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Star Wars: A New Hope [Soundtrack, Special Edition, Original recording remastered]

London Symphony Orchestra, Star Wars (Related Recordings), John Williams (Composer) Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: John Williams
  • Composer: John Williams
  • Audio CD (10 Mar 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack, Special Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003G8X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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
Disc: 2
1. Princess Leia's Theme
2. The Millennium Falcon/Imperial Cruiser Pursuit
3. Destruction Of Alderaan
4. The Death Star/The Stormtroopers
5. Wookiee 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 (Launch From The Fourth Moon/X-Wings Draw Fire/Use The Force)
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Product Description

John Williams's music for Star Wars looks back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, particularly to the sweeping grandeur of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's The Sea Hawk and The Adventures of Robin Hood. Korngold, himself an opera composer, drew upon the Wagnerian leitmotif technique of assigning a melody to each important character, and Williams followed this approach, creating a series of memorable themes developed throughout all the Star Wars movies, including The Phantom Menace. The result is a vast, surprisingly unified tapestry of music, a veritable space-operatic Ring cycle for our times. This rich, glittering, boldly orchestrated music is filled with rousing action, wistful reflective passages and moments of playful humour (including some witty retro-alien jazz for the Mos Eisley cantina band). Epic in scope and wearing it's romantic heart on its sleeve, Williams's music is a galaxy far, far away from the ecstatic, modernistic score he produced the same year for Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Although various Star Wars albums have long been available, this double-disc Special Edition at last presents the entire score in original running order. The performance of the London Symphony Orchestra is superb, and the remastered sound a significant improvement on previous issues. In 1977 Star Wars heralded a revival of traditional orchestral scoring which continues today, paving the way for such composers as David Arnold, Bruce Broughton, Patrick Doyle, James Horner and many more. This is the definitive presentation of perhaps the pivotal score in all film history, and an essential part of any collection. --Gary S. Dalkin

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The mastery of John Williams and the LSO 11 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
Music has a way of entering your soul and making an impression. Sometimes that impression lasts no longer than a breath, but then again a lot of film music is like that and easily forgotten.
Then along comes the Master, John Williams.He puts pen to paper and taps into a music of such beauty and majesty, that your heart misses a beat, and you are transported into a new world, a new dimension.
I have never before heard music that is so complete, unique and utterly believable. Every emotion is brought to it's knees and helped up with the aid of the wonderous orchestration of the great Herbert Spencer and the playing of London Symphony Orchestra which defies description. Listen out to the superb leader of the brass section, the totally brilliant trumpeter Maurice Murphy-he will literally take your breath away.
The music of the follwing movies again and again provide evidence that history was being re-written when these scores were being played, recorded and produced.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Well, what can I say except 'WOW'? We all know how great the intro is to Star Wars but when you listen to this CD you can feel the whole emotion of the film...the anticipation as Luke races to see Uncle Owen, the impending doom as Vader appears, and the sad loss of Alderaan. However, once you get to the latter half of CD 2 then you get to the real crux of the film. John Williams just keeps on lashing out great tunes with great drums, giving the amazing sense of excitement. The final moments before the Death Star's destruction are great as John Williams gets the drums pounding as well as your heart. All in all, I recommend this to any lover of classical music, any Star Wars fan and anyone with an open mind for music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic cinema sounds 28 Sep 2005
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those discs that has had a long life in my house - I first had the soundtrack of Star Wars on cassette tape, then when that broke (from being overplayed), I got the vinyl version (so I could re-record the tracks in a better order). When that record set got worn and poppy, I got the CD, and then when this special edition came out, I got it too. So, I guess one could say that this is a perennial favourite.
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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinema at its best - with music to match! 29 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
Listening to this soundtrack - feels like watching the film, from the opening credits to the tie-fighters attacking the falcon to the death of obi-wan. You simply don't get the same feeling listening to any other soundtrack (maybe because of my mis-spent youth?). Fantastic, iconic, seminal, legendary, universally recognised, i could go on at length - but i think you get the picture. This album really doesn't need reviews anyway, if you've seen the film and liked it and you are looking at this page you'd be mad not to get this (and the other 2 in this trilogy).
Simply the best!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A chance to hear the Mos Eisley Cantina Band! 22 Jun 2003
By "emros"
Format:Audio CD
I have been a Star Wars fan since I was a kid.I am 13 now but I still continue to buy & collect books,toys,video games,and of course;audio CD sountrack's.A few months ago I was watching "Star Wars:A New Hope" and I thought to myself,"Why don't I buy the the soundtrack?!".I knew it would be difficult to find,since it is very old.Then I thought amazon could help me out.I found the all 3 films CD's on the UK website,and ordered the first film's soundtrack from the original trilogy.The music is so nice and perfect,you could listen to both of the CD's without stopping.And when I listen to it,the first 2 songs I listen to are the Mos Eisley Cantina Band's songs.They are so nice,so perfect you can almost imagine sitting in the Mos Eisley Cantine having a drink or two,hearing Star Wars creatures talking to each other.If you're not a fan of Star Wars,it's your choice.But if you are fan or a geek of Star Wars,GET THIS CD NOW!!!!!!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film needs great music 8 Jan 2003
By Mr Gary E Whorwood VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
One of the best things about listening to a great movie soundtrack like this is that it reminds you what an important part music can play in the success of a movie. Can you imagine Star Wars without John Williams' stirring themes? The reverse also applies, as it is impossible to listen to this CD without reliving the excitement of the movie itself.
I have also found that this CD has helped me to understand how movie music is put together. It becomes clear that Williams has created a number of 'themes' (such as Luke's Theme and Leia's Theme) which he then revisits in various forms throughout the film helping to invoke the appropriate emotions from us. It's all really quite clever.
Overall, this CD makes for excellent listening for anybody when you feel like some stirring classical style music. Of course, it goes without saying that for Star Wars fans, in particular, this CD is essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Used for university essay
Very helpful for the essay together with the music CD. Received a reasonable mark, will pass it on to my grandchildren
Published 8 months ago by Mr. John A. W. Steers
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Buy!
An absolutley brilliant album in good to excellent condition, was dispatched quickly and posted reasonably quick. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Joel Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars star wars-a new new hope.
What more can be added that has not already been said about this score.John Williams created one of the most famous symphony soundtracks with this score. Read more
Published 12 months ago by andy wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Star wars
I bought the soundtrack to utilise on my daughters 6th birthday party, as she is Star Wars mad.

It really adds to the experience of eating chewbocca burgers and drinking... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Alun
3.0 out of 5 stars Remains in packaging
I can't really comment - purchased for my daughter but she hasn't opened it. I'm sure it will be very good - but in these days of downloads I guess she doesn't need the CD -... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Wendy Bellingham
Anyone who has ever seen the 1977 film classic STAR WARS will immediately recall the equally famous musical score by JOHN WILLIAMS. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Napoleon
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack
This is a great soundtrack and a must for Star Wars fans and music fans. I like to listen to this as it evokes memories of the movie, which is one of my all time favourite movies.
Published 16 months ago by Mark J Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Purchased for 2 Star Wars mad boys age 7 & 4. Already very popular! The boys like to guess the scene against the music. Great fun!
Published on 2 Aug 2012 by Little Nic
3.0 out of 5 stars Part of the legend
Star Wars is one of those movies that without the music, or with a less impressive score would probably not have been such a success that has made it a legen. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2010 by Ivon of Windermere
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Hope!!!
Looking for a track or 2 from this amazing, timeless film, and this delivery absolutely fantastic, ticks all boxes. Recommended seller :-)
Published on 10 Oct 2010 by Mr. R. T. Cook
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