“Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” Symphonic Suite Available on Vinyl For the First Time Since Original Pressing in 1980

The Symphonic Suite of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back has been out of print since the original pressing in 1980… until today.

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What’s Happening:

  • Originally released to supplement – not compete with – the 2-LP Motion Picture Soundtrack of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, this 1-LP release, skillfully combines a “Symphonic Suite” that John Williams' created for concert performance with new arrangements of other cues from the film score. This fantastic, long out of print album comes in a gatefold jacket with the original iconic Star Wars paintings by William Stout, images of John Williams, and notes from author Ray Bradbury, composer and critic, Christopher Palmer, and from the maestro himself. Out of print since the original pressing in 1980. 180 gm black vinyl pressing.
  • Side One:
    • 20th Century-Fox Fanfare (0:21)
    • Main Title/The Imperial Probe (5:25)
    • Luke’s First Crash (2:29)
    • Han Solo And The Princess (4:26)
    • The Asteroid Field (4:12)
    • The Training Of A Jedi Knight And “May The Force Be With You” (1:56)
    • The Battle In The Snow (3:06)
  • Side Two:
    • The Imperial March (3:21)
    • The Magic Tree (3:38)
    • Yoda’s Theme (3:34)
    • The Rebels Escape Again (3:01)
    • Lando’s Palace, The Duel (Through The Window) (5:01)
    • Finale (4:39)
  • You can get your own copy of the Symphonic Suite at the bottom of the page!

What They’re Saying:

John Williams: "I was delighted when Charles Gerhardt asked me if he could record the suite from The Empire Strikes Back, since I am a great fan of his recorded performances. Moreover, I was so pleased with his recordings of the original Star Wars and Close Encounters scores, which he made in association with producer George Korngold, that I have looked forward to this LP with special anticipation. The Suite, which I had specially written and adapted for concert performance […] had been skillfully augmented with other music from the film to form a unified whole. A great orchestra and Gerhardt’s opulent sound and dramatic phrasing combine to make a fine addition to a rapidly growing list of great recordings of film music.”

 Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back: Symphonic Suite (Vinyl)