The renowned American composer who is completing the soundtrack to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, says the roots of his high profile musical career can be traced back to two years he spent in St. John’s in the early 1950s. “Unquestionably, it’s all one link,” said John Williams. – Full article at CBCNews
StarWars.com has announced that the original soundtrack albums for the first six Star Wars films will be reissued by Sony Classical in three new editions: vinyl, CD and high-definition downloads, on January 8, 2016.
According to the Amazon.com track listings, the contents of each release will be as follows:
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection (11-Vinyl Box Set)
The Phantom Menace – Original 1999 soundtrack album reissued on 2LP
Attack of the Clones – Original 2002 soundtrack album reissued on 2LP
Revenge of the Sith – Original 2005 soundtrack album reissued on 2LP
Star Wars – Original 1977 2LP soundtrack album reissued on 2LP
The Empire Strikes Back – Original 1980 2LP soundtrack album reissued on 2LP
Return of the Jedi – Original 1983 1LP soundtrack album reissued on 1LP
— Each of the six film soundtracks in deluxe gatefold sleeves faithfully replicating the original artwork.
Audio was transferred from the original LP masters using the highest resolution (up to 192kHz/24bit) and pressed with heavy 180gram vinyl. The six soundtrack set (on 11 LPs) is presented 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). – Amazon.com pre-order.
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Edition (10 CDs + 1 DVD)
The Phantom Menace – Original 1999 soundtrack album reissued on 1CD
Attack of the Clones – Original 2002 soundtrack album reissued on 1CD
Revenge of the Sith – Original 2005 soundtrack album reissued on 1CD
Star Wars – 1997 2CD Expanded Edition reissued on 2CD
The Empire Strikes Back – 1997 2CD Expanded Edition reissued on 2CD
Return of the Jedi – 1997 2CD Expanded Edition reissued on 2CD
Bonus CD featuring audio interviews with Harrison Ford and John Williams
Star Wars: A Musical Journey – Re-release of the 2005 DVD highlighting select musical themes alongside key sequences from the films.
— Released in mini-album jackets. Including a fold-out poster and three collectable stickers.
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Digital Collection - Same contents as The Ultimate Vinyl Collection, available for the first time as high-definition downloads (The original 2LP album of The Empire Strikes Back will be available digitally for the first time ever).
The Filmharmonic Brass, a group of seven of the top brass players from New York who exclusively perform and record film music, is running a Kickstarter campaign for their debut album ‘The Music of John Williams’, which is set to include all-new arrangements of music from Star Wars, Jaws, E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Indiana Jones, and many more.
The ensemble is the brainchild of Dominic Derasse, who has been recorded on over 70 motion picture soundtracks including Mission to Mars, Batman Forever, Aladdin and Beauty & the Beast.
Visit their Kickstarter Campaign page for more details (Includes video presentation)
On October 6, La-La Land Records will release a limited edition 12-CD box set of music from the classic Lost in Space television series, including all John Williams’ scores from the series, among which the premiere release of Williams’ complete original recording of the score to the episode “The Reluctant Stowaway” as conducted and recorded by Williams himself.
On October 23, Sony Classical will re-issue the original soundtrack album of John Williams’ score for Home Alone, in celebration of the movie’s 25th anniversary. The new edition features the same content as the original release, which can still be found on Amazon and other retailers. La-La-Land’s expanded edition of the score is currently out of print.
‘Rounds’, John Williams’ first concert piece for classical guitar, is now available as part of Americano, the new album by Spanish guitarist Pablo Villegas, for whom Williams composed the piece in 2012.
Williams’ work can be purchased separately as a digital download on Amazon.com.
‘E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ IN CONCERT
September 4, 5 & 6, 2015, Hollywood Bowl, CA
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted by David Newman
Introduced by JOHN WILLIAMS
Film Music Society – Williams wrote a new first-act concert ending and an entr’acte for the post-intermission return to the film; the popular concert version of his “flying theme” was heard as a new piece for the end credits. E.T. packs an emotional wallop under any circumstances, but the unique combination of that film on the Bowl’s five huge screens and Williams’ landmark score, interpreted by one of the world’s great symphony orchestras, left thousands in tears and thousands more giving Newman and the Philharmonic extended standing ovations. - Full review
UPDATE: StarWars.com press release
The soundtrack album for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released by Walt Disney Records on Friday, December 18 (same date as the film), according to a brief press release by the label. The album will be available in two versions: Standard CD jewel case with booklet and Deluxe limited edition card digipack with booklet. – Standard version now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
This weekend, Angelenos have the unique opportunity to hear Williams’s score performed live by the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Unfortunately, Williams won’t be conducting his score due to a scheduling conflict (though he will introduce the film via a recorded video message). Instead, David Newman — a member of the iconic musical family that includes his father Alfred Newman and cousin Randy Newman — will take the baton. So why is David Newman the right person for the job? As he told me when we sat down recently, he happens to know the “E.T.” score very well. – Full article at SCPR.org
In an AP interview published today, Steven Spielberg has confirmed that he and his long-time collaborator John Williams will team up again for next year’s The BFG, Spielberg’s new fantasy adventure film to be released on July 1, 2016:
AP: “Bridge of Spies” is the first film in years you’ve made without John Williams composing the score.
Spielberg: Johnny Williams will be back to do The BFG. We’ve only not worked together twice in 42 years. The first one was “The Color Purple” in 1985 and the second time was because Johnny had a small medical procedure that precluded him from writing and scoring my movie in the window that he was going to do it. He’s fine, he’s 100 percent back to work on “Star Wars,” but it sadly precluded him from working on Bridge of Spies. I was able to work with Thomas Newman, who I’m a huge fan of. This is just a blip and we’re both sad about it, but we’re excited to get back together for “BFG” now.