Every now and then, a random memory from my childhood will pop unto my head. When that happens, it’s up to me and Google to try and track it down.
When I was a kid, my mom used to buy me lots of “knock-off” records — compilations of songs and movie themes recorded by people other than the original artists. I think K-TEL released a lot of these types of records. There’s one I specifically remember owning that had the theme to Star Wars and a few other movies on it. Every now and then for no particular reason that album will pop into my head. I’ve tried finding it via Google before, but the only details I can really remember is that the cover had a drawing of a lightsaber from Star Wars, and that the album contained the themes to Star Wars, 2001, Superman, and Omega Race.
Something at lunch today sparked the memory of this album once again, and when I got home I decided to try (once again) to find it. I tried dozens of different combinations of the words “album”, “record”, “vinyl”, and “lightsaber on cover”, combined with the movie titles I previously mentioned. The breakthrough came when I figured out that the song I keep remembering was not called Omega Race — it was called Space Race.
Armed with that information, I went back to the watering hole and found this link, which lead to the following picture:
Underneath the Star Trek album on the right, there are four miniature thumbnails. The one with the purple writing and the two lightsabers is it!!
WONDERLAND, not K-TEL! That was the final piece of the puzzle. A quick Google search of “Wonderland Star Wars Theme” came back with the Franklin Mint Blog, who has kindly (and maybe illegally?) posted a link to download the entire album.
Here is the album’s set list:
01 – Theme From Star Wars
02 – Rocket Man
03 – Theme from the Six Million Dollar Man
04 – Beyond the Outer Limits
05 – Starlight
06 – Theme from Star Trek
07 – Theme from 2001 (Also Sprach Zarathustra)
08 – Space Race
09 – Theme from the Bionic Woman
10 – Theme from Superman
It’s as cheesy as I remembered it! Thanks to Franklin Mint for posting the album. Remember kids, with Google, anything is possible. :)