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1. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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John Williams' lovely and moving score for the sixth Star Wars film brings thirty years of collaborating on George Lucas’ beyond-popular intergalactic franchise to a close. (Is this really the end of Star Wars? Can’t Lucas and Williams work together on a prequel to these prequels? Let us hope so, and that Jar Jar Binks is nowhere near it.) As this music accompanies the most exciting Star Wars film in many a moon, the soundtrack itself is more fun, more evil, more nasty and bumpy. Many of the heroic, anthemic themes woven throughout Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith will necessarily be familiar to any fan of the series, from the "Imperial March" to the main theme. It’s remarkable how stirring the latter can be, no matter how many times you’ve heard it, and even for those who do not have all their money invested in S.W. memorabilia. There is a lot of new music here, and the lush, extensive range of both Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra is on display, most notably in the menacing, percolating "General Grievous" and the rousing "New Hope" end theme. --Mike McGonigal

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5-0 out of 5 stars Strong in the Force, John Williams is!!!
John Williams' score for Episode III couldn't be better.As with each episode, he has added new themes and tones to enhance the unfolding story elements, most of which are darker and sadder at times and then charged with action energy at others.The Revenge of the Sith action scene music feels new this time, not cut-and-pasted-re-run action music like in Return of the Jedi. WOW - it's amazing!! And to think that so much incredible fervor is scored as strongly in the strings and woodwinds as it is in the brass and percussion. John Williams' brass writing has never been better - the heroic fanfares and punctuated expressions during space battles leave the listener breathless; the noble and warm Force Theme and Luke's Theme heard in the french horns and trombones harkens the listener back to that first scene of the double sunset on Tatooine in A New Hope.

Although much of this recording is programmatic music, it is still enjoyable to listen to... over and over!The strange synthesizer sounds and eastern vocal stylings in track 8 (Padme's Ruminations) seem at first out of place for a Star Wars soundtrack, but they make excellent sense once seen with the movie, as they illustrate the critical moment when Anakin decides to join the evil Sith. This here is the critical, heart and soul-breaking pivotal point in the entire Star Wars series, and the different music alerts the listener!

John Williams' new Battle of the Heroes Theme is a winner!It is much like the Dual of the Fates Theme from Episode I, which is a nice bookend/thematic tie for the new trilogy.The choral passages are soaring and passionate, adding a feel of true destiny and drama to the climactic lightsaber dual and fall of Anakin.

More choral music (from "Qui-Gon's Funeral" in Phantom Menace) isalso very effectively adapted to the end fates of Anakin and Padme.

Lastly, Williams' joins Lucas in pointing the tragic ending of this episode to the "new hope" found in Episode IV - I could hardly believe my ears as Princess Leia's and Luke's Themes are brought out as the twins are born!And also SO APPRECIATIVE that the end credits are a fresh new recording of music from the very first Star Wars film!The closing track - though a bit cut-and-pasted, and perhaps stretched with some slower tempos due to the huge list of credits - is nonetheless an emotional and stirring conclusion to Williams' fantastic 30-year composition.

The only strange or disappointing moment happens right after the classic opening scroll music transitions into the opening scene. On the CD it is different (a direct segue to action music) than what is heard in the movie (several moments of war-like drums pounding before the full action music starts). But the CD version is still great, just different!

Thanks to John Williams for kicking it in and creating new material for this last episode. The only nearly exact re-run found in this score is my favorite track from The Empire Strikes Back "The Dual" (Vader vs Luke), this time heard chillingly accompanying Yoda vs the Emperor.BRAVO!BRAVO!BRAVO!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent finish to the collection of 6 soundtracks
John Williams ends his saga of Star Wars soundtracks as beautifully as he started it. The Battle of Heroes and Anakin vs. Obi-Wan tracks are the perfect backdrop for the fast paced, intense duel between master and apprentice. The Immolation Scene is similar to the Schindler's List soundtrack, heavy on the strings to convey the sadness that overtakes Obi-Wan on seeing the fate of his former friend, symbolic of the rise of evil throughout the galaxy.

The DVD is also a wonderful synopsis of the greatest tracks from all 6 soundtracks, set to the environments and characters they represent so well.

1-0 out of 5 stars Revenge of Recycled music.....
Even John Williams could not make a good showning with the music for ROTS.It is sadly to say much of recycled themes that he already scored for Episodes I and II.The Anakin/Obi-Won duel theme was sorry to say too long and too drawn out.Much like the Minority Report score....It might have worked for Barnard Herrmann, but not here.Much like the movie was a let down, the music was also.It seems that the CGI effects made everyone off key, includiing Williams. To everyone else who loves the music and the movie, I think You gave all goneCrackers.

5-0 out of 5 stars A worthy final instalment
Any new John Williams soundtrack will always be compared to his earlier soundtracks and the highest of standards that he himself has set and so, when a soundtrack such as ROTS is produced, it's considered a disappointment by some. ROTS is not as immediate or outwardly exciting as other Star Wars soundtracks and as has been pointed out by some other reviewers, doesn't always feel part of the Star Wars universe but this is no lesser album by any means and I would say far from a disappointment.

Having listened to ROTS five times now, it's certainly no Empire Strikes Back but it's actually quite brilliant and extremely powerful stuff, and there is a lot of music and orchestration with that overall Star Wars sound and virtuosity. As ever, Williams has written a perfect musical accompaniment for the film he's been given and the tone here is perfect (probably far more artistic than the film deserves) and he reminds us that he is really the only film composer to have maintained such a high calibre of artistry in scoring excellence over so many decades - even at the age of 73 he is still the best composer alive.

Some reviewers have complained that the new theme Battle of the Heroes is rather disappointing. It's not as immediate as the other famous Star Wars themes but does really grow on you. Beginning with exciting scurrying violas and then developing into an interesting triplet bass rhythm over which the rousing choir is used it is actually really rather exciting -a great concert piece and is again perfect for the cue Anakin vs Obi-Wan.

The darker tone of the film is represented by Williams' decision to infuse the score with a far more strings heavy sound than is usual and it works well and I feel these moments produce the best tracks.

Standout cues that must really get a mention are Anakin's Dream, beginning with an effective solo viola playing over the Across The Stars theme which then develops into a truly beautiful string piece before taking on a more menacing mood. Anakin's Betrayal begins and ends with a lovely string and choir heavy passage. The Birth Of The Twins & Padme's Destiny begins with a string, flute, celesta and later harp passage full of the mystery that Williams' does so well. Some reviewers have pointed out their disappointment that Williams chose not to include the themes for Luke and Leia here; well that would have been the obvious thing to do, but Williams has written a far more interesting cue I feel by taking a different direction. The cue then develops into a stunning and very classical choir piece. My favourite cue however is The Immolation Scene, a two and a half minute heart-rending string piece with carefully controlled dissonance which sounds straight out of Schindler's List and is I feel one of the most powerful cues William's has ever written.

Overall, another superior soundtrack from Williams and a worthy final instalment to one of the greatest bodies of music ever written by one of the greatest composers ever - I wonder whether old masters like Tchaikovsky and Wagner would have written a body of work so memorable...?



5-0 out of 5 stars Return of the soundtrack
I am, of course, a huge Star Wars-fan, but especially the later soundtrakcs have dissapionted mebit. Sure, there's been some wondrous themes like "Duel of the Fates" and "Across the Stars", but the soundtracks have all been missing that certain thing to make them perfect. This, however, does not lack anything, and is a pure joy to listen to. After the intro with "Battle of the Heroes" and "Anakin's Betrayal" I was left with a musical hard-on that will last days and weeks.

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2. Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones
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There's never been anything quite like the symphonic film music series that John Williams has forged for George Lucas's sprawling Star Wars saga. By the time the sixth chapter rolls around, Williams will have created a body of work that spans fully 30 years of his career, a virtual Ring Cycle of sci-fi/fantasy soundtrack music. While Attack of the Clones again achieves the high standards of its predecessors, it also succeeds by both forging some rewarding new musical themes at the same time it begins to bring the galactic fable full circle. The budding relationship between now-teenaged Anakin Skywalker and Amidala/Padme is informed by "Across the Stars--Love Theme from Attack of the Clones," a grand romantic motif that's infused with a subtle melancholy that hints at the tragedy that must ultimately befall the young lovers. The composer's mastery of idiom and color serve him especially well in the action cues, infusing "Zam the Assassin and the Chase Through Coruscant" and "Jango's Escape" with bracing doses of 20th-century modernism and its inherent rhythmic fury performed, as always, by the London Symphony Orchestra. Williams also incorporates the "Force" and "Jedi" themes of the first SW trilogy sparingly, before "Confrontation with Count Dooku and Finale" completes the musical/thematic tapestry by interweaving The Empire Strikes Back's menacing "Imperial March" with both the new "Love Theme" and the Phantom Menace's dramatic choral showcase "Duel of the Fates." This sweeping denouement should rightfully take its place among the saga's most compelling musical sequences. Purists may grouse at the obviously abridged music here, but given history a complete/ultimate edition of the score can't be far behind. This soundtrack is issued with one of four different, collectible covers. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Without giving away too much...
What do Schindler's List, The Patriot, Saving Private Ryan, and Jurassic Park have in common? The musical scores for those films have all been composed and conducted by John Williams, the muscial mastermind of Attack Of The Clones. With 170 musical works to his credit, including video games, Williams also wrote all of the music for the entire Star Wars saga to date, and is expected to compose the music for Episode 3 as well. Although I don't want to give a track-by-track analysis like a the previous review, these are my favorite tracks and each gives a reason why this is an excellent CD...

Track 2-Across The Stars: One of the best Star Wars songs written, this is the theme to the love between Anakin and Padme. It starts off with an innocent kind of tone that symbolizes the loving beginnings of their relationship. And the brass instruments complement the powerful implications that the relationship will have for the galaxy.

Track 3-Zam The Assassin/The Chase Through Coruscant: Although it's the longest track, this is my favorite. As it tracks the speeder chase through Coruscant early in the film, the music's intensity reflects the danger of the high-flying chase hundreds of stories above Coruscant's streets. It gives the claustrophobic feeling of Coruscant's streets as well as Anakin's determination to catch Zam the assassin.

Track 8-The Meadow Picnic: This song starts off nicely with a bit of a royalty tone to it, which is well-suited to Padme's high stature in the movie. I love it because of the second half, which was written for Obi-wan's mission after the mysterious Jango Fett. The flutes provide an excellent touch of mystery to the movie's shadowy clone army.

Track 11-The Tusken Camp/The Homestead: The first half is pretty quiet and uninteresting. The second half is incredibly power as Anakin's rage becomes uncontrollable, even by him.

Track 12-Love Pledge/The Arena: Beginning with a surreal version of Across The Stars that shows how Anakin and Padme love each other even to the point of death. The xylophones add a touch of primitiveness to the insectlike Geonosians as Obi-wan, Anakin, and Padme fight for their lives before being saved by the clone army from Kamino.

Track 13-Confrontation With Dooku/Finale: As the Dark Side begins to choke galactic politics, this song begins with a surreal tone that signifies the evil of the Sith. As the movie shifts to the Jedi Temple, it continues to tell of the menacing threat to the Republic that the Jedi must now contend with before moving on to the departure of the clone army from Coruscant as the Clone Wars begin. And, of course, the finale begins in the classical Star Wars way.

Track 14-The Droid Factory: Although not on every single CD, this is a bonus track found in some copies. It begins with an creeping and primal theme for the Geonosians as Anakin and Padme battle their way through the dangerous droid factory on Geonisis in search of Obi-wan. An excellent song with great use of clarinets and xylophones, as well as an exciting ending wrought with trumpets, bass drums, and horns.

4-0 out of 5 stars Gave me goose bumps!
The sound track for "Attack of the Clones" is a definite must have for the Star Wars fan. While drawing on familiar elements from his work on the original trilogy Williams is able to compose some exceptional new material for his latest work.

The best track on the CD is the one entitled "Zam The Assassin and The Chase Through Coruscant". This selection combines the expected classical elements with an urban techno feel. The love theme entitled "Across the Stars" is somewhat reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky. It is upbeat and melancholy at the same time.

My only criticism's are that the love theme is repeated too liberally amongst the other tracks of the CD. In addition, although the more dramatic tracks are good none matches the power of "The Duel of Fates" from the Episode I soundtrack (elements of which are incorporated into one of the tracks).

In the final analysis this is a fine addition to the body of work John Williams has composed for the Star Wars saga. It gave me goose bumps at times. Which to me is a hallmark of good classical music. Further, the track titles did not convey any spoiler information. One of the track titles for the Episode I soundtrack was "Qui-Gon's Noble End" which betrayed the climax of the film.

A solid effort all around.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
In my opinion John Williams is one of the best composers of our time...if not THE best. Each and every score he produces is wonderful and creates the perfect atmosphere for each scene in the movies. I especially love "across the stars" and it is my absoloute favourite classical song. It is so hauntingly beautiful and I think that John Williams has captured the meaning of Anikan and Padme's forbiden love perfectly! This soundtrack is a must have for any fan of movie music!

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality
WHY THE HISSING? 1 star for the poor quality of the magnificent soundtrack "Across The Stars".

"Across The Stars" track is an excellent 5-star song but the sound quality sucks. How can a John Williams' Star Wars score in 2003 be so poorly mastered? The hissing is very very loud; it harms the delicacy of the beautiful romantic theme. I couldn't believe it. No, I'm not an audiophile; the flaw on this CD is obvious.

It's really disappointing.

5-0 out of 5 stars More Brilliance from John Williams
The soundtrack for Star Wars Episode II is as good as anything as Williams has ever produced and more than lives us to his startling legacy in scoring soundtracks. Accross the Stars, the love theme in Episode II, is as good as any theme Williams has composed in the Star Wars series and the soundtrack combines the many classics that Williams has scored the series (including Impercial March, Duel of Fates and Yoda's theme). A must buy for any Star Wars fan or any fan of classical music. ... Read more


3. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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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 ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Williams Scores again
What can you say about John Williams that hasn't already been said? He's widely regarded as the best composer of his time and once again he lives up to that repuation. Thankfully, almost all the music is new here. You'll here tidbits of the Force Theme and a few others and the openning is still the same, but everything else is changed. The most impressive addition to this soundtrack is the use of the chorus. In Return of the Jedi, the chorus was used in a scene on board the Death Star where Luke begins to ferociously attack Vader and it created one of the most memorable scenes from Star Wars. So based upon that success, Williams has added choir use to several more songs. Most notable is the amazing "Duel of the Fates." Possibly the most impressive title though is "Anakin's Theme," which hides the Imperial March theme in the background while a light and happy melody is played, until the very end as the rest of the orchestra becomes silent and the ominous theme of Darth Vader makes itself known, reminding us of the fate of young Anakin.

5-0 out of 5 stars John (Willaims) 3:16
"And God gave a man unto the Earth. A man who's musical brillaince was the likes of which nobody had seen before. He named this man John, and saw that it was good..."

John Willaims goes beyond explanation and praise with his mastery of music. The composer of such scores as "Jaws", "Jurrasic Park", and "Superman" brings his brillaince back to Star Wars.

23 years ago, John Willaims scored the soundtrack for the famed Star Wars movies. His work was work of true brillaince, his music pounding out emotion, aggression, tension, and passion. He truely does it again for the new Star Wars prequel, "The Phantom Menace"

The themes and music are just as powerful, and a watchful ear will detect innuendoes of old themes, such as the Force theme, Vader's March, and the Emperor's theme. Listen closely to Anakin's theme to hear its dark undertones, and slow down the light-hearted victory celebration to get the low, menacing theme of Emperor Palpantine. John Willaims is a TRUE genious when it comes to music.

3-0 out of 5 stars First Impression of The Phantom Menace
I managed to buy and listen to the soundtrack before I saw the movie. If anything, I thought this might give me an idea of the flavor of the film. Alas, my prediction proved to be correct. Aside from "Duel of the Fates," which is the kick-butt music heard during the lightsaber duel, the soundtrack was very subdued. Slow. I really expected a lot of high-speed action music, with violins flying up and down the scale or rapid drumbeats. Alas, I heard a lot of slow, sonorous drum beating and long, drawn-out, sentimental violin pieces.

There was also a plot moment that is given away in the soundtrack if (like me) you happen to buy the CD before seeing the movie: the death of Qui-Gon. I sort of expected it, anyway, because we all know that Obi-wan Kenobi was Anakin's trainer, not Qui-Gon. Sorry if I blew a story moment for some people. That's just something I noticed.

When I saw the movie (read my review for my "take" on that), I was only slightly surprised that the film was a drag. This soundtrack was too tame and too soft for a Star Wars soundtrack, and Phantom Menace is too slow to be a Star Wars film. I'm listening to the CD as I write this, to make sure I'm giving the soundtrack a fair shake. Track 12 is pretty nimble, but also slows down rather quickly. There were no pieces here that were particularly memorable, except for "Duel of the Fates," nothing to stick in the skull like "Darth Vader's Theme" or the music heard during the chase through the asteroids in Empire Strikes Back.

The only other bit of color in the soundtrack was "Augie's Great Municipal Band," which mixes calypso police whistles with a digeree-doo (sp?) and children's voices singing glossolalia in the background. Intriguing, and typical of Williams' great efforts at conjuring up interesting "alien" music using unusual instruments.

And when you get right down to it, I still missed hearing the Star Wars key signature, which only appears only once, during track 11, around 2:33.

1-0 out of 5 stars George Luca$- Evil Bad Man
The release of this soundtrack is proof positive that luca$ has been relegated to a plaid-wearing toy salesman. Released 2 months before the highly-anticipated movie's release, i went to my local music store to buy it. I was a big fan of star wars at the time, and had been devotedly avoiding any press or previews from episode 1, wishing to preserve a certain ignorance for episode 1. After plopping down the $20 on the soundtrack- i read the track listing on the way to my car. Did anyone else notice how almost every track name is a total spoiler? You don't release a soundtrack 2 months before possibly the most anticipated movie of all time and ruin the 'plot' with the Soundtrack. There ISNT a worse business move that could possibly exist. That utter act of disrespect to george luca$' fans is exactly the reason every man woman and child in america should boycott that wanna be rancher. Thanks George lucas for ruining star wars. and for being so money hungry and inconsiderate that you ruined it for a once-true-fan before the lousy movie even came out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vintage John Williams
I bet John Williams loves doing Star Wars music. Here is a man who is one of the greatest composers alive. He's got the Oscars and the nominations to prove he's no fluke. Not to mention the record sales. When Williams is asked to do a Star Wars film the music is already basicly in place.

The music of Star Wars is fantastic. This soundtrack contains most of your favorite songs from the early films and has a couple of new ones that I think Williams and Star Wars fans will enjoy.

"Duel of Fates" is the best track on the soundtrack. Williams has really outdone himself with this song. I love the chorus in the background. They add a different demension to the song. The trumpets are absolutely fantastic. I play the trumpet and this is a trumpet players dream. The melodoy to the song is great and I have to give props to the London Symphony Orchestra.

This is a good album. I don't think it's as good as the early films or episode II, but I'm glad I own it. Fans of Star Wars will enjoy it, so will fans of John Williams. People who like classical music will also get a kick out of this one. You'll like it. Trust me. ... Read more


4. Star Wars Trilogy (Score)
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Given that it's largely credited with reinventing Hollywood--or at least fostering its overweening box office expectations--it'shard to imagine that the genesis of George Lucas' sprawling, multi-billion dollar Star Wars franchise was once considered a risky studio proposition at best. But Lucas himself has wisely singled out the robust, retro-romantic music of composer John Williams as the unlikely artistic linchpin that holds all of the saga's disparate dramatic, thematic and technical elements firmly together. Boxed together here then are three of the most successful and influential film scores of modern Hollywood, work that draws as much on Williams' masterful sense of classical music history as it does his own well-studied melodic and arranging instincts. Each of the three double-disc collections here contains all of the music written for Star Wars: A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (and even Alfred Newman's intyroductory "Fox Fanfare"), newly upgraded via Direct Stream Digital remastering that adds stunning new presence and clarity to Williams' rousing, epochal scores. Each chapter also features a lenticular 3-D cover and newly designed fold-out film poster, as well as encoded disc features allowing online access to elaborate new Star Wars screen savers; the ultimate musical compendium of the original Star Wars triptych. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more


5. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (Score)
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8. Music From the Star Wars Saga
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9. Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk
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5-0 out of 5 stars Music From Far, Far Away.
This compact disc rocks! I vaguely remember hearing the music when I was a wee fry many moons ago. When I got older, I heard about the album but never was able to locate a copy of it. About a year ago, I was informed it was out on cd and I now finally have a copy. The music here is disco so unless you're a disco fan or Star Wars buff, you probably wouldn't want a copy. However, if you are a member of any of the above mentioned categories, this album would make a nice addition to your collection.

The second title on this album, "Other Galactic Funk", is a delight to hear, too. The sound of the song sounds like a marching band gone disco. What an idea! Awesome!

5-0 out of 5 stars I still have it!
I have this L.P. at home here. It's in great condition, but it's not like I can hook up a record player in my car when I'm going to work. I love the sound of the 70's and Star Wars is one of my favorite movies, so when I found that they put this on CD, I was psyched! Disco lives on!

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Cheese. . .
This CD as many have stated before is a Disco Star Wars along with several other mixes. Trust me, it is really cheesy and very corny. It is however incredibly fun and light hearted. I enjoy the whole aspect of the disco/john williams hybrid and just simply have fun with it. I am listening right now to a light saber battle with a disco beat underneath it and smiling all the while. Come on music buffs, lighten up and have some fun. This is some great stuff to just rock out to and feel good.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disco NOT funk
The theme to Star Wars to a disco beat plus other Star Wars music done disco. To top it all off, two more versions of Star Wars done disco. This is NOT funk. It is disco at its cheesiest. It will definitely bring you back to the era where disco nearly killed off live music...

5-0 out of 5 stars A Sound To Old Ears...
I worn out this vinal LP when it originaly came out.

I am glad that this was re-released on CD.

The orignal LP just encluded "Star Wars" and "Other Galatic Funk"

This re-release also gives us the 45 rpm single (7" edit), and the 12" Disco Edit that were mainly played on the Radio at the time.

"Star Wars" is a great mix of inspired music from Meco that he saw fit from the movie. A must for any Star Wars fan (before Lucas ruined the movie), and also children from the 70's.

"Other Galactic" funk is a very rare track for Meco, he takes the marching rhythm and the sounds he heard from the city streets to produce a real good marching themed track.

Now there are other albums from Meco I have not seen on CD yet, and they are

"Encounters of Every Kind" - A fantastic voyage using a 'Time Machine' based story line for the entire album. This is by far my most favorite Meco album. Since this album features a great deal of sound effects, including a full drive by shooting before the song "Crazy Rhythm" when the time machine visits the 1920's era.

"Wizard Of Oz" - Meco visits and arranges music from the classic MGM movie.

"Superman and Other Galactic Heroes" - Meco sets out on a musical adventure as Superman.

"Moondancer" - Meco, the Moon and Disco Music... nothing else more to say.

"Meco Pop Goes To The Movies" - Meco's has taken famous movie themes, such as "M*A*S*H", "Gone With The Wind", "The Pink Panther", and more and has remixed them as his own versions. ... Read more


10. Star Wars: Shadows Of The Empire [Enhanced CD]
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5-0 out of 5 stars This a must-own for every Star Wars fan!
I picked up this CD awhile back, not knowing what to expect, because John Williams isn't the composer, and it is based on a novel, Shadows Of The Empire. But let me tell you that this is one of the best instrumental soundtracks out there on the market.

If you have read the Star Wars novel Shadows of the Empire, then you will appreciate this CD even more. Joel McNeely did a fantastic job, and I mean fantastic, by creating compositions that match the feelings and attitudes of a novel perfectly. The sounds are slightly familar to John Williams' score from the first trilogy, but a lot of it is very fresh material.L For those of you who know who Prince Xizor is in the book, you will find that his music fits his character like a glove. Battle of Gall and Beggar's Canyon are also two other good ones on here.

You will find that the tunes will stay in your head long after you listen to them, and you'll like them so much that you won't mind! THIS is why soundtracks are made. I guarantee your enjoyment!

4-0 out of 5 stars Return to the Star Wars Universe, with a twist
Ever wished you could enter and explore the world of the Star Wars characters all over again? With the Shadows of the Empire soundtrack, you can get just a tad bit closer before the prequels are released...

Joel McNeely offers up a mixed bag of musical treatments on events and characters taken from the novel, and the results are interesting...McNeely's musical style clearly differs from John Williams, though it's obvious that parts of Williams work served as inspiration. Play the CD after listening to the Special Edition Soundtracks and there is an obvious change in composition and style...but it still works. While this is definitely orchestral music and suites, , in some sections I would have to say McNeely does rival some of Williams original music...particularly the powerful "Night Skys", based on Williams work.

A must have to the Star Wars aficianados collection...

4-0 out of 5 stars not at all bad
What a strange idea for an album... a symphonic work in the vein of a film score, but based on a novel rather than a film. Stranger yet, it's based on a novel that is a spinoff from a popular series of movies that in and of themselves helped redefine the way people think of film scores. John Williams's "Star Wars" scores (for the original trilogy, at least) are as iconic as film scores get, so for Joel McNeely to have dared to write major new material for that universe was a bold idea, indeed.

In my opinion, it pays off.

I'd like to talk about two things, first off being the actual music. It would be not only difficult but stupid to write a "Star Wars" score -- be it for a film, a book, or anything else -- that did not utilize Williams's music to some extent. And so we have the main theme, which is the first half of track one; the other half, representing a scene in the novel in which Leia dreams of Han's carbon freezing, is a reprise of the score to that scene in "The Empire Strikes Back." Elsewhere, the Imperial March pops up in "Night Skies," along with the Force Theme (or Luke's Theme, I guess you could call it). Otherwise, McNeely does the right thing, which is to focus on his own music and to use it to represent the "Star Wars" universe in his own way. His best work is track six, "Xizor's Theme" (that's pronounced Shee-zor, by the way), which is a brutal and ominous theme for the book's new villain, a criminal underlord who has his eye on Darth Vader's position as right-hand-man to the Emperor. This theme is somewhat reminsicent of James Horner's music for "Aliens," in terms of instrumentation and intensity; in my opinion, it is only a bit less good than some of the themes Williams has written for "Star Wars" movies thus far. McNeely also has composed a theme for the Rebel Alliance, the Alliance Battle Hymn, which puts in several appearances but can be most prominently heard in the final track, "The Destruction of Xixor's Palace." Another standout is "Imperial City," an eight-minute piece representative of Coruscant, the Imperial seat, that begins gently but gradually grows into something both majestic and tinged with underlying hints of the evil that lives in this place. It's a marvelous piece, probably better than the music Williams wrote for the planet Coruscant as depicted in the prequels. All of the other tracks are good, as well, to one extent or another.

In my opinion, though, the greatest achievement of this album is the manner in which the music is reminiscent of a film score in general, and a "Star Wars" score in particular. Bear in mind, film scores are, with the very occasional exception, written in a manner that very precisely follows a pre-existing set of visuals. That McNeely manages to take the story of a novel and use scenes from it to create music that replicate the sound and timing we have come to expect from film music means that, in some sense, he had to have made a movie of the story in his head! That's sort of an amazing accomplishment, in my opinion, and it gives this musical work the status of not just good music, but also a sort of statement on the very nature of what film music is.

Even more impressive, McNeely managed to keep intact the very familiar "Star Wars" sound without either stealing from its primary composer or slavishly imitating him. As such, this score manages to be a genuinely important contribution to te admittedly small canon of original "Star Wars" music. Personally, I would happily welcome more such works from McNeely.

I recommend this album to "Star Wars" fans without hesitation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Holy mashed potato!
Fantastic. Despite the fact that it isn't John Williams and that I know Joel McNeely best as Dark Angel's composer, this is really good. THe incorporation of the existing material with new stuff is great. Xizor's theme brilliantly has a tad of the imperial march in there showing Xizors relationship with it, but is entirely different as well. Much work has gone into this and it shows. If I could meet Joel, I'd shake his hand. :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good
I first learned of this book after having played the N64 game, and then ordered the book. I read through it and was very impressed, at the back of the book was an offer for the soundtrack, I figured it was the soundtrack for the game as well which is very good. I ordered and it and lo and behold it was the game soundtrack also. It was spectacular. If you like star wars, or good classical music: get this. ... Read more


11. Star Wars, A New Hope: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Special Edition)
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5-0 out of 5 stars John Williams gives us a new hope
John Williams is without a doubt my favorite composer of all time. He has written some of the most memorable music ever in the movies and for concert band as well. I absolutely love his style and his scores always make me wanting to hear more. Even though I think that "The Empire Strikes Back" is the best of the Star Wars scores, this score is a fantastic one as well. Bold, brassy, symphonic, percussive, and theme oriented is how the score is run. There are several themes that occur throughout, a la Wagnerian style scoring. My favorite theme would have to be the Star Wars main title of course. Whenever it pops up throughout, it gives the score that big brassy Williams sound that I love. The liner notes are very lengthy and descriptive and the reviewer does a wonderful job in describing each cue and how it fits the film. If debating about this score, by all means get it!!! Don't hesitate another moment! One of the best scores ever!!

5-0 out of 5 stars William's best music for the movies
John William's operatic score for the first Star Wars film is one of his fullest and best scores for the movies. Disc 1 Starts out with the classic 20th Century Fox Fanfare, then we are greeted with classic Williams, the opening Star Wars main title/Rebel Blockade Runner, easily being one of the most memorable film tunes ever (except for William's Jaws). The underlying themes are woven with flair and brilliance, evoking suspense, wonder and thrills. Titles such as "Landspeeder Search/Attack of the Sand People" and "Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force" are all presented in the bold, thundering, yet poetic Williams Modus Operandi. The Cantina Band tracks are great too. Disc 2 goes into dark and exciting territory with "Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire", "Ben Kenobi's Death/Tie Fighter Attack" and "The Battle of Yavin." Then to round it off nicely, we go full circle with the last track seamlessly blending into the well-known bombastic Star Wars theme music. This is a truly great soundtrack.

5-0 out of 5 stars Star Wars is my favorite Science fiction film!
Star wars rocks and I will buy this cd because I a huge Star Wars fan and I very love this cd because I love Star Wars! I gave Mr. Lucas thumbs up because I very like his Star Wars saga! I wonted this cd bad because I a huge Star Wars Fan in the whole galaxy! 3 things that I like star wars is 1. muisc 2. lightsabers 3. the dark side of the force!

5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE the theme song for Star Wars
I'm a HUGE fan of the main title or "theme track" of Star Wars, although I don't really care that much for much of the other music on the 2-CD Set. But for me it's worth it just for the Star Wars theme song with the unforgettable melody on blaring trumpets that sounds like a victory march or something. Breathtaking instrumental. The whole theme song is incredible and I give this whole soundtrack 5 stars just because of that one track, perhaps my all-time fave. Composer John Williams produced equally memorable theme titles for other movies also, including Superman and Schindler's List.

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 stars ain't enough, it's worth at least 10!
There are few Composers in this world who can pull off a soundtrack like the Maestro John Williams, and this one is no exception. The score to Star Wars: A New Hope Special Edition is, how can one put it(?), Marvellous? Brilliant? Excellent? Exquisite? Beautiful?, even if I were to use all of these words at once, you still wouldn't be able to imagine just how good this Soundtrack really is. This 2CD edition, features not only the entire score, but also some music not heard in the film, and as an added bonus, at the end of track "Binary Sunset-Alternative" features the very first recording of the Main Title. My personal favourite is CD1, Track 6: HOLOGRAM/BINARY SUNSET, this piece of music, especially the latter, sums up Star Wars, musically. I can just imagine Luke Skywalker standing on the edge of his Homestead and gazing into the future, whilst Williams' Force Theme is played over the top, sheer brilliance. If you are a Williams, Soundtrack CD fan or Classical Music Lover without this CD in your collection, you should buy it right now, don't wait, buy it and enjoy every minute. ... Read more


12. The Star Wars Trilogy: Star Wars/The Empire Strikes Back/Return Of The Jedi (Re-recording)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but missing something
This CD is very good, with the best of Episodes IV, V, & VI, but it is missing some of the essential songs from each of the movies. I have this along with the full versions for each movie, and I suggest you get those. This CD just doesn't do justice to all the music of Star Wars. Don't take me wrong, it is a very good CD but it lacks some of my favorite songs. If you want one good CD, get this, otherwise get the full soundtracks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great selection, excellent performances
This CD only contains a small selection of the terrific music in the original Star Wars trilogy, but it has many wonderful pieces of music, superbly recorded. There is a limit to what can be put on one CD, but the recording could have contained at least another 20 minutes of music. But it is still a fantastic CD.

Highlights include:
The stirring Fox Fanfare opening
The main Star Wars theme [which is Luke's theme]
Princess Leia's theme
The Imperial March
Jabba the Hut's theme, which is a weird sliding tuba solo.

If you only want one CD of Star Wars music, this one is well worth having.

5-0 out of 5 stars Star Wars is my favorite all time movie!
I just love STAR WARS because I like science fiction! I will buy this cd because I a huge Star Wars Fan and a fan of the star wars theme song and the imperial march! I have the Star Wars triogy on video tapes and it rocks better than star trek!

3-0 out of 5 stars Classic review of the first three (released) movies
I must admit I have listened to this CD hundreds of times;
and, even if the lawn mower is on outside, the computer game is playing music, the tv is on and the cd is playing lightly upstairs, I can hear the clarinet crack on the 2nd track about 4:18 into the work. If you're really paying attention you can hear something drop or maybe the conductor hit the stand during Asteriod Field. I dare you to hear for yourself. I guarantee once you hear it you WILL always hear it. Then it becomes annoying, unless you're trying to help others hear it too... hence this review :) The cd is certainly a good listen - and varied. Asteroid Field is incredibly dynamic and my personal all time favorite Star Wars piece. (It's just fun to pretend to conduct, you'll hear why) Although some tunes really draw out (still good for background music), the classics are well represented and the Fox theme at the beginning gets you ready for the show with gusto. If you don't enjoy it, you probably don't like most intense movie scores.

5-0 out of 5 stars Varese Sarabande's Anthology Soars High
This 1983 release follows Varese Sarabande's wonderful treatment of John Williams' score for The Empire Strikes Back for one of the first compilation albums of music from all three films of the George Lucas Star Wars trilogy.

On this recording, the Utah Symphony Orchestra and conductor Varujan Kojian present several selections from Star Wars, The Empire Striikes Back, and the then-recently released Return of the Jedi. (For Star Wars music history fans, this album was the first one to release several "cues" from Jedi, including "Darth Vader's Death.")

Although this CD has been followed by Sony's "The Star Wars Trilogy: John Williams Conducts John Williams," the more complete (and more expensive) boxed set and the Special Edition 2-disc soundtracks, the audio quality is excellent and the performance by Maestro Kojian and the Utah Symphony is quite good. ... Read more


13. Star Wars, A New Hope: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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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 ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best star wars score that I've ever heard
I bought this star wars collection yesterday, and I found that this is a very complete selection of the Star Wars Trilogy. The sound quality is great and the book that accompains the CD's is very illustrative and usefull to understand the music and how it was written. I recommend this box set of four CD's to anyone that has listened to an kind of music before. It will take to another galaxy far, far away. I'll never get tired to listen to these CD's, because everytime that I listen to them, I descover a new form of art. The fourth CD is great, filled with unreleased music of the trilogy. I use this music and The Nutcracker music to study, and I can tell that I'm an honors student with excellent grades. If you are a fan of Star Wars, or just want to have a good time listening to music, you should adquiere this musical anthology of Star Wars. John Williams is a genius, and I dream to be just like him.

4-0 out of 5 stars The ultimate John William's score!
Star Wars: A New Hope. Yet another one of John William's most famous soundtracks, A New Hope has become a popular CD with collectors, and this particular release will probably become a collector before long. It is said that this release will be the last one of A New Hope, so this could be your last chance! Although this soundtrack isn't the cheapest one out there, it is worth the cost. With more music and much better sound quality then any of the other previous releases, this soundtrack has just about every bit of music ever shown on the movie. One reason for the large price (usually around the thirty dollar range) is that this release comes with two CD instead of the used-to-be single CD. Even as more and more Star Wars films are being released, A New Hope still remains in print. Even after being written in 1977, this score is a favorite and has probably stayed in print for so long do to high demand. This edition comes with a large booklet with the main story line in short, along with screen shots from the actual movie. John Williams did an incredible job with this score, making it a international hit. The original release won the academy award in 1977, and the sequels, the "Empire strikes back" and "Return of the Jedi" were both nomidated. Any CD collector chould have this soundtrack, (that is, if you want to have one of the best scores by John Williams!) A great soundtrack and will be known as as one of William's best for years to come!

(Although this score is very good, Empire Strikes Back probably has the best score of all the Star Wars trilogy music)

5-0 out of 5 stars great addition to any star wars collection
i obtained this cd set from my dad and now it is one of my favorite cds in my collection. i just love all of the cool songs and it is just a great cd it made me get the empire strikes back and return of the jedi cds and they are all the greatest cds of all time! thanks john williams and george lucas!

5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!!!
This four-CD set is totally awesome, if there are some pieces missing, who cares. I love the Trilogy and this four-CD set and listen to it just about everyday. In March of 2002, I was going to get the Star Wars, A New Hope soundtrack at a local music store, then I saw this sitting on the shelf and picked this up, I'm glad I did. I love all 4 of the CDs. This anthology, as far as I'm concerned, is one of the best CD sets for the films I have ever seen. That's the reason for the 5-star rating I give it.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
I saw the original star wars movie when it first came out in theaters in the 70's. At that time... there had never been anything like it, in terms of special effects. When that first ship came across the screen and looked miles long...it took your breath away and my jaw just dropped.

Special effects have gotten so much more sophisticated and by todays standards the original Star Wars probably aren't even up to par with some TV shows. I will watch the original movie from time to time to try and capture that *breath catching* feeling but I can't anymore..I am too used to complex and eye-popping effects.

The drama and sheer *SIZE* of the movie is, however, captured in the music. While the movie has aged a bit the music still shines and brings me back to the magic and feeling I had when I first saw it. It's quite remarkable actually. I can watch the movie and think "gee, thats not all that impressive, what was I thinking?" but when I listening to the music... I can feel what I felt when I saw it.

It's a very worthy CD. Remarkable all on it's own and as a memory of a time when Star Wars was *the* cutting edge. ... Read more


14. John Williams Conducts Music From The Star Wars Trilogy
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I love this cd! In fact, I like it so much that I'm buying a second copy to replace the one that was scratched in my step-dad's car stereo/cd player. While most of the music is from the Star Wars Trilogy, there are also songs from ET, Superman, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys Star Wars, or even just great instrumental music. The Boston Pops Orchestra does a fabulous job with the music of John Williams!

5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful
*I thought this is a great album

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best
This CD was just what I was looking for. I've owned the Original Soundtrack Recordings of the Star Wars Films for many years but I realized that often the concert arrangments and performances are of a better quality than the originals. In any case, this CD is a great collection of not only Star Wars music but also includes other classic Williams movie themes such as Superman, ET, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Superb!

5-0 out of 5 stars It was a great cd, well it still is!
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15. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back [Original Soundtrack]
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16. Holst: The Planets/John Williams: Star Wars/Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra
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5-0 out of 5 stars Out of This World
This is the version of "Star Wars" you want. It has the raucus, almost bawdy victorious power you remember from the movie.

Likewise are the other pieces. Besides being the themes from "Star Wars", "2001: A Space Odyssey", "Close Encounters", there is the classical classic (can I say that?) work, "The Planets" by Holst.

I think the them to 2001 ("Thus Spake Zarathustra") also was the intro the famous Macintosh commerical (1984 Superbowl?).

These are more than pop-culture favorites that happen to be orchestral works. They are sophisticated and poetic, with more than easy melodies sweeping occasionally.

These are the complete suites. You might remember the glorious intro to 2001, but enjoy with this CD the full piece: almost 33 minutes.

The pace and range of the music undulates from serene, almost pastoral quietude to raging, fist in air excitement.

I fully recommend "Holst: The Planets/John Williams: Star Wars/Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra."

Anthony Trendl

4-0 out of 5 stars If you like John Williams soundtracks, you'll love this!
Okay, so the album isn't all John Williams. However, I think the selections to create this album were superb! You get the best of outer space soundtracks with this double CD set!

I should mention that I enjoy this album merely because of the works used to put it together. Some of the interpretations left a bit to be desired (hence, the reason why I give this only four, instead of five, stars). For example, I felt the horn player in "Mars" (the first movement of "The Planets") was too overbearing, rather than subtle (as done in the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal's version, ASN# B0000041S7 -- check out my review of that album). Additionally, I wasn't too crazy about "Cantina Band" in "Star Wars" -- it's not that I don't like the piece (I do!); rather, the fade out by the sound engineer was unnatural and inappropriate for an orchestral work. (C'mon, shouldn't a fine group led by the great Zubin Metha be able to perform a decrescendo ending without any electronic help?)

Criticism aside, let me say that I LOVE this album! Even though I might attack the performance quality, I loved how the works were selected and organized. If you're a fan of sci-fi or action/adventure soundtracks, you'll thoroughly enjoy what you hear!

4-0 out of 5 stars You gotta love it! Perfect for the Sci-Fi fan.
This is a great CD for the Sci-Fi fan. It has all of the music that you could want. It has the classic "Star Wars Suite" from " Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope," but it also includes the "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" suite from Lucas' director buddy, Steven Spielberg.

The compilers got another bull's-eye by including Holst's "The Planets," which is the source for the themes of Star Wars. For example, play "Mars," then listen to the themes associated with the Empire. Or play "Venus" and compare that to "Princess Leia's Theme." And the similarities between "Mercury" and "The Little People" are too obvious to state.

"The Cantina Theme" is strong, except for the bridge. In the original recording there were steel drums that are conspicuously absent.

For some reason, the entire "Also Sprach Zarathustra" was included on the CD. The introduction was made famous by "2001: A Space Odyssey," but the rest of the opus has been forgotten. I think they just had extra space on the CD, so they included the rest of the composition. Whatever reason, we are better for hearing all of the music that was based on Nietzsche's philosophical book of the same name.

The recording is clear and sharp, and I have had no technical problems with the CD skipping. The cover-art has some of those unusual pictures from the Hubble Telescope that gives the entire product that sense of otherness we all crave.

5-0 out of 5 stars For fans of Classical Music and Film Scores
Being a "fan" of classical music as well as a collector of good sci fi film scores, I immediately picked up this double CD even if I was short on cash. Although I have become used to my own favorite interpretations of these selections( like Andre Previn for the Zarathustra, Gardiner for The Planets, and John Williams or Charles Gerhardt for Star Wars)this album made me hear other parts of these works that I had not liked, or listened well before. This should be a collectors piece. Worth the price for any of the pieces.

5-0 out of 5 stars Into Deep Space With Mehta And The L.A. Philharmonic
One of the best double-CD sets in classical music is this superlative reissue of top-notch performances of space-related music by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the conductor who put it into world-class status, Zubin Mehta.

On Disc One, we get the orchestra's epic 1971 recording of Gustav Holst's celebrated suite "The Planets." In terms of the recording and performance, this has to rank as one of the greatest recordings this piece has ever had, right alongside Ormandy's equally vibrant 1975 RCA recording. The women's voices of the Los Angeles Master Chorale in "Neptune" are appropriately haunting and interstellar. This is followed by the orchestra and the chorale in a 13-minute arrangement of themes from the 1977 Steven Spielberg sci-fi classic CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND by John Williams, and it is something to behold.

Disc 2 opens up with the celebrated "Dawn" sequence that opens up Richard Strauss' celebrated tone poem "Also Sprach Zarathustra"--the music that became well known worldwide in 1968 thanks to director Stanley Kubrick's cagey use of it in his classic sci-fi epic 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Mehta and the orchestra recorded Strauss' 34 minute tone poem shortly after "2001" was released, and they came up with a version that arguably surpasses the 1954 Reiner/Chicago version that so often grabs the glory. The disc concludes with more John Williams, this time a symphonic suite of themes from STAR WARS, dating like CLOSE ENCOUNTERS from 1977. This ultra-familiar music is excellently performed and recorded.

Mehta and the L.A. Philharmonic made a great deal of fine recordings, and the four works featured on this double-disc set are proof of that. This is a two-fer that is not to be missed. ... Read more


17. Christmas In The Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album
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5-0 out of 5 stars Childhood Christmas
I used to play this album on my dad's record player over and over from mid November until Christmas. I still know almost every word by heart and I'm 30 years old! When I saw that it was out on CD I had to have it. I cannot wait to play it for my kids! You don't even have to like Star Wars to enjoy this classic Christmas album.

5-0 out of 5 stars I agree it's great fun
20 years ago this October I had my appendix removed and missed the opportunity of a life time. My choir classmates went to NYC to record what would be the final song on this album,The Meaning of Christmas. We were written about in the newspapers and had a spread in the yearbook. Some of us still have the sheet music and the album posters obtained from the local music stores. Many of us purchased the album for ourselves and for family members as gifts that year. Since then not too many outsiders have believed us when we tell them that we sang on a professional/commercial album. Now that it is on cd we can share it with our own children and relive a wonderful high school memory. No longer do our new friends stare in disbelief. They actually find themselves enjoying some of the songs. It is still difficult for me to listen to our song but my children and I are often seen at red lights singing What can you get a wookie for Christmas. I hope many more people will take the opportunity to enjoy this album. It's a must have for Star Wars fans or any one with young children.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay far, far away
This is obviously a quickly made album that attempted to cash in on the popularity of Star Wars. Unfortunately, it stars one of the least entertaining characters from the movie. Imagine if C3PO had been the main character - the movie could have been as bad as this music. It was so bad that it went out of print on vinyl, only to be resurrected on CD by Rhino Records, and then go out of print again. The fact that it is hard to find makes collectors willing to pay 2 or 3 times the price of a normal CD to get it. The presence of Jon Bon Jovi (then known as John Bongiovi) will add to the value for other collectors. But the sad truth is, it is hardly worth the price of one CD. The songs are idiotic; full of bad droid and wookie references, and teeming with awkwardly forced rhymes. The song called "Sleigh Ride" is sung to the tune of the holiday standard, but with new lyrics featuring C3PO teaching R2D2 how to sing. Worst of all is the last song "The Meaning of Christmas", which of course is not about the real meaning of Christmas, but rather just some syrupy schlock that drags on for over eight minutes!

1-0 out of 5 stars you won't believe this...
But it's true-- bon jovi is the vocalist on this--- check it out on allmusic.com. now if that doesn't tell you how bad this is, nothing will. PLEASE keep this out of stock AND out of print.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best!
This album is wonderful! I know the people who did background vocals. The music is fun, a great family album! ... Read more


18. Star Wars
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19. Star Wars: Figrin d'An & Model Nodes
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5-0 out of 5 stars TVCO Orcestra Member
The cantina band is my favorite music of the star wars univers. It is the most memorable music on the movie and the cd's. It's upbeat, and makes you feel happy. I think that John Williams did an awsome job creating an "alien style" jazz! If you have a chance to buy it don't hesitate! You will Not be disapointed! I hope that in the next Star Wars movies that John Williams creates more of that similar style of music.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE GREATEST STAR WARS SONG EVER!!!
Buy this CD! It is one of John Williams classic songs,and one of my favorites.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic Star Wars song!
People hear this and think of Star Wars...including me! hats off to John Williams....I LOVE THIS SONG!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars In the Star Wars universe, it's heard all over the galaxy!
If you were Han Solo crusing all over the galaxy with Chewie, you'd hear this music everywhere! From Tattooine to Coroscant, the Bith band Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes ROCK!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars It's not only the music you hear, but the music Luke hears.
John Williams captured our imaginations with the music that surrounds the Star Wars universe, but on this CD he brings us a little closer to our heros as we listen to the same music they hear in the Mos Eisley Cantina. I love this stuff! ... Read more


20. Star Wars: Cocktails In The Cantina
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5-0 out of 5 stars John Williams loves this...
Every serious composer knows that spoofs of his/her music is the ultimate compliment. Well, John Williams is being heavily complimented here. The Evil Genius Orchestra has taken the best of the Star Wars themes and turned them into brilliant lounge music.

Jazz fans will love it. Serious Star Wars fans may love it or hate it, depending upon whether or not they have real lives... Marimba players, including yours truly, will adore it.

John Williams likes it, and he's the composer, so that tells me it's ok to kick back, relax with your favorite libation, and simply enjoy some tongue in cheek, but brilliant orchestrations. And Bill Murray's "vocals" from Saturday Night Live just might even fit in, too, after a few drinks.

This is pure musical play. Enjoy it for what it is -- fun.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Star Wars movies are fun and so is this recording.
This is definately a tongue-in-cheek CD. I am a long time fan of John Williams and have some of his soundtracks from the early 60's. Some of these arrangements sound like they could fit in in those scores. He did after all start out as a jazz pianist and wrote early scores that were jazz/lounge in flavor. As a composer he is not a snob about his own music and I think he would enjoy this cd. All you have to do is remember some of his Boston Pops shows. Some of the music he arranged for the show was very tongue-in-cheek just like on this cd. Have fun with this one!

1-0 out of 5 stars One star is generous!
I like lounge jazz. I like Star Wars tunes. I DON'T like this! This disk is musak, at best. The only thing that may (MAY) have been able to drag this CD out of a pile of steaming tauntaun innards, would have been the inclusion of Bill Murray's satirical SNL performance. I would, however, recommend the downplayed version of the cantina band to anyone who suffers from insomnia. And the porn star .... Why? Is that supposed to be a subtle selling point to all the sci-fi geeks (myself included) who theoretically don't have a chance of ever getting (adorned with a necklace of Hawaiian flowers)?

3-0 out of 5 stars So-so loungecore reinterpretations of Star Wars themes
Actually, I bought this CD just for the cover & insert shots of adult film goddess Jasmine St. Claire. The music's ok too, but not that great.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hangin' in the lounge with Han 'n' Chewie
Sheesh... first disco, then jazz, then techno-dance, and now this. The musical score of the 'Star Wars' trilogy has been re-worked into so many different musical genres it's ridiculous. 'Cocktails In The Cantina' features the umpteenth 'update' of John Williams' watermark scores, this time in the genre of big-band/swing cocktail lounge tracks. Still, if ever there was a good way for a Gen-X Star Wars fanboy to find a common ground with granny & gramps, this collection of soundtrack conversions just might be the thing you need to help bridge that pesky generation gap! Of course, you might wanna hide the liner notes featuring pics of porn queen Jasmin St. Claire, especially if you wish to avoid explaining her 'day job', should they start askin' too many questiions...

But, back to the subject. I found 'Cocktails' to be a surprisingly enjoyable listen. The Evil Genius Orchestra's renditions sounded like they'd fit right in as part of the atmosphere in those classic 40s & 50s detective flick scenes that take place at the local mob-front nightclub! One listen to the revamped 'Darth Vader's Theme' or the 'Throne Room' & 'End Title', and I was gettin' ready to cut a rug with the best of 'em! There're also a few laid-back tunes to slow-dance or just plain mellow out to, including an amazingly downbeat 'Cantina Band' number, and the gentle 'Yoda's Theme'. All in all, this collection is a beautifully balanced combo of fast and slow tunes, which can be enjoyed by both 'Star Wars' fans and cocktail tune aficionados alike!

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