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Star Wars Soundtracks Ultimate Collector's Edition

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Wandering around the iTunes store earlier and found the “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” of the soundtracks of the Star Wars films. I noticed that Lapti Nek and Ewok Celebration were listed rater than their SE counterparts. I listened to the sample or whatever just to be sure and it was true. Just thought I’d share.

The Drink in Question

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I find this very exciting. I also love that the vinyl releases include the original art for Star Wars, Empire and Jedi, with no episode numbers. I like that they’re going with the classic original titles and art.

The Person in Question

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Here are several oddities related to the new soundtrack releases:

Both the Star Wars press release and the Amazon listing show different track listings for the CD and Vinyl versions–despite that they’re listed on Amazon as different formats for the same release and both have the same artwork. The iTunes version has the Vinyl’s track listing.

It seems the Vinyl has the tracks from the original releases, while the CD versions of the OT soundtracks look like reissues of the 1997 2-disc sets with “Jedi Rocks” (vomits) and the new Victory music by John Williams (which I actually like as a piece of music except it totally doesn’t fit into the scene–that this recording exists is probably the only good byproduct of the SEs).

The CD version also has the 20th century fanfare unlike the Vinyls–did the original vinyl releases include this, or can we read into this? Oddly, the 20th Century Fox Fanfare has been removed from the prequels for the reissue CDs but not the OT–could this be a sign that Disney/Lucasfilm is looking to preserve the Fanfare, at least for reissues of the OUT–which I really hope will have their respective period-appropriate opening logos and fanfares?

Correction: Apparently, the prequel soundtracks were never released with fanfare tracks.

As an aside, on iTunes there are also individual albums for the OT movies with old tracks and artwork as well as the 1997 releases. These “original” releases are marked as released in 2004–but I don’t recall ever seeing these before.

http://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Ultimate-Soundtrack-Collection/dp/B015NOT9FY/ref=tmm_acd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1452314650&sr=8-1

http://www.starwars.com/news/sony-classical-to-release-ultimate-editions-of-original-star-wars-soundtracks

TV’s Frink said:

I would put this in my sig if I weren’t so lazy.

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CHEWBAKAspelledwrong said:

Here are several oddities related to the new soundtrack releases:

Both the Star Wars press release and the Amazon listing show different track listings for the CD and Vinyl versions–despite that they’re listed on Amazon as different formats for the same release and both have the same artwork. The iTunes version has the Vinyl’s track listing.

It seems the Vinyl has the tracks from the original releases, while the CD versions of the OT soundtracks look like reissues of the 1997 2-disc sets with “Jedi Rocks” (vomits) and the new Victory music by John Williams (which I actually like as a piece of music except it totally doesn’t fit into the scene–that this recording exists is probably the only good byproduct of the SEs).

The CD version also has the 20th century fanfare unlike the Vinyls–did the original vinyl releases include this, or can we read into this? Oddly, the 20th Century Fox Fanfare has been removed from the prequels for the reissue CDs but not the OT–could this be a sign that Disney/Lucasfilm is looking to preserve the Fanfare, at least for reissues of the OUT–which I really hope will have their respective period-appropriate opening logos and fanfares?

Correction: Apparently, the prequel soundtracks were never released with fanfare tracks.

As an aside, on iTunes there are also individual albums for the OT movies with old tracks and artwork as well as the 1997 releases. These “original” releases are marked as released in 2004–but I don’t recall ever seeing these before.

http://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Ultimate-Soundtrack-Collection/dp/B015NOT9FY/ref=tmm_acd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1452314650&sr=8-1

http://www.starwars.com/news/sony-classical-to-release-ultimate-editions-of-original-star-wars-soundtracks

Strange. I checked it out on Amazon and the reviews from people who bought both vinyl and cd do not mention any differences between the songs of the two formats. Perhaps it’s an Amazon mistake? If I were reviewing them I’d definitely point that out.

Then again, maybe they haven’t had the time to listen to every disc and record all the way through.

The Drink in Question

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Both the original and Special Editions are available. As it should be

The Person in Question

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Still odd to have what is marketed as the same release on two different formats (by both Amazon and StarWars.com) have radically different content.

Imagine if they announced they were rereleasing remastered versions of the Original Trilogy, and the OUT films were available only on 35mm Technicolor prints or a 5 GB iTunes release, while the SEs got a 50 GB Blu Ray. That would be more or less the equivalent, in principle.

TV’s Frink said:

I would put this in my sig if I weren’t so lazy.

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The CDs appear to be SE only, while vinyl is original. iTunes has both digitally

The Person in Question

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moviefreakedmind said:

The CDs appear to be SE only, while vinyl is original. iTunes has both digitally

But isn’t that just the regular SE releases?

The new Ultimate Collection on iTunes is OOT only, no?

  • Vinyl: OOT
  • CD: SE
  • ITunes: OOT

If I hadn’t got the 1993 box set I’d be all over that new iTunes collection.

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GlastoEls said:

moviefreakedmind said:

The CDs appear to be SE only, while vinyl is original. iTunes has both digitally

But isn’t that just the regular SE releases?

The new Ultimate Collection on iTunes is OOT only, no?

  • Vinyl: OOT
  • CD: SE
  • ITunes: OOT

If I hadn’t got the 1993 box set I’d be all over that new iTunes collection.

Yeah, you’re right. The CD’s I think are older releases. The new releases are only the original soundtracks.

The Person in Question