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Twenty-five years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, disco producer Meco gave the Star Wars soundtrack an astronomical twist. Feast your ears on the cosmic funk

Quelque chose d'un wee bit différent this Friday, but bear with me: nearly 25 years ago, something momentous in world culture happened, an event that would sear the imaginations of every creative artist who has gone since, and if it didn't, well, it should have done. I refer not to the premiere of George Lucas's Star Wars, on 25 May 1977, but to the work of musical genius that the film inspired. John Williams's score? Only partly. Much, much better, indeed galactically finer, astronomically more ambitious, and charting new realms of cosmic genre-bending was what disco producer Meco came up with that summer.

Meco made a 15 minute suite on the themes of the movie, after obsessively watching the film in the first few days and weeks of its release. »

- Tom Service

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