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Top 5 Tracks From Each Star Wars Film

Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Darkslayer, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. Darkslayer

    Darkslayer Force Ghost star 6

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    Let’s get on it! I’ll post mine when I’m at my computer :D
     
  2. darkspine10

    darkspine10 Force Ghost star 5

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    TPM

    1. Droid Battle



    Possibly the most fast paced 'combat' track Williams ever wrote, I just love the frenetic pace of this track, and the part where it intertwines with Duel of the Fates

    2. Escape From Naboo



    Another great action piece (TPM seems to have all my favourite action), and it was reused in both subsequent Prequels too.

    3. The Droid Invasion



    The first intro to the Trade Federation march, fitting perfectly over the landing scenes.

    4. Anakin and Group to Coruscant



    Starts with one of William's suspense style cues, before leading into a nice quiet rendition of Anakin's theme. At the arrival at Coruscant, the blaring theme is reminiscent of the arrival at Cloud City, and there's a nice underscore as Anakin is left adrift among all the political talk.

    5. Watto's Deal



    One of the subtle quiet tracks which TPM excels at, creating a soothing backdrop to Shmi and Qui-Gon's discussions of Anakin's past and future, and a really nice use of the force theme.

    Honourable Mentions:

    Take to Your Ships: Just a really catchy positive tune, famous for being the level end screen of Lego Star Wars (and Clone Wars).
    The Gungan's March: Both the film cue and the unused variant are really great at building the atmosphere over the foggy entrance of the Gungan army
    Duel of the Fates: How could I not mention this, one of William's most famous tracks, scoring the duel perfectly.
    Droid Fight: The first battle track of the PT, playing over Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan's dispensing of the Battle Droids and dealing with the Droidekas
    Anakin is Free: Just so relaxing and beautiful, while also containing a hint of melancholy.

    TPM's soundtrack is overall my favourite of the series in general, with excellent action pieces, and lots of soothing quiet moments that are just done so well. I always have a hard time 'describing' music as such, but I just think TPM is amazing. More to come from AOTC soon.
     
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  3. darkspine10

    darkspine10 Force Ghost star 5

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    Well, since it's been a day since the last post, I'll move on to AOTC.

    1. Yoda and the Younglings



    Probably the nicest, most relaxing piece of music ever composed by John Williams. It's just impossible to feel un-soothed by it. There's a lovely opening cue as R2 gets food for Padme and Anakin, and soft version of Across the Stars (the second use of the theme in the film). Then there's a sweet version of Yoda's theme, followed by a quiet choir over the Youngling's search for Kamino. To end it all, we have a rousing version of Across the Stars again as Anakin and Padme arrive at Naboo. Just magical.

    2. The Meadow Picnic



    Ok, it's another relaxing track, what can I say, Williams writes really relaxing music ;) (AOTC is probably the SW score closest to William's work on Harry Potter, especially in this track [Not to mention Chase Through Coruscant, which is directly used in Chamer of Secrets :p]) The soaring version of Across the Stars in the centrepiece is so majestic, and the build-up is really great.

    3. Love Pledge and the Arena



    The best action track from the film, intended for use over the Arena fight with the monsters, sadly mostly dialled back in the final film. It's a shame they didn't just shift the action part of the track to when the Jedi arrive, instead of using all the reused TPM music.

    4. Shmi's Funeral



    One of the saddest tracks in SW, underscoring one of the most heartbreaking scenes. It gets a bit more uplifting once R2 arrives to continue the plot, but the first half just feels like... it feels like it's grasping for a sweeping score, but can no longer make it, due to the tragedy. Hope I explained that Ok.

    5. Chase Through Coruscant



    A very repetitively catchy central beat to this one. The opening starts of tense, then we get the full action the film's been waiting for. The use of electric guitars (unused in the final film) fit really well the style of the noir chase being evoked.

    Honourable Mentions:

    The Duel with Count Dooku: A really restrained final duel piece compared to TPM or ROTS, relying on lots of light percussion (a repeated motif in AOTC). The subtle lack of big orchestration suits the more pared back duel really well.
    Approaching Kamino: The Kamino theme is great, very otherworldly for Obi-Wan's trip. The motion of the music fits very well with the storm backing.
    The First Kiss: The opening of this track is really beautiful, almost like it's out of a different score entirely, capturing the essence of the Italian beauty of the Lake Como villa used in the scene.
    Darth Tyranus and the Secret Marriage: There's a really great, deep version of the Emperor's theme, followed by a really atmospheric section with a solo femal vocalist in this track, really nailing the feel of Dooku's trip to meet Sidious.

    AOTC is my second favourite of the SW soundtracks, with really atmospheric suspense, soothing romance, and some really epic action.

    Edit: Also, is anyone else gonna post their favourites? I know there are loads of films, but I can't be the only one. ;)
     
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  4. Darkslayer

    Darkslayer Force Ghost star 6

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    The Phantom Menace
    1. Main Title
    2. Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, & Darth Maul Continue Battle
    3. The Duel Continues
    4. The Duel Begins
    5. Fighting the Destroyer Droids

    Attack of the Clones
    1. The Fight Begins
    2. Yoda Strikes Back
    3. The Battle of Geonosis
    4. Attack of the Clones
    5. Arrival of the Jedi
     
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  5. darkspine10

    darkspine10 Force Ghost star 5

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    It's interesting, but I think that all of your AOTC faves bar Yoda Strikes Back are re-used tracks from TPM. ;)
     
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  6. darkspine10

    darkspine10 Force Ghost star 5

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    ROTS time:

    1. Battle Over Coruscant





    Yes, the whole 8 minute section from the film's beginning, covering War Drums, Boys Into Battle, They're Coming Around, and Get 'Em R2. Boys Into Battle is probably my favourite section, with the militarised Force theme meshing really well with the deep drums (why the drums weren't present on the official album is a mystery to me).

    2. Anakin's Dream



    One of the many quieter pieces covering ROTS middle act, this is probably the one that I enjoy the most. It starts off both very innocent compared to what's to come, and yet still distinct from the grand operatic romance of AOTC. The sad, last use of Anakin's theme at 2:10 is really great. The ending's a nice transition piece too.

    3. I am the Senate



    The duel has a very nice central beat to it, with the Emperor's theme woven nicely into it. The part where Mace is thrown out the window is suitably dark and epic.

    4. Enter Lord Vader

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3gUIX5kdB0&index=42&list=PL0dqWRYwKNGdnCpOqJsKcSWc5nJYgbY3A

    The Mustafar themes in this track have a lot of oomph, particularly when Anakin arrives at 2:22, and the War Drums return from the opening. The drums were cut out of this track too on the album. Again, why was this?! They add a lot to the themes of the soundtrack, tying in Anakin's prior 'heroics' at the start with his 'heroic' defeat of the Separatists.

    5. Arrival at Utapau/Riding the Lizard

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc9nnlbaB6E&index=23&list=PL0dqWRYwKNGdnCpOqJsKcSWc5nJYgbY3A
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiYGEX1xVy0&index=24&list=PL0dqWRYwKNGdnCpOqJsKcSWc5nJYgbY3A

    One of the few happy themes in ROTS, fitting well with Obi-Wan's arrival at the bright planet of Utapau, while also fitting with the tense conversation with Tion Medon. There's a nice underlying sense of menace in it, while the Magnaguards watch from above. The music for Obi-Wan riding to Grievous works great too, it has the same synergy with the action that the Kamino music did.

    Honourable Mentions:

    The Elevator Scene: Grievous' theme gets it first use, mostly cut out of the film, but it sounds great. The unused music for the action in the Elevators is really nice too.
    The Death of Dooku: The duel music is really fast paced, and it takes a dark turn when Dooku is down on the ground.
    Padme's Visit: The variation of Anakin's Betrayal here is arguably more emotional than the original version.
    Heroes Collide: While I'm not the biggest fan of Battle of the Heroes, the opening of the duel is faster paced, and works well in paralleling the two strands of the duel.
    Palpatine's TV Set/Big Pitch: Really great orchestra ambience and sinister atmosphere.

    Overall, ROTS is a step-down from the first 2 PT. I often feel a bit worn out by the end, particularly from the end of the big duel onwards. Still, I think there's a lot to like, especially in the first half, which starts off with a lot of action before settling into a lot of suspense and mood tracks, which I really like.

    So far my ranking of the music is:

    1. TPM
    2. AOTC
    3. ROTS
     
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  7. Larsonator

    Larsonator Jedi Knight star 1

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    I just stuck with what’s on the official soundtrack releases because I’m lazy but really if I included unofficial stuff it probably wouldn’t be much different.

    The Phantom Menace

    Duel Of The Fates
    Augie’s Great Municipal Band and End Credits
    Anakin’s Theme
    Activate The Droids
    The Funeral Of Qui-Gon

    Attack of the Clones

    Across The Stars
    Confrontation With Count Dooku and Finale
    Zam The Assassin and The Chase Through Coruscant
    Jango’s Escape
    The Tusken Camp and The Homestead

    The Clone Wars

    Star Wars Main Title & A Galaxy Divided
    Battle Of Christophsis
    Admiral Yularen
    Obi-Wan To The Rescue
    B’omarr Monastery

    Revenge of the Sith

    Battle Of The Heroes
    Anakin’s Dark Deeds
    Enter Lord Vader
    A New Hope and End Credits
    Padme’s Ruminations

    Rogue One

    The Imperial Suite
    Your Father Would Be Proud
    Scrambling The Rebel Fleet
    AT-ACT Assault
    Krennic’s Aspirations

    A New Hope

    The Battle Of Yavin
    Burning Homestead
    Ben Kenobi’s Death/TIE Fighter Attack
    The Throne Room/End Title
    Princess Leia’s Theme

    The Empire Strikes Back

    The Imperial March
    The Asteroid Field
    Rescue From Cloud City/Hyperspace
    Yoda’s Theme
    The Battle Of Hoth

    Return of the Jedi

    Into The Trap
    Emperor’s Throne Room
    Sail Barge Assault
    Leia’s News/Light Of The Force
    Yub Nub/Victory Celebration. I like both

    The Force Awakens

    The Jedi Steps and Finale
    Rey’s Theme
    March Of The Resistance
    The Falcon
    Torn Apart

    The Last Jedi

    The Spark
    The Battle Of Crait
    Peace And Purpose
    The Supremacy
    The Fathiers
     
  8. Johnnythewizard

    Johnnythewizard Jedi Youngling

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    The Phantom Menace
    1.Duel of the Fates
    2. The Droid Invasion
    3. Escape from Naboo
    4. The Flag Parade
    5. Battleship Destroyed

    Attack of the Clones
    1. The Arena
    2. Across the Stars
    3. Finding Kamino
    4. The Finale
    5. Jango's Escape

    The Clone Wars (Theatrical)
    1. Main Title and a Galaxy Divided
    2. End Credits
    3. Battle of Christophsis
    4. Landing on Teth
    5. Anakin vs Dooku

    The Clone Wars (TV Show)
    1. The Clones
    2. Yoda's Journey Ends
    3. Jedi Eulogy
    ....
    Not that many others stood out unfortunately.

    Revenge of the Sith
    1. Anakin's Betrayal
    2. Padme's Destiny
    3. Anakin's Dark Deeds
    4. General Greivous
    5. Battle of Coruscant

    Rebels (TV Show)
    1. Glory to the Empire
    ....
    That was the only one I liked.

    I've never actually listened to Giacchino's arrangements for Rogue One.

    A New Hope
    1. Main Title
    2. Binary Sunset
    3. Battle of Yavin
    4. Throne Room
    5. TIE Fighter Attack

    The Empire Strikes Back
    1. The Imperial March
    2. Yoda's Theme
    3. Battle of Hoth
    4. Asteroid Field
    5. The Clash of Lightsabers

    Return of the Jedi

    1. Into the Trap
    2. Sail Barge Assault
    3. Parade of the Ewoks
    4. Victory Celebration
    5. Speeder Bike Chase

    The Force Awakens
    1. The Jedi Steps
    2. March of the Resistance
    3. Rey's Theme
    4. Jabba Flow (Yes, I'm serious)
    5. Torn Apart (Would've put it higher if not for the context)

    Unfortunately The Last Jedi's plot has kept me away from the soundtracks.