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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back [Collector's Edition, Import, Soundtrack]

John Williams Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Twentieth Century-Fox Fanfare - John Williams, Williams, John [Fil
2. Main Title / - John Williams, Williams, John [Fil
3. The Wampa's Lair/Vision Of Obi-Wan/Snowspeeder
4. The Imperial Probe/Aboard The Executor
5. The Battle of Hoth
6. The Asteroid Field
7. Arrival on Dagobah
8. Luke's Nocturnal Visitor
9. Han Solo and The Princess
10. Jedi Master Revealed/Mynock Cave
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Disc: 2
1. The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)
2. Yoda's Theme
3. Attacking a Star Destroyer
4. Yoda and The Force
5. Imperial Starfleet Deployed/City In The Clouds
6. Lando's Palace
7. Betrayal at Bespin
8. Deal With the Dark Lord
9. Carbon Freeze/Darth Vader's Trap/Departure
10. The Clash of Lightsabers
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Product Description

Re-release of the Star Wars soundtracks to take place on same day as Lucasfilm launches the original Star Wars Trilogy on DVD. With a 30 million dollar advertising campaign, this is going to be a monumental event! All 3 CD packages will include never-before seen photos as collectable fold-out movie posters. Special slipcase housing all three titles also available with exclusive 3D lenticular front card of key art. CDs will include special CD extra screen saver featuring exclusive Star Wars images. CD features all new cover art - same key art featured on DVD release.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A SLIGHT CAUTION Jan. 19 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First off let me say I love the original Star Wars Trilogy to death and it is easily the greatest movie trilogy ever..hands down. We won't get into the embarrassment of the prequels and all that here. The iconic soundtrack is an integral part of the movies just as the movies are integral parts of our culture. John Williams, the creator of the soundtrack, is the MAN. So why three stars?

Somehow the original releases of the soundtrack were fairly straightforward and they fit a very limited number of highlights on them.
Usually special or deluxe editions are great to have for all the xtra material..but they can fall into the trap of redundancy or too much filler. On these 2 disc special edition versions, you are hearing the soundtrack almost as if you are watching the ENTIRE movie with no screen. With the visual action going on during the movie, the music blends perfectly When there are no visuals the music starts to get tedious..yes tedious. Maybe it's just me and my short attention span, but you start hearing the same motifs OVER and OVER again. In this case here with Empire Strikes Back you are not hearing twenty three 100% different tracks..some tracks revisit what has gone before..with variations. Another thing is if you look around on the web you will hear some people say there were some mixing problems with these special editions...ie left and right channels switched at certain parts where it should have been the other way around. This can seem detrimental...but to me I just heard the music as a whole and it was good in those terms..but some people might not like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music complete in every way! Dec 14 2013
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Every note from John Williams' original score is included in this two-disc set. I had bought this originally in 1997 and over the years managed to lose disc one. Now that I have replaced it, I can't imagine going that long without it. This soundtrack is stellar, and the mysterious pieces relating to the more esoteric aspects of the Star Wars mythology play a strong role. An excellent addition to any pops/ classical collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tremendously better sequel and equally great soundtrack! July 13 2005
By P. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Empire is my favorite Star Wars film, I'll say that now. I think the deeply emotional stories behind each character are gripping and beautifully shown. The soundtrack meets every expectation and blows you away. Each track holds unique and beautiful themes. The love story is brought into music without a flaw, the romance spread clearly through the music.

Along with the original theme for the empire (which is on disc 2 as (#1) The Imperial March and in many other tracks) and the theme generally associated with Luke (which also accompanies Obi Wan in many tracks), we see the introduction of new characters and new themes.

Track 2 on Disc 2 is Yoda's theme, a sweeping and graceful piece which acurately portrays the aging and brilliant Jedi Master through John Williams's genius. In many instances, we also see Luke's theme underwritten into this music as he learns new skills.

My favorite by far is the addition of the love theme for Han and Leia, which is written in various forms into most of the tracks (Premiring fully in Track 9 Han Solo and the Princess onm disc 1). It is a sweeping, emotional theme that touches anyone very deeply. On disc 1, track 5 The Battle of Hoth shows this them clearly near the end, as well as most of the scenes on Bespin on disc one.

We also see a collection of most of the old themes and most new ones when the characters reach Bespin, the love theme, Luke's theme, and one to fit the city itself.

The culmination of these make for a sweeping, enchanting finale where Lando and Chewie leave Luke and Leia behind.

Some of the best tracks include:

Disc 1 - Track 5 - The Battle of Hoth

Disc 1 - Track 6 - The Asteroid Field

Disc 1 - Track 9 - Han Solo and the Princess

Essentially all of Disc 2

Any fan of John Williams or Star Wars should absolutely love this soundtrack!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally the full soundtrack! Oct. 23 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I purchased the previous edition of this item, so I don't have the swingin' new artwork, but the proof of this pudding is in the listening (?) and this is what every Star Wars fan worth his/her lightsabre should have in their collection. I have the original LP release, so listening to this version is still odd, since it's EXACTLY what was in the movie, and in the correct order. It does retain the original LP's suite pieces, The Imperial March [Darth Vader's Theme] and Yoda's Theme, without which this otherwise great collection would be incomplete. If you've never heard the full soundtrack (shame on you!) or you're a new fan or introducing someone too young to have ever heard the soundtrack before, you owe it to yourself (and others) to pick this up TODAY.

Don't be surprised if you find yourself hunting down all of the other John Williams soundtracks! I grew up listening to this, the original Star Wars soundtrack, Jaws, Raiders, Close Encounters, et al. And since nearly all of them are now available in expanded editions on CD, even old-timers like me have good reasons to get 'em all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best film in the Star Wars trilogy is also the best soundtrack in the trilogy Sept. 10 2005
By Joseph Tidline - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been a Star Wars fan since the original Star Wars was released back in 1977 and was still called Star Wars and not Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. But I became a dedicated fan in 1980 when The Empire Strikes Back was released. Not only is it the best film of all six Star Wars films, but it also the best soundtrack in, dare I say it, film history. John Williams is a musical genius who can produce so many emotions with his music. And with The Empire Strikes Back he is able to express sadness, anger, loss, love, fear and tragedy with some great pieces of music. My favorite piece on this soundtrack is The Imperial March. The moment I heard that piece of music chills went down my spine. Every time I hear that piece of music I expect to see Darth Vader march down the hall. It is a strong piece of music along with the other tracks on this two CD set. This is a great addition to a CD collection along with the other Star Wars soundtracks. But if you had to buy only one, then The Empire Strikes Back is the Star Wars soundtrack to own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Williams does it again... May 3 2005
By keyblader4life - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Wow. I have neve never been moved by such a series of soundtracks as I have been with the Star Wars trilogy. The Empire Strikes Back solidifies itself among the greatest soundtracks of all time (basically with the other Star Wars soundtracks, :-). From the always enchanting adventure theme of the Main Title, to those fast moving chase themes like The Asteroid Field and Jedi Master Revealed/Mynock Cave, to the powerful fight song The Clash of Lightsabers, this soundtrack conveys the magic and emotion of the movie and does it well. You know you have a good soundtrack when you can listen to it and play the movie scenes the songs are played through and still feel the emotion you have when actually viewing them. A keeper for lovers of Star Wars and those who just want to hear John Williams at his best.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Score! Easily in the Top Ten May 18 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For the second installment of the Star Wars Trilogy, John Williams decided to build upon the themes he established in the first movie. For this score Williams wrote two of his most recognizable themes in cinema history: The Imperial March & the love theme Han Solo & the Princess. What makes this score so unique is that Williams' score shows a remarkable change in style. He still wrote in themes, but his maturity is much higher than it was with A New Hope. This is especially evident in Yoda's theme, where Williams takes the Jedi theme and transforms it to almost personify the aged Jedi Master. Also, Williams had to cover a wide variety of actions including a battle, a space chase, training of a Jedi, torture, and a lightsaber duel among other things. Williams is able to capture the fun, humor, angiush and tragedy of the best Star Wars movie ever made.
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