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Which of the Star Wars Saga scores is your favorite?

Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Strilo , Apr 13, 2018.

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Which of the Star Wars Saga scores is your favorite?

  1. The Phantom Menace

    13 vote(s)
    12.9%
  2. Attack Of The Clones

    4 vote(s)
    4.0%
  3. Revenge Of The Sith

    31 vote(s)
    30.7%
  4. A New Hope

    12 vote(s)
    11.9%
  5. The Empire Strikes Back

    34 vote(s)
    33.7%
  6. Return Of The Jedi

    1 vote(s)
    1.0%
  7. The Force Awakens

    4 vote(s)
    4.0%
  8. The Last Jedi

    2 vote(s)
    2.0%
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  1. Darth Dnej

    Darth Dnej Jedi Master star 4

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    To me, nothing tops The Empire Strikes Back. It contains most of the leitmotifs from the original film, while adding some phenomenal new pieces. Do I need to say how amazing The Imperial March, Yoda's Theme, and Han Solo and the Princess are? Not to mention The Asteroid Field and Lando's Palace.
     
  2. Trev Elyt

    Trev Elyt Jedi Knight star 2

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    I’m inclined to go with The Empire Strikes Back, too, because it includes most of the best songs from A New Hope, as well as “The Imperial March,” “Han Solo and the Princess,” and “Yoda’s Theme.” (Not to mention, the finale song is STUNNING.) A New Hope is really high up there, though — “Binary Sunset,” “Princess Leia’s Theme” and “The Throne Room and End Title” are some of the best pieces of music to ever be created.
     
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  3. Darth Buzz

    Darth Buzz Jedi Master star 4

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    ROTS
    AOTC
    TESB
    TPM
    ROTJ
    TLJ
    TFA
    ANH

    John Williams performance in the PT was simply amazing. ROTS was enhanced by the emotional and gripping scores, while Across the Stars in AOTC is my favorite of the saga.
     
  4. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 8

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    For me they are all great but ESB just has so much variety. So many classic themes and little flourishes. I can't begin to explain how epic it was hearing the Imperial March for the first time in the theater.
     
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  5. Sephiroth1335

    Sephiroth1335 Jedi Youngling star 1

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    I picked up Episode 1 at the store the other day and been listening to it every day since very amazing!

    Hoping to gradually acquire the rest over time and compare them all but my instincts and
    what I remember in the theater is that Episode I is really something special I think.
     
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  6. Sith Lord 2015

    Sith Lord 2015 Jedi Master star 4

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    As an overall score I voted for ESB, while personally my favorite single tracks are "Across the Stars" and the AOTC end title where the theme is included plus "Princess Leia's Theme". On the whole, I rate the AOTC score lower than some others, but "Across the Stars" really stands out and to me is the score's highlight. Otherwise there aren't really any new themes that impressed me, though already existing themes like "Imperial March" and "Duel of the Fates" are used extremely well.
     
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  7. Luna2112

    Luna2112 Jedi Knight

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    As an overall score, definitely RotS. Every track on it just perfectly encapsulates the tragedy, foreboding/looming darkness, and emotional weight of that film for me. I'm probably biased since it was the first SW score I ever bought (and RotS is tied with ESB as my favorite), but I think it's one of the strongest scores in the series. There aren't any "filler" tracks on it for me and it's the only one I regularly listen to the full way through without skipping around.
     
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  8. dolphin

    dolphin Chosen One star 5

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    ANH because it introduced many of the motifs and themes we have come to love


    AOTC is technically a John Williams score but one heavily arranged and edited by LFL IIRC.
     
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  9. C.Roach

    C.Roach Jedi Knight star 1

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    I voted for The Empire Strikes Back.
     
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  10. Bob Effette

    Bob Effette Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Empire Strikes Back, so operatic and such great themes. One of the things it does for me during the end credits is remind me of those stage productions where the actors come out one by one at the end back onto the stage for a final, group bow. I listen to all the themes being played and I can imagine Leia coming back out, then Yoda, and Darth Vader etc one after the other, waving to the audience as the audience claps and cheers.
     
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  11. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 8

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    Yeah the last 3 minutes of Empire...my goodness. Although the throne room at the end of ANH is pretty amazing too.
     
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  12. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    The ending of Empire surely is one of the best Star Wars endings of them all.
     
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  13. Jedi Daniel

    Jedi Daniel Chosen One star 5

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    Empire without a doubt. I just love Battle in the Snow :D
     
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  14. Emperor Ferus

    Emperor Ferus Chosen One star 7

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    Tough call between ROTS and TESB (both including iconic pieces) but I'd have to go with the latter.
     
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  15. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 8

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    Yes for me it goes ESB then ANH then ROTS then TPM.
     
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  16. Pythaga

    Pythaga Jedi Knight star 1

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    ROTS has to be my favorite, all of the emotion, especially in Anakin's Betrayal/Dark Deeds and The Immolation Scene, tells the tragic story far better than the oft-criticized dialogue in my mind.

    Beyond that, ESB is a *very* close second, followed by ROTJ then ANH, with AOTC and TPM not too far behind.

    The only real exceptions to the rule are Across the Stars and Duel of the Fates, both of which are within my top 10 individual tracks.
     
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  17. Darth Buzz

    Darth Buzz Jedi Master star 4

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    ROTS is so emotional, that soundtrack hits you like a truck. Makes Anakin's story even more tragic than it already is. Masterpiece by JW!
     
  18. I Are The Internets

    I Are The Internets Shelf of Shame Host star 9 VIP - Game Host

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    ESB forever and always
     
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  19. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 8

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    I'd give ESB the edge because of the sheer variety. You have Han and Leia, the Imperial March, Yoda's theme, Lando's theme, Boba Fett's theme, the Asteroid music. It's just amazing.
     
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  20. TIE Mechanic

    TIE Mechanic Jedi Padawan star 1

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    A New Hope for me and my favourite track is The Throne Room and End Titles. I love how the first piece builds up into the crescendo that segues into the End Titles. I have always found that very moving.
     
  21. Bob Effette

    Bob Effette Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    The best bit of music on the TESB soundtrack is when Luke is in the X Wing approaching Cloud City. The first notes of the main theme play three times with alternating horns and flutes at different tempos, then the second set of notes play three times in the same vein before the scene changes to the carbon freeze chamber and the music segues into the Imperial March again.

    It is a wonderfully composed little riff. Williams is a genius.
     
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  22. oierem

    oierem Jedi Master star 4

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    Yeah! It's a shame the music is a bit shortened in the film, though (you don't hear the second set of notes play three times).

    On a related note, I hate how the original release of TESB substitutes a couple of great statements of the Imperial March for a tracked version of it. I'm so glad the SE fixed those.
     
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  23. Emperor Ferus

    Emperor Ferus Chosen One star 7

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    Yub Nub!
     
  24. themoth

    themoth Force Ghost star 5

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    It’s definitive, and will never be topped.
     
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  25. AnakinTheChosenOne

    AnakinTheChosenOne Jedi Knight star 1

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    I gotta say Revenge Of The Sith hands down, no question. With The Phantom Menace as a close second.
     
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