Star Wars: The Force Awakens [2 LP Hologram Vinyl]
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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Walt Disney Records is proud to release a new hologram vinyl version of the original motion picture soundtrack for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With score conducted and composed by five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams and liner notes by the film’s director, J.J. Abrams, the double LP features a 16-page booklet on 180 gram vinyl. This one-of-a-kind vinyl set, hand etched by Tristan Duke (Jack White’s Lazaretto) of Infinity Light Science, offers a 3D hologram experience featuring the Millennium Falcon on Disc 1/Side B and a TIE Fighter on Disc 2/Side B. For optimal viewing, use a direct light source or simply hold a mobile phone flashlight above the vinyl to view the holograms.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12 x 12.6 x 1 inches; 8 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Walt Disney Records
- Original Release Date : 2016
- Date First Available : August 26, 2015
- Label : Walt Disney Records
- ASIN : B0195LM49O
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #65,947 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Some blockbuster movies assault you with aggressive or gloomy tones with almost relentless tedium. This film's music spans the spectrum of emotions, effectively taking you from the menace of the Empire to the hope of the reborn Republic; from the whimsicality of BB-8 to the burgeoning enlightenment of Rey; from the heroic determination of the Rebellion to the nostalgic essence of Leia and Han. You never feel that the music has become repetitive or formulaic. I knew when I left the theater that I would have to get this album, and that I would be listening to it for many years to come.
With that, the soundtrack is amazing. I wouldn't expect anything less from the great John Williams. I have listened to this countless times already and it has not lost any appeal.
Guess it was only a matter of time before he started to run out of ideas...
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Williams' has excelled again the Force Awakens is a terrific score. He hasn't been lazy, he hasn't just rehashed music from the last 40 years he has written a superb score with some incredible new pieces of music. Yes, there are cues from previous films, of course and the terrific Main Title, which must go down as one of the greatest pieces of music of all time, regardless of any genre.
Personally, "Rey's Theme" is a stand out and my favourite not only on this soundtrack but also of any of the Star Wars' scores. It's incredible. A really memorable track. I can't listen to it without seeing rey sliding down the sand dunes after her scavenging expedition. There are some terrific pieces on here and "The Ways Of The Force" is another standout track from the album.
Despite everything though I don't think it is quite up there with the music for IV and V, but it would take quite a score to match those classics. I like the fact that JW has kept the feel of the universe with familiar pieces but also taken us on a new musical journey with the new pieces such as the aforementioned "Rey's Theme".
I bought the double vinyl picture disc version so let me write a few lines specifically on this version. Each of the four sides has a picture of a different character: Kylo/Han for album one and Finn/Rey for album two. Vinyl is heavyweight and housed in a clear plastic gatefold sleeve, shaped to the record. Nothing else is included, so no booklet with liner notes, etc. The sound is fantastic; crisp and clear. Those of us who are getting on a bit will remember how poor picture discs from the 80s used to sound as were pressed on softer vinyl. There always used to be an audible "hiss" to those records - yes I'm talking about you 12" PD of "Since Yesterday" by Strawberry Switchblade. No problem with these modern pressings though.
So, personally a great score for me and a top-notch pressing. My own slight disappointment is a lack of a booklet, but that's only a minor quibble.
I ordered the vinyl picture disc edition which came in a clear plastic double sided sleeve that is flat on one side and round on the rest which is a little odd. I would have much preferred a standard sleeve as it doesn't really fit in with the rest of my vinyl.
I was a bit disappointed that it comes with nothing else, no inserts of any kind and not even a track listing. There are tracks listed on the outside edge of the B sides but a full track list would have been nice.
The sound quality is great however you do still lose some quality with picture discs compared to heavy black vinyl but I didn't notice too much background noise and they do look great with different characters on each side.
I am pleased with my purchase and if you are a Star Wars fan that prefers vinyl go for it but just don't expect any extras with this.
However, this review is about the actual discs themselves. Disney have been releasing Picture Discs recently of many of their big movies and they all play exceptionally well. It seems that they are using a much better laminate to press the grooves into than was previously available, and therefore the records actually sound good. Yes, you get the slight rumble from the picture, but the mastering on this record is superb, and it sounds better than some MOV releases I have had recently on normal vinyl. Plus it looks great. Just one word of warning : Take Care when opening the gatefold cover as the edges of the two discs catch together if you are not careful.
The holograms are a fun bonus to show the kids, and are mesmerising. I'd agree with other reviewers that the Tie Fighter works better than the Falcon.