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Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Exploring the lighter side of The Force on his second Star Wars soundtrack, John Williams shapes memorable character themes from sweetly flowing violins, flute, and harp for “Yoda’s Theme” and “Han Solo and the Princess.” But it’s hard to not love the bad guys. Channeling Holst, the militaristic throb of "The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)," with its authoritative minor-key brass moments, still makes the hair on the back of our necks stand on end.

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Classic Williams

This is a great album, probably one of my favorite scores by John Williams. However, it's unfortunate (and I'm not blaming iTunes) that this is just a partial album. You can still get some great songs, but the music from the Empire Strikes Back was truly a score -- something that's meant to be listened to from beginning to end. It has a type of continuity that this partial album lacks. Regardless, there's some wonderful music hear. But for those of you who want to dig deeper, consider purchasing the entire album. You won't regret it.

The Best of the Saga, But Still Flawed ...

In my personal opinion, I believe Empire brought in more themes than all of the original trilogy. There's so many motifs used in this score than from the first, that it spans throughout the entire saga. While many agree that this is the best Star Wars -- and I agree -- there are a few flaws Williams hasn't approached properly. Some of the tracks are really, really boring. Some however are grand. Some I liked: * The Asteroid Field * Imperial March * Betrayal at Bespin and so on ... Others, mainly the Yoda themes, are what I'm talking about in lagging. Nonetheless, Empire's score is the best of the saga, and though it is still flawed, it is a classic that will stand the test of time. Buy this. Enjoy.

I love Starwars

This is a great soundtrack. I wish Starwars wuz real!


Born: February 8, 1932 in Flushing, NY

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The most popular film composer of the modern era, John Williams created music for some of the most successful motion pictures in Hollywood history -- Star Wars, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter are just four of the credits in his extensive oeuvre. Born February 8, 1932, in Floral Park, New York, he was the son of a movie studio musician, and he followed in his father's footsteps by studying music at UCLA and Juilliard; initially, he pursued a career as a jazz pianist, later...
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