Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – Original Soundtrack’ (International Edition’)

On May 16, 1980, five days before the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, RSO Records released Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: Original Soundtrack on vinyl, eight-track cassette, and audio cassette formats. Featuring a front cover that shows Darth Vader’s menacing mask against the backdrop of space and aContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – Original Soundtrack’ (International Edition’)”

Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: Original Soundtrack Composed and Conducted by John Williams/Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra’

The Album In June of 1977, shortly after the May 25 limited release of writer-director George Lucas’ Star Wars, 20th Century Records released a 2-LP gatefold album titled Star Wars: Original Soundtrack Composed and Conducted by John Williams/Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. And just as the film it was derived from became both aContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: Original Soundtrack Composed and Conducted by John Williams/Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra’”

Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ (Remastered)

Star Wars: A New (Reissued) Hope On May 4, 2018, Walt Disney Records and Lucasfilm released Star Wars: A New Hope (Remastered), the latest re-issue of the original 1977 soundtrack album featuring music composed and conducted by John Williams. Digitally remastered from analog sources by a team led by Shawn Murphy, Leslie Ann Jones, andContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ (Remastered)”

Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ (Remastered)

Return of the ‘Empire’ On May 4, 2018 (“Star Wars Day”), Walt Disney Records released Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Remastered), a reissue of composer/conductor John Williams’ score for the second installment (in release order) of the Skywalker Saga. Assembled by a team of recording engineers led by Patricia Sullivan, Dann Thompson, Shawn Murphy,Continue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ (Remastered)”