Star Wars - The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection
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The most acclaimed and enduring film music in Hollywood history, the original soundtracks of Star Wars Episodes I VI, are now issued by Sony Classical in a new box set, Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection that includes 10 CDs plus a DVD. All composed by John Williams, the legendary five-time Oscar®-winning composer, this unique collector set is being released just as the latest chapter in the saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters.
Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection includes the original six soundtracks in mini album jackets on 9 CDs, plus a bonus CD featuring a new audio interview with Harrison Ford (Han Solo) alongside an interview with John Williams. Also included is the DVD Star Wars: A Musical Journey, a one hour special hosted by actor Ian McDiarmid (Chancellor Palpatine) highlighting select musical themes alongside key sequences from the films. Rounding out the set are a fold-out poster and three collectable stickers.
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THESE CDS USE THE SAME MASTERS AS THE 1997 SPECIAL EDITION CDS!!!
I'm horribly disappointed. I'm baffled by the fact that the CD version didn't get the remaster treatment.
However, you're probably wondering "What's the big deal? Who cares if it's the same as the older releases? The music still sounds ok, right?" NOPE The 1997 CDs were plagued with numerous problems. Such as muddled instruments, loud tape hiss from the analog master, and some of the tracks sound down right truncated.
Compare this audio to the new remasters and you'll hear instruments in songs that you thought were never even there!
DO NOT BUY THIS SET. Terrible audio quality, no love was put into this set at all.
The packaging and presentation come with a minimalist black slipcover featuring the Star Wars logo with chrome silver lettering. Inside each film is presented with their original album jacket and artwork on the front and back covers. It's important to note that they all have a matte finish when compared to the original glossy album covers which make them quite distinguishable from their original album releases. They include "reproductions" of the original liner notes, insert booklets, dust jacket sleeves and even a reproduction album poster that was included with the original 1977 Episode IV LP but the quality is very fuzzy compared to the image resolution on their vintage counterparts. I'm not sure why they couldn't reproduce the original images at a higher quality resolution which is somewhat disappointing but still neat that they included it. The Empire Strikes Back includes a reproduction booklet glued into the gatefold which I did not want to risk removing and damaging. Again, the images are are somewhat fuzzy compared to the original album photos like they are "photocopies" of the original album materials.
I'd say if you already own the original vinyl releases, you don't really need to get this set unless you just want to have all of the music from the first six films on vinyl and in mint condition being the major benefit here. It also includes a code for free digital downloads of all 6 albums in lossy MP3 format if you want them but if you are getting this for the vinyl experience like I did, it's kind of superfluous (yes it's in the box on a small card so make sure you remove all of the albums because it should be in there along with an introduction insert by the maestro himself, John Williams).
The audio quality of all six albums sounds absolutely magnificent on vinyl and I prefer listening to them on vinyl as opposed to the CD or digital releases. It took me about 7 and a half hours to listen to all 6 albums which were pop and scratch free and sounded incredible on my turntable. It was like listening to the albums that I literally wore out as a kid growing up in the seventies and eighties again for the very first time and I couldn't be happier to have them all back on vinyl again in pristine condition for the pure virgin vinyl needledrop experience. That alone made this a must-have purchase for me.
The box itself is well designed and sturdy as are all the LP jackets. Artwork reproduction is spot on. They reproduced all of the original inserts. Empire Strikes Back even has the booklet glued inside like the first release. The original soundtrack has the poster reproduced. It's like Christmas all over again. I wish Star Trek (looking at you Paramount) would do something like this for that franchises movies.
My only gripe is that the CD version has an audio interview and a DVD that are not included with this or the download card that comes with it, which is a big oversight considering that this costs 3 times as much as the CD version.
I believe at the time I made this purchase that I thought I was going to get some music from TFA as well, but even without it, this was a pretty good buy. No regrets.