Sony Classical Reissues Star Wars Episodes I-VI In Newly Restored Audio Collections

Star Wars™ – The Ultimate Editions Of The Original Film Soundtracks

The most acclaimed and enduring film music in Hollywood history, the original soundtracks of Star Wars Episodes I-VI will be reissued by Sony Classical in three new, definitive editions – Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection (11 LPs), Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection (10 CDs plus DVD) and Star Wars: The Ultimate Digital Collection (hi-resolution download).

Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection (11 LPs) - available now (PRNewsFoto/Sony Classical)

Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection (11 LPs) – available now (PRNewsFoto/Sony Classical)

All composed by the legendary five-time Oscar®-winning composer (who may collect yet another Oscar nomination—and win–for best movie score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens in February at the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony), John Williams, these unique collector’s sets are being reissued after the latest chapter in the saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, continues to break record after record at the international box office ($1.7 billion in less than 25 days and counting…). All three of Sony Classical‘s new soundtrack editions was released worldwide this past Friday, January 8th.

STAR WARS: THE ULTIMATE VINYL COLLECTION includes each of the six film soundtracks – from Star Wars: Episode I –The Phantom Menace to Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – in deluxe gatefold sleeves faithfully replicating the original artwork. Audio was transferred from the original LP masters using the highest resolution (up to 192kHz/24bit) and pressed with heavy 180 gram vinyl. The six double-LP sets are presented in a black, soft-touch laminated slipcase with an embossed, hot silver foil Star Wars logo, which includes a digital download card for one complete box set (all six soundtracks).

Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection (10 CDs plus DVD) - available now (PRNewsFoto/Sony Classical)

Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection (10 CDs plus DVD) – available now (PRNewsFoto/Sony Classical)

STAR WARS: THE ULTIMATE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION includes the original six soundtracks in mini album jackets on 9 CDs, plus a bonus CD featuring a new audio interview with Harrison Ford (Han Solo) alongside an interview with John Williams. Also included is the DVD Star Wars: A Musical Journey, a one hour special hosted by actor Ian McDiarmid (Chancellor Palpatine) highlighting select musical themes alongside key sequences from the films. Rounding out the set are a fold-out poster and three collectible stickers.

STAR WARS: THE ULTIMATE DIGITAL COLLECTION features a bundle of the six original soundtracks available for the first time as high definition downloads (192kHz/24bit).

Since Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope was released in 1977, composer John Williams‘ scores have defined the soaring adventure for all six episodes in the saga. Williams won the Academy Award® for Best Original Score for the series’ first film and received Oscar® nominations for Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). His Star Wars music has also won four Grammy Awards®, two BAFTA Awards and a Golden Globe®. Williams continues his association with the Star Wars saga, composing the score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, released worldwide in December 2015.

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SONY MASTERWORKS RELEASES THE DEFINITIVE VERSION OF CLASSICAL BARBRA AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 5, 2013

NEWLY REMASTERED EDITION OF MUSIC ICON BARBRA STREISAND’S GROUNDBREAKING CLASSICAL CROSSOVER ALBUM FROM 1976

INCLUDES TWO PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED BONUS TRACKS TAKEN FROM THE ORIGINAL RECORDING SESSIONS

Though best known as one of the preeminent pop singers of our time, BARBRA STREISAND made a powerful statement in the classical music realm when she recorded CLASSICAL BARBRA in 1973.  Originally released in 1976, the album gained Streisand a raft of admirers in the classical music world. Glenn Gould called her voice “one of the natural wonders of the age, an instrument of infinite diversity and timbral resource.”  CLASSICAL BARBRA was one of the first and is still one of the greatest records in the category we know today as “classical crossover” and is available February 5th, 2013 from SONY MASTERWORKS.

BARBRA STREISAND - Classical Barbra LP

BARBRA STREISAND – Classical Barbra LP

Of the reissue, Ms. Streisand says, “I have always had a special affection for Classical Barbra. I loved the process of developing and making the recording, and I was gratified by the success it had when it was originally released and, what a thrill it was to receive a Grammy nomination in the Classical division…Now it is back in a new expanded edition, beautifully remastered and sounding better than it has since the LP release. I’m also pleased that we could include two bonus tracks that have never before been available. They remind me again how rewarding this whole project was.” Continue reading