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Re: Favourite parts...
• Posted by: Tomek   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at 5:10 a.m.
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• In Response to: Favourite parts... (carl gonzalez)

> So, its no surprise that the vast majority of peeps here love ESB (I
> should know, I'm one of them), and I was wondering, what parts are your
> favourite?
For the record, mine are:
The Asteroid Chase (duh)
The Battle of Hoth (duh again)
The Version of the Imeperial March
> just before the battle of Hoth -- the massive one with all the little
> drums in the background; it makes it sound military and impressive and
> sinister all at the same time.
The version of the Imperial March in
> Track 7 of the 1997 release (in the movie, just before the guy sees that
> back of Vader's head w/o helmet) that has the military-sounding string
> flourishes at the end.
And one of the best bits that nobody seems to
> mention: The City In The Clouds theme that accompanies the Falcon as it
> flies into Cloud City. The soaring strings and horns and that soprano
> chorus remind me a bit of the theme for the first Star Trek. By the way,
> does anyone know if JW used an actual singer in the piece, or some kind of
> synthesizer?

> Well, I think I've said enough. Love to hear what your favourites are...

There are some both fantastic and dull moments on ESB score. My favorite is the montage of last 4 tracks - from "Carbon Freeze" to "End Title", fantastic Williams full of lively, full-orchestral statements of all themes, especially in cue "Clash of the Lightsabers". I adore like You "The Asteroid Field" track, Yoda's theme is a treasure, but I prefer its performances in the finale of the album over quiet and subtle ones in Dagobath section of the score, I don't know I just love when Yoda's theme is performed glorious. Besides that Boba Fett's theme is great, played by fast strings is one of the highlights (and Yoda's theme over it! ) of the album. Han-Leia theme is remarkable as well, especially in "Carbon Freeze" cue.

And there is also brief, mentioned by You, probably (although I'm not sure) synthesized choir in track "Cloud City", kind of reminds me of wonder-and-awe of Close Encounters soundatrck.

I'm tired by Battle of Hoth, respectively. Much noise and atonal music that works in film but on album I can hardly stand. Of course there are numerous powerful statements of Imperial March, but since I heard it so many times, I prefer other moments/thematic statements in The Empire Strikes Back


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  • Favourite parts...  (5945 views)
       carl gonzalez - Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at 6:28 p.m.
    •    Re: Favourite parts...  (5364 views)
         Rolan - Friday, June 30, 2006, at 7:27 p.m.
    •    Re: Favourite parts...  (5746 views)
         Eelco de Beukelaer - Thursday, April 21, 2005, at 5:44 p.m.
    •      Re: Favourite parts...  (5766 views)    We're Here
         Tomek - Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at 5:10 a.m.

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