This was an effort from the Disney company to provide audio material related to the Star Wars saga for the hungry throngs. The producers seem to have been more aware than ever of the limitations of basically turning the latest chapter of the film into a radio play for generations not at all in the habit of listening to story episodes in the latter medium. Packaging is lavish and colorful, and used record pile customers should clutch hungrily at the inside of the jacket to see if the big color picture booklet is still there. In terms of what one actually listens to, the standards seemed to be a bit diminished from earlier efforts in the series. In fact, providing pictures seems as important, if not more important, than making a good record, as the production advertises itself as "dialogue, music and photos from the original motion picture." A narrator whose voice can best be described as cheesy has taken over, bringing some parts of the record down to a grade-C level. Of course, much production value is instantly added by the voices of cast members, particularly Sir Alec Guiness.
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AllMusic Review by Eugene Chadbourne
feat: Various Artists