SOUND OF CINEMA: 173. 1977 (320kbs-m4a/135mb/59mins)
BBC Radio 3 broadcast: 27th May 2017
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.
John Addison - A Bridge Too Far (1977) - March Of The Paratroopers [Rykodisc]
John Cacavas - Airport '77 (1977) - Main Theme
John Barry - The Deep (1977) - Main Theme [Silva Screen]
John Williams - Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) - Resolution / End Title [Alhambra]
David Gates - The Goodbye Girl (1977) - Title Song [Elektra]
Jerry Fielding - Demon Seed (1977) - End Credits
Sir Richard Rodney Bennett - Equus (1977) - Main Theme [Rykodisc]
Goblin - Suspiria (1977) - Main Theme [EMI]
John Williams - Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) - Princess Leia's Theme / Throne Room [RCA]
Carly Simon - The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) - Nobody Does It Better