Star Wars Soundtrack (2nd Press)

Posted: May 4, 2017 in Vinyl
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In 2016 the entire six part Star Wars scores/soundtracks were re-pressed or pressed (obviously depending on whether or not they were released prior) in a box set. Most if not all of the scores/soundtracks were released outside of the box set and available for purchase as standalone records. The first trilogy of films was pressed on 180 gram gold vinyl, with “replicated packaging” from the original 20th Century Records or RSO Records pressing.

The first installment in the Star Wars trilogy has some major deviances from the “replicated original packaging,” as the insert/booklet and fold out poster are not included. I doubt it’s just my copy that showed up without that stuff. Other than that the gatefold artwork, cover art and center labels are faithfully re-created.

The audio was “restored” from the original masters. So in other, more proper words, the audio was re-mastered from the original masters. Despite that some people are complaining about the sound quality of this re-press.  Some people are claiming it’s an off center pressing, resulting in hissing in the right channel. I did not run into this problem, but some people are reporting that they exchanged their copy and received a better sounding one. Of course you can’t take everyone’s complaints seriously when the label doesn’t come out and admit there is a problem or it’s defective pressing. Accepting returns/exchanges does not mean a label admits there is a problem.

All of the re-pressings of the original trilogy are European pressings. But at the time Star Wars was released in June 2016, Barnes & Noble (B&N) falsely advertised that they were the exclusive retailers of the records on gold vinyl. They’re not even the only U.S. retailer to carry these re-pressings. Basically the only things that sets apart this fake B&N exclusive from the legitimate European release are the barcode numbers and a white square hype sticker on the cover that falsely advertises the record as a “Barnes & Noble exclusive.”

Pressing info has not, and likely never will be released. But these scores/soundtracks are becoming harder to find, especially The Empire Strikes Back. Many distros no longer have copies of the second score/soundtrack for sale at all, or have them on back-order. Return Of The Jedi is following quickly on its predecessor’s heals though. Retail on Return Of The Jedi is around $25 because it’s a single LP, but retail on Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back is around $30 because they’re double LP’s. I would advise trying to find copies of The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi sooner rather than later. If you’re waiting for a sale don’t. If you’re waiting for a better 20% or 25% off sale instead of a 15% off sale; don’t. You likely won’t be able to find a copy if you play that game.

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