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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
(1996)
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Varèse Sarabande
(April 23rd, 1996)

Varèse Sarabande
(August 7th, 2020)
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Both the 1996 Varèse album and its 2020 re-issue are regular U.S. releases, the latter CD retailing for $14.
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Buy it... if you appreciate Joel McNeely's now-proven talents and are willing to explore his occasionally impressive and consistently robust venture into the Star Wars universe.

Avoid it... if you approach this video game score expecting McNeely to make extensive use of John Williams' established themes, their applications frustratingly infrequent.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #435
WRITTEN 10/2/96, REVISED 4/16/21
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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 enthusiasts had gotten wind of a second trilogy of films in the franchise, and enough time had passed since Star Wars: Return of the Jedi that they were practically frothing at the mouth in anticipation. With Star Wars: 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 upon 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 it. Their choice was "Shadows of the Empire," a story that takes place in between Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: 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 the central planet of Coruscant for the first time and come face to face with Prince Xizor, a new villain hoping to dethrone Lord Vader as the Emperor's right hand man and lures Luke by kidnapping Leia. Being based very strongly in the Star Wars universe, "Shadows of the Empire" offers a fresh new look at events that devotees 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 its composer was largely unfamiliar to mainstream movie-goers at the time. Apart from this project, Composer Joel McNeely had already made a name for himself as a possible successor someday for John Williams, with his work for "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" serving notice of his arrival to the industry. It was reported at the time that John Williams forwarded McNeely's name to the production team, while others claim that Williams was never consulted about or offered a chance to score "Shadows of the Empire." Regardless, McNeely was both capable of providing an appropriate score and was given the right to use Williams' existing original trilogy material for reference. A vibrant performance by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and accompanying chorus gave McNeely a fighting shot at matching the saga's established sound.


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Average: 3.32 Stars
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an alternate shadows of the empire soundtrack review
K.S. - February 28, 2017, at 7:12 a.m.
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found some   Expand >>
Jeremy - November 12, 2007, at 6:20 p.m.
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Marcato
classical music references?
Jeremy - August 10, 2006, at 5:58 p.m.
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The booklet of this release...
Kon/nos Sotiropoulos - August 7, 2006, at 2:47 a.m.
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Yeah, but it isn't John Williams   Expand >>
Berlioz - August 6, 2006, at 10:47 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
All Albums Tracks   ▼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. Xizor'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 Xizor's Palace (10:44)

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The inserts of both albums include detailed information about the project.
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