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John Williams (Film Composer): Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection [Box] *

Track List

>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: Star Wars Main Title and The Arrival at Naboo
>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: Duel of the Fates
>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: Anakin's Theme
>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: Jar Jar's Introduction and The Swim to Otoh Gunga
>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: The Sith Spacecraft and The Droid Battle
>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: The Trip to The Naboo Temple and The Audience with Boss Nass
>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: The Arrival at Tatooine and The Flag Parade
>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: He Is the Chosen One
>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: Anakin Defeats Sebulba
>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: Passage Through the Planet Core
>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: Watto's Deal and Kids at Play
>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: Panaka and the Queen's Protectors
>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: Queen Amidala and The Naboo Palace
>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: The Droid Invasion and The Appearance of Darth Maul
>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: Qui-Gon's Noble End
>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: The High Council Meeting and Qui-Gon's Funeral
>Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: Augie's Great Municipal Band and End Credits
>Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones: Star Wars Main Title and Ambush on Coruscant
>Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones: Across the Stars (Love Theme from Star Wars Episode II)
>Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones: Zam the Assassin and The Chase Through Coruscant
>Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones: Yoda and the Younglings
>Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones: Departing Coruscant
>Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones: Anakin and Padmé
>Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones: Jango's Escape
>Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones: The Meadow Picnic
>Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones: Bounty Hunter's Pursuit
>Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones: Return to Tatooine
>Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones: The Tusken Camp and The Homestead
>Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones: Love Pledge and The Arena
>Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones: Confrontation with Count Dooku and Finale
>Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: Star Wars and the the Revenge of the Sith
>Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: Anakin's Dream
>Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: Battle of the Heroes
>Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: Anakin's Betrayal
>Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: General Grievous
>Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: Palpatine's Teachings
>Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: Grievous and the Droids
>Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: Padmé's Ruminations
>Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: Anakin vs. Obi-Wan
>Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: Anakin's Kark Deeds
>Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: Enter Lord Vader
>Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: The Immolation Scene
>Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: Grievous Speaks to Lord Sidious
>Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: The Birth of the Twins and Padmé's Destiny
>Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: A New Hope and End Credits
>DVD Bonus: Main Title [From Star Wars] [DVD/Video]
>DVD Bonus: Duel of the Fates [From Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace] [DVD Video]
>DVD Bonus: Anakin's Theme [From Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace] [DVD Video]
>DVD Bonus: Across the Stars (Love Theme) [From Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones] [DVD Video]
>DVD Bonus: Battle of the Heroes [From Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith] [DVD Video]
>DVD Bonus: The Imperial March [From Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back] [DVD Video]
>DVD Bonus: The Dune Sea of Tatooine, Jawa Sandcrawler [From Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope] [DVD Video/Medley]
>DVD Bonus: Binary Sunset, Cantina Band [From Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope]; Binary Sunset\ Cantina Band [DVD Video/Medley]
>DVD Bonus: Princess Leia's Theme [From Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope] [DVD Video]
>DVD Bonus: Ben Kenob's Death/Tie Fighter Attack; Ben Kenobi's Death/Tie Fighter Attack
>DVD Bonus: Yoda's Theme [From "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back] [DVD Video]
>DVD Bonus: The Asteroid Field [From Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back] [DVD Video]
>DVD Bonus: Luke and Leia [From Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi] [DVD Video]
>DVD Bonus: The Forest Battle [From Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi] [DVD Video]
>DVD Bonus: Light of the Force [From Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi] [DVD Video]
>DVD Bonus: The Throne Room/End Title; The Throne Room/End Title [DVD Video/Medley]
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: 20th Century Fox Fanfare (Alfred Newman, 1954)
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Imperial Attack
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: The Dune Sea of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler, The
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: The Moisture Farm, The
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: The Hologram/Binary Sunset, The
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Landspeeder Search/Attack of the Sand People
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Burning Homestead
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Mos Eisley Spaceport
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Cantina Band
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Cantina Band #2
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Binary Sunset (Alternate)
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Princess Leia's Theme
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: The Millennium Falcon/Imperial Cruiser Pursuit, The
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Destruction of Alderaan
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: The Death Star/The Stormtroopers, The
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Shootout in the Cell Bay/Dianoga
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: The Trash Compactor, The
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire, The
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: Ben Kenobi's Death/TIE Fighter Attack
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: The Battle of Yavin, The (Launch from the Fourth Moon/ X-Wings Draw Fire/Use the Force)
>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: The Throne Room/End Title, The
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: 20th Century Fox Fanfare (Alfred Newman, 1954)
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: The Wampa's Lair/Vision of Obi-Wan/Snowspeeders Take Flight, The
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: The Imperial Probe/Aboard the Executor, The
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: The Battle of Hoth, The (Ion Cannon/Imperial Walkers/Beneath the AT-AT/Escape in the Millennium Falcon)
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: The Asteroid Field, The
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Arrival on Dagobah
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Luke's Nocturnal Visitor
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Han Solo and the Princess
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Jedi Master Revealed/Mynock Cave
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: The Training of a Jedi Knight/The Magic Tree, The
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: The Imperial March, The (Darth Vader's Theme)
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Yoda's Theme
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Attacking a Star Destroyer
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Yoda and the Force
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Imperial Starfleet Deployed/City in the Clouds
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Lando's Palace
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Betrayal at Bespin
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Deal with Dark Lork
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Carbon Freeze/Darth Vader's Trap/Departure of Boba Fett
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: The Clash of Lightsabers, The
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Rescue from Cloud City/Hyperspace
>Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: The Rebel Fleet/End Title, The
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: 20th Century Fox Fanfare (Alfred Newman, 1954)
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: Main Title/Approaching The Death Star/Tatooine Rendezvous
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: The Droids Are Captured, The
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: Bounty for a Wookiee
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: Han Solo Returns
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: Luke Confronts Jabba/Den of the Rancor/Sarlacc Sentence
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: The Pit of Carkoon/Sail Barge Assault, The
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: The Emperor Arrives/The Death of Yoda/Obi-Wan's Revelation, The
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: Alliance Assembly
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: Shuttle Tydirium Approaches Endor
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: Speeder Bike Chase/Land of the Ewoks
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: The Levitation/Threepio's Bedtime Story
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: Jabba's Baroque Recital, The
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: Jedi Rocks
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: Sail Barge Assault (Alternate)
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: Parade of the Ewoks
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: Luke and Leia
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: Brother and Sister/Father and Son/The Fleet Enters Hyperspace/Heroic Ewok
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: Emperor's Throne Room
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: The Battle of Endor I, The (Into the Trap/Forest Ambush/Scout Walker Scramble/Prime Weapon Fires)
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: The Lightsaber/The Ewok Battle, The
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: The Battle of Endor II, The (Leia Is Wounded - The Duel Begins/Overtaking the Bunker/The Dark Side Beckons/The Emperor's Death)
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: The Battle of Endor II, The (Superstructure Chase/Darth Vader's Death/The Main Reactor)
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: Leia's News/Light of the Force
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: Victory Celebration/End Title
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: Ewok Feast/Part of the Tribe
>Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of The Jedi: The Forest Battle, The (Concert Suite)
>Interview with John Williams: His Life as a Composer: Part I, An
>Interview with John Williams: His Life as a Composer: Part II, An
>Interview with John Williams: His Life as a Composer: Part III, An
>Interview with Harrison Ford: The Music of Star Wars: Part I, An
>Interview with Harrison Ford: The Music of Star Wars: Part II, An

Album Notes

Liner Note Authors: George Lucas; John Williams .

Recording information: Anvil Studios, Denham, England (08/14/2015); EMI/Abbey Road Studios, London, England (08/14/2015); Lansdowne Studios, London, England (08/14/2015); Los Angeles, CA (08/14/2015); Universal Studios, Los Angeles, CA (08/14/2015); Anvil Studios, Denham, England (08/2012); EMI/Abbey Road Studios, London, England (08/2012); Lansdowne Studios, London, England (08/2012); Los Angeles, CA (08/2012); Universal Studios, Los Angeles, CA (08/2012); Anvil Studios, Denham, England (10/20/1992); EMI/Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/20/1992); Lansdowne Studios, London, England (10/20/1992); Los Angeles, CA (10/20/1992); Universal Studios, Los Angeles, CA (10/20/1992); Anvil Studios, Denham, England (12/27/1979-12/29/1979); EMI/Abbey Road Studios, London, England (12/27/1979-12/29/1979); Lansdowne Studios, London, England (12/27/1979-12/29/1979); Los Angeles, CA (12/27/1979-12/29/1979); Universal Studios, Los Angeles, CA (12/27/1979-12/29/1979); Anvil Studios, Denham, England (1977-03-05&1977-03-08_1977-); EMI/Abbey Road Studios, London, England (1977-03-05&1977-03-08_1977-); Lansdowne Studios, London, England (1977-03-05&1977-03-08_1977-); Los Angeles, CA (1977-03-05&1977-03-08_1977-); Universal Studios, Los Angeles, CA (1977-03-05&1977-03-08_1977-); Anvil Studios, Denham, England (1980-01-07_1980-01-10&1980-); EMI/Abbey Road Studios, London, England (1980-01-07_1980-01-10&1980-); Lansdowne Studios, London, England (1980-01-07_1980-01-10&1980-); Los Angeles, CA (1980-01-07_1980-01-10&1980-); Universal Studios, Los Angeles, CA (1980-01-07_1980-01-10&1980-); Anvil Studios, Denham, England (1983-01-17&1983-01-21&1983-); EMI/Abbey Road Studios, London, England (1983-01-17&1983-01-21&1983-); Lansdowne Studios, London, England (1983-01-17&1983-01-21&1983-); Los Angeles, CA (1983-01-17&1983-01-21&1983-); Universal Studios, Los Angeles, CA (1983-01-17&1983-01-21&1983-).

Photographer: Peter Mason .

With the mammoth cultural fanfare surrounding the release of The Force Awakens, the timing for a massive reissue was a good idea. Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection is a monster: 11 discs spanning the originals, the prequels, a "best-of" theme collection for instant gratification, and interviews with composer John Williams and Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford. The set is understandably lopsided: the less memorable music from the prequels claims just three discs, though diehards and fans looking to delve deeper into Williams' work will be rewarded. The Phantom Menace includes the most iconic song from the prequels, the apocalyptic "Duel of the Fates," yet also contains some playful whimsy, choral singing, and global instrumentation for the newly introduced worlds of Naboo and Tatooine. Important Easter eggs pop up too, like on "Anakin's Theme," which ends with some "Imperial March" foreshadowing. The cultural cache of memorable tunes dips off from there. Attack of the Clones introduces Anakin and Padme's "Across the Stars" love theme, where Williams creates more sweeping romance and foreboding danger than Lucas could wring from his actors' cringeworthy performances. A couple more exciting moments surprise faithful listeners: electric guitar zings forth on "Chase Through Coruscant" and emotions are roused on "Love Pledge and the Arena," but overall, like the movie, this is the weakest of the series. Revenge of the Sith is redeemed not only by the lamentful violin dirge of "Anakin's Dream," but by the scary excitement of "Palpatine's Teachings," which not only introduces the leitmotifs for "Emperor's Theme," "Imperial March," and "Force Theme," but also hints at The Force Awakens' mysterious "Snoke" with the bellow of ominous chanting. The prequel trilogy ends with the apt "A New Hope," where thematic nostalgia floods in and segues nicely into the original trilogy soundtracks. Each episode -- A New Hope, Empire, and Jedi -- receives two discs, and rightfully so: these are some of the most iconic and important themes in modern movie and cultural history. "Binary Sunset" ("Force Theme"), "Cantina Band," "Imperial March," and every beloved character's theme song: fans will know these songs in their bones. The musical portion of the collection ends with Jedi and -- just like the 1997 Special Edition versions of the films -- a bit of controversy: fans of the 1983 release will be dismayed to see the original tune from Jabba's sleaze lair -- "Lapti Nek" ("Work It Out") -- still gets no love, replaced by the much-reviled "Jedi Rocks" by the Max Rebo Band. On the other hand, it's not all disaster: the original trilogy-ending Ewok celebration song "Yub Nub" (a homophonic Ewokese pun on "Hooray!" and "Freedom") was likewise replaced by the 1997 version, though the replacement ("Victory Celebration") is a glorious highlight of the entire collection: bittersweet and triumphant, it is a perfect way to say goodbye to these characters, their epic saga, and ten discs of classic movie music. [The CD collection also includes a DVD, poster, and stickers.] ~ Neil Z. Yeung



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