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 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   Other Tallguy   (Member)

Since I was caught up in various anniversary celebrations yesterday (family birthday AND Doctor Who) I didn't get time to post this.

20 years ago the Star Wars Anthology 4 CD set came out. (I think I found out about it and purchased it in early December.) I'd have bought it for the final duel from Jedi alone.

I know we're swimming in astonishingly complete and wonderfully produced soundtrack releases every day now. There have even been more complete CDs of Star Wars since then.

But these were special. For one thing I don't recall anything similar ever being done before this. For another it's Star Wars (at a time when "all Star Wars all the time was at a definite ebb). And finally there is nothing about this set that didn't just cry out how much love went into it. It is still gorgeous.

Thanks to all that worked on this a kind of long time ago probably not very far away.

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 5:54 AM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

I remember browsing in Tower Records back then and I came across it and was astonished to see it. Of course I bought it without hesitation and was happy to replace the LP-copied CDs I had at the time.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 6:17 AM   
 By:   rickO   (Member)

Twenty years already?

Wow, I'm depressed now. frown

I remember drooling over this set for a long time before I was finally able to get it. Good memories!

-Rick O.

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

At first I was a bit confused at the juxtaposition of a story about music from the "Star Wars" films and the graphic from "Star TREK," until I realized that that was the avatar of the person posting it! And then I chuckled!

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I vividly remember browsing a CD shop and seeing this box set on the shelf. I was floored. Picked it up without hesitation. I always wanted the Mos Eisley Space Port cue, (regardless how short it is) along with some other signature cues missing from the OST's.

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 9:19 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

I remember picking mine up from Movie Boulevard in Leeds.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

Twenty years already?

Wow, I'm depressed now. frown

I remember drooling over this set for a long time before I was finally able to get it. Good memories!

-Rick O.



You're depressed?

I remember working day and night a THEt MUSIC SOURCE in Seattle putting it together in time for the the release date and sending the dats off to NICK REDMAN for review..

Oh god, I feel old.

:-)

Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)

Yeah I was in my senior year of college in RI perusing a new record store when I came upon it . It felt like striking gold when you weren't looking. Back before the internet... What a time it was for a collector. Back when collecting really was work pounding the pavement... Today just a few click of the keys.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   tex1272   (Member)

Ah yes one of my favorite purchases ever. It was like manna from heaven.

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   Trent B.   (Member)

Has it been that long? Damn... I remember seeing the set at Border's (when they were still booming) and nabbed it.

The whole Original Trilogy set needs a proper remaster ...HOPEFULLY there will be one before Star Wars Episode VII is released.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   captain_avis   (Member)

In my opinion, this set is still the best presentation of the Classic Trilogy scores. For whatever reason, it always felt to me that more love went into this set than in the re-releases, especially with that gorgeous booklet with the essays and production artwork. The sound quality too is better in this set overall than on the re-releases, especially in the case of Jedi.

Chris.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   TheFamousEccles   (Member)

Yeah I was in my senior year of college in RI perusing a new record store when I came upon it . It felt like striking gold when you weren't looking. Back before the internet... What a time it was for a collector. Back when collecting really was work pounding the pavement... Today just a few click of the keys.

Oddly enough - though I wasn't in college - I actually bought the Anthology while on a family vacation in Newport, RI circa 1997, so this little anecdote struck a nostalgic chord. One of my first major soundtrack purchases, I think - along with "Songs in the Key of Springfield" which I also bought that day. A tremendous box of treasures. I still enjoy it, and find the attendant notes and essays as enjoyable and readable as they were the first time I went through them.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   eggerty31   (Member)

I only picked this up this year, a sealed copy... Very good price.

Despite having the SE box set I have to agree that this is the best presented version of the original trilogy scores. I still think there's a need for a properly mastered complete set, but this Anthology set features all the best bits and each disc is a great listening experience.

Nice booklet as well. Not really surprising considering who's name is credited.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 12:52 PM   
 By:   McD   (Member)

Wow - makes me feel old. I loved this set when I got it barely out of school, though I mislaid the long booklet about a decade ago.

Was this set the beginning then of most of our dreams gradually coming true? A genuine soundtracking landmark.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Nice to see that we all have stories about this.

I first discovered the box on a school trip to Paris in 1995. It was on a shelf in the huge FNAC store. I was totally taken by it (my film music passion was relatively new), but it was too expensive at the time. A few months later, maybe a year, I had saved up enough to order it from a Norwegian mail order company. A friend of mine had just gotten a licence and a car, so we drove down to the post office during a mid break and picked it up. I still remember unwrapping it with total excitement in the locker area of the school.

Unfortunately, the glue of the booklet started to wear off after just a week or two, but no biggie. It was -- and still is -- one of the greatest film music sets of all time, IMO, and a rare case where I actually prefer the expanded versions over the previous album versions (which I never really got in the first place).

I can't remember if I had started my FSM subscription prior to or just after I got this box, but it was one of the first times I encountered the name Lukas Kendall (who wrote the liner notes). There's a man to be reckoned with, I thought. smile

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   orion_mk3   (Member)

This is still my favorite presentation of the Star Wars music - it's chronological yet single-disc presentations of the meatiest material from the films almost without interruptions from source music, with a disc of extras for people who want it. Compared to the multi-disc sets, which are sometimes exhausting and incorporate some changes made for the 1997 "remasterings" of the original trilogy (not to mention a lot of irritating source music)...I just like it better. And I bought the 2-disc sets first!

The box is to me the best compromise between "complete and chronological" and "album as listening experience" we're likely to get for these epochal scores smile

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 1:22 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I was with my parents shopping at Costco one day (back when Costco actually had a good, sizable selection of music) when I stumbled across the Anthology. Up to that point, all I had were cassette copies of my dad's LPs for the first two films, and nothing for the third. I grabbed a copy and ran back to my parents, begging and pleading with them to buy it, which they did. I remember getting home and immediately listening to it as I poured over the liner notes. Obviously, I was into film scores before then, but it was sort of a more casual interest and I didn't have a lot on CD. But it was with the Anthology that my interest really began to start climbing. It was an amazing set that I got a lot of mileage out of.

In 2002, I supplanted it with the 1997 two-disc releases, which are now my go-to source for the scores. I haven't listened to the Anthology in a long time, but I still have it proudly on display with my collection.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

It was a wonderful boxset. I picked mine up on a holiday to Florida with my mum back in 1994 when I was 18 (I actually though it had been 92, when I was 16 but apparently not). I had wondered into a CD shop to see what soundtracks were out and if I could get an bargains compared to the prices I paid in Northern Ireland, and there on the shelf it sat and I couldn't believe it.

I had to have it as I had been listening to tape copies of the LPs for years (we owned the LPs but they weren't portable) and had never dreamed that someone would manage to release more music from the movies. It was my first limited edition soundtrack, well I thought it was limited at the time smile it was certainly my first boxset and not the last which Lukas was involved with.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 1:30 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I was with my parents shopping at Costco one day (back when Costco actually had a good, sizable selection of music) when I stumbled across the Anthology. Up to that point, all I had were cassette copies of my dad's LPs for the first two films, and nothing for the third. I grabbed a copy and ran back to my parents, begging and pleading with them to buy it, which they did. I remember getting home and immediately listening to it as I poured over the liner notes. Obviously, I was into film scores before then, but it was sort of a more casual interest and I didn't have a lot on CD. But it was with the Anthology that my interest really began to start climbing. It was an amazing set that I got a lot of mileage out of.

In 2002, I supplanted it with the 1997 two-disc releases, which are now my go-to source for the scores. I haven't listened to the Anthology in a long time, but I still have it proudly on display with my collection.


For me, it's the opposite. I also got the three 2CD sets (the 'book' cover versions), but they were just too C&C for me. I found myself listening to the Anthology CD's 99% of the time. So I sold the 2CD sets. Of course, the box is still on display, and so are the CD's, since I've transferred them to my iTunes.

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

I wish Nick and Ford could get to work on a proper six-movie-anthology update.

Ford, what kind of circumstances would have to occur? What "planets would have to align," if you know what I mean, to make another great box like the Arista happen, one more time, for the complete (so far) JW/SW saga?

 
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