Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] [CD]

  • Artist: John Williams
  • SKU: 4708700
  • Release Date: 12/18/2015
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99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (133 out of 135)

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    John Williams Scores (Big)

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    McClane
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    All things being equal, you have to miss the striking 20th Century Fox opening this time around. It has become as much a part of the Star Wars soundtrack experience as, say, humming along to the Falcon vs. TIE Fighter battle music from A New Hope, or air drumming the orchestra hit of the opening bars of the Throne Room sequence. That said, this soundtrack stands proudly amongst the titans, presenting the intuition and appreciation of a man that has been as much a part of Star Wars as anyone. John Williams understands Star Wars, he understands us, and, most importantly, he approaches this Episode with love, respect and experience. Rather than squeezing in nods and winks to past trilogies, he expands and carefully shapes old and new themes to fill the greater context of the evolving story. Rather than playing upon nostalgia, Williams sets his eyes on the big picture with a scope of understanding far greater than anyone else involved in the Star Wars universe. This soundtrack is not fan service - it is the work of a master of the language, setting out to illuminate a world for which he cares deeply. And what a beautiful language it is.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A must have for fans of Star Wars & John Williams

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    FellowReviewer
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    A lot of people have said they were somewhat disappointed in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack. I understand where they're coming from, but I have to disagree. Yeah it doesn't contain any instant-classic pieces such as "Binary Sunset", "Imperial March", "Dual of the Fates", etc. Yeah I also wouldn't rank it as one of the best Star Wars soundtracks in the saga. That all being said though, this is still a REALLY good score! When compared with some of the scores from the other films it pales, but that's because those scores are about as close to perfection as you can get musically. On it's own, it really delivers! Going into the movie, I was worried that the soundtrack would contain too many throwbacks to the old pieces, but to my surprise there was a perfect balance. Most of the score is based in brand new sheet music, with just the right amount of pieces paying homage to the music of before. "Rey's Theme" in particular is one of the most memorable pieces from the film. Definitely one of the more unique compositions in the ever growing score of the Star Wars saga.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Even Uninspiring John Williams is Good Music

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    Shutterbug1966
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    I must admit I wasn't a fan of the new Star Wars film. The music, long a trademark in the SW saga, seemed to be serviceable but was not really a standout like some of the other themes Williams has done for the seven-film saga. After listening to the CD I liked the music a little more but I felt that the film was missing a theme akin to E1's "Duel of the Fates." Even E2's "Beyond the Stars" was more sweeping and elegant than anything on this disc.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Solid Star Wars Soundtrack

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    Toolmanuf
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    Once again, John Williams produces a solid Star Wars soundtrack. While I do not think that this is one of the best Star Wars soundtracks, there are moments of greatness. Rey's Theme is an instant classic. The more I listen to the soundtrack (and see the movie), the more I fall in love with it. I feel that it can solidly stand next to the other six episodes, all of which have wonderful scores.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, but not great Williams Star Wars

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    SW1972
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    Enjoyable and repeatable listen to be certain, but there aren't really any standout pieces like the other Star Wars scores. Most memorable pieces recalled the earlier movies. Also, I felt like in some places it harkened back more to Williams' scores for the Indiana Jones movies more than the Star Wars ones, though that not necessarily a bad thing as those were all very strong scores. :)

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A subtle entry into the Star Wars pantheon

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    Gold
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    Though less flashy than previous installments in the franchise, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack is an understated, nostalgic throwback to the music that made John Williams' original scores so beloved. While there is no iconic theme like the "Imperial March" or even "Across the Stars" here, highlights include "Rey's Theme" and "March of the Resistance." Solid.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great soundtrack, but not the best

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    MrZippo
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    I really like this soundtrack by the great John Williams. But, unfortunately, he seems to be showing his age lately. This guy has made dozens upon dozens of movie soundtracks for over 50 years, and he's done amazing 99% of the time. But, I think he might be running out of ideas now. Some of the pieces are really great on this album, but most of them are just okay.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great soundtrack

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    DPinMSP
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    I really enjoyed this soundtrack. It seems to be complete, except for the recycled piece from Episode IV (when Luke finds Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru murdered by stormtroopers) that plays when Rey snatches the lightsaber from Ren via the force. The packaging is nice (high gloss) and a multi-page insert includes notes from J.J. Abrams and stills from the movie. Love it!

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