I don't know quite how to put this, but ANH and ESB both have a bombastic, highly dynamic quality to the recordings. Brass blasted, strings sweep - there was significant clarity in the overall orchestration and mix. There is a majesty to the LSO that comes through. Never has the main title cue sounded better than ANH and ESB. Then, something changed. ROTJ's score got "mushy". There is less distinction in the overall mix and individual instruments don't "pop" anymore. Listen to the opening titles for ANH and ESB, then listen to ROJ and see if you hear a big difference. I'm talking about the mushiness of the final mix. The same music from TIE Fighter attack appears in the Sail Barge sequence and it sounds mushy in comparison to the 1977 recording. New engineer? New orchestrator? Different recording equipment? I might write it off to analog versus digital, but I highly doubt they used digital in 1983 for ROTJ. This problem has continued to prequels. They sound a little better than ROJ. Clarity is better, but there is a dip in the majesty of the LSO. Not as bombastic as those recordings from the 1970s for the first 2 OT films. It could partly be the scoring, too... JW isn't writing the highly melodic music he used to. He seems to resort to repetitive brass runs and generic unmemorable strings. Listen to his 1996 Olympic theme versus his 1984 Olympic theme. JW's lost it somewhat. Listen to E.T. versus Harry Potter. Superman or Indy versus Minority Report. Which one is humm-able? Not ragging on the genius, he's every bit the talent Beethoven and Mozart were, but after 50 years, maybe his most prolific years are behind him. Even look at the drop in quality of source cues from ANH to ROJ (I think GL told him to score it that way), but I'll take the timeless cantina band jazz over instantly outdated "space disco" of Lapti Nek and that stupid TPM parade music. And I'm not saying JW can't write anymore -- Duel of the Fates is fantastic. BUT the prequels are just "film music", not concert-worthy. An audience wouldn't sit still to listen to the new tracks on their own. The Asteroid Chase or the TIE Fighter attack are concert worthy powerful stuff. Anyone feel the same?