Star Wars and The Beatles make the Force even stronger. The self-proclaimed “geek parody” act Palette-Swap Ninja has unveiled an album of songs that retells the story of the first film in the saga while paying expert homage to the Beatles‘ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Titled Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans and available now for free download, the album represents the culmination of five years’ worth of work by Palette-Swap Ninja members Dan Amrich and Jude Kelley. “It’s the entire Beatles album as accurately as we could record it, only now it tells the story of Star Wars: A New Hope — in order,” explains the duo’s website. “We sweat the details on both sides in an effort to do both cultural milestones justice.”
This year marks an important milestone for both of the project’s inspirations. The first Star Wars movie marks its 40th anniversary on May 25, while Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band celebrates its 50th just a few days later, on June 1. Here is a sample below.