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12 minutes ago, Gurkensalat said:

Back to the Gerhardt series, as far as I know TESB was never released in Surround, but his recording for ROTJ was. But for me, there is not much audible difference. since there is little ambience in the recording. 

 

All of Gerhardt's "Classic Film Scores" RCAs were available in Dolby Surround, as far as I know. I have plenty of those, including SW & ROTJ (which sadly were never remastered, unlike the rest). I guess Varese's ESB simply has nothing to do with that series, "officially", even if the personnel was mostly the same.

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Gerhardt's 21 minute Close Encounters suite is unrivaled. This should have become the standard performance version.

Varese is re-issuing Empire on vinyl this July 23rd   https://www.varesesarabande.com/products/john-williams-the-empire-strikes-back-symphonic-suite-from-the-original-motion-picture-score-vi

Anyway, the old varese CD sounds perfect to my ears on my hi-fi system.  

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So, to my ears, this new release has most definitely been remixed. When I played the main title this morning (from the new digital files, not from the LP) I notice it to be a bit shrill; lots of added high-end and there's about a two dB rise in overall loudness. Some might like the improvement in clarity and the overall increase in dynamic but I'm having a tough time getting used to it because I'm so familiar with the original mix. I'm sure how this will translate to LP though.

 

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https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=143856&forumID=1&archive=0

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Varese only has the rights to TESB.  RCA Victor (SME) has rights to SW/CE3K and ROTJ

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23 hours ago, Drew said:

I wish the TESB one sounded as good as the other two. What happened?

K.E. Wilkinson recorded Star Wars, Close Encounters and Jedi (which were part of the Classic Film Score series) while Brian Culverhouse recorded Empire (which was not part of the series)

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11 minutes ago, Erik Woods said:

K.E. Wilkinson recorded Star Wars, Close Encounters and Jedi (which were part of the Classic Film Score series) while Brian Culverhouse recorded Empire (which was not part of the series)

 

K.E. Wilkinson is a legend. Best-sounding recording of 1977.

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