Originally appeared on FanSided Entertainment
File this Star Wars concept album under “Albums I Didn’t Ask For, but Definitely Wanted.”
If you’re like me, you’ve watched Star Wars: A New Hope enough times that you can just watch the movie in your head, shot for shot. When you’ve reached that point, you realize you need something new and fresh to stimulate your mind. Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans does just that. The full-length concept album was released earlier today by musical parody duo Palette-Ninja Swap.
As the post detailing the release states, this year is both the 40th anniversary of A New Hope on May 25 and the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on June 1. To celebrate the groundbreaking works, Palette-Swap Ninja re-recorded The Beatles’ iconic album but replaced the lyrics with their own that detail the events of A New Hope.
The project took five years, because the duo didn’t just layer their lyrics over The Beatles’ music. They recorded everything on their own, note for note, and mimicked everything from the riffs to the rhythms. The final result is impressive.
To the untrained ear, the subtleties between the original and the remade music are just that- subtle. You’ll be hard-pressed to find any glaring dissimilarities, which makes their work all the more admirable.
If you do listen to Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans, which you definitely should, pay close attention to the lyrics. Palette-Swap Ninja did a masterful job choosing their words to perfectly match the inflections of the original songs.
Even if you aren’t a fan of The Beatles, you can still appreciate the work Ninja put into this … and get a good laugh out of it. Some of the lyrics are genuinely hilarious, if only because they’re so true. Take, for example, the best lyric on the whole album, from “Luke is in the Desert:”
Old vaporators and protocol droids. Fix them like your uncle said. Life on the world with twin suns in the sky is a bore. Luke is in the desert and whining. Luke is in the desert and whining. Luke is in the desert and whining.
This is, of course, PLSDSP’s version of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
The best part? The entire album is free. You can download the songs here in both MP3 and FLAC format.
You can also watch the story unfold and sing along with the lyric videos on the YouTube playlist.
“Luke is in the Desert”
“Being From the Spaceport of Mos Eisley”