May 4, 2020

Varese Sarabande Announces CD Reissue, Premiere Vinyl Release of STAR WARS: SHADOW OF THE EMPIRE Game Soundtrack by Joel McNeely

ShadowsOfTheEmpire_Cover_grandeMay the 4th be with you! In celebration of Star Wars Day, Varèse Sarabande Records is thrilled to announce the upcoming special release of the Original Video Game Soundtrack for STAR WARS: SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE by GRAMMY®-nominated composer Joel McNeely. The soundtrack 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).

To pre-order, see varese sarabande 


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