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Star Wars: A New Hope: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Special Edition) Soundtrack

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Used - Very Good Condition From Store Owner's Personal Collection Outer Cardboard Jacket has some slight wear on corners Internal CD case and book near flawless CD's in great condition

There is no soundtrack composer working today more talented or consistent than John Williams, and the Star Wars trilogy represents some of his finest work. Though he uses few major themes (mostly tied to specific characters, signaling when they appear on the screen or do something important), there's also enough variety in the incidental music to keep things interesting. From the instantly recognizable opening music to the medley that accompanies the closing credits, this is excellent work that perfectly captures the innocence and sense of adventure of the film. At the same time, the Star Wars score stands up very well as a piece of music on its own. --Genevieve Williams

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare
  2. Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner
  3. Imperial Attack
  4. The Dune Sea Of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler
  5. The Moisture Farm
  6. The Hologram/Binary Sunset
  7. Landspeeder Search/Attack Of The Sand People
  8. Tales Of A Jedi Knight/Learn About The Force
  9. Burning Homestead
  10. Mos Eisley Spaceport
  11. Cantina Band
  12. Cantina Band #2
  13. Binary Sunset (Alternate)

Disc: 2

  1. Princess Leia's Theme
  2. The Millennium Falcon/Imperial Cruiser Pursuit
  3. Destruction Of Alderaan
  4. The Death Star/The Stormtroopers
  5. Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush
  6. Shootout In The Cell Bay/Dianoga
  7. The Trash Compactor
  8. The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire
  9. Ben Kenobi's Death/Tie Figther Attack
  10. The Battle Of Yavin (Launch From The Fourth Moon/X-Wings Draw Fire/Use The Force)
  11. The Throne Room/End Title

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 14, 1997)
  • Special Edition edition
  • Original Release Date: May 25, 1977
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • ASIN: B000003G8E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Alex Diaz-Granados on June 28, 2003
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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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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By A Customer on April 12, 1999
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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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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