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THE EMPIRE
STRIKES BACK

Imperial Audiophile Edition

(1980)


Fan-made Compilation Composed and Conducted by John Williams
Format: FLAC (Thanks to MadMonkey!) Produced by John Williams
Total Playing Time: see below Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra
Date: Jan 14, 2011 Director: Irvin Kershner
Cat. No. SC391 Academy Award Nomination

Restored and Remastered Recordings



There have been several sources used for the Empire recordings:

1980 - Album (LPs)
1985 - Album (CD) Both have a mix from 24-track tapes prepared by J. Williams and J. Neal
1993 - Anthology: mostly 4-track tapes session mixes + a couple of film mixes. All this known as untouched (not remastered). These are known to be corrupted, notably with overmodulation, and then clipping.
1997 - Special Edition: half are session mixes (1993 transfers, so for unreleased material, but remastered), the other half being new mixing of the 24-track tapes, concerning mostly the old album content, completely messed up, having instrument completely centered or inverted, wrong pitches & speed, etc... Remember each instrument has a place in the orchestra: violins on the left, cellos on the right, for instances.

This new set has managed to avoid ALL the 1997 remixes, except for about 1 minute in all. All the original album has been used "pure", or remixed, with the session mixes, mostly from the Anthology.

Accurate EQs & balance corrections, pitch speed corrections, editing + astonishing overdubbing were applied to bring this score back to life, and to a forgotten level of detail...


Set 1: Complete Cue Archival Collection (2:23:53)

01. 1m1-1m2 Main Title, The Imperial Probe (8:13)
02. 1m3-2m1 Luke's Escape (3:36)
03. 2m2 Ben's Instructions (3:32)
04. 2m3 Luke's Rescue (1:49)
05. 2m4 The Probe Scanner (3:09)
06. 3m1 Drawing The Battle Lines, 3m2 Leia's Instructions (4:05)
07. 3m3 The Snow Battle (3:49)
08. 3m4-4m1 Luke's First Crash (4:15)
09. 4m2 The Rebels Escape Again (3:06)
10. 4m3 The Asteroid Field (4:13)
11. 5m1 Crash Landing (3:38)
12. 5m2 Yoda Appears (1:22)
13. 5m3 Yoda's Entrance (2:31)
14. 5m6-6m1 Solo And The Princess (3:27)
15. 6m2 Yoda's Teaching (2:10)
16. 6m3 This Is Not A Cave (3:34)
17. 6m4 Training A Jedi (1:40)
18. 6m5-7m1 The Magic Tree (3:34)
19. 7m2 Attack Position (3:06)
20. 7m3 Yoda Raises The Ship (4:04)
21. 7m4-8m1 Vader's Command (1:17)
22. 8m2 City In The Clouds (4:47)
23. 8m3 Lando's Palace (3:53)
24. 9m1 Leia's Worries (1:02)
25. 9m2 Vader Shows Up (1:45)
26. 9m3 Putting ThreePio Together (1:03)
27. 9M4 Trouble In Prison (2:34)
28. 9m6-10m1 Carbon Freeze (4:17)
29. 10m2 Luke Pursues The Captives (3:20)
30. 10m3 Chewie Chokes Lando (3:41)
31. 11m1 Through The Window (4:13)
32. 11m2-12m1 Losing A Hand (5:22)
33. 12m2 To Hyperspace (4:06)
34. 12m3 Finale, 12m4 End Credits (6:29)
35. The Imperial March (3:02)
36. Yoda's Theme (3:29)
37. Fox Fanfare (0:25)
38. 1m1 Main Title, 1m2 Imperial Probe (alt) (4:03)
39. 12m2+2m3 (film edit) Snowspeeders (1:06)
40. 4m3 The Asteroid Field (film cut) (4:07)
41. 9m6-10m1 Carbon Freeze (alt) (4:08)
42. 7m3+12m3 Finale, 12m4 End Credits (6:51)

Set 2: Original Motion Picture Score (2:01:54)

01. Main Title , Ice Planet (8:13)
02. Luke's Escape & Rescue (8:39)
03. Aboard The Executor (3:09)
04. The Battle Of Hoth (14:38)
05. The Asteroid Field (4:13)
06. Swamps Of Dagobah (3:38)
07. A Familiar Place, Nocturnal Visitor (3:49)
08. Han And The Princess (3:27)
09. Jedi Master-Mynock Cave (5:45)
10. Traing A Jedi,The Magic Tree (5:12)
11. Attack Position (3:06)
12. Yoda And The Force (4:04)
13. Darth Vader's Command (1:17)
14. City In The Clouds (4:47)
15. Lando's Palace, Luke's Promise (3:53)
16. Leia's Worries (1:02)
17. Betrayal At Bespin (1:45)
18. Captives (1:03)
19. Deal With The Dark Lord (2:34)
20. Darth Vader's Trap (11:15)
21. Clash Of Lightsabers (4:13)
22. Escape From Bespin (9:12)
23. The Rebel Fleet, End Titles (6:29)
24. The Imperial March (3:02)
25. Yoda's Theme (3:29)

Set 3: Original Album Selection

01. Main Title,Ice Planet,The Wampa's Lair (7:21)
02. Snowspeeders (1:49)
03. The Imperial March (3:02)
04. The Battle In The Snow (3:49)
05. Luke's First Crash (4:15)
06. The Rebels Escape (3:05)
07. The Asteroid Field (4:13)
08. Nocturnal Visitor (2:32)
09. Yoda's Theme (3:27)
10. Han And The Princess (3:27)
11. Jedi Master,Space Slug (4:45)
12. Training A Jedi, The Magic Tree (5:12)
13. Yoda And The Force (4:04)
14. City In The Clouds (4:47)
15. Lando's Palace (3:53)
16. Departure Of Boba Fett (3:41)
17. The Duel (4:07)
18. Hyperspace (4:06)
19. The Rebel Fleet End Titles (6:29)

Imperial Audiophile Edition presented by ABC


Set 1: Complete Cue Archival Collection







Set 2: Original Motion Picture Score



Set 3: Original Album Selection


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