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Comments about the soundtrack for The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams)

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Jedi Is No Empire, But...
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• Posted by: Will   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, March 11, 2005, at 6:39 a.m.
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I won't deny that Jedi cannot top Empire (for me, probably my all-time favorite film music begins when Luke takes off from Dagobah running through until the Rebel fleet at the end.

Williams truly pulls out all stops for the battle of Endor. "Into the Trap" is just one of many propulsive cues and amazingly enough, even the slightly silly Ewok theme can't mar this.

The source music is pretty awful. I enjoyed the film version of "Lapti Nek" when I was younger, but this doesn't really matter since, inexplicably, there is no master for the film version of the song and it was replaced anyway. "Lapti Nek" on album was pretty awful...for all Williams' talents, rock is not one of them, and hearing it on album is pretty excruciating (Lucas told Rolling Stone he considered hiring Toto to do a tie-in song; incidentally, Williams' son Joseph contributed to the song and joined Toto three years later. As for the celebration music, while the only problem I had with the Ewok Celebration music itself was the inane lyrics (in both English and Ewokese...I mean, "celebrate the love"?), the sequence never looked right to me on screen. There are too few people celebrating and it's embarrassing seeing grown men trying to dance with miniature teddy bears. The new piece is OK if you like soft, Yanni-style New Age music. The theme isn't that great and I think most people could do without all the "Ya Ya"s.


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