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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
(1996)
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Varèse Sarabande
(April 23rd, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you, like most fans of the Star Wars series, just can't get enough of the consistently robust music from (and associated to) the franchise.

Avoid it... if hearing a tad too many styles of John Williams come from someone other than the maestro (especially for this saga) just doesn't cut it for you.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #474
WRITTEN 10/2/96, REVISED 2/12/06
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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire: (Joel McNeely) There was a time in the early 1990's when die-hard Star Wars fans had gotten wind of a second trilogy of films in the franchise, and enough time had passed since Return of the Jedi that they were practically frothing at the mouth in anticipation. With The Phantom Menace still several years away, fans were treated at the time to the first novels authorized to take place in the Star Wars universe, and as their popularity continued to grow, Lucas and his creative teams decided on an unprecedented event to take place in 1996. They chose one of the novels to adapt into a video game and commissioned a fully orchestral score to accompany the former. Their choice was Shadows of the Empire, a story that takes place in between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, with the rebels on the run, Han Solo lost, and Luke attempting to come to grips with his newfound family member. As readers and players, we encounter the Imperial City on Coruscant for the first time and come face to face with Xizor, a new villain hoping to dethrone Lord Vader as the Emperor's right hand man. So, while being based very strongly in the Star Wars universe, Shadows of the Empire offers a fresh new look at events that we would not otherwise see directly on screen. The soundtrack release was a much hyped part of the media blitz for the combination of Shadows of the Empire products, though it had a largely unfamiliar name attached to it. Composer Joel McNeely had already made a name for himself as a possible successor someday for John Williams (apart from this project even), with his work for "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" serving notice of his arrival to the mainstream. Some have mentioned that John Williams forwarded McNeely's name to the production team, while others claim that Williams was never offered a chance to score Shadows of the Empire. In either case, McNeely was both capable of providing an appropriate score and was given the rights (obviously) to use Williams' material for reference. A vibrant performance by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and accompanying chorus would give McNeely a shot at matching the saga's established sound.

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273 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.67 Stars
***** 109 5 Stars
**** 64 4 Stars
*** 38 3 Stars
** 27 2 Stars
* 35 1 Stars
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Jeremy - November 12, 2007, at 7:20 p.m.
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Newest: August 11, 2008, at 4:55 p.m.by Marcato
classical music references?
Jeremy - August 10, 2006, at 6:58 p.m.
1 comment  (2219 views)
The booklet of this release...
Kon/nos Sotiropoulos - August 7, 2006, at 3:47 a.m.
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Yeah, but it isn't John Williams   Expand >>
Berlioz - August 6, 2006, at 11:47 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 51:26
• 1. Main Theme from Star Wars and Leia's Nightmare (3:41)
• 2. The Battle of Gall (7:59)
• 3. Imperial City (8:02)
• 4. Beggar's Canyon Chase (2:56)
• 5. The Southern Underground (1:48)
• 6. Xixor's Theme (4:35)
• 7. The Seduction of Princess Leia (3:38)
• 8. Night Skies (4:17)
• 9. Into the Sewers (2:55)
• 10. The Destruction of Xixor's Palace (10:44)

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The insert includes detailed information about the project.
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