." In the tradition of the Cantina and Max Rebo's Band of the previous trilogy, Williams and Lucas close out this musical installment with "Augie's Municipal Band," a Carnivale-esque romp that segues grandly into the composer's swelling title music. Williams may be the master of a grand scoring tradition, but Phantom Menace is gratifying evidence that he seldom plays it safe--even when the Force is with him. --Jerry McCulley
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I will not go into great detail on every song on the soundtrack. However, I say this because I think every Star Wars fan should have this CD in their collection and hear it for themselves! The first time I listened to this CD, I was impressed (and surprised that I missed it in the movie)with the foreshadowing that is present even in the music! Now, we all know that little Ani is the future Darth Vader, but how cool of Williams to throw in a bit of the Imperial March in the background of Anakin's Theme. And I would have bought this CD on Duel Of The Fates alone. I could listen to that all day!
After so many years of not writing any Star Wars music John Williams returns to do his work, this time using choruses better than any other film composer ever has. This soundtrack alone makes all of the choral work of James Horner look like rubbish (and Horner does choral work in ALL of his albums!!). And I thought John Williams' age means that his work will start getting weak. God was I wrong! This is better than any of the music in the original trilogy. Each track has a lot of new music in it and shows that this man JOHN WILLIAMS is a genius. This is great.
John Williams wrote A LOT of music for this album, enough music for five films. There are so many different melodies.
Really great! JOHN WILLIAMS RULES!!
The one thing that I heard no one complain about was the music. Of course, composer John Williams probably trashes soundtrack ideas that are ten times better than most other soundtrack music thats produced these days, so it is no surprise that TPM's soundtrack was excellent.
I decided to purchase this disc hoping to add the music to my Star Wars collection. The music contained on the disc is brilliant, but it is not the complete soundtrack. Heck, it doesn't even include the 20th Century Fox fanfare that begins every Star Wars film (until now, since I'm sure Disney has a little something to say about that). Now I do understand that there is an Ultimate Edition available that includes the entire soundtrack, but if you can look beyond the tracks that are missing here, you'll find that this album is sufficient for filling the Star Wars music hole in your life.
My favorite tracks are "Duel of the Fates" and "Augie's Municipal Band and End Credits." Yep, I'm one of those people who actually enjoyed the Gungan marching band music that ended the film!
Overall, a decent purchase, but if you are a completionist, go for the Ultimate Edition.