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Matthew Sweet presents a selection of music for films from 1977, the year of the release of the first Star Wars film.

Forty years ago this week cinema audiences were introduced to the Galactic Empire, Death Star and Tatooine as the very first Star Wars film - A New Hope - opened in the US. With its Academy Award winning score by John Williams it heralded a new era in music for the movies.

Today Matthew Sweet celebrates its 40th birthday and explores what other scores were making waves in 1977; the year that saw James Bond save the world from Karl Stromberg and his toothy henchman Jaws, Alvy Singer woo Annie Hall, and Tony Manero disco dance his way through his Saturday nights.

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Music Played

  • John Addison

    A Bridge Too Far (1977) - March of the Paratroopers

    Orchestra: Unknown. Conductor: John Addison.
    • Rykodisc : RCD10746.
    • Rykodisc.
    • 9.
  • John Barry

    Theme From The Deep

    Performer: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • SILVA SCREEN SILCD1445.
    • SILVA SCREEN.
    • 9.
  • John Williams

    Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) - Resolution / End Title

    • CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND: ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK.
    • ALHAMBRA.
    • 1.
  • David Gates

    The Goodbye Girl (1977) - Title Song

    • DAVID GATES - GOODBYE GIRL.
    • ELEKTRA.
    • 1.
  • Richard Rodney Bennett

    Equus (1977) - Main Theme

    Orchestra: Unknown. Conductor: Angela Morley.
    • Equus Film Soundtrack.
    • Rykodisc.
    • 1.
  • Goblin

    Suspiria

    • EMI : EMC 3222.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • John Williams

    Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) - Princess Leia's Theme / Throne Room

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
    • RCA : 09026-68772-2.
    • RCA.
    • 1.

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