John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra ‎– Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back

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Originally released as a 75-minute double LP with gatefold presentation in the USA, Canada and Japan, in the rest of the world only a 41-minute, 10-track single LP version was released (using same artwork, but losing the gatefolf presentation and a booklet, and with notes and some photographs printed on inner sleeve). Interestingly, tracks were arranged very differently in the single LP version.

First CD release was marketed by Polydor in 1985, comprising the 10 tracks of the abridged international LP. The 75-minute version was not available on CD until the 1993 release of the 4-CD set of John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars Trilogy (The Original Soundtrack Anthology), that also included some (at that time) unreleased tracks.

The most comprehensive version so far (supposedly including the complete, remastered film score -although lacking at least an alternate version of the end credits that was included in the 1993 4-CD set-) was released in 1997, coincidental with the "Special Edition" release of the film trilogy. This 2-CD set was re-released in 2004 with different artwork.

On May 4, 2018, Walt Disney Records released a newly-remastered edition of the original 1980 album program on CD, digital download, and streaming services. This remaster was newly assembled from the highest-quality tapes available, rather than sourced from the existing 1980 album masters. This release marks the first release on CD of the complete 1980 soundtrack album.

Versions (71)

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RS-2-4201 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(2xLP, Album, Pit) RSO RS-2-4201 US 1980 Sell This Version
2394 257 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back (O Império Contra-Ataca)(LP, Album) RSO 2394 257 Brazil 1980 Sell This Version
RPO-4201 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back (Selected Cuts From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Album, Promo) RSO RPO-4201 US 1980 Sell This Version
2394 257 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)(LP) RSO 2394 257 Austria 1980 Sell This Version
RS-2-4201 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back / The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture(2xLP, Album) RSO RS-2-4201 US 1980 Sell This Version
RS-2-4201 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back / The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture(2xLP, Album) RSO RS-2-4201 US 1980 Sell This Version
8T-2-4201 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back / The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture(8-Trk, Album) RSO 8T-2-4201 US 1980 Sell This Version
MWZ8113/4 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back = スター・ウォーズ / 帝国の逆襲(2xLP, Album, Gat) RSO MWZ8113/4 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
2394257 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(2xLP) RSO 2394257 Colombia 1980 Sell This Version
RS-2-4201 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(2xLP, Album) RSO RS-2-4201 US 1980 Sell This Version
RS-2-4201 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(2xLP, Album) RSO RS-2-4201 US 1980 Sell This Version
RS-2-4201 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(2xLP, Album) RSO RS-2-4201 US 1980 Sell This Version
RS-2-4201 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(2xLP, Album) RSO RS-2-4201 US 1980 Sell This Version
RS-2-4201 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(2xLP, Album, Promo) RSO RS-2-4201 US 1980 Sell This Version
TRSS 023, 3216 257 The London Symphony Orchestra Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(Cass) RSO, RSO TRSS 023, 3216 257 UK 1980 Sell This Version
CT-2-4201 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(Cass, Album) RSO CT-2-4201 US 1980 Sell This Version
3216 257 The London Symphony Orchestra Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(Cass, Album) RSO 3216 257 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
RS4-2-4201 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(Cass, Album, Dol) RSO RS4-2-4201 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
RSS 23, 2394 257 The London Symphony Orchestra Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(LP) RSO, RSO RSS 23, 2394 257 UK 1980 Sell This Version
RLP 49956 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(LP, Album) RSO RLP 49956 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
2394 257 John Williams (4) Performed By The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4) Performed By The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(LP, Album) RSO 2394 257 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
2479 261 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: L'Empire Contre Attaque (Bande Originale Du Film)(LP) RSO, Polydor 2479 261 France 1980 Sell This Version
3216 257 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)(Cass, Album) RSO 3216 257 Scandinavia 1980 Sell This Version
32 16 257 John Williams (4) / The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4) / The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)(Cass, Album) RSO 32 16 257 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
RSS023 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)(LP) RSO RSS023 Scandinavia 1980 Sell This Version
2394 257 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)(LP) RSO 2394 257 Taiwan 1980 Sell This Version
2394 257 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)(LP) RSO 2394 257 New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
23 94 257 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)(LP) RSO 23 94 257 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
2394-257 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)(LP) RSO 2394-257 Singapore 1980 Sell This Version
RSS 23, RSS 023 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)(LP) RSO, RSO RSS 23, RSS 023 UK 1980 Sell This Version
2394 257 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)(LP) RSO 2394 257 Scandinavia 1980 Sell This Version
2394 257 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)(LP, Album) RSO 2394 257 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
2394-257 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)(LP, Album) RSO 2394-257 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
2394 257 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)(LP, Album) RSO 2394 257 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
2394 257 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)(LP, Album) RSO 2394 257 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
2394 257 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)(LP, Album, TP) RSO, Polydor 2394 257 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
RS-2-4201 The London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams (4) The London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams (4) - The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)(2xLP, Album, Gat) RSO RS-2-4201 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
RS-2-4201 The London Symphony Orchestra The Empire Strikes Back(2xLP, Gat) RSO RS-2-4201 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
P33W 50002 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(CD) RSO P33W 50002 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
825 298-2 John Williams (4) / The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4) / The London Symphony Orchestra - The Empire Strikes Back(CD, Album) Polydor 825 298-2 US 1985 Sell This Version
825 298-2 John Williams (4) / The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4) / The London Symphony Orchestra - The Empire Strikes Back(CD, Album, RE) RSO 825 298-2 UK, Europe & US 1985 Sell This Version
RS-2-4201 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(2xLP, Album, RP) RSO RS-2-4201 US 1986 Sell This Version
825 298-2 John Williams (4) / The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4) / The London Symphony Orchestra - The Empire Strikes Back(CD, Album) RSO 825 298-2 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
P33W 20016 John Williams (4) / The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4) / The London Symphony Orchestra - The Empire Strikes Back(CD, Album) RSO P33W 20016 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
POCP-2011 John Williams (4) / The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4) / The London Symphony Orchestra - The Empire Strikes Back(CD, Album, RE) Polydor POCP-2011 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
BG2 68747 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - The Empire Strikes Back (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Special Edition)(2xCD, Album, Club) RCA Victor BG2 68747 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
09026 68747-2 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - The Empire Strikes Back (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Special Edition)(2xCD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, S/Edition, Sli) RCA Victor, BMG Classics 09026 68747-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
09026 68773-4, 09026 68773 4 John Williams (4) The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Cassette 2)(Cass, RM) RCA Victor, RCA Victor, BMG Classics 09026 68773-4, 09026 68773 4 Poland 1997 Sell This Version
BG2 68773 John Williams (4) The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2xCD, Album, Club, RE, RM) RCA Victor, BMG Classics BG2 68773 US 1997 Sell This Version
09026 68773 2 John Williams (4) The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2xCD, Album, RE, RM) RCA Victor 09026 68773 2 Australia 1997 Sell This Version
09026 68773 2 John Williams (4) The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2xCD, Album, RE, RM) RCA Victor 09026 68773 2 US 1997 Sell This Version
09026 68773 2 John Williams (4) The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2xCD, Album, RE, RM) RCA Victor, BMG Classics 09026 68773 2 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
BVCF 2103-04 John Williams (4) The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Jew) RCA, BMG BVCF 2103-04 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
09026 68773 2 John Williams (4) The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2xCD, Album, RE, RM, S/Edition) RCA Victor 09026 68773 2 US 1997 Sell This Version
BVCF 2611-12 John Williams (4) The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2xCD, Album, RE, RM, S/Edition, Sli) RCA, BMG BVCF 2611-12 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
09026 68773-4, 09026 68773 4 John Williams (4) The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2xCass, Album, RE, RM) RCA Victor, BMG Classics 09026 68773-4, 09026 68773 4 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
S2K 92951 John Williams (4) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(2xCD, Album) Sony Classical S2K 92951 US 2004 Sell This Version
SICP 675-6 John Williams (4) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(2xCD, Album, Enh, Ltd, RE, RM) Sony Classical SICP 675-6 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
S2K 92951 John Williams (4) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(2xCD, Album, Enh, RE, RM, DSD) Sony Classical S2K 92951 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
SICP 30866-7 John Williams (4) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(2xCD, Album, Enh, RE, RM, DSD) Sony Classical SICP 30866-7 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
S2K 92951 John Williams (4) Star Wars V - The Empire Strikes Back(2xCD, Album, DSD) Sony Classical S2K 92951 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
MWZ 8113/4 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back / The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture(2xLP, Album, Gol) RSO, Sony Classical MWZ 8113/4 US 2016 Sell This Version
MWZ 8113/4, RS-2-4201, 2658 134, 88985321101 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back / The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gol) RSO, RSO, RSO, Sony Classical MWZ 8113/4, RS-2-4201, 2658 134, 88985321101 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
0050087389420 John Williams (4) Star Wars: El Imperio Contraataca(CD, Album, RE, RM) Universal 0050087389420 Spain 2018 Sell This Version
D002585702 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(CD, RM) Walt Disney Records D002585702 US 2018 Sell This Version
2394 257 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture)(LP, Album, RE) RSO 2394 257 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
827-580-1, 2658 134 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(2xLP, Album, RE) Polydor, Polydor 827-580-1, 2658 134 US Unknown Sell This Version
825 298-1, 2394 257-1Y John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back(LP, Album, RE) Polydor, Polydor 825 298-1, 2394 257-1Y Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
827 580-4, 422 827 580-4 John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4), The London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack(Cass, Album) Polydor, Polydor 827 580-4, 422 827 580-4 US Unknown Sell This Version
825 298-2 John Williams (4) / The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4) / The London Symphony Orchestra - The Empire Strikes Back(CD) Polydor 825 298-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
825 298-2 John Williams (4) / The London Symphony Orchestra John Williams (4) / The London Symphony Orchestra - The Empire Strikes Back(CD, Album) RSO 825 298-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

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GrafOrlov

GrafOrlov

May 26, 2018
edited 6 months ago
referencing Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), CD, RM, D002585702
This is NOT the album mix by John Neal, but an album RECONSTRUCTION made by Shawn Murphy with Eric Tomlinson's film mix.

Now that the film mix was transferred properly, my advice is: stay with the John Neal album mix (2015 remaster, Ultimate Digital Collection) and wait for the complete film score (Eric Tomlinson mix) which will hopefully be released in the near future.
mtrot

mtrot

October 11, 2017
referencing Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back, 2xLP, Album, RS-2-4201
Pretty good quality sound. Much better than my Star Wars Soundtrack album, which seems not to be a very good pressing/vinyl.
mrwaits

mrwaits

November 20, 2016
referencing Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back / The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture, 2xLP, Album, Gol, MWZ 8113/4
Phenomenal package. Both LPs sound dynamic and pristine, significantly better than my OG copy. More of a mustard than gold color.
jmarcelsouza

jmarcelsouza

November 1, 2015
referencing Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back, 2xLP, Album, RS-2-4201

Mine has the exact same label, but a slightely different matrix runout. Should I add another release???
Di77y

Di77y

March 24, 2015
referencing Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back (The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture), LP, Album, RE, 2394 257
I have this version (Special Price inner sleeve), but "Made In Holland" on labels. Sleeve is "Printed in West Germany" as listed here.