The London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980/2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams
Title: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Genre: Soundtrack
Release Date: 1980
Duration: 01:13:22
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Walt Disney Records

By the end of the 1970s, John Williams was already a legend among filmmakers and film-scoring buffs. But the success of Star Wars elevated him to something he probably could have scarcely imagined–bona fide pop-culture icon. Williams’s masterful score to the first Star Wars sequel (and the chapter many sci-fi fans cite as the series’ most dark, emotionally complex, and satisfying) fleshes out his original character themes with some new ones while painting compelling musical portraits of alien worlds as disparate as the ice planet Hoth and the swampy Dagobah. Notable are the menacing, Prokofiev-inspired “Imperial Theme (Darth Vader’s March)”; the noble “Yoda and the Force”; and Hoth’s “Battle” cues, which are some of the most dramatic action cues ever. This expanded edition also fleshes out the already familiar themes with new tracks that restore the score to its status as a grand galactic symphony. A richly illustrated booklet is included as well, helping listeners place each piece of music in its proper cinematic context. Of his four attempts at coloring George Lucas’s rich stellar saga, this remains Williams’s most consistent and compelling.

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John Williams – Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005/2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: John Williams
Title: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Genre: Soundtrack
Release Date: 2005
Duration: 01:10:39
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Walt Disney Records

Originally released alongside the movie in 2005, the Episode III: Revenge of the Sith soundtrack features a score by five-time Oscar winner John Williams, who is also the composer and conductor of the score for each film in the 9 — chapter Star Wars saga. The score found on the Episode III soundtrack is decidedly darker than previous Star Wars prequel soundtracks, as the musical themes match the growing darkness woven into the story and the galaxy as the Empire consolidates its power at the conclusion of the prequel trilogy. Many of the heroic, anthemic themes woven throughout Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith will nonetheless be very familiar to any fan of the series, from the “Imperial March” to the main theme.

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The London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams – Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983/2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams
Title: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Genre: Soundtrack
Release Date: 1983
Duration: 00:45:10
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Walt Disney Records

The “Return of the Jedi” score was recorded at the Abbey Road studios in January and February 1983 by the London Symphony Orchestra. The score won another Oscar nomination for John Williams. Because of the decrease of popularity for the vinyl format, Return of the Jedi, which has the longest score of the original trilogy, was only released on one LP instead of two like the scores for its predecessors, A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.

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The London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams – Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002/2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams
Title: Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
Genre: Soundtrack
Release Date: 2002
Duration: 01:13:21
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Walt Disney Records

Originally released alongside the movie in 2002 by Sony Classical, the original motion picture soundtrack to Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones’ 13-track score from legendary composer John Williams has been remastered to maximize the recording’s dynamic range.

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The London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams – Star Wars: A New Hope (1977/2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams
Title: Star Wars: A New Hope
Genre: Soundtrack
Release Date: 1977
Duration: 01:14:58
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Walt Disney Records

John Williams’ score for “Star Wars” was recorded over eight sessions at Anvil Studios in Denham, England on March 5, 8–12, 15 and 16, 1977. The score was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra with Williams himself conducting. The score was orchestrated by Williams’s frequent associate Herbert W. Spencer, who also orchestrated The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The score was recorded by engineer Eric Tomlinson and edited by Kenneth Wannberg, and the scoring sessions were produced by Star Wars director George Lucas and supervised by Lionel Newman, head of 20th Century Fox’s music department.

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Idris Muhammad – Turn This Mutha Out (1977/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Idris Muhammad
Title: Turn This Mutha Out
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 1977
Duration: 00:38:16
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Kudu/CTI Records

A great late 70s chapter in the career of funky drummer Idris Muhammad — moving into very different territory here than his early soul jazz with Lou Donaldson, and even his earliest solo material too! David Matthews arranged the tracks, and he’s given them a slick but soulful sound, with lots of spacey fusion elements, and a nice funky soul vibe that’s a bit similar to some of Larry Mizell’s work — stretched out in this great mix of grooves and deeper jazzier elements — even at a level that’s hipper than Matthews’ usual material from the time. Idris is at the core on percussion — and the lineup also includes Jeremy Steig on flute, Eric Gale on guitar, Randy Brecker on trumpet, and Wilbur Bascomb on bass — and titles include the seminal “Could Heaven Ever Be Like This”, plus “Cambay Bolongo”, “Tasty Cakes”, “Crab Apple”, “Moon Hymn”, and “Say What”.

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Hiromi – Another Mind (2003/2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Hiromi
Title: Another Mind
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2003
Duration: 01:10:25
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Concord Records

“I don’t want to put a name on my music. Other people can put a name on what I do. It’s just the union of what I’ve been listening to and what I’ve been learning. It has some elements of classical music, it has some rock, it has some jazz, but I don’t want to give it a name.” —Hiromi Uehara

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Herschel Bernardi – Herschel Bernardi Sings Fiddler On The Roof (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Herschel Bernardi
Title: Herschel Bernardi Sings Fiddler On The Roof
Genre: Pop
Release Date: 1966
Duration: 00:30:20
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: Columbia Records

Since an actor’s stage performances disappear after they are made before small audiences, while his or her television and film work is not only disseminated more widely but also preserved, it is easier to remember an actor like Herschel Bernardi for his numerous character parts or even for his voicing of Charlie the Tuna and the Jolly Green Giant on commercials than to appreciate his starring performances in such Broadway musicals as Bajour, Fiddler on the Roof, and Zorba. When he came in as a replacement Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof in November 1965, however, he was well-accepted, giving a more musical and personal performance than the clownish Zero Mostel, who originated the role. Columbia Records had him make an album of the score and even had librettist Joseph Stein write continuity, creating a kind of alternate version of the show. Bernardi also got to sing a couple of songs cut from the stage production, notably the moving “When Messiah Comes.” The album made the charts, and after Zorba Bernardi went back into the studio to create a more varied collection of show songs, again with commentary between numbers, Show Stopper…

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Hank Locklin – My Love Song For You (1968/2018) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Hank Locklin
Title: My Love Song For You
Genre: Country
Release Date: 1968
Duration: 00:31:29
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Label: RCA/Legacy

Florida-born Hank Locklin was one of the great soft crooners of the Nashville Sound era of countrypolitan pop. Like many of his contemporaries he had more rural roots, playing melodic honkytonk in his youth, but veering towards a more “sophisticated” sound in the late 1960s. My Love Song for You is an excellent collection of country ballads highlighted by “Danny Boy”, “Longing to Hold You Again”, “I Came So Close to Living Alone”, and the hit single “Lovin’ You (The Way I Do)”.

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