Soundtrack Compilation

Music from the Star Wars Saga

Musical Score By: John Williams

Performed By: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Distributed by: Silva Screen Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Anyone who knows me, knows I am a huge Star Wars fan, but it's not just the storylines, the characters, the conflicts or the special effects that have made me a fan of each and every live action Star Wars film thus far.  It's the music created by the legendary composer John Williams.  With the latest Star Wars movie release looming, it seems appropriate that Silva Screen Records should pay homage to the scores from previous Star Wars films.

            Music from the Star Wars Saga contains fifteen tracks featuring selections from each of the six live action films.  Some great selections made it to this album!  Star Wars: A New Hope Main Theme, Cantina Band, Princess Leia and The Throne Room are all from A New Hope and are some of my favorite pieces of score created by Williams.  The memorable Imperial March and the love theme Han Solo and the Princess from The Empire Strikes Back also made the pick.  You just knew that the dramatic Duel of Fates from The Phantom Menace would be there.  And I love Across the Stars, the love theme of Anakin and Padme from Attack of the Clones.

            The music on this album is performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and they do a decent job in their interpretation of John Williams' work.  I enjoyed the album, though I definitely noticed differences between the music on this album and the original works. 

            But, you must understand, I have been listening to some of this score since I was six years old...over and over and over again.  I know every nuance of the music by heart and am somewhat of a John Williams original Star Wars score snob.  So when I say that The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra did a decent job on this album, that is actually a pretty good compliment.  I also enjoyed the arrangement, though I thought a couple more selections from Return of the Jedi and Attack of the Clones could have been included. 

            The Music from the Star Wars Saga album would make a great gift for any Star Wars fan and it becomes available July 10, 2015, long before Episode VII is set to hit the theaters, making it a great prelude to an event some fans have been waiting for with baited breath.


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