The Star Wars George Lucas Doesn’t Want You To See

The original 1977 version of the saga is nearly impossible to find, so these fans made their own. 

In 1978, Star Wars won seven Academy Awards. But if you want to watch that original version, the first of George Lucas’s soon to be seven-part saga, you’ll find it difficult. In fact, it’s actually impossible to buy an official copy of Star Wars as it was first released. Lucas doesn’t want you to see that version. Instead, he wants you to watch the continuously updated special editions—movies with added CGI, changed sound effects, and whole new scenes.

According to some fans, every element that prompted the Academy to recognize the original Star Wars has been changed in these new versions. And some of those fans are now taking it upon themselves to recreate the original Star Wars in a process they call “despecializing.” They gather in online forums and share their work—painstakingly reassembling the movie from a handful of different versions of the film, from VHS to DVD to 35mm print scans using photography and animation software.

One of the most well known despecializers goes by the name “Harmy,” and he recently released a little behind-the-scenes look at the various sources he used for his despecialized edition.


Daily Frehley: “Strange Ways”

Our new feature, “Daily Frehley”, because we could all use a daily dose of Ace Frehley.
Today’s tune: STRANGE WAYS

This tune is from the 1974 lp HOTTER THAN HELL. Written by Ace and sung by Peter Criss. It has a KILLER, I repeat, KILLER, guitar solo.
Such a killer groove on this, hard to believe it’s 40 years old!

I wonder if ACE has ever sung this tune himself during any of his solo tours?

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Live with Peter Criss, San Diego 7/29/95

Live version from Hamburg, NY 8/17/11

Daily Frehley: “Snowblind”

Our new feature, “Daily Frehley”, because we could all use a daily dose of Ace Frehley.
Today’s tune: SNOWBLIND

This killer tune is from the KISS “Ace Frehley” solo record. This record is killer. KILLER. It’s kind of like ALL THINGS MUST PASS but better. #partywithmepunker

20/153 “The Cheerleaders”

“I got it! We’ll have them write hit songs!”
Hooks. Choruses. Verses. Horns. Keyboards. All songs over 2 minutes: Project: Mersh

This EP is so good. I don’t know how many times I can state over and over (153 times?) that D. Boon, Mike Watt, and George Hurley made magic. Punk rock. Jazz. Or “commercial” hit songs. Whatever. It’s all freakin’ crazy rad. #partywithmepunker.

The almost chilled groove of this track is a personal fave.

The live version from Ballot Result puts a little more pep into it!

26. The Cheerleaders

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