Favorite SW track tournament! [Winner inside!]

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  1. General Kenobi Administrator Emeritus

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    Welcome to the second Star Wars & Film Music tournament, where we will pick our favorite Star Wars track! I've decided to stick with tracks from the Special Edition OT soundtracks (supplemented by the 1993 Anthology), the Prequel original soundtracks, plus the TPM:UE. Part of me really wants to do a cue tournament instead, but that would just get too messy. Rather than take nominations, I've made a list of potential entries for the field of 128. It's a difficult task to even narrow this field down to 128 for a variety of reasons. What I've come up with is a field of the 136 most crucial tracks. A small number have been left off - mainly pure alternate versions and shorter, lesser known tracks. Also, some of the TPM:UE tracks have been consolidated where I thought it made sense. I hope I haven't deeply offended anyone by reorganizing the traditional nomination process into the First Galactic... er, just wanting to get this baby cranked up.

    That leaves 17 entries in each of eight regions, creating the need for a "play-in" round for each region. The bracket has been generated randomly via iTunes. We will begin by conducting the "play-in" rounds simultaneously for all eight regions. Newcomers are always welcome! :) Join in whenever you feel like it!

    Tournament Rules

    Read the latest posts to make sure you are voting on the current bracket.
    The initial rounds will have brackets open for approximately 24 hours at a time.
    Please do not vote more than once using socks.
    All decisions of the Tournament Director are final.

    Here is the track listing thread for reference.


    Death Star Region

    Parade Of The Ewoks vs. The Queen And Her Group.../The Battle Begins/The Republic Pilots Take Off Into Space
    Leia's News/Light Of The Force

    Lando's Palace
    Imperial Attack

    Burning Homestead
    Grievous And The Droids

    Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush
    Anakin's Dream

    Cantina Band
    The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire

    General Grievous
    Ben Kenobi's Death/TIE Fighter Attack

    Mos Eisley Spaceport
    Cantina Band #2


    The Battle Of Endor II
    Darth Sidious

    Coruscant Region

    The Parade vs. Jabba's Baroque Recital
    Grievous Speaks To Lord Sidious

    The Lightsaber/Ewok Battle
    Rescue From Cloud City/Hyperspace

    Nute And Rune Confer../The Queen And Group.../Jar Jar Leads Group.../War Plans
    Star Wars And The Revenge Of The Sith

    Darth Sidious And Darth Maul
    Princess Leia's Theme

    Attacking A Star Destroyer

    The Throne Room/End Title

    Ewok Feast/Part Of The Tribe
    Qui-Gon And Obi-Wan Rescue The Queen/Fighting The Guards/Escape From Naboo

    Emperor's Throne Room
    Talk Of Podracing

    Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner
    The Asteroid Field


    Naboo Region

    Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth vs. The Tusken Camp And The Homestead
    Jedi Master Revealed/Mynock Cave

    Hail To The Winner, Anakin Skywalker
    The Birth Of The Twins And Padmé's Destiny

    Alliance Assembly
    A New Hope And End Credits

    The Giant Squid And The Attack On Theed

    Brother And Sister/Father And Son/The Fleet Enters Hyperspace

    Deal With The Dark Lord
    The Queen Confronts Nute And Rune

    Enter Lord Vader
    Han Solo And The Princess

    Shuttle Tydirium Approaches Endor
    Lapti Nek


    Luke's Nocturnal Visitor
    The Duel Begins/Anakin Takes Off In Spaceship/The Duel Continues/The Battle Rages On/Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan And Darth Maul Continue Battle


    Mustafar Region

    Darth Sidious Receives News Of The Gungan Army/The Gungans March vs. Bounty For A Wookiee
    Imperial Starfleet Deployed/City In The Clouds

    The Wampa's Lair/Vision Of Obi-Wan/Snowspeeders Take Flight
    Fighting The Destroyer Droids

    The Tide Turns/The Death Of Darth Maul
    The Death Star/The
  2. General Kenobi Administrator Emeritus

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    Here we go! Vote for one in each match-up.

    Play-in Round

    The Queen And Her Group Sneak Back To The Palace/The Battle Begins/The Republic Pilots Take Off Into Space
    vs.
    Parade Of The Ewoks

    Jabba's Baroque Recital
    vs.
    The Parade

    The Tusken Camp And The Homestead
    vs.
    Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth

    Bounty For A Wookiee
    vs.
    Darth Sidious Receives News Of The Gungan Army/The Gungans March

    Betrayal At Bespin
    vs.
    Destruction Of Alderaan

    High Council Meeting
    vs.
    The Training Of A Jedi Knight/The Magic Tree

    The Levitation/Threepio's Bedtime Story
    vs.
    Anakin And Group To Crouscant

    The Senate/Anakin's Test/Qui-Gon's Mission/Obi-Wan's Warning
    vs.
    Mos Espa Arena Band/Watto's Roll Of The Die
  3. skgai1 Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Nov 1, 2005
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    Play-in Round

    The Queen And Her Group Sneak Back To The Palace/The Battle Begins/The Republic Pilots Take Off Into Space
    vs.
    Parade Of The Ewoks

    Jabba's Baroque Recital
    vs.
    The Parade

    The Tusken Camp And The Homestead
    vs.
    Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth

    That was probably the toughest choice I'll ever have to make in this thread.

    Bounty For A Wookiee
    vs.
    Darth Sidious Receives News Of The Gungan Army/The Gungans March

    Another incredibly difficult decision. I'm starting to realize that this won't be easy at all.

    Betrayal At Bespin
    vs.
    Destruction Of Alderaan

    High Council Meeting
    vs.
    The Training Of A Jedi Knight/The Magic Tree

    Love the synthesizer for ESB. John Williams is always willing to try new things, but I've got to go with the low-key (literally) High Council Meeting as it expertly hints at major themes, not that the other track doesn't.

    The Levitation/Threepio's Bedtime Story
    vs.
    Anakin And Group To Crouscant

    The Senate/Anakin's Test/Qui-Gon's Mission/Obi-Wan's Warning
    vs.
    Mos Espa Arena Band/Watto's Roll Of The Die
  4. __Vader__ Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    May 23, 2005
    star 3
    Woohoo! All hail GK for creating the best tourney ever!

    The Queen And Her Group Sneak Back To The Palace/The Battle Begins/The Republic Pilots Take Off Into Space vs.
    Parade Of The Ewoks

    Gotta pick the first, if only for Republic Pilots.

    Jabba's Baroque Recital
    vs.
    The Parade

    Sorry Joseph Williams, but Daddy does it best.

    The Tusken Camp And The Homestead
    vs.
    Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth

    Bounty For A Wookiee
    vs.
    Darth Sidious Receives News Of The Gungan Army/The Gungans March


    Betrayal At Bespin
    vs.
    Destruction Of Alderaan

    Ouch. That was painful.

    High Council Meeting
    vs.
    The Training Of A Jedi Knight/The Magic Tree

    Sadly, every track starts off with 5 bonus points from ESB...

    The Levitation/Threepio's Bedtime Story
    vs.
    Anakin And Group To Crouscant

    The Senate/Anakin's Test/Qui-Gon's Mission/Obi-Wan's Warning
    vs.
    Mos Espa Arena Band/Watto's Roll Of The Die

    Lets hope the prequels don't get knocked out too early on.
  5. TwiLekJedi Pretty Ex-Mod

    Member Since:
    Jun 14, 2001
    star 10
    Parade Of The Ewoks
    I thought I might give this to the TPM track(s), but I'm not totally familiar with the UE tracks, so I have to listen to them first and it turns out "Parade" wins. "Queenetc." is a little chaotic and I'm pretty sure has some slightly jarring edits. I also had the wrong scene in mind :p. "Parade" is great fun and sometimes I can't get it out of my head for days. Dum dudum, dum dudum dum dudumdum dumdumdum... [face_whistling]

    The Parade
    "Jabba's Baroque Recital" is fun in its own way, but so pointless as Star Wars music that I wonder why it even made the cut.

    Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth
    A pretty tough decision this early on, but "Hoth" wins by a little bit. Probably because there's just a few more seconds I enjoy than in "Tusken Camp". Ironically, the sequence in the film is much better than Hoth's.

    Darth Sidious Receives News Of The Gungan Army/The Gungans March
    I don't like most of RotJ's Tatooine music but I always liked the Gungan March and was happy to have those horns or whatever the Gungans play in the film on the UE, even if it's technically source music, I guess.

    Betrayal At Bespin
    More depth? I don't know. I don't care. TESB > ANH :p

    High Council Meeting
    This was only a difficult decision because neither thrills me greatly. The fun rendition of Yoda's Theme in "Training" is cute but not enough to win. The rest is a little bit too disturbing (that coming from someone who loves RotK's "Shelob's Lair"...). Interesting, though, that both tracks end with much 'grander' music segueing into some sort of government scene - Senate and Star Destroyers. Heh.

    The Levitation/Threepio's Bedtime Story
    Minus the very beginning, this is wonderful. Always liked it. Great rendition of the Force Theme at the beginning, great score for that scene and good music on its own.

    The Senate/Anakin's Test/Qui-Gon's Mission/Obi-Wan's Warning
    A nice cue or two in the Watto stuff, but I love the end of "Anakin's Test" and the beginning of "QG's Mission". The rest is also better overall and ends with the oh so happy weesa-goin-home-flourish(?).
  6. Tyi-Maet_Nefer Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jun 17, 2005
    star 6
    Oh, cool. I'll definitely look into this one. I'll just have to go hunt down the Star Wars soundtracks so I know precisely what each one is. [face_blush]
  7. Cerrabore Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Jan 17, 2004
    star 4
    Too bad about the UE titles. I'm going to have to vote against most of them based just on editing.

    The Queen And Her Group Sneak Back To The Palace/The Battle Begins/The Republic Pilots Take Off Into Space vs.
    Parade Of The Ewoks

    Jabba's Baroque Recital
    vs.
    The Parade

    The Tusken Camp And The Homestead
    vs.
    Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth

    Bounty For A Wookiee
    vs.
    Darth Sidious Receives News Of The Gungan Army/The Gungans March


    Betrayal At Bespin
    vs.
    Destruction Of Alderaan

    High Council Meeting
    vs.
    The Training Of A Jedi Knight/The Magic Tree

    The Levitation/Threepio's Bedtime Story
    vs.
    Anakin And Group To Crouscant

    The Senate/Anakin's Test/Qui-Gon's Mission/Obi-Wan's Warning
    vs.
    Mos Espa Arena Band/Watto's Roll Of The Die
  8. General Kenobi Administrator Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Dec 31, 1998
    star 6
    Yeah, I understand this was somewhat of a compromise. I didn't want to totally exclude the UE, and leave out tracks like "Anakin Is Free", but on the other hand, to include each separate UE track would have been silly based on the editing. I'd love to have some kind of a complete AOTC and ROTS to include gems like "The Dark Side Takes Root" and "Goodbye Old Friend".
  9. __Vader__ Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    May 23, 2005
    star 3
    LOL typical Cerrabore :p and GK is right about the great cut cues from Episodes II and III, some would face a chance.
  10. HL&S Magistrate Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Oct 30, 2001
    star 6
    The Queen And Her Group Sneak Back To The Palace/The Battle Begins/The Republic Pilots Take Off Into Space
    vs.
    Parade Of The Ewoks

    Thoughts: It's the Ewok theme in concert! Of course it beats out that other mess.


    Jabba's Baroque Recital
    vs.
    The Parade

    Thoughts: Someone had to give the Baroque Recital some love. I thought it worked well in ROTJ as background music.


    The Tusken Camp And The Homestead
    vs.
    Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth

    Thoughts: This was by far the toughest vote so far. Both are pretty good, but there's something about the music from Hoth that mystifies me.


    Bounty For A Wookiee
    vs.
    Darth Sidious Receives News Of The Gungan Army/The Gungans March

    Thoughts: Good inserts of Jabbas theme helped give this track the vitory.


    Betrayal At Bespin
    vs.
    Destruction Of Alderaan

    Thoughts: The destruction of Alderaan is so dramatic. Plus the Betrayel at Bespin is basically just rehash anyways. Good rehash, but rehash.


    High Council Meeting
    vs.
    The Training Of A Jedi Knight/The Magic Tree

    Thoughts: The high council meeting spooks me. Strange for the location, yet somewhat fitting.


    The Levitation/Threepio's Bedtime Story
    vs.
    Anakin And Group To Crouscant

    Thoughts: Just love that magical moment.


    The Senate/Anakin's Test/Qui-Gon's Mission/Obi-Wan's Warning
    vs.
    Mos Espa Arena Band/Watto's Roll Of The Die

    Thoughts: The Senate music is so dark and forshadowing and the entire thing ends with a bang!
  11. Cellist Jedi Master

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    The Queen And Her Group Sneak Back To The Palace/The Battle Begins/The Republic Pilots Take Off Into Space
    vs.
    Parade Of The Ewoks

    Jabba's Baroque Recital
    vs.
    The Parade

    The Tusken Camp And The Homestead
    vs.
    Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth

    Bounty For A Wookiee
    vs.
    Darth Sidious Receives News Of The Gungan Army/The Gungans March

    Betrayal At Bespin
    vs.
    Destruction Of Alderaan

    High Council Meeting
    vs.
    The Training Of A Jedi Knight/The Magic Tree

    The Levitation/Threepio's Bedtime Story
    vs.
    Anakin And Group To Crouscant

    The Senate/Anakin's Test/Qui-Gon's Mission/Obi-Wan's Warning
    vs.
    Mos Espa Arena Band/Watto's Roll Of The Die

  12. General Kenobi Administrator Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Dec 31, 1998
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    Parade Of The Ewoks

    The Parade

    The Tusken Camp And The Homestead

    Darth Sidious Receives News Of The Gungan Army/The Gungans March

    Destruction Of Alderaan

    High Council Meeting

    Anakin And Group To Crouscant

    The Senate/Anakin's Test/Qui-Gon's Mission/Obi-Wan's Warning
  13. General Kenobi Administrator Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Dec 31, 1998
    star 6
    Well, three were definite favorites, one was close, and then I had to break four ties. I hope we get more participation now as the tournament begins in earnest.

    Play-in Round

    Parade Of The Ewoks 6
    The Queen And Her Group... 1

    The Parade 6
    Jabba's Baroque Recital 1

    Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth 4
    The Tusken Camp And The Homestead 3

    Darth Sidious Receives News... 4
    Bounty For A Wookiee 3

    Destruction Of Alderaan 4
    Betrayal At Bespin 3

    High Council Meeting 4
    The Training Of A Jedi Knight/The Magic Tree 3

    Anakin And Group To Crouscant 4
    The Levitation/Threepio's Bedtime Story 3

    The Senate/Anakin's Test/Qui-Gon's Mission/Obi-Wan's Warning 7
    Mos Espa Arena Band/Watto's Roll Of The Die 0

    Death Star Region

    Parade Of The Ewoks
    vs.
    Leia's News/Light Of The Force

    Lando's Palace
    vs.
    Imperial Attack

    Burning Homestead
    vs.
    Grievous And The Droids

    Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush
    vs.
    Anakin's Dream/>
  14. Cerrabore Jedi Master

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    star 4
    Parade Of The Ewoks
    vs.
    Leia's News/Light Of The Force

    Lando's Palace
    vs.
    Imperial Attack

    Burning Homestead
    vs.
    Grievous And The Droids

    Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush
    vs.
    Anakin's Dream
  15. skgai1 Jedi Knight

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    Parade Of The Ewoks
    vs.
    Leia's News/Light Of The Force

    Lando's Palace
    vs.
    Imperial Attack

    Every single cue from ANH is perfect. ESB comes about as close as you can get, but in this case Imperial Attack just hits all the right notes.

    Burning Homestead
    vs.
    Grievous And The Droids

    John Williams is the best composer for strings. They tug at the heart and mind so well. Grevious and the Droids is a great cue though.

    Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush
    vs.
    Anakin's Dream

    The scene at the beginning of Anakin's Dream is excellent thanks to this score. The Across the Stars theme has never so whole and content. Their love was true and real in this part of the film. The height of their romance was perfectly caught by Williams. I also love what he did with the dream sequence (and especially how George filmed it). There are some great low key moments toward the end of this track too. On the other hand the ANH track refelcts Williams brilliance on the timpani. Tough choice.
  16. __Vader__ Force Ghost

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    Parade Of The Ewoks
    vs.
    Leia's News/Light Of The Force

    Parade is a decent effort, but I love the second track for including Luke and Leia, and reprising the Leia/Han love theme. Also, we get three great renditions of the force theme in a row.

    Lando's Palace
    vs.
    Imperial Attack

    Another hard decision. Lando's palace is one of my personal favourites, but I have to vote for an ANH track over an ESB one, so i'll give this to Imperial Attack.

    Burning Homestead
    vs.
    Grievous And The Droids

    Grevious and the Droids is a really pumpin' action cue that does beat out its competitor. Burning homestead is a good one still, but its trumpet introduction annoys me.

    Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush vs.
    Anakin's Dream

    The action on Detention Block ambush is vastly superior to Anakin's dream.
  17. Jedi_Master_Conor Manager Emeritus

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    May 24, 2005
    star 6
    Parade Of The Ewoks

    Lando's Palace

    Burning Homestead

    Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush
  18. TwiLekJedi Pretty Ex-Mod

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    star 10
    Leia's News/Light of the Force
    LotF is one of the best tracks of the whole trilogy. I'd expect it to make it far in this tournament, not "Parade", no matter how long I can hum it!

    Imperial Attack
    Very defining and mood-setting for the whole of ANH. Lando's Palace does the same for Bespin, but is quickly gone again.

    Burning Homestead
    GatD is kinda just there. By no means do I dislike it or anything, but it's so far behind BH it's not funny. BH scores such a powerful moment and scores it incredibly well.

    Anakin's Dream
    For pretty much the same reason as above, though the distance between them isn't that big.
  19. Cellist Jedi Master

    Member Since:
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    star 4
    Parade Of The Ewoks
    vs.
    Leia's News/Light Of The Force

    While I love Parade of the Ewoks, it loses in this battle. Light of the Force is what saves the track for me. It's just such a beautiful and moving piece to accompany one of the most powerful moments of the saga.

    Lando's Palace
    vs.
    Imperial Attack

    This one wasn't too hard. While the Bespin music is nice, Imperial Attack is amazing.

    Burning Homestead
    vs.
    Grievous And The Droids

    Burning Homestead is a wonderful track. There's a moment in there where the cellos take off, and it's awesome. The strings in this track are simply amazing, lightyears above Grievous and the Droids.

    Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush vs.
    Anakin's Dream

    Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush is a really great action cue, but Anakin's Dream has always been one of my favorites. The strings, once again, are splendid.

  20. General Kenobi Administrator Emeritus

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    Light Of The Force - Doesn't quite match "Binary Sunset", but comes close.

    Imperial Attack - Sets the tone right away.

    Burning Homestead - "Grievous & The Droids" is an excellent track, but not as moving.

    Anakin's Dream - Fits its scene well.
  21. General Kenobi Administrator Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Dec 31, 1998
    star 6
    Death Star Region

    Round I

    Leia's News/Light Of The Force 4
    Parade Of The Ewoks 3

    Imperial Attack 5
    Lando's Palace 2

    Burning Homestead 6
    Grievous And The Droids 1

    Anakin's Dream 5
    Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush 2

    Round II

    Cantina Band
    vs.
    The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire

    General Grievous
    vs.
    Ben Kenobi's Death/TIE Fighter Attack

    Mos Eisley Spaceport
    vs.
    Cantina Band #2

    The Battle Of Endor II
    vs.
    Darth Sidious/>
  22. Jedi_Master_Conor Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    May 24, 2005
    star 6
    Cantina Band

    Ben Kenobi's Death/TIE Fighter Attack

    Mos Eisley Spaceport

    The Battle Of Endor II
  23. Cellist Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Jul 7, 2003
    star 4
    Cantina Band
    vs.
    The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire

    General Grievous
    vs.
    Ben Kenobi's Death/TIE Fighter Attack

    Mos Eisley Spaceport
    vs.
    Cantina Band #2

    The Battle Of Endor II
    vs.
    Darth Sidious
  24. skgai1 Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Nov 1, 2005
    star 2
    Cantina Band
    vs.
    The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire

    Great piece of music beats out a...great piece of music.

    General Grievous
    vs.
    Ben Kenobi's Death/TIE Fighter Attack

    TIE Fighter Attack is one of the best action cues in the whole saga.

    Mos Eisley Spaceport
    vs.
    Cantina Band #2

    Very tough call. Mos Eisley contains my favorite musical phrase though (the trumpet fanfare for Alderaan) so it gets the call.

    The Battle Of Endor II
    vs.
    Darth Sidious

    Easiest one thus far. The introduction of the Emperor's theme will forever be haunting to me.
  25. __Vader__ Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    May 23, 2005
    star 3
    Cantina Band
    vs.
    The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire

    That one fanfare of Luke's theme makes it all worth it.

    General Grievous
    vs.
    Ben Kenobi's Death/TIE Fighter Attack

    As awesome as General Greivous is, it doesn't hold a bar to when TIE fighters attack.

    Mos Eisley Spaceport
    vs.
    Cantina Band #2

    Both great, but Mos Eisley Spaceport has more nostalgia factor.

    The Battle Of Endor II
    vs.
    Darth Sidious

    Only a coulple of tracks could come out of a match up with The Battle of Endor II alive, and Darth Sidious ain't one.
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