STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Original Soundtrack (LP 1980)

STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

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1980
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74:34
RSO Records

STAR WARS TRILOGY: The Original Soundtrack Anthology (1993)

STAR WARS TRILOGY
The Original Soundtrack Anthology

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1993
25
106:52
20th Century Fox

Includes music from Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Special Edition) Original Soundtrack (1997)

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition

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1997
24
124:21
RCA Victor

Special reissues (without new musical content):
STAR WARS EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
2004
STAR WARS EPISODE V:
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Soundtrack (2004)
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2004
24
124:21
Sony Classical


Version published with the occasion of the first DVD release of the film, in which changes the record label (to Sony Classical) and the art of the covers. The content of this edition is the same than the Special Edition of RCA Victor of 1997, though it does without the notes that this edition was containing.

This edition of the soundtrack is the first one in which it is recorded the number of the episode in the title (numbering that began in 1999 with the soundtrack of the Episode I: The Phantom Menace), since it is the first version commercialized later to the existence of Episodes I, II and III.

STAR WARS TRILOGY
2004
STAR WARS TRILOGY Soundtrack (2004)
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2004
74
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Sony Classical

Box set that includes the album previously reviewed, in addition to the soundtracks of Episodes V and VI edited by Sony Classical in 2004. The set includes 6 discs:

    • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (2004 version).
    • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (2004 version).
    • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (2004 version).
The Music of STAR WARS: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition
2007
The Music of STAR WARS: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition (2007)
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2007
87
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Sony Classical

The set includes 7 discs and 1 CD-ROM:

    • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
    • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
    • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
    • The Corellian Edition.
    • CD-ROM.
STAR WARS: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection
2016
STAR WARS: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection (2016)
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January, 2016
121
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Sony Classical

The set includes 10 discs + 1 DVD:

    • Episodes I, II y III: original single editions of 1999, 2002, 2005.
    • DVD "Star Wars: A Musical Journey" (released together with the Episode III soundtrack in 2005).
    • Episodes IV, V y VI: double editions of 1997/2004.
    • CD with interviews to John Williams and Harrison Ford.
STAR WARS: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection
2016
STAR WARS: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection (2016)
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January, 2016
89
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Sony Classical

Vinyl edition

The set includes 11 vinyls:

    • Episodes I, II y III: original single editions of 1999, 2002, 2005.
    • Episodes IV, V y VI: original editions of 1977, 1980, 1983.
STAR WARS: The Ultimate Digital Collection
2016
STAR WARS: The Ultimate Digital Collection (2016)
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January, 2016
89
Compilation
Sony Classical

Digital edition

The compilation includes 89 tracks:

    • Episodes I, II y III: original single editions of 1999, 2002, 2005.
    • Episodes IV, V y VI: original editions of 1977, 1980, 1983.
STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Limited Edition:
Gold-Coloured Vinyl
2016
STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Limited Edition: Gold-Coloured Vinyl (2016)
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August, 2016
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74:34
Sony Classical

Vinyl edition
Edition with restored audio from the original 1980 album, published with vinyl in gold color.
STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
2017
STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Soundtrack (2017)
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January, 2017
17
74:31
Walt Disney Records

Digital edition

In January 2017, Walt Disney Records reissues the digital soundtrack with the same content as the original 1980 edition. The edition does not include the numbering of the episode and uses the cover of the 1997 limited edition.

After the acquisition of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company in 2012, this edition is the first release of the soundtrack under the Walt Disney Records label.

STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
2018
STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Soundtrack (remastered) (2018)
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May, 2018
17
73:22
Walt Disney Records

Reedition of the original 1980 soundtrack album with remastered sound.

REVIEW

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (ENGLISH)

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams). The soundtrack of The Empire Strikes Back supposed the continuation of the masterpiece that John Williams was beginning 3 years before with the Star Wars' music. Far from supposing a fall with regard to the first part, both the movie and the soundtrack preserved and enlarged Star Wars' saga brilliantly. And part of the success of the soundtrack, which was nominated to the Oscar after the first part was gaining the mentioned prize, was due to the inspiration generated by the extraordinary universe created by George Lucas, which did not decline in The Empire Strikes Back, when, normally, it is what is use to happen with the second parts not conceived in their origin as a natural continuation of the story as this case is. The Empire Strikes Back saw born many new themes in the soundtrack, since the theme of Yoda, the love theme of Han Solo and the Princess and, especially, the Imperial March (also known as Darth Vader's theme), one of the more iconic themes tied to one of the best villainous of the film history.

The first edition of the soundtrack of The Empire Strikes Back was edited by RSO in 1980 in a double LP including 17 tracks. But the European version, released also in 1980 by Polydor, was cut back to only 10 tracks, quantity that was respected in the first CD edition of the soundtrack that would come in 1985, also from Polydor. It was not up to the 1993 compilation of Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology up to the one that an important quantity of music was recovered.

In the same year 1980, Charles Gerhardt requested permission to John Williams for the recording of a suite of The Empire Strikes Back, to what Williams acceded due to be a great fan of this type of recordings. The album, which was re-edited in 1986 and 1992 by Varèse Sarabande in CD format, does not add anything essential if there is had anyone of the later editions of the soundtrack of The Empire Strikes Back, except probably an interesting version of The Asteroid Field.

In 1993, Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology was edited, which was including 4 discs with the soundtrack of the 3 classic episodes, and where it was included a great quantity of footage of John Williams' music for the first time from the original edition in vinyl. Presented in a great box, this edition was including, in addition, an oversize booklet with abundant comments and track-by-track description of the 75 tracks included in the 4 discs, an authentic jewel for the fans of the saga and of Williams' music.

In 1997, RCA Victor finally released the complete score of the movie, taking advantage of the projection in cinemas of the Special Edition of the 3 movies of the original trilogy. Since it happened with the episode newly re-baptized as A New Hope, the soundtrack of The Empire Strikes Back included all the music of the movie, besides an extensive booklet according to the John Williams' important work. Later, the album was re-released with a different cover. But a mistake that also spread to this edition was the joining of several tracks to form longer tracks, since happened with The Battle of Hoth and its inconvenient 15 minutes. In spite of it, it continues being the edition that includes major content among music and written information, due that Sony's version of 2004 included the same music, changing the covers, according to those of the DVD version of the original trilogy that was edited this year, and doing without the extensive booklet that the Special Edition was including.

Probably the only part in which the 2004 edition overcomes the 1997 edition is in the track listing of the rear cover of the album, since the 1997 edition committed the incomprehensible mistake of not numbering the tracks nor to indicate the duration of the same ones.

 

Subsequently, the soundtrack of Episode V has been edited repeatedly, but without adding new musical content with respect to the editions of 1977, 1993 and 1997. The most significant of this albums are listed in the above section of reissues without new musical content.

Star Wars Episodio V: El Imperio Contraataca (ESPAÑOL)

Star Wars Episodio V: El Imperio Contraataca (John Williams). La banda sonora de El Imperio Contraataca supuso la continuación de la obra maestra que John Williams empezara 3 años antes con la música de Star Wars. Lejos de suponer un bajón respecto a la primera parte, tanto la película como la banda sonora conservaron y agrandaron la saga de Star Wars de forma brillante. Y parte del éxito de la banda sonora, que fue nominada al Oscar después de que la primera parte ganara el citado premio, fue debido a la inspiración generada por el extraordinario universo creado por George Lucas, que no decayó en El Imperio Contraataca, cuando normalmente es lo que suele pasar con las segundas partes no concebidas en su origen como una continuación natural de la historia como es este caso. El Imperio Contraataca vio nacer muchos nuevos temas en la banda sonora, como el tema de Yoda, el tema de amor de Han Solo y la Princesa y, sobre todo, la Marcha Imperial (también conocido como el tema de Darth Vader), uno de los temas más icónicos ligado a uno de los mejores malvados de la historia del cine.

La primera edición de la banda sonora de El Imperio Contraataca fue editada por RSO en 1980 en un doble LP contando con 17 pistas. Pero la versión europea, lanzada también en 1980 por Polydor, fue recortada a tan solo 10 pistas, cantidad que fue respetada en la primera edición en CD de la banda sonora que llegaría en 1985 también de la mano de Polydor. No fue hasta la compilación de 1993 Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology hasta la que se recuperó una cantidad de música importante.

En el mismo año 1980, Charles Gerhardt solicitó permiso al propio John Williams para la grabación de una suite de El Imperio Contraataca, a lo que Williams accedió al ser un gran fan de ese tipo de grabaciones. El disco, que se reeditó en 1986 y en 1992 por Varèse Sarabande en formato CD, no aporta nada esencial si se tiene alguna de las ediciones posteriores de la banda sonora de El Imperio Contraataca, salvo quizás una interesante versión de The Asteroid Field.

En 1993 se editó Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology, que incluía 4 discos con la banda sonora de los 3 episodios clásicos, y donde se incluyó una gran cantidad de metraje de la música de John Williams por primera vez desde la edición original en vinilo. Presentada en una gran caja, esta edición incluía, además, un libreto de gran tamaño con abundantes comentarios y descripción pista por pista de las 75 pistas incluidas en los 4 discos, una auténtica joya para los fans de la saga y de la música de Williams.

En 1997, RCA Victor lanzó por fin el score completo de la película, aprovechando la proyección en cines de la Edición Especial de las 3 películas de la trilogía original. Como sucedió con el episodio recién rebautizado como Una Nueva Esperanza, la banda sonora de El Imperio Contraataca incluyó toda la música de la película, además de un extenso libreto acorde con el importantísimo trabajo de John Williams. Más tarde se relanzó el álbum con una carátula diferente. Pero un error que también se extendió a esta edición fue la de unir varias pistas para formar pistas más largas, como sucedió con The Battle of Hoth y sus incomodísimos 15 minutos. A pesar de ello, sigue siendo la edición que aporta mayor contenido entre música e información escrita, dado que la versión de Sony de 2004 incluyó la misma música, cambiando las carátulas, acordes con las de la versión en DVD de la trilogía original que se editó ese año, y prescindiendo del extenso libreto que la Edición Especial incluía.

Quizás el único apartado en el que la edición de 2004 supera a la de 1997 es en el listado de pistas de la parte posterior del álbum, ya que la edición de 1997 cometió el incomprensible error de no numerar las pistas ni indicar la duración de las mismas.

 

Posteriormente, la banda sonora del Episodio V se ha editado en repetidas ocasiones, pero sin añadir nuevo contenido musical respecto al de las ediciones de 1977, 1993 y 1997. Los más significativos de estos álbumes se enumeran en la sección anterior de reediciones sin nuevo contenido musical.

TRACK LISTINGS
STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
1980
Total Time: 74:34
EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)
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RSO Records
  1. Star Wars (Main Theme) (5:49)
  2. Yoda's Theme (3:24)
  3. The Training of a Jedi Knight (3:17)
  4. The Heroics of Luke and Han (6:18)
  5. The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) (2:59)
  6. Departure of Boba Fett (3:30)
  7. Han Solo and the Princess (3:25)
  8. Hyperspace (4:02)
  9. The Battle in the Snow (3:48)
  10. The Asteroid Field (4:10)
  11. The City in the Clouds (6:29)
  12. Rebels at Bay (5:23)
  13. Yoda and the Force (4:01)
  14. The Duel (4:07)
  15. The Magic Tree (3:32)
  16. Lando's Palace (3:52)
  17. Finale (6:28)
STAR WARS TRILOGY: The Original Soundtrack Anthology
1993
Total Time: 106:52
Label:
20th Century Fox
    DISC 1: STAR WARS (not listed)
    DISC 2: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (75:17)
  1. Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare with CinemaScope Extension (Alfred Newman, 1954) (0:22)
  2. Main Title / The Imperial Probe (extended version)* (7:58)
  3. Luke's Escape* (3:34)
  4. Luke's Rescue (1:45)
  5. The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) (2:59)
  6. The Battle in the Snow (3:45)
  7. Luke's First Crash* (4:12)
  8. The Rebels Escape Again (2:59)
  9. The Asteroid Field (4:14)
  10. Yoda's Theme (3:26)
  11. Han Solo and the Princess (3:26)
  12. The Training of a Jedi Knight (3:13)
  13. The Magic Tree (3:32)
  14. Yoda and the Force (4:02)
  15. City in the Clouds* (6:50)
  16. Lando's Palace (3:52)
  17. The Duel (4:14)
  18. Hyperspace (4:03)
  19. Finale / End Credits (6:18)
*contains previously unreleased music
    DISC 3: RETURN OF THE JEDI (not listed)
    DISC 4: Outtakes and previously unreleased music from
    STAR WARS • THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK • RETURN OF THE JEDI   (74:59)
  1. Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare with CinemaScope Extension (Alfred Newman, 1954) (0:22)
  2. Main Title (alternate) (a)* (2:16)
  3. Heroic Ewok / The Fleet Goes into Hyperspace (c)* (3:05)
  4. A Hive of Villainy (a)* (2:12)
  5. Destruction of Alderaan (a)* (1:31)
  6. Drawing the Battle Lines / Leia's Instructions (b)* (4:02)
  7. The Ewok Battle (c)* (2:48)
  8. Attack Position (b)* (3:04)
  9. Crash Landing (b)* (3:35)
  10. Cantina Band (a) (2:46)
  11. Lapti Nek (c) (2:48)
  12. Cantina Band #2 (a)* (3:44)
  13. Faking the Code (c)* (4:10)
  14. Brother and Sister (c)* (3:08)
  15. Standing By (a)* (1:14)
  16. Leia is Wounded / Luke and Vader Duel (c)* (2:57)
  17. Carbon Freeze / Luke Pursues the Captives / Departure of Boba Fett (b)** (11:08)
  18. Losing a Hand (b)* (5:20)
  19. The Return of the Jedi (alternate) (c)* (5:03)
  20. Leia Breaks the news (alternate) / Funeral Pyre for a Jedi (film version) (c)* (2:27)
  21. Ewok Celebration (film version) (c) / End Credits (film version) (b)* (6:22)
(a) Star Wars     (b) The Empire Strikes Back     (c) Return of the Jedi
*previously unreleased     **previously unreleased, except "Departure of Baba Fett"
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK - The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition
1997
Total Time: 124:21
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (SE)
Label:
RCA Victor
    DISC 1 (62:37)
  1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare (Alfred Newman, 1954) (0:22)
  2. Main Title / The Ice Planet Hoth** (8:09)
  3. The Wampa's Lair / Vision of Obi-Wan* / Snowspeeders Take Flight (8:44)
  4. The Imperial Probe* / Aboard the Executor* (4:24)
  5. The Battle of Hoth
    (Ion Cannon / Imperial Walkers / Beneath the AT-AT / Escape in the Millenium Falcon) (14:48)
  6. The Asteroid Field (4:15)
  7. Arrival on Dagobah** (4:54)
  8. Luke's Nocturnal Visitor (2:35)
  9. Han Solo and the Princess (3:26)
  10. Jedi Master Revealed / Mynock Cave** (5:44)
  11. The Training of a Jedi Knight** / The Magic Tree (5:16)
    DISC 2 (61:44)
  1. Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) (3:02)
  2. Yoda's Theme (3:30)
  3. Attacking a Star Destroyer (3:04)
  4. Yoda and the Force (4:02)
  5. Imperial Starfleet Deployed* / City in the Clouds (6:04)
  6. Lando's Palace (3:53)
  7. Betrayal at Bespin* (3:46)
  8. Deal with the Dark Lord* (2:37)
  9. Carbon Freeze** / Darth Vader's Trap / Departure of Boba Fett (11:50)
  10. The Clash of Lightsabers (4:18)
  11. Rescue from Cloud City / Hyperspace (9:10)
  12. The Rebel Fleet / End Title (6:28)
* previously unreleased        ** contains previously unreleased music
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