Friday, December 10, 2010


Track 1 - Title Theme
Track 2 - Imperial March
Track 3 - The Desert And The Robot Auction
Track 4 - The Princess Appears
Track 5 - The Sand People
Track 6 - Princess Leia's Theme
Track 7 - Cantina Band
Track 8 - The Last Battle
Track 9 - The Throne Room And End Theme
Track 10 - Other Glactic Funk
Track 11 - Star Wars Cantina Band (7" Edit)
Track 12 - Star Wars Cantina Band (12" Disco Mix)

Info from Sci Fi Toys blogspot - On 25 May 1977, Meco watched the feature film Star Wars on its opening day. By the second day, 26 May 1977, he had watched it four times, and he watched it several more times that weekend. He then got the idea to make a disco version of the score by John Williams. He contacted Neil Bogart at Casablanca Records, but only after the original score had become a huge success did Bogart agree to help Meco realize his idea. Contact was established with Millennium Records, then a Casablanca subsidiary, and this became Meco's first record company. Here Meco rejoined with Tony Bongiovi and he was also able to bring in Harold Wheeler who had also been part of the team behind "Never Can Say Goodbye" in 1974. Lance Quinn was also part of the Meco team, and the different roles played by the four musicians is described by Meco himself in a 1999 interview with his fan web site:

“Tony and Lance are the two guys who would not let me be "too musical". Tony would say: "It's not dumb enough - It's too good." Tony is a frustrated drummer and Lance is a guitar genius, so they would make sure the rhythm section was always "smoking" under the very sophisticated arrangements and concepts that Harold and I started with.”

In a matter of just three weeks they arranged and recorded Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk. Although the album was nominated for "Best Instrumental Pop Performer" in 1977, the award ultimately went to John Williams.

The rip I have splits up the original 16 minute long opening track into various sections. The original uploader hasn't tagged this very well but that's a small price to pay for a rather groovy, super kitch sci-fi disco party.

No comments: