Records I Bought: Limited Edition Star Wars Attack of the Clones Soundtrack01/13/2018 Steve Add Comment
I realise the title of this post is plural, but I intend it to be used for all future such posts, whether I’m buying one or ten. So now we’ve cleared that up let’s go back to yesterday evening around 6pm, when I was browsing in my local record store, the fantastic David’s Music in Letchworth. I was actually looking for the Rogue One soundtrack on vinyl, but alas that has sold since I last saw it in there, and I’m kicking myself for not buying it then. Over in the sale section I did come across another Star Wars record, that being the Attack of the Clones soundtrack. However, even though it said limited edition, at £28.99, down from £42.99, I didn’t consider that much of a bargain, so I left it.
Back home and I started to have a Google, as you do, to see just what being limited edition entailed in this scenario. Well, it turns out that 2 years ago a Limited Edition Colored (American spelling) Vinyl Jango Fett version was released, and in a small run of 1,000, worldwide. I didn’t recall seeing that mentioned on the sleeve, but then I didn’t pay that much attention. Further detective work and the £28.99 it was being sold for would actually be somewhat of a bargain, considering its price elsewhere and limited availability. So as always, I regretted not buying it and planned to return the next day, being this day that I write this post.
Having to wait much of the day due to other commitments and plans, I managed to get back to David’s Music at around 3pm, and much to my delight it was still there. Even better, it actually was the Jango Fett version, or I should say is, as we are now very much in the present, and thus I bought it and record 1 is playing in the lounge where I am typing these very words. The coloured (back to English spelling now thanks) records have an interesting tie-dye look to them, and as every bit a collector as a player of records, this pleases me greatly. I’d forgotten just how superb this John Williams score is, being probably the least played of the Star Wars soundtracks along with Revenge of the Sith for me.
The records play really well, for the most part, though do seem to crackle and pop a bit more than is usual during quieter moments, some of them anyway. The sleeve front, whilst beautiful and in a lovely matt finish, is just the front cover of the CD from 2002. As a limited edition reissue I think some different artwork would have been nice. The double spread Clones image inside is very striking, and I like the dedication to Christopher Lee on the back, his character Count Dooku being the nemesis to all that is good in this chapter of the Star Wars story. There is no booklet and not even a one sheet with information and credits, so it’s a little disappointing in that respect. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and can see the Star Wars Attack of the Clones soundtrack being played a lot more frequently in this house going forward. The Star Wars section of my record collection grows ever bigger, with many more additions to come.
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