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Comments about the soundtrack for Star Wars: A New Hope (John Williams)

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On various versions of the Star Wars Main Title
• Posted by: Steen Kaargaard   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, June 17, 2007, at 10:20 a.m.
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I'm looking for the earliest recording in which the New Hope Main Title is coupled with the 20th Century Fox Fanfare (a recreation of the perhaps most thrilling audio moment in any Star Wars film). Does any one know whether any vinyl version of the 1977 OST album opened with the fanfare? (It was of course included on the 1993 cd re-issue and ever since). I'm asking because I've come across a vinyl single that begins with a short extract of an old recording of Newman's fanfare (leaving out the Cinemascope extension) and then segues into a shortened version of the Main Title (3:06). I believe it to be a European single (20th Century Fox Records, 6162 129), but am unsure of when it was issued.

If none of the 1977 OST albums included the fanfare (and we discount the single mentioned above) I guess the first instance is the 1978 combilation album from RCA Victor's Classic Film Score series (Spectacular World of Classic Film Scores). Cleverly the last of the five studio fanfares that open the album is that of 20th Century Fox (recorded in February 1973 for the Alfred Newman album) immediately followed by the Main Title (recorded in December 1977). (The 1978 album from which this recording of the main title is taken does not include the fanfare.)

And talking about different versions of the Main Title does any one know the story behind the very short 1977 OST single version (2:20) that simply mangles the piece (20th Century Fox Records, TC-2345 (M-2345-BS-RE-1))? And no, I'm not talking about the Meco version. Not even radio promotion could possibly justify this massacre. John Williams can hardly have approved, although the famous main title was of course the result of a simple edit in the first place.

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