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THE LORD OF THE RINGS:

THE RETURN OF THE KING

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS:
THE RETURN OF THE KING

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2003
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71:58
Reprise Records

THE LORD OF THE RINGS:

THE RETURN OF THE KING

The Complete Recordings

THE LORD OF THE RINGS:
THE RETURN OF THE KING
The Complete Recordings

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING - Limited Edition
2003
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Limited Edition (2003)
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2003
19
71:58
Reprise Records

Limited edition of the standard soundtrack that includes an extra DVD with a making of the score documentary.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: Trilogy Set
2003
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING Soundtrack: Trilogy Set (2003)
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2003
19
71:58
Reprise Records

In 2003, once the trilogy have been completed, the soundtrack was released in a Trilogy Set together with the soundtracks of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (ENGLISH)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Howard Shore). As it happened with The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, there were repeated the same releases for The Return of the King soundtrack. In this case, The Complete Recordings is formed by 5 discs (one more of those that were forming the editions of both previous movies of the Rigs saga), being 4 discs of CD audio for the soundtrack and the disc 5 is a DVD Audio with Dolby Digital Surround Sound / Dolby Digital Stereo Sound in advanced resolution (48 kHz/24-bit).

The booklet continues being extensive and, since it happened in the previous editions, penetrates into the themes of the main characters and places of the saga, analyzing the themes and illustrating the melodies on the staff. In addition, it includes information of the most exotic instruments used in the movie.

On the other hand, in the web site there is included also The Annotated Score, with a track-by-track analysis, letters of the songs in the languages of the Middle Earth and translated into English, information about the vocalists, the orchestra, the instrumentalists and the instruments associated with a character or place of the story.

Once finished the release of The Lord of the Rings - The Complete Recordings trilogy, we are undoubtedly before the one that possibly is the most wide and exhaustive edition of a soundtrack. And it is well-deserved if we bear in mind the enormous quantity of music composed for the trilogy, the languages of Tolkien adapted for the songs, the multiple instruments used out of the standard orchestra and the quantity of information revealed so much in the booklets that accompany to the proper physical soundtrack, as The Annotated Score documents for each one of three compilations of the Rigs trilogy. Among both, they contribute a quantity of information difficultly equaled for another edition.

Although it is true that the attainment of The Complete Recordings edition comes preceded by a few high sales of the simple soundtracks, as well as of being supported on the firm foundations of the universe created by Tolkien throughout the years, that it already was counting with a multitude of followers, and that they were increased with the projection of Peter Jackson's ambitious trilogy. Not even Star Wars edition of John Williams' score have come so far away in the documentation of George Lucas's musical universe, which demonstrates that, to edit a version with this quantity of detail, it is only necessary to have the will to do it.

El Señor de los Anillos: El Retorno del Rey (ESPAÑOL)

El Señor de los Anillos: El Retorno del Rey (Howard Shore). Tal como sucedió con La Comunidad del Anillo y Las Dos Torres, se repiten los mismos lanzamientos de la banda sonora de El Retorno del Rey. En este caso, la completa edición The Complete Recordings está formada por 5 discos (uno más de los que formaban las ediciones de las dos películas anteriores de la saga de los Anillos), siendo 4 discos de CD audio para la banda sonora y el disco 5 es un DVD Audio con sonido Dolby Digital en formato Surround y Stereo en Alta Resolución (48 kHz/24-bit).

El libreto sigue siendo extenso y, como hicieran las ediciones anteriores, profundiza en los temas de los personajes y lugares de la saga, analizando los temas e ilustrando las melodías sobre el pentagrama. Además, incluye información de los instrumentos más exóticos utilizados en la película.

Por otro lado, en el sitio web se incluye también The Annotated Score, con análisis pista por pista, letras de las canciones en los idiomas de la Tierra Media y traducidos al inglés, información sobre los vocalistas, la orquesta, los instrumentistas y los instrumentos asociados a un personaje o lugar de la historia.

Una vez finalizada la edición de la trilogía de El Señor de los Anillos - The Complete Recordings, sin duda estamos ante la que posiblemente es la edición más amplia y exhaustiva de una banda sonora. No es para menos si tenemos en cuenta la enorme cantidad de música compuesta para la trilogía, las lenguas de Tolkien adaptadas para las canciones, los múltiples instrumentos utilizados fuera de la orquesta estándar y la cantidad de información vertida tanto en los libretos que acompañan a la propia banda sonora física, como los documentos de The Annotated Score para cada una de los tres compilaciones de la trilogía. Entre ambos aportan una cantidad de información difícilmente igualable por otra edición.

Bien es cierto que la consecución de la edición de The Complete Recordings viene precedida por unas elevadas ventas de las bandas sonoras sencillas, así como de estar apoyada sobre los firmes cimientos del universo creado por Tolkien a lo largo de los años, que ya contaba con multitud de seguidores y que se vieron incrementados con la proyección de la ambiciosa trilogía de Peter Jackson. Ni siquiera las ediciones de Star Wars de John Williams han llegado tan lejos en la documentación del universo musical de George Lucas, lo que demuestra que, para editar una versión con esta cantidad de detalle, tan solo hace falta la voluntad de hacerlo.

TRACK LISTINGS
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
2003
Total Time: 71:58
Label:
Reprise Records
  1. A Storm Is Coming (2:52)
  2. Hope And Memory (1:45)
  3. Minas Tirith featuring Ben del Maestro (3:37)
  4. The White Tree (3:25)
  5. The Steward of Gondor featuring Billy Boyd (3:53)
  6. Minas Morgul (1:58)
  7. The Ride Of The Rohirrim (2:08)
  8. Twilight and Shadow featuring Renée Fleming (3:30)
  9. Cirith Ungol (1:44)
  10. Andúril (2:35)
  11. Shelob's Lair (4:07)
  12. Ash And Smoke (3:25)
  13. The Fields Of The Pelennor (3:26)
  14. Hope Fails (2:20)
  15. The Black Gate Opens featuring Sir James Galway (4:01)
  16. The End of All Things featuring Renée Fleming (5:12)
  17. The Return of the King featuring Sir James Galway, Viggo Mortensen, and Renée Fleming (10:14)
  18. The Grey Havens featuring Sir James Galway (5:59)
  19. Into the West performed by Annie Lennox (5:47)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
The Complete Recordings
2007
Total Time: 229:17
Label:
Reprise Records
    DISC 1 (57:31)
  1. Roots and Beginnings (6:31)
  2. Journey to the Cross-roads (2:17)
  3. The Road to Isengard (2:18)
  4. The Foot of Orthanc (4:45)
  5. Return to Edoras (1:51)
  6. The Chalice Passed (1:50)
  7. The Green Dragon Featuring Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan (0:34)
  8. Gollum's Villainy (2:10)
  9. Éowyn's Dream (1:24)
  10. The Palantír (3:10)
  11. Flight from Edoras (2:18)
  12. The Grace of Undómiel Featuring Renée Fleming (6:21)
  13. The Eyes of the White Tower (4:33)
  14. A Coronal of Silver and Gold (8:27)
  15. The Lighting of the Beacons (9:02)
    DISC 2 (66:03)
  1. Osgiliath Invaded Featuring Ben del Maestro (8:47)
  2. The Stairs of Cirith Ungol (2:40)
  3. Allegiance to Denethor (3:20)
  4. The Sacrifice of Faramir Featuring Billy Boyd performing "The Edge of Night" (4:08)
  5. The Parting of Sam and Frodo (4:04)
  6. Marshalling at Dunharrow (4:56)
  7. Andúril - Flame of the West (3:27)
  8. The Passing of the Grey Company (4:12)
  9. Dwimorberg - The Haunted Mountain (2:26)
  10. Master Meriadoc, Swordthain (1:39)
  11. The Paths of the Dead (6:22)
  12. The Siege of Gondor (9:01)
  13. Shelob's Lair (8:53)
  14. Merry's Simple Courage (2:08)
    DISC 3 (59:45)
  1. Grond - The Hammer of the Underworld (1:32)
  2. Shelob the Great (5:13)
  3. The Tomb of the Stewards (3:58)
  4. The Battle of the Pelennor Fields (4:10)
  5. The Pyre of Denethor (2:59)
  6. The Mûmakil (0:57)
  7. Dernhelm in Battle (2:06)
  8. "A Far Green Country" (1:27)
  9. Shieldmaiden of Rohan (5:07)
  10. The Passing of Théoden (2:16)
  11. The Houses of Healing Featuring Liv Tyler (2:58)
  12. The Tower of Cirith Ungol (4:41)
  13. The Last Debate Featuring Sissel performing "Asëa Aranion" (4:21)
  14. The Land of Shadow (6:29)
  15. The Mouth of Sauron Featuring Sir James Galway (8:15)
  16. "For Frodo" Featuring Ben del Maestro (3:16)
    DISC 4 (45:58)
  1. Mount Doom Featuring Renée Fleming (4:09)
  2. The Crack of Doom (4:01)
  3. The Eagles Featuring Renée Fleming (2:23)
  4. The Fellowship Reunited Featuring Sir James Galway, Viggo Mortensen, and Renée Fleming (12:18)
  5. The Journey to the Grey Havens Featuring Sir James Galway (7:34)
  6. Elanor Featuring Sir James Galway (1:27)
  7. Days of the Ring Featuring Annie Lennox performing "Into the West" (11:09)
  8. Bilbo's Song (2:57)
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