|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|
See all 13 tracks on this disc
|1. Princess Leia's Theme|
|2. The Millennium Falcon/Imperial Cruiser Pursuit|
|3. Destruction of Alderaan|
|4. The Death Star/The Stormtroopers|
|5. Wookie 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 Fighter Attack|
|10. The Battle of Yavin|
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Even the design of the discs is fun - the round discs are overprinted with a graphic of the Death Star on them; were I still a kid (I was 12 years old when Star Wars first came out), I would be thrilled (and I must confess, that small part of me does still enjoy this quite a bit).
Unlike the tape and record albums of old, this is in fact the complete score of the film, done in the order in which it plays on the film. The classic pieces are still there with force - the gigantic orchestral crash as an opener, the heavy brass fanfare trumpeting major events, the timpani and low tones giving ominous emotional feel to events, all is still here in glorious remastering.
This disc includes the Twentieth Century Fox fanfare, a piece that made its debut in the 1930s but is still considered an important prelude to the Star Wars experience - the gap in the sound between the Fox Fanfare and the opening crash of the main title theme is one with great anticipation. There is also a 'main title archive' on this disc, in which all five recorded takes of the theme are presented.
One thing that I credit this music for is helping me to appreciate the emotive power of orchestral music at an early age.Read more ›
A long time ago...
Movie music has a grand and glorious tradition that goes back a long way. But just as George Lucas pretty much single-handedly brought back science fiction films, John Williams pretty much did the same thing with symphonic scores. In the 70s everyone was moving away from classical style scores in favor of the rock n' roll soundtracks and such. But that's not what George wanted. He wanted classical music (ala 2001:A Space Oddessy). Thank GOODNESS Speilburg talked him out of it.
It is a period of civil war...
The grand and glorious sweeping epic (and I am NOT exaggerating) score is greatly helped by the use of a technique Wagner liked to use. Every person in our story has their own theme, and that theme comes back again and again in differnet ways throughout the film (sadly, bravely, tenderly) to give emphasis to key moments. The effect works tremendously. John Williams has always been fond of using drums and brass sounds (horns and such) for dramatic effect, and it suits the FEEL of Star Wars perfectly.
Before I was but the learner...
Some have argued, and perhaps justly so, that Williams stole a lot of his technique from earlier film composers and classical composers. Certainly, the influence greats like Rosa (of Ben Hur fame) cannot be denied.