In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the original motion picture soundtrack will be released on November 20 as a gatefold double LP on 180-gram vinyl. Newly remastered, the original composition by John Williams was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Since the release of the first Star Wars movie over 43 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by Williams.
The Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back film and soundtrack were highly commended by the movie industry, where it went on to win two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. Williams’ score was awarded the Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music at the BAFTA Awards in 1981.
In a career spanning more than five decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage. He has composed the music and served as music director for more than one hundred films, including all nine Star Wars films.
Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Emmy® Awards and 25 Grammy Awards. With 52 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the Academy’s most-nominated living person and the second most-nominated individual in history, after Walt Disney.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is out on November 20. Scroll down to read the full tracklisting and pre-order it here.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
“Star Wars (Main Theme)”
“The Training of a Jedi Knight”
“The Heroics of Luke and Han”
“The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)”
“Departure of Boba Fett”
“Han Solo and the Princess”
“The Battle in the Snow”
“The Asteroid Field”
“The City in the Clouds”
“Rebels at Bay”
“Yoda and the Force”
“The Magic Tree”