Thursday, October 7, 2010

Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk - Record Album - Meco - 1977

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Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk is a disco album by Meco released in 1977. The album remakes various themes and songs from the Star Wars soundtrack into disco beats. A single from the album entitled "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" was released. In addition to the normal 3:32 version the album contains a full 15-minute version of the tune.

Track listing

1. Star Wars (15:49)
* Title Theme
* Imperial Attack
* The Desert & the Robot Auction
* The Princess Appears
* The Land of the Sand People
* Princess Leia's Theme
* Cantina Band
* The Last Battle
* The Throne Room & End Title
2. Other Galactic Funk (12:31)
3. Star Wars Theme - Cantina Band (7" Edit) (3:32)
4. Star Wars Theme - Cantina Band (12" Disco Mix) (7:34)

On 25 May 1977, Meco watched the feature film Star Wars on its opening day. By the second day, 26 May 1977, he had watched it four times, and he watched it several more times that weekend. He then got the idea to make a disco version of the score by John Williams. He contacted Neil Bogart at Casablanca Records, but only after the original score had become a huge success did Bogart agree to help Meco realize his idea. Contact was established with Millennium Records, then a Casablanca subsidiary, and this became Meco's first record company. Here Meco rejoined with Tony Bongiovi and he was also able to bring in Harold Wheeler who had also been part of the team behind "Never Can Say Goodbye" in 1974. Lance Quinn was also part of the Meco team, and the different roles played by the four musicians is described by Meco himself in a 1999 interview with his fan web site:

“Tony and Lance are the two guys who would not let me be "too musical". Tony would say: "It's not dumb enough - It's too good." Tony is a frustrated drummer and Lance is a guitar genius, so they would make sure the rhythm section was always "smoking" under the very sophisticated arrangements and concepts that Harold and I started with.”

In a matter of just three weeks they arranged and recorded Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk. Although the album was nominated for "Best Instrumental Pop performer" in 1977, the award ultimately went to John Williams.

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