STAR WARS Week: Lord Vader

Episode Air Date: May 5, 2015
Artist: Narrator Roscoe Lee Browne, James Earl Jones, ensemble cast
Recording Title: The Story of Star Wars

One of the best, um, worst (?) baddies of all time.

You’re on the Sound Beat

Would have been nice to play Vader’s theme, the famous Imperial March….

Thing is, John Williams hadn’t composed it yet. It first appeared, courtesy of the London Symphony Orchestra, in the original trilogy’s second film, the Empire Strikes Back. James Earl Jones famously voiced the character, and almost as famously wasn’t credited for the first two films. He’d claim at the time that his work was just “special effects”…something, I don’t know, VOICE ACTORS might disagree with. You’re listening to “The Story of Star Wars”, a 20th Century Fox LP from 1977.

Image courtesy of Roger Schultz, used under Creative Commons license.

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