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Re: Jedi Is No Empire, But...
• Posted by: Bowie   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, March 13, 2005, at 7:25 p.m.
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• In Response to: Jedi Is No Empire, But... (Will)

> 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.

> Will

I was never familiar with the original celebration/end credits music, and I personally find the new version to be a classic Williams composition. What are you on about "most people could do without all the Ya Yas"? What on earth is wrong with "Ya Ya"? Admit that because it's a new composition it contains no nostalgia for you. On its own merits, it's a fantastic, haunting celebratory piece, and is interesting to note how it's in a minor key, depicting a sadness of the saga's ending, and of the many deaths gone before.

I don't even find Lapti Nek that annoying. It's amusing and exotic-sounding. Seems a perfectly composed concept song to me.

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