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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace [Soundtrack]

John Williams Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Fox Fanfare
2. Star Wars Main Title
3. Boarding The Federation Battleship
4. Death Warrant For Qui-Gon And Obi-Wan
5. Fighting The Destroyer Droids
6. Queen Amidala Warns The Federation
7. The Droid Invasion
8. Swimming To Otoh Gunga
9. Inside The Bubble City
10. Attack Of The Giant Fish
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Disc: 2
1. Anakin Is Free
2. Qui-Gon And Darth Maul Meet
3. Anakin And Group To Coruscant
4. The Queen And Palpatine
5. High Council Meeting
6. The Senate
7. Anakin's Test
8. Qui-Gon's Mission/Obi-Wan's Warning
9. Nute And Rune Confer With Darth Sidious
10. The Queen And Her Group Land On Naboo
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Obscured by the familiar grandeur of John Williams's score for Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace was the sheer volume of the composer's prodigious musical efforts. Not only did Williams expand on the original Star Wars trilogy's musical language with a whole new range of modern classical inspirations, but his efforts also produced more than two hours of seamless symphonic foundation for the galactic epic, enough wall-to-wall music to power three less ambitious films. This impressively packaged double-disc set offers Williams's complete Episode 1 score for the first time. It's a worthy tribute to the scoring legend's mastery of tone, dynamics, and nuance--a virtual musical tone poem that imparts much of the film's dramaturgy. Divorced from the bombastic visual assault of state-of-the-art digital effects, one is struck by the composition's emotional resonance. It's the small, quiet moments that give the story its subtle, crucial humanity; it's hard to imagine a film conceit so outlandish functioning without it. The Ultimate Edition includes a bonus track of the stirring choral centerpiece, "Duel of the Fates," with an overlaid dialogue montage, as well as a photo-rich booklet that illustrates each of the film's key scenes and musical cues. --Jerry McCulley

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Let no Star Wars fan go home disappointed-this 2-CD soundtrack set brings you every note John Williams composed for one of the most anticipated films in recent history, from the opening fanfare to the last end credit! All 68 tracks are in order as heard in the film, two bonus tracks (with sound effects and dialogue) are included and more than 60 photos grace the pages of the 60-page booklet. A collector's dream!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great music, few complaints April 2 2004
By Adam
Format:Audio CD
As with all of the "Star Wars" soundtracks, this score is excellent. And in the case of "The Phantom Menace", at least for me, more enjoyable to listen to than watching the actual movie it's from.
In any case, I would've liked to see the version of "Duel of the Fates" from the other soundtrack on this album as well. Since this is one of the best pieces, it'd be nice to have it on here in a form which isn't broken up the way it is in the movie.
Also, I can't quite figure out why it was decided to differ the way the music was put onto this compilation from the deluxe soundtracks for the first 3 movies. Not that I particularly mind it being arranged exactly as it was in the movie, however I found the organization on the previous deluxe soundtracks somewhat more efficient.
Other than that, the only other thing I'd really want on it is the THX sound effect. It has the 20th Century Fox fanfare, why not the THX as well?
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If you have a soft spot in your heart for the music from the overly-maligned Episode I, this is the CD set you want. I've owned both CDs, but this terrific set blows the other out of the water. It makes me wish more record companies put out these kinds of sets.
That said, we've got the definitive soundtracks for Episodes I, IV, V and VI. So where's Episode II? Come on, Sony!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jan. 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack was very well done. The music was flawlessly transferred to the disk. This includes ALL of the music from the movie as well as the music video version of "Duel of the Fates." A definite must-have for any fan of Williams or Star Wars.
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