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John Williams / Star Wars: Ultimate Soundtrack Collection box sets

Early next year, Sony Music Classical will release the original soundtracks of Star Wars Episodes I – VI in new extensive deluxe vinyl and CD box sets.

Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection will be an 11LP box and includes each of John Williams’ six film soundtracks from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace to Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi in deluxe gatefold sleeves faithfully replicating the original artwork.

The audio for these was transferred from the original masters using the highest resolution (up to 192kHz/24bit) and pressed on 180gram vinyl. The records come in a black, soft-touch laminated slipcase with an embossed, hot silver foil Star Wars logo and includes a digital download card for one complete box set (all six soundtracks). This is the first time all six Star Wars original soundtracks have been available on vinyl in one complete box set.

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If vinyl isn’t your thing, then there will also be an CD version of the Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection that contains 10 CDs and a DVD.

The six soundtracks are on nine CDs and packaged in mini-LP CD album jackets and there is a bonus CD featuring a new audio interview with Harrison Ford and an interview with John Williams. The DVD, Star Wars: A Musical Journey, is a one hour special hosted by actor Ian McDiarmid (Chancellor Palpatine) highlighting select musical themes alongside key sequences from the films. This set also comes with a fold-out poster and three collectable stickers.

Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl/Soundtrack Collection box sets will be released on 8 January 2016.

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Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection (11LP Vinyl Box)

Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection (10CD+DVD box)

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Vinyl Collection

Side 1
1. Episode I – Star Wars Main Title and the Arrival at Naboo – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
2. Episode I – Duel of The Fates – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
3. Episode I – Anakin’s Theme – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
4. Episode I – Jar Jar’s Introduction and the Swim to Otoh Gunga – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
5. Episode I – The Sith Spacecraft and the Droid Battle – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices

Side 2
1. Episode I – The Trip to the Naboo Temple and the Audience with Boss Nass – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
2. Episode I – The Arrival at Tatooine and the Flag Parade – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
3. Episode I – He Is the Chosen One – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
4. Episode I – Anakin Defeats Sebulba – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
5. Episode I – Passage Through the Planet Core – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices

Side 3
1. Episode I – Watto’s Deal and Kids at Play – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
2. Episode I – Panaka and the Queen’s Protectors – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
3. Episode I – Queen Amidala and the Naboo Palace – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
4. Episode I – The Droid Invasion and the Appearance of Darth Maul – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices

Side 4
1. Episode I – Qui-Gon’s Noble End – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
2. Episode I – The High Council Meeting and Qui-Gon’s Funeral – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
3. Episode I – Augie’s Great Municipal Band and End Credits – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / New London Children’s Choir

Side 5
1. Episode II – Star Wars Main Title and Ambush on Coruscant – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
2. Episode II – Across the Stars (Love Theme from Star Wars Episode II) – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
3. Episode II – Zam the Assassin and the Chase Through Coruscant – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices

Side 6
1. Episode II – Yoda and the Younglings – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
2. Episode II – Departing Coruscant – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
3. Episode II – Anakin and Padmé – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
4. Episode II – Jango’s Escape – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
5. Episode II – The Meadow Picnic – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices

Side 7
1. Episode II – Bounty Hunter’s Pursuit – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
2. Episode II – Return to Tatooine – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
3. Episode II – The Tusken Camp and the Homestead – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices

Side 8
1. Episode II – Love Pledge and the Arena – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
2. Episode II – Confrontation with Count Dooku and Finale – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices

Side 9
1. Episode III – Star Wars and the Revenge of the Sith – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
2. Episode III – Anakin’s Dream – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
3. Episode III – Battle of the Heroes – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices

Side 10
1. Episode III – Anakin’s Betrayal – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
2. Episode III – General Grievous – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
3. Episode III – Palpatine’s Teachings – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
4. Episode III – Grievous and the Droids – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices

Side 11
1. Episode III – Padme’s Ruminations – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
2. Episode III – Anakin vs. Obi-Wan – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
3. Episode III – Anakin’s Dark Deeds – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
4. Episode III – Enter Lord Vader – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
5. Episode III – The Immolation Scene – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices

Side 12
1. Episode III – Grievous Speaks to Lord Sidious – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
2. Episode III – The Birth of the Twins and Padme’s Destiny – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices
3. Episode III – A New Hope and End Credits – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / London Voices

Side 13
1. Episode IV – Main Title – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
2. Episode IV – Imperial Attack – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
3. Episode IV – Princess Leia’s Theme – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
4. Episode IV – The Desert and the Robot Auction – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra

Side 14
1. Episode IV – Ben’s Death and TIE Fighter Attack – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
2. Episode IV – The Little People Work – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
3. Episode IV – Rescue of the Princess – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
4. Episode IV – Inner City – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
5. Episode IV – Cantina Band – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra

Side 15
1. Episode IV – The Land of the Sandpeople – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
2. Episode IV – Mouse Robot and Blasting Off – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
3. Episode IV – The Return Home – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
4. Episode IV – The Walls Converge – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
5. Episode IV – The Princess Appears – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra

Side 16
1. Episode IV – The Last Battle – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
2. Episode IV – The Throne Room and End Title – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra

Side 17
1. Episode V – Star Wars (Main Theme) – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
2. Episode V – Yoda’s Theme – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
3. Episode V – The Training of a Jedi Knight – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
4. Episode V – The Heroics of Luke and Han – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra

Side 18
1. Episode V – The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
2. Episode V – Departure of Boba Fett – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
3. Episode V – Han Solo and the Princess – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
4. Episode V – Hyperspace – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
5. Episode V – The Battle in the Snow – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra

Side 19
1. Episode V – The Asteroid Field – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
2. Episode V – The City in the Clouds – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
3. Episode V – Rebels at Bay – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
4. Episode V – Yoda and the Force – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra

Side 20

1. Episode V – The Duel – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
2. Episode V – The Magic Tree – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
3. Episode V – Lando’s Palace – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
4. Episode V – Finale – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra

Side 21
1. Episode VI – Main Title (The Story Continues) – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
2. Episode VI – Into the Trap – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
3. Episode VI – Luke and Leia – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
4. Episode VI – Parade of the Ewoks – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
5. Episode VI – Han Solo Returns (At the Court of Jabba the Hutt) – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
6. Episode VI – Lapti Nek (Jabba’s Palace Band) – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra / Michelle Gruska

Side 22
1. Episode VI – The Forest Battle – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
2. Episode VI – Rebel Briefing – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
3. Episode VI – The Emperor – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
4. Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra
5. Episode VI – Ewok Celebration and Finale – John Williams / London Symphony Orchestra

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22 responses to John Williams / Star Wars: Ultimate Soundtrack Collection box sets

  1. Simon Franklin says:

    The DVD has been released before but as ‘a 70 minute journey through the Star Wars saga’ given as a bonus disc with the episode 3 sound track, it’s really something very special and worth seeking out

  2. Alan Fenwick says:

    January 8th is my birthday, I spot an opportunity here…..

  3. jay says:

    somewhat disapointing that phantom menace will be the single disc edition. though cool to see episode II and III getting vinyl debuts (I think)

    • Alan Fenwick says:

      @Jay

      That’s correct, this is the debut for Episodes II and III on vinyl. The only other release I am aware of in the pipeline for those ones are from the independent label “I Am Shark” which is based in America. They did some pretty cool vinyl variants for Phantom Of The Menace as well.

  4. Steve Burke says:

    It says “up to 24/192″ – do we know which ones were 24/192, which ones weren’t? What was the lowest? None were AAA?

  5. John-73 says:

    Curious as to what source they’ve used for the Empire double-LP. I had read that the original album master had deteriorated (oxide shed) beyond the ability to use. This was reported as far back as the release of the superb 4-CD Arista Anthology set. Either it’s been repaired somehow, or they’ve recreated its contents from the multi-tracks. I hope it’s not been transferred from a 24/192 LP transfer… ;)

  6. Steven says:

    Should’ve perhaps guessed Disney would release a box set of these soundtracks at some point, although curious to note they are releasing them in January (ie after Christmas, when everyone is a bit strapped for cash!)

    Curious to note also that they are limiting the vinyl releases to the original vinyl running order (hence Jedi is only a single LP), whereas the CDs offer the expanded running orders (at least for the original trilogy).

    Still, am tempted by the vinyl box – but what would make it a complete no brainer (for me) would be to find out that the included downloads are the hi-res 192/24 files – is there word yet on the resoluton of the downloads, Paul?

    • Tom M says:

      If they are going to the trouble of hi-res digital for download, it would interest me more if Blu-ray discs or DVD-A were made available. I won’t hold my breath.

  7. Bill Scruggs says:

    I dunno, I have a bad feeling about this…

  8. Jim says:

    OK, so I have Star Wars and Empire on vinyl, the 4 CD box, the special edition trilogy double CDs, the prequel CDs (including the Musical Journey DVD) and the Phantom Menace Ultimate Edition double CD. So, in theory, there’s nothing really here for me. But still…

  9. AMC says:

    Remixed by George Lucas.

  10. Jim says:

    What I mean is that there is no way that I need this but I’m still strangely drawn to it.

  11. Chris2 says:

    I really find it disappointing that soundtracks, having a 5.1 mix available anyway, are not being released at least in a lossy surround format, if they are released as deluxe editions anyway. Especially those from Star Wars or other cult films. Like the wonderful LOTR Editions. Hopefully they will consider a cd/blu ray combo one day.

  12. As a moderate Star Wars fans – but a big soundtracks fan – what I’m looking for is a “Supreme Court”-style judgement on this release: Is this the release I can get, and safely ditch all of my previous versions? Is there anything “new” here? What are the selling points for someone like me? I’ve bought the vast majority of this material multiple times before but I’m willing to shell out again if there is substantial value to be had (in terms of content including but not limited to previously unreleased material, higher fidelity, surround sound, Blu Ray audio, lossless digital, remastering from original session tapes, music specially composed for the special editions that wasn’t on the original albums, etc.)… From what I can see so far, this seems like a “pass.” Frowny-Jedi-Emoticon.

  13. laurence culley says:

    The vinyl set is the one I would go for with this release, for the uniqueness of having episodes 2 and 3 on vinyl, and hopefully a better pressing of the Empire Strikes Back, compared to the Japan vinyl I still have. The CD set I see as being rather pointless, they are only releasing the single cd of episode one, meaning we are missing nearly 70 minutes of music which has already been released, and I have the cd of episode 2 that has the bonus track of the Conveyor Belt, which isn’t in this presentation either, complete with the shortened Musical Journey, the inclusion of the bonus cd featuring the interviews is not worth the expense. Sony dropped the ball with this set. they should be releasing all six films as 2 cd sets, including the full Musical Journey and to really make me buy it, the original 3 soundtrack presentations of Star Wars (1977), Empire (1980) and Jedi (1983) on re-mastered CDs, meaning the world premier release of the original Empire on CD too.

  14. Dave says:

    This might be a stupid question… But why do the vinyls have less tracks and tracks in different orders??
    Are the vinyl editions shorter than the CDs in length because of the limited space on the vinyl? Or am I missing something?

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  16. Elune SH says:

    Does anyone Know, How Many Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection Boxes were released?

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