Undeniable Fact About ROTS #23: Folks Loved The Soundtrack

I’ve never met a John Williams soundtrack I didn’t like and certainly not a Star Wars one I didn’t love. Apparently the world thinks so too, because the ROTS soundtrack not only sold well for a soundtrack that didn’t have a pop song tacked onto it to increase sales and snag a Best Original Song nomination, it also got great reviews and snagged several award nominations, including a Grammy nomination in 2006. In the UK, “Battle of the Heroes” got to #25 on the singles chart, a chart a million times more competitive and eclectic than the usual Billboard Top 40 or Hot 100 in the U.S..

Also for you trivia buffs, the Star Wars: A Musical Journey extra accessed on DVD players inspired the touring arena show of the same name in 2009-2010.

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8 Responses to “Undeniable Fact About ROTS #23: Folks Loved The Soundtrack”

  1. susanbowes Says:

    I loved every soundtrack for each film, but my favorite song was from AOTC – the song – Across the Stars.

  2. M. Marshall Says:

    I don’t remember the title of the track, but I love the crescendo the music reaches when Palpatine declares that the Republic will now be the Galactic Empire. It sends shivers of dread down my spine every time I hear it.

  3. Tarrlok Says:

    ROTS has so many excellent tracks: The Battle of Coruscant, Anakin’s Dream, Padme’s Ruminations, Anakin’s Betrayal, Anakin’s Dark Deeds, Battle of the Heroes, The Immolation Scene, Birth of the Twins and Padme’s Destiny, and finally, A New Hope.

    My view is that, even though all SW soundtracks are superb, the one Williams wrote for ROTS is the best of the lot.

    A particular standout for me was the final part of Anakin’s Betrayal, that plays when Bail Organa approaches the ruined Jedi Temple, futilely tries to gain access, and is forced to leave at the point of a clone trooper’s gun. It has such a feeling of melancholic finality, as if a great tragedy has just occurred with there being nothing that can be done now to truly rectify it.

  4. PrinceOfNaboo Says:

    ROTS has such a great soundtrack. The music was longing and exciting and mournful and dramatic…everything was in it.

    Fantastic variety. It’s a real pleasure compared to some films in the Saga that seem to consist only of 2 or 3 pieces. I love the “Imperial March”, but it’s terribly overused.

    “A Musical Journey” was also a nice bonus, although I feel like this was when it started that Lucasfilm treated the OT like the “good part” and the PT the “bad part”. I mean there were only 4 tracks from the PT yet like 15 for the OT, right?

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