Star Wars: A New Hope: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Special Edition) Soundtrack
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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 flexibility...no, malleability....that allows Williams to describe what's going on with music alone.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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John Williams is a god. Took quite a while for it to finally get here, but when it did, it was well worth the waitPublished 3 months ago by Sproutacus
Middle aged fanboys rejoice as this is the product you MUST buy. I mean you just GOTTA have this. Look, don’t think about it… it’s got the Star Wars logo on it so just run along... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Paul Lawrence
I was waiting a long time for the Star Wars A New Hope original motion picture sound track to drop in price. Once I saw it under $3, I right away ordered it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by frugal buyer
It's so good to have this again. A great collection - A great box set - AND a great business to buy from! The Very Good description was more akin to Like New!Published 14 months ago by jared owens
What can I say? Star Wars soundtrack the way it was meant to be. These are pretty much the original scores as released with the original movies and remastered onto CD in the early... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dan Morton
I have seen all 6 Star Wars episodes at the theater since the first movie in 1977. The soundtracks for episodes 4, 5 and 6 helped make the movies be as great as they are. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Gene Miller