This year sees 40 years since the release of Star Wars and 50 years since the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. To celebrate Palette-Swap Ninja has created, after five years of toil, the ultimate mash up between the epics from George Lucas and the Lads from Liverpool.

Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans is an incredible feat of editing, writing, and musical talent. It mashes up the plot of Star Wars with the tracks of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to create something brand new and incredibly familiar. The amount of work that Palette-Swap Ninja have put into this project is staggering from the rewriting of all the lyrics to the sneaky John Williams riffs they put into the songs.

The album is available to download for free from their website or you can go to the their YouTube page where Katrin Auch has made lyric videos (along with Star Wars clips) for all the songs which you can watch in a playlist.

This is one of those great parody concepts where the joke is good and the songs are better. Even if you only come here to check out the audacity of the project you’ll leave with “A Day in the Life of Red Five” or “Being from a Spaceport in Mos Eisley” (to the tune of “Being for the Benefit of Mister Kite”) or “Luke is in the Desert” (“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”) stuck in your head.

The amount of work put into this project is mind-boggling. I am in awe of the creators and will be watching their careers with great interest.

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