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Meco – Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 17th, 2015


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“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….”

“Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” is a disco single recorded by Meco, taken from the album Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 1, 1977, holding on to the spot for two weeks and peaked at no. 7 on the UK Singles Chart, remaining in the charts for nine weeks. To date it is the biggest-selling instrumental single in the history of recorded music, having sold two million units, being the only one ever to be certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

In the late 1970s CBS Sports used the song as opening music for its NFL coverage.

Star Wars Theme / Cantina Band 3:30
Written-By – John Williams (4)

Funk 3:36
Written-By – Wheeler*, Smith*

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1977 Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1977 Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary #18
1977 Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band U.S. Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles #6
1977 Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band U.S. Billboard Black Singles #8
1977 Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band U.S. Cashbox Top 100 Singles #1


Label: RCA Victor – DDC 008 (XC 008)
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Maxi-Single
Country: UK
Released: 1979
Genre: Electronic
Style: Disco

Arranged By – Harold Wheeler
Producer – Harold Wheeler, Meco Monardo, Tony Bongiovi

Special versions from the album:
“Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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17 Responses to “Meco – Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band (UK 12″)”

  1. ex15 Says:

    How bizarre, I’ve been watching the first 3 Star Wars movies this week!

    Love this tune, remember it well from 1977. Remind me Paul is there a longer version?

    Thanks fro rip 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yes ther is a 12″ version I will post as we get closer to the release of the new STar wars film in December. Thought this would be a fun tease since they have just released the teaser trailers for the new film.



    ex15 Reply:

    Interesting teaser, can’t wait, let’s hope they keep continuity!


  2. Stefano Says:

    Great track by the great Meco Monardo. It’s a shame his back catalogue has been neglected for years (and I think for more years to come too).
    Have a nice weekend! And thanks for the Pat Benatar series this week.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stefano I enjoyed the Pat single’s it was fun revisiting them. Have a nice weekend. Don’t for get Record Store Day!


  3. Jeff Says:

    You do it again Paul! I love how you’re so timely with your rips and this certainly shows it because of the new teaser Star Wars trailer! Great memories with this song. Although (and don’t hate me because of it) I do not like Star Wars in any way shape or form, I do LOVE John Williams film scores. I was a huge Meco fan too. Actually, my high school choir got to participate in the recording of “Christmas In The Stars” a Star Wars Christmas inspired album back in the early 80’s. Meco was very cool as well as Harold Wheeler and Tony Bongiovi (who’s related to Jon Bongiovi) when we went to NYC to record at The Power Station. Yeah, lots of memories, but this song I enjoyed so much. Thank you for posting this one Paul. You rock.

    Have a great weekend and thanks for all the Pat Benatar singles this week.




    DjPaulT Reply:

    Wow how cool Jeff I actually have that Star Wars Christmas on CD who knew I would know someone affiliated with that project. Hope you have a nice weekend don’t forget tomorrow is Record Store Day 🙂


    Jeff Reply:

    I have the CD too, along with the original vinyl record. We are featured on the last cut “The Meaning of Christmas.” It was an unforgettable experience.

    Thank you Paul for all the work you do reviving known and lost favorites. Yes, I repeat myself incessantly over and over again, but you deserve this praise many times over. You are such a special person in my life and I am so humbly grateful because of all the work you do. I know it’s unanimous too. We just love our DjPaulT. You’re our audio angel and sonic savior!



  4. mothloop Says:

    Odd they used so much wax for barely over 7 min. of music. Hmmm….


    DjPaulT Reply:

    It is odd but I have many European single’s that are this way. Having the drooves spread out over one side does make for great sound though 🙂


  5. Bert Says:

    Wow! A 22015 re-rip. Amazing 🙂

    Thanks Paul!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Bert 🙂


  6. Davos Via 45 Says:

    Ripping nice again, you did.

    May the turntable force be with you!


    Davos Via 45 Reply:

    To the dark side, John music better did.
    The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)


  7. Neil Says:

    I tried to rip this vinyl myself last year as it was the first single I ever bought but my copy has been played so many times I couldn’t make a decent copy of it. Now, thanks to your good self, I have a perfect, high-quality copy and I am beaming 🙂 Thank you so much, Paul.


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  9. David Says:

    Nice. I had the 7″ of this back in the day. One of my first.
    HAPPY RECORD STORE DAY everybody! Support your local store before it disappears.


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