I have been a fan of Star Wars since I was little. Though I don’t remember Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk by Meco coming out in 1977, I had heard of Meco. I am also somewhat picky when it comes to disco music, as not all of it is that great.
There are only four tracks on this album, though the first track is almost 16 minutes long. If you like the energetic beat typical of disco music, this is an awesome track. It dances its way through the entire soundtrack, hitting all the important highlights on the way. This is my favorite track, by far. Tracks three and four are shorter versions of this one.
The brass is especially noticeable right at the beginning, and it fits right in. I can just imagine the band members bedecked in all their sequined glory, laying down the funky beats. Looking through the Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk by Meco liner notes, there was a huge group of (mostly fictional) musicians who worked on this album. Pretty much an entire standard orchestra, but with judicious and effective use of synthesizers and keyboards thrown in. It makes for a wonderful mix worthy of any large performance hall. I would love to hear this live.
Meco Monardo gets the credit on the cover, though Harold Wheeler is the artist who arranged the music on Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk by Meco. He did a fantastic job. I don’t know if they sampled from the film, or if they created all the little insert bits themselves. Either way, they were done really well. If they weren’t sampled, that makes them even more amazing.
What first caught my eye was the magnificent album art by Robert Rodriguez. It catches the spirit of the 70s in both art and disco style. It embodies the fun of the main track on the album, too. The colors are vibrant and alive, and nods to Art Deco are clearly visible. If you love this style of art, buy the album for the cover alone.
The “Galactic Funk” track was pretty good, and works well as general background music. If this was all that was on Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk by Meco, it would not be worth buying. However, the other three tracks more than make up for it in energy, excitement, and toe-tapping, funky disco ball fun. I strongly recommend this album. It’s groovy!
1. Star Wars (15:49)
2. Other Galactic Funk (12:32)
3. Star Wars Theme / Cantina Band (7″ Edit, 3:32)
4. Star Wars Theme / Cantina Band (12″ Disco Mix, 7:35)
Release Date: 1977 (USA)
Alternate Title: Music Inspired by Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk