Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire soundtrack seeing CD/vinyl release

An N64 classic remembered

Varèse Sarabande Records has announced that they're giving the soundtrack to Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire a CD and vinyl release. The CD release is $14, and the vinyl will be $22. Check out full details on the releases below.

May the 4th be with you! In celebration of Star Wars Day, Varèse Sarabande Records is thrilled to announce the upcoming special release of the music for Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire by GRAMMY®-nominated composer Joel McNeely. The album will be released for the first time on LP and reissued on CD on August 7, 2020, exclusively from Varèse Sarabande Records and is now available for pre-order.

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire was developed and published by LucasArts for Nintendo 64 on December 3, 1996, and sold one million copies in its first year. A version for Microsoft Windows followed in 1997, and sold out reissues have kept the game alive amongst the Star Wars fan base since its release over 20 years ago.

As part of the Shadows of the Empire multimedia project, a full soundtrack was composed by Joel McNeely and recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Samples of the soundtrack were used in both versions of the game, with the Windows version containing many of the full tracks. The album art features the main Star Wars characters and was created by legendary illustrator Drew Struzan (Blade Runner, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future).

In the game, which serves as backstory between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the player controls the mercenary Dash Rendar in his efforts to help Luke Skywalker and rescue Princess Leia from Prince Xizor. The game was based on a book by Steve Perry.

Joel McNeely is an Emmy® Award-winning composer and conductor with more than 100 motion picture and television credits. As a composer for film and television, McNeely has worked with such respected filmmakers as James Cameron, John Lasseter, Seth MacFarlane and George Lucas, among others. McNeely received the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.” He was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction (“The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles”) and received a GRAMMY® nomination for Outstanding Classical Crossover Album for “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”


1. Main Theme from Star Wars and Leia’s Nightmare (3:41)
2. The Battle of Gall (7:59)
3. Imperial City (8:02)
4. Beggar’s Canyon Chase (2:56)
5. The Southern Underground (1:48)
6. Xizor’s Theme (4:35)
7. The Seduction of Princess Leia (3:38)
8. Night Skies (4:17)
9. Into the Sewers (2:55)
10. The Destruction of Xizor’s Palace (10:44)

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Where you guys are from people still buy CDs? HEre in Norway it's like streaming for the ease of things when out and about and LPs for the great quality at home (or in some pubs). Seriously curious to the situation from around the world =)

LPs in pubs? That’s awesome!

I’m in the UK, everyone seems to be streaming nowadays. I know very few people who still buy the music they listen to. I buy LPs and have a record player but I rarely listen to them; I mainly buy them to support artists and because they’re great to own- listening is mostly streaming for me.

I can see people who don’t have a way of hooking their phone up to car radios still buying them and people who aren’t tech savvy and don’t know/care about Spotify etc. I’m sure there’s plenty of CD collectors still around too but yeah, CDs are really becoming less and less of a desirable media as time goes on.

Oh yeah! Are severalrock/metal pubs where they play good shit from LP. We Rock/metalheads know our quality. I rarely stream because of the lack of the deepness of the sound, so I try to get most of my favs on LP (I grew up with LPs mostly), but getting it all is close to impossible. I just love music too much . But for the studd I do not (yet) have, it's streaming... Or stuff I want that is not on LP, just CD, like plenty of bands from the 90's did. ...........Oh and demo CDs are still a thing...

No one I know here in germany actually buys CDs or LPS anymore...which is kind of a shame honestly. They just use Amazon Music for the most part.
That being said I'm not a fan of the LP resurgence and I think CDs should also make way for the SD card medium or something similiar. Both LPs and CDs take away precious living room space.
As for me: If I'm only interested in a couple of songs from an album I'll download those from Amazon as well but if I want the whole album I'll gladly get the physical version...only to convert the songs into mp3s using my pc and then shelving the cds forever...

Hmmz. Well, even the CD has better quaity than mp3 and streaming and LP being superior to them all, so for home usage I'll always go with LP if I have the album. And they are great collectables too. But yeah, they sure do take a lot of space. That and my LD collection are pretty nasty space eaters =) But I love them.

Thanks for the answer.


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