Return of the Jedi

STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI Soundtrack (1983)

STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI

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1983
11
45:33
RSO Records / Polydor

STAR WARS TRILOGY: The Original Soundtrack Anthology (1993)

STAR WARS TRILOGY
The Original Soundtrack Anthology

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1993
28
104:07
20th Century Fox

Includes music from Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI Soundtrack: Special Edition (1997)

RETURN OF THE JEDI
The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition

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1997
24
148:16
RCA Victor

Special reissues (without new musical content):
STAR WARS EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI
2004
STAR WARS EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI Soundtrack (2004)
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2004
24
148:16
Sony Classical


Version published with the occasion of the first DVD release of the film, in which changes the record label (to Sony Classical) and the art of the covers. The content of this edition is the same than the Special Edition of RCA Victor of 1997, though it does without the notes that this edition was containing.

This edition of the soundtrack is the first one in which it is recorded the number of the episode in the title (numbering that began in 1999 with the soundtrack of the Episode I: The Phantom Menace), since it is the first version commercialized later to the existence of Episodes I, II and III.

STAR WARS TRILOGY
2004
STAR WARS TRILOGY Soundtrack (2004)
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2004
74
Compilation
Sony Classical

Box set that includes the album previously reviewed, in addition to the soundtracks of Episodes V and VI edited by Sony Classical in 2004. The set includes 6 discs:

    • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (2004 version).
    • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (2004 version).
    • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (2004 version).
The Music of STAR WARS: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition
2007
The Music of STAR WARS: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition (2007)
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2007
87
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Sony Classical

The set includes 7 discs and 1 CD-ROM:

    • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
    • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
    • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
    • The Corellian Edition.
    • CD-ROM.
STAR WARS: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection
2016
STAR WARS: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection (2016)
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January, 2016
121
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Sony Classical

The set includes 10 discs + 1 DVD:

    • Episodes I, II y III: original single editions of 1999, 2002, 2005.
    • DVD "Star Wars: A Musical Journey" (released together with the Episode III soundtrack in 2005).
    • Episodes IV, V y VI: double editions of 1997/2004.
    • CD with interviews to John Williams and Harrison Ford.
STAR WARS: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection
2016
STAR WARS: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection (2016)
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January, 2016
89
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Sony Classical

Vinyl edition

The set includes 11 vinyls:

    • Episodes I, II y III: original single editions of 1999, 2002, 2005.
    • Episodes IV, V y VI: original editions of 1977, 1980, 1983.
STAR WARS: The Ultimate Digital Collection
2016
STAR WARS: The Ultimate Digital Collection (2016)
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January, 2016
89
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Sony Classical

Digital edition

The compilation includes 89 tracks:

    • Episodes I, II y III: original single editions of 1999, 2002, 2005.
    • Episodes IV, V y VI: original editions of 1977, 1980, 1983.
STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI Limited Edition: Gold-Coloured Vinyl
2016
STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI Limited Edition: Gold-Coloured Vinyl (2016)
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August, 2016
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45:33
Sony Classical

Vinyl edition
Edition with restored audio from the original 1983 album, published with vinyl in gold color.
STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI
2017
STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI Soundtrack (2017)
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January, 2017
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45:45
Walt Disney Records

Digital edition

In January 2017, Walt Disney Records reissues the digital soundtrack with the same content as the original 1983 edition. The edition does not include the numbering of the episode and uses the cover of the 1997 limited edition.

After the acquisition of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company in 2012, this edition is the first release of the soundtrack under the Walt Disney Records label.

STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI
2018
STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI Soundtrack (remastered) (2018)
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May, 2018
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45:10
Walt Disney Records

Reedition of the original 1983 soundtrack album with remastered sound.

REVIEW

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (ENGLISH)

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (John Williams). With Return of the Jedi, the Star Wars' original trilogy comes to its end. And if epic was the Yavin's battle of the rebels against the all-powerful Death Star, and complicated was the Hoth's battle against the imperial landing once discovered the secret rebel base in the frozen planet, Return of the Jedi raises even more the epic on having confronted the whole rebel fleet against to the new and more powerful Death Star, beside confronts to the imperial troops in the Forest/Sanctuary Moon of Endor.

Williams returns to create a lot of new themes, which interlaced with the already known ones, convert the trilogy in a unique and indivisible whole, and they do that the listening of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi be impossible to understand without have listened their predecessors. For Return of the Jedi, Williams creates several new themes for the Ewoks, the Emperor, the victorious rebels fanfare, Endor's battle and the intense theme of Luke and Leia, among others.

What in both previous episodes was looking like a story that has an evil character, it is surprised with the appearance of the Emperor, whose evilness level exceeds that of the proper Darth Vader. The masculine deep choirs that accompany the presence of the dark Emperor confirm Williams' genius in writing leitmotivs for the characters of Star Wars.

The first soundtrack edition was released the year of the movie premiere, 1983. Unlike the soundtracks of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back that were formed by 2 vinyls, Return of the Jedi fitted the musical content to an alone disc. The coincidence with the moment in which the vinyl was experiencing its apparent disappearance, besides the doubts for the viability of the soundtracks commercialization were the apparent arguments of the poor quantity of music included in this first edition. The soundtrack was edited in vinyl by RSO and in CD by Polydor.

In 1993, the soundtrack of Return of the Jedi was expanded inside the Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology compilation, which was including 4 CDs with the expanded soundtracks of the three classic episodes. But there even was absent music from the three movies that had never been yet released. In the 1997 Special Edition all the music of the film is finally included. Due to the changes that George Lucas introduced in the 3 movies of the original trilogy for the 1997 Special Edition, in the Return of the Jedi soundtrack, two new themes were composed, altering the original versions of 1983. Jedi Rocks substitutes Lapti Nek, whereas Victory Celebration is the version for the extended finale of the Special Edition that substitutes Ewok Celebration. Among the faults of this edition (that are the same that suffer the 1997 soundtracks of the episodes IV and V) figure the inappropriate accumulation of tracks to form longest others, when in previous editions they were separated (see Main Title / Approaching the Death Star / Tatooine Rendezvous [9:21], The Emperor Arrives / The Death of Yoda / Obi-Wan's Revelation [10:58], Speeder Bike Chase / Land of the Ewoks [9:38], Brother and Sister / Father and Son / The Fleet Enters Hyperspace / Heroic Ewok [10:40], The Battle of Endor I (Into the Trap / Forest Ambush / Scout Walker Scramble / Prime Weapon Fires) [11:50], The Battle of Endor II (Leia is Wounded - The Duel Begins / Overtaking the Bunker / The Dark Side Beckons / The Emperor's Death) [10:03], The Battle of Endor III (Superstructure Chase / Darth Vader's Death / The Main Reactor) [6:04]).

Other faults of the 1997 edition were the absence of numeration and the track lengths in the back cover of the album, the incorporation of an alternate track (Sail Barge Assault [Alternate]) at the end of the first disc instead of at the end of the second disc (basically not to mix alternate tracks with final versions before finishing the listening of the latter ones) and not incorporation in chronological order of the source music. To include alternate tracks, it is a real crime that Lapti Nek and Ewok Celebration, presents in the original version of Return of the Jedi, have not included not even like bonus tracks. On the other hand, the extensive booklet (only present in the 1997 Special Edition) with comments of all the tracks and sub tracks, speaking about the action of the movie in every moment and the musicality and orchestration of each one, is a complete and valuable information.

 

Subsequently, the soundtrack of Episode VI has been edited repeatedly, but without adding new musical content with respect to the editions of 1977, 1993 and 1997. The most significant of this albums are listed in the above section of reissues without new musical content.

Even now we continue waiting for the definitive soundtrack edition of the episodes IV, V and VI, being able to be basically equal in content than the 1997/2004 editions, but separating the long tracks, in the style of The Ultimate Edition of the Episode I that included 68 tracks, beside including the original versions of Lapti Nek and Ewok Celebration and other alternate versions included in the 1993 compilation of Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology and obviated in the rest. All this accompanying to an extensive booklet with detailed information of every track and images of each one (also as it was done in The Ultimate Edition of the Episode I). Maybe in a not far, far away future...

Star Wars Episodio VI: El Retorno del Jedi (ESPAÑOL)

Star Wars Episodio VI: El Retorno del Jedi (John Williams). Con El Retorno del Jedi, la trilogía original de Star Wars llega a su fin. Y si épica fue la batalla de Yavin de los rebeldes frente a la todopoderosa Estrella de la Muerte y complicada la batalla de Hoth frente al desembarco imperial una vez descubierta la base secreta rebelde en el helado planeta, El Retorno del Jedi eleva más aún la épica al enfrentar a toda la flota rebelde frente a la nueva y más poderosa Estrella de la Muerte, además de hacer frente a las tropas imperiales en el bosque de la Luna Santuario de Endor.

Williams vuelve a crear un montón de temas nuevos, que, entrelazados con los ya conocidos, convierten a la trilogía en un todo único e indivisible, y hacen que la escucha tanto de El Imperio Contraataca como de El Retorno del Jedi sean imposibles de entender sin hacer escuchado a sus predecesoras. Para El Retorno del Jedi, Williams crea varias temáticas nuevas para los Ewoks, el Emperador, la fanfarria victoriosa de los rebeldes, la batalla de Endor y el intenso tema de Luke y Leia, entre otros.

Lo que en los dos episodios anteriores parecía una historia que contaba con un malvado personaje, sorprende con la aparición del Emperador, cuyo nivel de maldad sobrepasa la del mismísimo Darth Vader. Los coros masculinos graves que acompañan la presencia del tenebroso Emperador confirman la genialidad de Williams a la hora de escribir leitmotivs para los personajes de Star Wars.

La primera edición de la banda sonora se editó el año del estreno de la película, 1983. A diferencia de las bandas sonoras de La Guerra de las Galaxias y El Imperio Contraataca que estuvieron compuestas por 2 vinilos, El Retorno del Jedi ajustó el contenido musical a un solo disco. La coincidencia con el momento en el que el vinilo experimentaba su aparente desaparición, además de las dudas por la viabilidad de la comercialización de bandas sonoras fueron los aparentes argumentos de la pobre cantidad de música con la que contaba esta primera edición. La banda sonora fue editada en vinilo por RSO y en CD por Polydor.

En 1993 se expandió la banda sonora de El Retorno del Jedi dentro de la compilación Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology, que incluía 4 CDs con las bandas sonoras extendidas de los tres episodios clásicos. Pero aun faltaba música de las tres películas que no se había editado nunca. En la Edición Especial de 1997 se incluye por fin toda la música del film. Dados los cambios que George Lucas introdujo en las 3 películas de la trilogía original para la Edición Especial de 1997, en la banda sonora de El Retorno del Jedi se compusieron dos temas nuevos, alterando las versiones originales de 1983. Jedi Rocks sustituye a Lapti Nek, mientras que Victory Celebration es la versión para el final extendido de la Edición Especial que sustituye a Ewok Celebration. De entre las pegas de esta edición (que son las mismas que sufren las bandas sonoras de 1997 de los episodios IV y V) figuran la incómoda acumulación de pistas para formar otras larguísimas, cuando en ediciones anteriores estuvieron separadas (véanse Main Title / Approaching the Death Star / Tatooine Rendezvous [9:21], The Emperor Arrives / The Death of Yoda / Obi-Wan's Revelation [10:58], Speeder Bike Chase / Land of the Ewoks [9:38], Brother and Sister / Father and Son / The Fleet Enters Hyperspace / Heroic Ewok [10:40], The Battle of Endor I (Into the Trap / Forest Ambush / Scout Walker Scramble / Prime Weapon Fires) [11:50], The Battle of Endor II (Leia is Wounded - The Duel Begins / Overtaking the Bunker / The Dark Side Beckons / The Emperor's Death) [10:03], The Battle of Endor III (Superstructure Chase / Darth Vader's Death / The Main Reactor) [6:04]).

Otros defectos de la edición de 1997 fueron la no numeración ni inclusión de la duración de las pistas en la carátula trasera del álbum, la inclusión de una pista alternativa (Sail Barge Assault [Alternate]) al final del primer disco en lugar de al final del segundo disco (básicamente para no mezclar pistas alternativas con versiones finales antes de finalizar la escucha de estas últimas) y la no inclusión en orden cronológico de las pistas diegéticas (source music). Puestos a incluir pistas alternativas, es un verdadero crimen que Lapti Nek y Ewok Celebration, presentes en la versión original de El Retorno del Jedi, no se hayan incluido ni siquiera como extras. Por otro lado, el extenso libreto (solo presente en la Edición Especial de 1997) con comentarios de todas las pistas y subpistas, hablando sobre la acción de la película en cada momento y la musicalidad y orquestación de cada una de ellas, es una completa y valiosa información.

 

Posteriormente, la banda sonora del Episodio VI se ha editado en repetidas ocasiones, pero sin añadir nuevo contenido musical respecto al de las ediciones de 1977, 1993 y 1997. Los más significativos de estos álbumes se enumeran en la sección anterior de reediciones sin nuevo contenido musical.

Aún seguimos esperando la edición definitiva de la banda sonora de los episodios IV, V y VI, pudiendo ser básicamente igual en contenido que las ediciones de 1997/2004, pero separando las pistas largas, al estilo de The Ultimate Edition del Episodio I que contaba con 68 pistas, además de incluir las versiones originales de Lapti Nek y Ewok Celebration y otras versiones alternativas incluidas en la compilación de 1993 STAR WARS TRILOGY: The Original Soundtrack Anthology y obviadas en el resto. Todo ello acompañando a un extenso libreto con información pormenorizada de cada pista e imágenes de cada una de ellas (como también se hizo en The Ultimate Edition para el Episodio I). Quizás en un futuro no muy, muy lejano...

TRACK LISTINGS
STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI
1983
Total Time: 45:33
STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983)
Label:
RSO Records / Polydor
  1. Main Title (The Story Continues) (5:09)
  2. Into the Trap (2:36)
  3. Luke and Leia (4:44)
  4. Parade of the Ewoks (3:25)
  5. Han Salo Returns (At the Court of Jabba the Hutt) (4:10)
  6. Lapti Nek (by Jabba's Palace Band) (2:49)
  7. "Snooty's" Vocals by Michelle Gruska.
    "Huttese" Lyrics by Anne Arbogast.
    Arranged by John and Joseph Williams and Ernie Fosellius.
  8. The Forest Battle (4:01)
  9. Rebel Briefing (2:22)
  10. The Emperor (2:41)
  11. The Return of the Jedi (5:02)
  12. Ewok Celebration and Finale (8:00)
  13. "Ewokese" Lyrics by Ben Burtt.
    Original English by Joseph Williams
STAR WARS TRILOGY: The Original Soundtrack Anthology
1993
Total Time: 104:07
Label:
20th Century Fox
    DISC 1: STAR WARS (not listed)
    DISC 2: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (not listed)
    DISC 3: RETURN OF THE JEDI (73:45)
  1. Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare with CinemaScope Extension (Alfred Newman, 1954) (0:22)
  2. Main Title / Approaching the Death Star (5:18)
  3. Han Solo Returns (At the Court of Jabba the Hutt) (4:06)
  4. Fight in the Dungeon* (3:38)
  5. The Return of the Jedi (4:59)
  6. The Emperor Arrives* (2:05)
  7. The Death of Yoda* (6:03)
  8. Parade of the Ewoks (3:25)
  9. Luke and Leia (4:43)
  10. The Emperor Confronts Luke* (3:26)
  11. Into the Trap (2:36)
  12. First Ewok Battle / Fight with the Fighters* (7:18)
  13. The Forest Battle (4:01)
  14. Final Duel / Into the Death Star* (3:37)
  15. The Emperor's Death (2:41)
  16. Darth Vader's Death* (2:31)
  17. Through the Flames* (1:36)
  18. Leia Breaks the News / Funeral Pyre for a Jedi (2:19)
  19. Ewok Celebration / Finale (7:58)
*previously unreleased
    DISC 4: Outtakes and previously unreleased music from
    STAR WARS • THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK • RETURN OF THE JEDI   (74:59)
  1. Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare with CinemaScope Extension (Alfred Newman, 1954) (0:22)
  2. Main Title (alternate) (a)* (2:16)
  3. Heroic Ewok / The Fleet Goes into Hyperspace (c)* (3:05)
  4. A Hive of Villainy (a)* (2:12)
  5. Destruction of Alderaan (a)* (1:31)
  6. Drawing the Battle Lines / Leia's Instructions (b)* (4:02)
  7. The Ewok Battle (c)* (2:48)
  8. Attack Position (b)* (3:04)
  9. Crash Landing (b)* (3:35)
  10. Cantina Band (a) (2:46)
  11. Lapti Nek (c) (2:48)
  12. Cantina Band #2 (a)* (3:44)
  13. Faking the Code (c)* (4:10)
  14. Brother and Sister (c)* (3:08)
  15. Standing By (a)* (1:14)
  16. Leia is Wounded / Luke and Vader Duel (c)* (2:57)
  17. Carbon Freeze / Luke Pursues the Captives / Departure of Boba Fett (b)** (11:08)
  18. Losing a Hand (b)* (5:20)
  19. The Return of the Jedi (alternate) (c)* (5:03)
  20. Leia Breaks the news (alternate) / Funeral Pyre for a Jedi (film version) (c)* (2:27)
  21. Ewok Celebration (film version) (c) / End Credits (film version) (b)* (6:22)
(a) Star Wars     (b) The Empire Strikes Back     (c) Return of the Jedi
*previously unreleased     **previously unreleased, except "Departure of Baba Fett"
RETURN OF THE JEDI - The Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition
1997
Total Time: 148:16
RETURN OF THE JEDI SE (1997)
Label:
RCA Victor
    DISC 1 (73:23)
  1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare (Alfred Newman, 1954) (0:22)
  2. Main Title / Approaching the Death Star / Tatooine Rendezvous* (9:21)
  3. The Droids are Captured* (1:17)
  4. Bounty for a Wookiee* (2:50)
  5. Han Solo Returns** (4:01)
  6. Luke Confronts Jabba* / Den of the Rancor / Sarlacc Sentence* (8:51)
  7. The Pit of Carkoon* / Sail Barge Assault (6:02)
  8. The Emperor Arrives / The Death of Yoda / Obi-Wan's Revelation* (10:58)
  9. Alliance Assembly* (2:13)
  10. Shuttle Tydirium Approaches Endor (4:09)
  11. Speeder Bike Chase* / Land of the Ewoks* (9:38)
  12. The Levitation* / Threepio's Bedtime Story* (2:46)

  13. SOURCE MUSIC:
  14. Jabba's Baroque Recital* (3:09)
  15. Jedi Rocks*‡ (2:42)

  16. ARCHIVAL BONUS TRACK:
  17. Sail Barge Assault (Alternate) (5:04)
    DISC 2 (74:53)
  1. Parade of the Ewoks (3:28)
  2. Luke and Leia (4:46)
  3. Brother and Sister / Father and Son* / The Fleet Enters Hyperspace** / Heroic Ewok (10:40)
  4. Emperor's Throne Room (3:26)
  5. The Battle of Endor I (11:50)
  6. (Into the Trap / Forest Ambush* / Scout Walker Scramble / Prime Weapon Fires)
  7. The Lightsaber* / The Ewok Battle (4:31)
  8. The Battle of Endor II (10:03)
  9. (Leia is Wounded - The Duel Begins / Overtaking the Bunker* / The Dark Side Beckons / The Emperor's Death)
  10. The Battle of Endor III (6:04)
  11. (Superstructure Chase* / Darth Vader's Death / The Main Reactor)
  12. Leia's News / Light of the Force (3:24)
  13. Victory Celebration *† / End Title (8:34)

  14. SOURCE MUSIC:
  15. Ewok Feast* / Part of the Tribe* (4:02)

  16. ARCHIVAL BONUS TRACK:
  17. The Forest Battle (concert suite) (4:05)
Recorded at Lansdowne Studios, London, England, October 20, 1996
Recorded at EMI/Abbey Road Studios, London, England, November 26-27, 1996
* previously unreleased       ** contains previously unreleased
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