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The disc dedicated to The Empire Strikes Back restored almost all of the original seventy-five minutes from the LP version and included new music cues never released before for a total of nineteen tracks.
On the fourth bonus disc, five additional tracks from Empire were included in a compilation of additional cues from the other two films. In , RCA Victor released a definitive two-disc set coinciding with the Special Edition releases of the original trilogy's films. This original limited-edition set featured a thirty-two page black booklet that was encased inside a protective outer slipcase. This booklet was very detailed, providing extensive notes on each music cue and pictures of the main characters and action sequences from the film.
The two discs were placed in sleeves that were on the booklet's inside front and inside back covers. Each disc had a glittery laser-etched holographic logo of the Empire. The musical content featured the complete film score for the first time. It had all of the previously released tracks restoring the Mynock Cave music which was left off the release , included extended versions of five of those tracks with previously unreleased material, and six brand new tracks of never before released music for a total of one hundred twenty-four minutes.
All the tracks were digitally remastered for superior clarity of sound. They were also re-arranged and re-titled from the previous releases to follow the film's story in chronological order. RCA Victor re-packaged the Special Edition set later in , offering it in slimline jewel case packaging as an unlimited edition, but without the original "black booklet" version's stunning presentation and packaging.
In , Sony Classical acquired the rights to the classic trilogy scores since it already had the rights to release the second trilogy soundtracks The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. The set was released in a less-than-spectacular package with the new art work mirroring the film's first DVD release. Despite the Sony digital remastering, which minimally improved the sound heard only on high-end stereos, this release is essentially the RCA Victor release. In , Sony Classical released a remastered version of the original release as a two-disc LP, copying all aspects of the original RSO release, down to the labeling.
On May 4, , Walt Disney Records released a newly-remastered edition of the original 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 album masters. This release marks the first release on CD of the complete soundtrack album. Disc two in the set was devoted to The Empire Strikes Back , with further tracks on disc four. In preparation for the 20th anniversary Special Edition releases of the original trilogy's films, 20th Century Fox spent four months, from April to July , transferring, cleaning and preparing the original soundtracks for special two-disc releases.
The original release, by RCA Victor in , consisted of limited-edition books with laser etched CDs inside the front and back covers with each book. The discs were given an unlimited release in a two-disc jewel case, also by RCA Victor later that year. They were again re-released in by Sony Music, with new artwork paralleling the original trilogy's first DVD release.
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