Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope CD (2004)

Artist: John Williams

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Specifications

Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 63644855
UPC 827969295021
UPC 14 00827969295021
Format CD
Release Date 9/21/2004
Sales Rank 1686
Links
Author John Williams
Compilation Appearance Schindler's List
Compilation Appearance Scores
Compilation Appearance Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Compilation Appearance Fiddler On The Roof (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Cinema Serenade 2
Compilation Appearance The Music Of DC Comics:75th Anniversary Collection
Compilation Appearance Jurassic Park
Compilation Appearance Green Album
Compilation Appearance Yo-Yo Ma Plays Music Of John Williams
Technical Info
Engineer Eric Tomlinson
Producer George Lucas
CatalogID 92950
Lable Name Sony Music Distribution (USA)
Released 09/21/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00827969295021
Album Notes and Credits
This Special Edition 1997 reissue of STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE is a remastered and edited version of the original STAR WARS film soundtrack. It includes a 31 page booklet and newly-discovered outtakes and alternate versions of the main title.
Original score written and conducted by John Williams.
Recorded at Anvil Studios, Denham, England on March 5-16, 1977. Includes liner notes by Michael Matessino.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE includes a full color 24-page storybook.
Personnel: Anthony Daniels (C-3PO); Roy Dotrice (Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi); Joshua Fardon (Luke Skywalker); Charles Howerton (Uncle Owen); Perry King (Han Solo); Pat Parris (Princess Leia); Brock Peters (Darth Vader); Chuck Riley (narrator).
Music composed by John Williams.
This Special Edition 1997 reissue of STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE is a remastered and edited version of the original STAR WARS film soundtrack. It includes a 31 page booklet and newly-discovered outtakes and alternate versions of the main title.
Original score written and conducted by John Williams.
Recorded at Anvil Studios, Denham, England on March 5-16, 1977. Includes liner notes by Michael Matessino.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Composer: John Williams .
One of the greatest aspects of the original STAR WARS trilogy is John Williams's score. "Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner" is the opening theme to EPISODE 4: A NEW HOPE, and it begins with an unmistakable, powerful brass fanfare. As the piece develops, Williams introduces many of the leitmotifs that he will use later in the picture. This exciting overture foreshadows the galactic struggle that will take place and anticipates the triumph of the tale's heroes (Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and their comrades).
"The Imperial Attack" focuses on the power of the "Dark Side." Wagnerian brass figures bring both fervor and weight to this track. This music is truly menacing, and it effectively portends the wrath of Darth Vader. As the piece intensifies, the timpanist plays a steady series of blows, suggesting the Imperial pounding of rebel forces. "Cantina Band" is a much lighter piece, and this jovial Dixieland-in-space tune adds comic relief to the otherwise dense score. "Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force" is a mysterious work that features Ravel-like swirling violins, distant harp glissandos, and the delicate wash of a celeste. The London Symphony Orchestra performs all of this music exquisitely, and, led by composer and conductor Williams, they give this cinematic classic a resoundingly memorable musical personality.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (3/6/97, p.72) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Williams not only enhanced the film but embodied its spirit. The music for STAR WARS moved beyond the film....what Williams does best is make the big melody, and with STAR WARS, an entire generation learned it..."
Rolling Stone (3/6/97, p.72) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Williams not only enhanced the film but embodied its spirit. The music for STAR WARS moved beyond the film....what Williams does best is make the big melody, and with STAR WARS, an entire generation learned it..."
Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.32) - Ranked #26 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...Only the best-known film music of the last 25 years..."
Disc 1
1 20th Century Fox Fanfare,Princess Leia's Theme
2 Main Title / Blockade Runner ,The Millennium Falcon / Imperial Cruiser Pursuit
3 Imperial Attack,Destruction Of Alderaan
4 The Dune Sea Of Tatooine / Jawa Sandcrawler,The Death Star / Storm Troopers
5 Moisture Farm, The,Wookie Prisoner / Detention Block Ambush
6 The Hologram / Binary Sunset,Shoot Out In The Cell Bay / Dianoga
7 Landspeeder Search / Attack Of The Sand People ,Trash Compactor, The
8 Tales Of A Jedi Knight / Learn About The Force ,The Tractor Beam / Chasm Crossfire
9 Burning Homestead,Ben Kenobi's Death / Tie Fighter Attack
10 Mos Eisley Spaceport,Battle Of Yavin, The
11 Cantina Band,The Throne Room / End Title
12 Cantina Band #2
13 Archival Bonus Track: Binary Sunset - (alternate take)
Disc 2
1 20th Century Fox Fanfare,Princess Leia's Theme
2 Main Title / Blockade Runner ,The Millennium Falcon / Imperial Cruiser Pursuit
3 Imperial Attack,Destruction Of Alderaan
4 The Dune Sea Of Tatooine / Jawa Sandcrawler,The Death Star / Storm Troopers
5 Moisture Farm, The,Wookie Prisoner / Detention Block Ambush
6 The Hologram / Binary Sunset,Shoot Out In The Cell Bay / Dianoga
7 Landspeeder Search / Attack Of The Sand People ,Trash Compactor, The
8 Tales Of A Jedi Knight / Learn About The Force ,The Tractor Beam / Chasm Crossfire
9 Burning Homestead,Ben Kenobi's Death / Tie Fighter Attack
10 Mos Eisley Spaceport,Battle Of Yavin, The
11 Cantina Band,The Throne Room / End Title
12 Cantina Band #2
13 Archival Bonus Track: Binary Sunset - (alternate take)
Product Attributes
Artist Williams,John
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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