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Star Wars: A New Hope
(1977)
1986 Polydor

1989 RCA
Gerhardt

1993 Fox
Anthology

1997 RCA
Special Edition

1997 RCA
Re-Pressing

2004 Sony
Classical Set

2004 Sony
Classical Individual

2007 Sony
Corellian Edition

2007 Sony
30th Ann. Set

Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
John Williams

Co-Produced by:
George Lucas

Orchestrated by:
Herbert W. Spencer

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra

1993, 1997, and 2004 Albums Produced by:
Nick Redman

1997 and 2004 Albums Produced by:
Michael Matessino

RCA Re-Recording Produced and Conducted by:
Charles Gerhardt

RCA Re-Recording Performed by:
The National Philharmonic Orchestra

Labels and Dates:
Polydor/Polygram
(1986)

RCA Victor
(Gerhardt)
(1989)

20th Century Fox
(Anthology)
(November 9th, 1993)

RCA Victor
(Special Edition)
(January 14th, 1997)

RCA Victor
(S.E. Re-Pressing)
(August 26th, 1997)

Sony Classical
(Individual and Set)
(September 21st, 2004)

Sony Classical
(Corellian Edition)
(October 2nd, 2007)

Sony Classical
(30th Ann. Edition)
(November 6th, 2007)

Also See:
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
The Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
Revenge of the Sith
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Superman
Jaws

Audio Clips:
1989 RCA Gerhardt:

3. Here They Come! (0:30):
WMA (195K)  MP3 (243K)
Real Audio (151K)

4. Princess Leia (0:32):
WMA (206K)  MP3 (255K)
Real Audio (159K)

5. The Final Battle (0:29):
WMA (191K)  MP3 (235K)
Real Audio (146K)

6. The Throne Room (0:31):
WMA (202K)  MP3 (250K)
Real Audio (155K)


1993 Fox Anthology:

CD1, 3. Imperial Attack (0:30):
WMA (193K)  MP3 (242K)
Real Audio (150K)

CD1, 5. The Little People Work (0:28):
WMA (184K)  MP3 (226K)
Real Audio (140K)

CD1, 12. The Walls Converge (0:29):
WMA (191K)  MP3 (235K)
Real Audio (146K)

CD4, 5. Destruction of Alderaan (0:29):
WMA (188K)  MP3 (236K)
Real Audio (147K)


1997 RCA Special Edition:

CD1, 9. Burning Homestead (0:30):
WMA (197K)  MP3 (242K)
Real Audio (150K)

CD1, 13. Binary Sunset (0:30):
WMA (193K)  MP3 (238K)
Real Audio (147K)

CD2, 2. The Millennium Falcon (0:30):
WMA (193K)  MP3 (238K)
Real Audio (147K)

CD2, 4. The Death Star (0:34):
WMA (220K)  MP3 (274K)
Real Audio (171K)


2004 Sony Classical:

CD1, 2. Main Title (0:31):
WMA (202K)  MP3 (248K)
Real Audio (154K)

CD1, 11. Cantina Band (0:29):
WMA (193K)  MP3 (238K)
Real Audio (148K)

CD2, 9. Ben Kenobi's Death (0:31):
WMA (202K)  MP3 (249K)
Real Audio (155K)

CD2, 11. The Throne Room (0:30):
WMA (197K)  MP3 (243K)
Real Audio (151K)

Availability:
All of the CD albums were regular commercial releases at their outset. Both the original 1986 2-CD set and 1989 RCA Gerhardt album historically have been available used for about $5 to $7.

The 1993 Fox Anthology was believed at the time to be the most collectible soundtrack CD set in existence, and has retained its original street value because of its relative scarcity and packaging.

The 1997 RCA Special Edition albums came in two forms, the black booklet format available early that year and the slimline format in August, 1997 to coincide with the VHS release of the revised films. The latter albums (with poster art on the covers) have fallen completely out of print, and while new copies of the 'black book' formatted RCA albums of early 1997 are also difficult to find, they have remained readily available for sub-retail price on the used market.

The 2004 Sony Classical products are bargain priced, though you receive no additional packaging benefits from buying the trilogy as a set outside of the silver and black holding box.

The 2007 Sony Classical albums contain no additional new contents or remastering. The "Corellian Edition" compilation, which was leaked as a promotional teaser in some 2005 pressings of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, is sold alone as a regular commercial release (with two different cover art variants) and is included as CD7 in the concurrently offered "30th Anniversary Collector's Edition." That set, featuring original LP packaging, was electronically numbered up to 10,000 copies and initially retailed for $80. Its value soon plunged, in part due to production problems that caused the wrong combination of CDs to be included in the set. Amazon.com temporarily pulled the product due to complaints.

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Buy it... on the 1997 "Special Edition" albums over all others because they feature the best combination of outstanding packaging and a complete presentation of John Williams' classic, iconic, and revolutionary space opera music.

Avoid it... on the 1986 to 1993 albums because of poorer, archival sound quality and incomplete presentations, as well as the 2004 and 2007 re-pressings that are identical to the 1997 albums in contents but without the superior packaging.



Williams
Star Wars: A New Hope: (John Williams) Commonly considered one of the greatest films of all time, Star Wars launched the space opera craze of the 1980's and unintentionally spawned the culture of blockbuster sequels that has endured in the decades since. Its budget of $11 million was nursed by concept creator and director George Lucas to allow for the special effects wizardry of Industrial Light & Magic to dazzle audiences with visuals of a variety never seen before. More important to the film's success than the awe-inspiring effects of spacecraft in battle, however, are its affably quirky characters and a compelling storyline. A farm boy on a desert planet accidentally owns a silly pair of droids that carry the secrets to destroying the most powerful weapon in the arsenal of an evil Galactic Empire, and with the help of a old master of magic (otherwise known as a Jedi Knight, one of a group that inspired Earthlings to make "Jedi" an actual, state-recognized religion in several countries by appearing as a common enough answer on census forms), he joins a rebellion and initiates the downfall of the Empire. The tagline "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" became engrained in pop culture so thoroughly that Lucas developed the concept into a fuller franchise of six films of a reportedly nine-part arc, initially breaking the box office records set by Jaws after just six months and eventually earning billions of dollars and encouraging the filmmaker to improve upon the renamed Star Wars: A New Hope (and his other entries in the original trilogy to follow) by modernizing the special effects and adding new scenes to the classic. Not only was a saga born, but orchestral film music experienced a rebirth in 1977 as a result as well. Lucas had originally intended for the movie to be tracked with his favorite symphonic classical pieces, including a few Golden Age film scores, but buddy Steven Spielberg convinced him to hire John Williams for the job based on the composer's ability to write classically-inclined music for foreign environments and, of course, his recent success on Jaws. Little did anyone know that the maestro was in the early years of the most productive period in his career, and no single orchestral score has had more of an influence on the history of movies and their music than what Williams conjured for the original Star Wars.

At a time when the Silver Age of film music had emphasized (and rewarded) smaller orchestras and pop style genres of music in film, it was feared by long-time film score collectors that the glory days of Ben-Hur and Lawrence of Arabia had forever passed. Ironically, Williams had been a part of that "modernizing" trend of music for films when he, in the first ten years of his career, was known as "Johnny Williams" and earned significant respect and awards recognition for his jazz and musical works. But throughout the 1970's, Williams began a film score renaissance, shifting perceptions of greatness back in the direction of large orchestras and sweeping themes. His disaster scores of the early 70's often combined his orchestral and pop influences together, as heard popularly in The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure, and in 1975, Williams' Jaws won him his first dramatic score Oscar and, for film buffs, ushered in that renaissance for good. It wasn't until his trio of famous adventure/fantasy scores in the late 1970's, though, that the public fully embraced the move. With Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Superman revealed to audiences within a year's time, Williams cemented broadly thematic orchestral works as the must-have sound for studios of Hollywood's Bronze Age (largely consisting of the 1980's in the last years of the pre-digital era). Williams' Star Wars alone would become the most popular soundtrack of all time, selling many millions of copies and mirroring the film in its cult following. Perhaps baffling to collectors today, the title theme of Star Wars was so popular on the charts that a disco dance version of it was pressed onto a wildly embraced LP record and heard frequently in clubs for an entire year after the film's release. It may seem elementary by post-2000 standards of film music composition, but the use of a prominent title theme and the constant development several leitmotifs in 1977 was a refreshingly bold move back to the Wagnerian influence of Hollywood's Golden Age. The existence of so many memorable themes and their masterful placement throughout the film for individual characters and settings was a somewhat novel concept at the time. Lucas encouraged Williams to seek inspiration in classic movie scores by everyone from Erich Wolfgang Korngold to Alessandro Cicognini, some of which influencing Williams' finished score enough for trained ears to detect.

A common thread for Williams in all of his Star Wars scores, and especially prominent in the original trilogy, is his concentration of the soundtracks' melodic cores around three central themes, each usually informing the concert suites that he arranged from these ideas. A bit different in these regards is Star Wars, however, with the main theme and that of Princess Leia sharing the focus while the third major idea, that of the "Force," factors significantly in this score (and becomes more of a complete, overarching identity in all six films, even more so than the title theme) despite never receiving its own concert arrangement by Williams outside of its attachment to the first score's famous "Throne Room" finale that was often performed alongside the official end credits suite. The main theme for the franchise opens each of the films in overture form and serves the heroic action element throughout, though originally it was deemed lead character Luke Skywalker's dedicated theme. It explodes in bursts of immense energy as the film approaches its climax and establishes itself as a familiar bookend when it opens all of the end credits sequences in the six films. After five takes on the first day of recording sessions for the 1977 original, Williams and Lucas combined three of them to form the "Main Titles" that listeners are so familiar with today, the melody largely considered the most widely recognized film score theme of all time. The theme for Princess Leia is the lush, romantic interlude to the fanfare in the end credits and receives its own major arrangement. Williams is dedicated to referencing her theme whenever she is relevant, including an introduction during the initial attack sequence, longing performances when her recording is seen by Luke, and a surprisingly robust rendition upon Ben Kenobi's death and the escape from the Death Star. The theme for the Force is also well placed in the entirety of Star Wars, sprinkled throughout the scenes featuring Kenobi but most famously accompanying two of the film's most poignant scenes: first, the binary sunset vista as Luke contemplates his future and then at the conclusion, when he uses solely the Force to continue his attack on the Death Star. The aforementioned "The Throne Room" cue translates the theme into a stately, optimistic march, though this usage has always seemed slightly out of place as a reference to the rebel celebration rather anything truly unique to the Force (the choice makes a little more sense if you think of it from the perspective that Williams must have had when tackling the movie as a single entity and not part of a larger franchise).

The secondary motifs in Star Wars are a curious bunch, because most of them are not touched upon again the subsequent movies. The most intriguing of these is a belligerent, stomping identity for the Death Star itself, the theme that represented the evil Empire before the "Imperial March" took over in the next film. The idea sadly disappears completely in the sequels, not even hinted in Return of the Jedi for the second Death Star. The firing mechanism with that battle station enjoys its own motif, a crescendo of rhythmic ensemble hits anticipating the blasts. Likewise, the stormtroopers chasing around in the corridors are treated to an extension of this material. The various creatures of the desert world of Tatooine are afforded sparse rhythmic material that is among the score's weakest. Only when the Jawa crawler is afforded a grim, full ensemble motif does this material really impress, though it strays awfully close to the villains' theme in tone. The anthem of nobility that extends out of the Force theme in "The Throne Room" likely qualifies as its own self-contained theme for the Rebel Alliance as well, though its only subsequent reference would come as an awkward application to the end titles of Revenge of the Sith. Williams' ability to shift between these themes, in their various states of volume and completeness, is what truly captured audiences at the time. For people discovering the original Star Wars scores today, it may be the dominant memorability of each individual theme that causes such fan attachment, but if you consider A New Hope as a whole and appreciate its lesser-known cues, you'll hear the real reason why the score was such a success. A cue like "Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn about the Force" contains so many of the themes in magical, conversational context that you realize that Williams' music for the series doesn't require bombast for the same effective utilization of the Wagnerian concepts. This is not to say, however, that bold statements of theme in Star Wars aren't worthy of their place in history. The "Imperial Attack" and "TIE Fighter Attack" cues are both immensely satisfying in how they punctuate the adrenaline rush of their scenes, the latter resolving with incredible relief as the last enemy fighter explodes. The final battle cue transitions from suspense to action with a tremendous sense of anticipation, its rhythmic propulsion vital to the scene. And, of course, no discussion of the various facets of Star Wars sound be complete without the two "Cantina Band" source pieces for the exotic Tatooine bar, both of which highly obnoxious in their otherworldly jazz but perfectly tailored to the oddly configured creatures in the room.

Overall, A New Hope really defines the original parameters of the space opera score. It has been imitated so often since that its general sound may seem overwrought and overexposed for listeners discovering it for the first time. But it remains among the most important scores in the history of cinema, and any serious collector of Digital Age film music needs to forgive the archival quality of the London Symphony Orchestra's recording in order to appreciate the composition. One of the few debates that persist about the actual content of the A New Hope score is related to the "Special Edition" of the classic trilogy that was released in 1997 as part of the much hyped 20th anniversary celebration of the saga. With new music recorded freshly for Return of the Jedi and cues shifted slightly for additional scenes in the first two films, many fans wondered why Lucas decided against the belated but perhaps appropriate insertion of the Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back in place of the short and singular Death Star theme heard throughout A New Hope (or alluded to after the gong hit when Vader is first introduced). With that march heard in some form or another in all of the other five films as a representation of Darth Vader and the Galactic Empire, its obvious absence from A New Hope remains the score's sole lingering question or abnormality. Aside from this debate, the only notable issue surrounding the A New Hope score in the Digital Era is the history of the music on album. A person could easily ramble on for days about the people and technicalities behind all of these albums; every time you think you've purchased the definitive and final version of any of the classic trilogy of scores, it seems that you can wait a few years and be treated to yet another mass re-release to consumers. While the existence of all of the music from the classic trilogy of Star Wars on album is taken for granted today, the first fifteen years were quite lean for fans of Williams and the concept. In fact, it would take a full twenty years before the entire finished products (with every available cue released) finally reached fans in time for the Special Editions in theatres. Regarding each of the various releases of the score, much of the information that follows is relevant to not only this score, but the others in the classic trilogy as well, so you'll encounter very similar accounts in the Filmtracks reviews of those scores. After their initial, separate releases on LP records and their equivalent CDs, the editions of the scores on subsequent discs have always been released as a trilogy, despite your ability to usually buy them separately upon each update of all three.

The first release of A New Hope on CD was by Polydor in 1986, a very early CD with sparse packaging, and it was identical in contents and packaging to the LP release. Of the roughly 88 minutes of music that was finalized for the film, about 75 minutes exist on this album (A New Hope had far less music recorded than the other scores in the saga). The only substantial alternative source for music from this score (and the others in the saga before 1993) was the Charles Gerhardt re-recording of 33 minutes of it with the National Philharmonic Orchestra. For years, Gerhardt and the NPO had recorded famous film scores from mostly the Golden Age of Hollywood, but as a few of their final collaborations, Gerhardt recorded the three classic Star Wars scores near the times of their release. In this case, the 33 minutes from A New Hope was recorded in December of 1977 and released on LP record at that time. A CD version from RCA was remastered and released in 1989. The original Polydor release of the actual recording suffers terribly from the muted sound quality that often plagued scores of the 1970's, but the Gerhardt recording (mixed into Dolby Surround for the CD) had outstanding sound quality for its age and remains to this day one of the best recordings of the highlights of A New Hope (and a suite from Close Encounters of the Third Kind) of all time. Their performance of "The Throne Room" is not to be missed, and luckily the CD long remained a rather easy used-bin find at many major stores. When 20th Century Fox finally commissioned the ultimate Star Wars trilogy set in 1993, the resulting "Anthology" was considered a godsend by fans. While mostly doing significant justice to the two sequel scores, the Anthology of 1993 did offer another ten minutes of music from A New Hope (but far less than what was still missing). Produced by some of the biggest names in film score production, the set and its additional music were certainly welcomed with great anticipation. There were, however, problems with the presentation of that music, despite the best intentions of the producers. The anthology put as much music as possible from each film on an individual CD for each of the three scores, but then pressed additional unreleased cues on a fourth CD that spanned all three. Thus, to get cues such as "Destruction of Alderaan" and "A Hive of Villainy" in the age before digitization and CDr's, you had to insert the fourth CD separately to enjoy them. Add on a large, custom-sized package (roughly DVD set size by today's standards) and hard-to-read individual CD covers within, and you had some ill-received protests from fans.

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The Anthology release of 1993 is looked upon with fondness by many Star Wars fans today simply because it filled a major void in their collections at the time. Not long after, however, the Anthology was rendered largely outdated by the massive, highly advertised RCA Special Edition releases of 1997. By January of that year, George Lucas had announced the production of The Phantom Menace and revealed newly enhanced versions of the original three films for a 20th anniversary theatrical release. For A New Hope in particular, this didn't mean any physical changes to the score despite some expectations that the "Imperial March" would finally be inserted into the picture. On album, fans were treated to double-CD releases of each Star Wars score in film order with alternative cues and extensive attention to detail in the mixing and arrangement. Digitally remastered in 1996 (separately from 35mm magnetic and 16-track analog elements), the true vibrant scope of the original recordings was finally starting to be heard outside of the film. Including the fifteen minutes of alternate takes of the "Main Title," a total of 106 minutes of music on this Special Edition made it the definitive release. Those alternates are tucked into the last track on the first CD for some reason (here and on the 2004 releases); why couldn't these be given their own tracks at the end of the entire product? Extensive notes and pictorials grace both the 1993 and 1997 releases, and the list of recorded takes on the latter is of particular interest. Later in 1997, these albums were re-packaged by RCA and offered in slimline packages that feature the Special Edition poster art, but these fell out of print about five years later. In 2004, the Sony Classical label, which had been releasing the prequel scores, acquired the rights to the classic trilogy's scores and decided to re-press the 1997 releases with new artwork. These 2004 albums offer Sony's Direct Stream Digital remastering, and while this technique does provide some minimal extra clarity on high-end stereo systems, casual listeners will notice no significant difference from the 1997 albums. Thus, if you own the Special Edition albums and don't require slightly improved sound, there is no reason to seek the 2004 ones. In fact, the 2004 albums are badly lacking in packaging compared to previous releases, with absolutely none of the fantastic notes and pictorials presented in the 1993 or 1997 albums. Essentially, you can look upon the 2004 albums as nothing more than a simple re-pressing, and the same could be said of Sony's various 2007 releases (the "Corellian Edition" compilation and "30th Anniversary Collector's Edition"), both of which redundant, unnecessary, and irritatingly packaged. Owning this classic score, once again, is a must for any film score enthusiast, and with its outstanding packaging and complete presentation of music, the 1997 Special Edition album (the original full version bound in black booklets) continues to be the best Star Wars: A New Hope product available. The Force is strong with this one...   Amazon.com Price Hunt: CD or Download

    Music as Written for the Film: *****
    Music as Heard on the 1986 Polydor Album: **
    Music as Heard on the 1989 RCA Gerhardt Album: ****
    Music as Heard on the 1993 Fox Anthology: ****
    Music as Heard on the 1997 RCA Special Edition: *****
    Music as Heard on the 2004 Sony Classical Album: ****
    Music as Heard on the 2007 Sony Classical Albums: **
    Overall: *****

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 Track Listings (1986 Polydor Album): Total Time: 74:54


CD1: (38:50)

• 1. Main Title (5:24)
• 2. Imperial Attack (6:19)
• 3. Princess Leia's Theme (4:25)
• 4. The Desert and Robot Auction (2:55)
• 5. Ben's Death and Tie Fighter Attack (3:49)
• 6. The Little People Work (4:04)
• 7. Rescue of the Princess (4:49)
• 8. Inner City (4:16)
• 9. Cantina Band (2:45)
CD2: (36:04)

• 1. The Land of the Sand People (2:52)
• 2. Mouse Robot and Blasting Off (4:04)
• 3. The Return Home (2:48)
• 4. The Walls Converge (4:35)
• 5. The Princess Appears (4:06)
• 6. The Last Battle (12:09)
• 7. The Throne Room and End Title (5:27)




 Track Listings (1989 RCA Gerhardt Album): Total Time: 54:18


Star Wars:
• 1. Main Title (5:43)
• 2. The Little People Work (4:55)
• 3. Here They Come! (2:07)
• 4. Princess Leia (5:07)
• 5. The Final Battle (7:18)
• 6. The Throne Room and End Title (8:03)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind:
• 7. Barnstorming/Arrival of the Mother Ship/The Pilot's Return/The Visitors/Final Scene (21:04)




 Track Listings (1993 Fox Anthology Album): Total Time: 85:36


CD1: (74:05)

• 1. Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare with CinemaScope Extension*** (0:22)
• 2. Main Title (5:25)
• 3. Imperial Attack* (6:43)
• 4. The Desert/The Robot Auction (2:54)
• 5. The Little People Work (4:10)
• 6. The Princess Appears (4:07)
• 7. The Land of the Sand People (2:55)
• 8. The Return Home (2:48)
• 9. Inner City* (4:48)
• 10. Mouse Robot/Blasting Off (4:05)
• 11. Rescue of the Princess (4:48)
• 12. The Walls Converge (4:36)
• 13. Ben's Death/TIE Fighter Attack (3:54)
• 14. Princess Leia's Theme (4:26)
• 15. The Last Battle (12:15)
• 16. The Throne Room/End Titles (5:33)


CD4: (74:59, 11:31 from Star Wars)

• 1. Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare with CinemaScope Extension*** (0:22)
• 2. Star Wars: Main Title (Alternate)** (2:16)
• 3. Return of the Jedi: Heroic Ewok/The Fleet Goes into Hyperspace** (3:05)
• 4. Star Wars: A Hive of Villainy** (2:12)
• 5. Star Wars: Destruction of Alderaan** (1:31)
• 6. The Empire Strikes Back: Drawing the Battle Lines/Leia's Instructions** (4:02)
• 7. Return of the Jedi: The Ewok Battle** (2:48)
• 8. The Empire Strikes Back: Attack Position** (3:04)
• 9. The Empire Strikes Back: Crash Landing** (3:35)
• 10. Star Wars: Cantina Band (2:46)
• 11. Return of the Jedi: Lapti Nek (2:48)
• 12. Star Wars: Cantina Band #2** (3:44)
• 13. Return of the Jedi: Faking the Code** (4:10)
• 14. Return of the Jedi: Brother and Sister** (3:08)
• 15. Star Wars: Standing By** (1:14)
• 16. Return of the Jedi: Leia is Wounded/Luke and Vader Duel** (2:57)
• 17. The Empire Strikes Back: Carbon Freeze/Luke Pursues the Captives/Departure of Boba Fett* (11:08)
• 18. The Empire Strikes Back: Losing a Hand** (5:20)
• 19. Return of the Jedi: The Return of the Jedi (Alternate)** (5:03)
• 20. Return of the Jedi: Leia Breaks the news (Alternate)/Funeral Pyre for a Jedi (Film Version)* (2:27)
• 21. Return of the Jedi: Ewok Celebration (Film Version)/The Empire Strikes Back: End Credits (Film Version)* (6:22)

* Contains previously unreleased material
** Previously unreleased music
*** Composed by Alfred Newman (1954)




 Track Listings (1997 RCA Special Edition): Total Time: 105:45


CD1: (57:32)

• 1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare (Alfred Newman, 1954) (0:23)
• 2. Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner (2:14)
• 3. Imperial Attack (6:43)
• 4. The Dune Sea of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler (5:01)
• 5. The Moisture Farm** (2:25)
• 6. The Hologram/Binary Sunset (4:10)
• 7. Landspeeder Search/Attack of the Sand People** (3:20)
• 8. Tales of a Jedi Knight**/Learn About the Force* (4:29)
• 9. Burning Homestead (2:50)
• 10. Mos Eisley Spaceport (2:16)
• 11. Cantina Band (2:47)
• 12. Cantina Band #2 (3:56)
• 13. Binary Sunset (Alternate)* (2:19)/Main Title Archive** (14:40)


CD2: (48:13)

• 1. Princess Leia's Theme (4:27)
• 2. The Millennium Falcon/Imperial Cruiser Pursuit** (3:51)
• 3. Destruction of Alderaan (1:32)
• 4. The Death Star/The Stormtroopers* (3:35)
• 5. Wookie Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush (4:01)
• 6. Shootout in the Cell Bay/Dianoga (3:48)
• 7. The Trash Compactor (3:07)
• 8. The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire (5:18)
• 9. Ben Kenobi's Death/Tie Fighter Attack (3:51)
• 10. The Battle of Yavin (9:07)
• 11. The Throne Room/End Title (5:38)

* Previously unreleased
** Contains previously unreleased material




 Track Listings (2004 Sony Classical Album): Total Time: 105:45


CD1: (57:32)

• 1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare (Alfred Newman, 1954) (0:23)
• 2. Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner (2:14)
• 3. Imperial Attack (6:43)
• 4. The Dune Sea of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler (5:01)
• 5. The Moisture Farm (2:25)
• 6. The Hologram/Binary Sunset (4:10)
• 7. Landspeeder Search/Attack of the Sand People (3:20)
• 8. Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force (4:29)
• 9. Burning Homestead (2:50)
• 10. Mos Eisley Spaceport (2:16)
• 11. Cantina Band (2:47)
• 12. Cantina Band #2 (3:56)
• 13. Binary Sunset (Alternate) (2:19)/Main Title Archive (14:40)


CD2: (48:13)

• 1. Princess Leia's Theme (4:27)
• 2. The Millennium Falcon/Imperial Cruiser Pursuit (3:51)
• 3. Destruction of Alderaan (1:32)
• 4. The Death Star/The Stormtroopers (3:35)
• 5. Wookie Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush (4:01)
• 6. Shootout in the Cell Bay/Dianoga (3:48)
• 7. The Trash Compactor (3:07)
• 8. The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire (5:18)
• 9. Ben Kenobi's Death/Tie Fighter Attack (3:51)
• 10. The Battle of Yavin (9:07)
• 11. The Throne Room/End Title (5:38)




 Track Listings (2007 Sony Corellian Edition): Total Time: 54:57


• 1. The Phantom Menace: Star Wars Main Title and The Arrival at Naboo (2:56)
• 2. The Phantom Menace: The Flag Parade (2:12)
• 3. The Phantom Menace: Qui-Gon's Noble End (3:48)
• 4. Attack of the Clones: Jango's Escape (3:49)
• 5. Attack of the Clones: Yoda and the Younglings (3:57)
• 6. Revenge of the Sith: General Grievous (4:07)
• 7. Revenge of the Sith: Anakin's Dark Deeds (4:05)
• 8. A New Hope: Imperial Attack (6:45)
• 9. A New Hope: Ben Kenobi's Death/TIE Fighter Attack (3:55)
• 10. The Empire Strikes Back: Yoda and the Force (4:06)
• 11. The Empire Strikes Back: The Clash of Lightsabers (4:10)
• 12. Return of the Jedi: Sail Barge Assault (5:05)
• 13. Return of the Jedi: End Title (6:04)




 Track Listings (2007 Sony 30th Ann. Edition): Total Time: 105:45


CD1: (57:32)

• 1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare (Alfred Newman, 1954) (0:23)
• 2. Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner (2:14)
• 3. Imperial Attack (6:43)
• 4. The Dune Sea of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler (5:01)
• 5. The Moisture Farm (2:25)
• 6. The Hologram/Binary Sunset (4:10)
• 7. Landspeeder Search/Attack of the Sand People (3:20)
• 8. Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force (4:29)
• 9. Burning Homestead (2:50)
• 10. Mos Eisley Spaceport (2:16)
• 11. Cantina Band (2:47)
• 12. Cantina Band #2 (3:56)
• 13. Binary Sunset (Alternate) (2:19)/Main Title Archive (14:40)


CD2: (48:13)

• 1. Princess Leia's Theme (4:27)
• 2. The Millennium Falcon/Imperial Cruiser Pursuit (3:51)
• 3. Destruction of Alderaan (1:32)
• 4. The Death Star/The Stormtroopers (3:35)
• 5. Wookie Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush (4:01)
• 6. Shootout in the Cell Bay/Dianoga (3:48)
• 7. The Trash Compactor (3:07)
• 8. The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire (5:18)
• 9. Ben Kenobi's Death/Tie Fighter Attack (3:51)
• 10. The Battle of Yavin (9:07)
• 11. The Throne Room/End Title (5:38)


CD7: (54:57, 10:40 from A New Hope)
• 1. The Phantom Menace: Star Wars Main Title and The Arrival at Naboo (2:56)
• 2. The Phantom Menace: The Flag Parade (2:12)
• 3. The Phantom Menace: Qui-Gon's Noble End (3:48)
• 4. Attack of the Clones: Jango's Escape (3:49)
• 5. Attack of the Clones: Yoda and the Younglings (3:57)
• 6. Revenge of the Sith: General Grievous (4:07)
• 7. Revenge of the Sith: Anakin's Dark Deeds (4:05)
• 8. A New Hope: Imperial Attack (6:45)
• 9. A New Hope: Ben Kenobi's Death/TIE Fighter Attack (3:55)
• 10. The Empire Strikes Back: Yoda and the Force (4:06)
• 11. The Empire Strikes Back: The Clash of Lightsabers (4:10)
• 12. Return of the Jedi: Sail Barge Assault (5:05)
• 13. Return of the Jedi: End Title (6:04)

(total time only reflects unique material from Star Wars: A New Hope)





 Notes and Quotes:  


The 1986 Polydor and 1989 RCA Gerhardt albums contain no information about the film, score, or recording. The 1993 Fox Anthology has extensive notes and pictorials in an oversized booklet with information written by John Williams, Nicholas Meyer, and Lukas Kendall. The 1997 RCA Special Edition albums with the black book format include extensive notation from album arranger Michael Matessino regarding the film, score as a whole, and each cue. A recording log for Star Wars in this 1997 album also includes information about each take. The 1997 RCA Special Edition slimline format lacks the same level of detail. The 2004 Sony Classical products (available both as a set and individually) include a fold-out poster, but sadly no extra information about the film or score. The packaging of Sony Classical's 2007 "Corellian Edition" is minimal, though the label's "30th Anniversary Collector's Edition" includes the original LP packaging for each score and a bonus CD-ROM with additional material. The detailed Matessino notes about the scores are once again missing from the 2007 products. A sample of the colorful 1997 RCA Special Edition CDs is seen below (each of the three 2-CD sets for the trilogy has a different pattern on the CDs):


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