These Are Not The Droids You're Looking For

:: Star Wars Theme (Luke's Theme) ::

:: The Tatooine Desert ::

:: Death Star ::

:: Star Wars Cantina Music ::

:: Princess Leia's Theme ::

:: Droids ::

:: Ben Kenobi's Theme ::

It was 30 years ago this week that Star Wars premiered on screens, so let’s commemorate with this Patrick Gleeson artifact from the same year. Gleeson, an early pioneer in electronic music, was the man responsible for giving Herbie Hancock’s music a spacey edge by contributing wild moog effects and electronic decoration to Hancock’s acclaimed early 70’s albums, Crossings and Sextant. He later lent his synthesizer skills to television and film compositions, notably recreating sinister helicopter chops with his moog for Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. For this record, Gleeson employs the E-mu systems synthesizer, proclaimed on the 1977 album copy as “the world’s most advanced sythesizer” in that it was computer-driven and could play up to 16 notes simultaneously. For the most part, Gleeson wields that awesome power by setting John Williams’ score to a funky disco beat adorned in all sorts of Atari-like flourishes, making this an incredibly amusing little relic of the good ol’ days.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007 10:41:00 AM

I played violin in the string section on these sessions. I lost my copy of the original vinyl, so I haven't heard it in a quarter-century (oh God...) so this is really a treat/trip for me! Thanks a lot!

John Tenney    

Saturday, June 02, 2007 11:00:00 AM

This must have been a real triumph for space-age musicians everywhere -- absolutely hilarious! Keep up the good work on this blog!    

Monday, July 28, 2008 2:55:00 AM

Aw man, the links don't work. I'd love to hear this. Any chance you could repost it?

Monday, February 16, 2009 5:15:00 PM

The links don't work !!! Please !!!
Please !!! Please !!! Please !!!
Im looking for these records 10 yers !
Please !!!    

Friday, November 20, 2009 12:12:00 AM

I bought this album in the form of an Iranian bootleg tape back in ʻ77. Neither the movie nor the original sound track had made it to Isfahan, so this was as good as it got for an expatriate teen in need of an American culture fix.

I still have the tape, which Iʻm in the midst of digitizing before I put the deck out to pasture.    

Friday, October 01, 2010 3:11:00 PM

You know, my brotther was a real space nerd in the 70s, and we bougth this record on a holliday trip in southern Sweden (we lived up north). But when we returned home the record had melted as it had been overheated in the car. My farhter thought that maybe he could reverse the bumps in the record by putting it in the owen but that (go figure) just made matters worse! My brother was furious. It still plays but there are bumps in it that makes only the last track on either side playable. I've been looking for it on the net from time to time. Great finding it!    

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