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Return of the Jedi: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Special Edition) Soundtrack

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare
  2. Main Title/Approaching The Death Star/Tatooine Rendezvous
  3. The Droids Are Captured
  4. Bounty For A Wookie
  5. Han Solo Returns
  6. Luke Confronts Jabba/Den Of The Rancor/Sarlacc Sentence
  7. The Pit Of Carkoon/Sail Barge Assault
  8. The Emperor Arrives/The Death Of Yoda/Obi-Wan's Revelation
  9. Alliance Assembly
  10. Shuttle Tydirium Approaches Endor
  11. Speeder Bike Chase/Land Of The Ewoks
  12. The Levitation/Threepio's Bedtime Story
  13. Source Music: Jabba's Baroque Recital
  14. Source Music: Jedi Rocks
  15. Archival Bonus Track: Sail Barge Assault (Alternate)

Disc: 2

  1. Parade Of The Ewoks
  2. Luke And Leia
  3. Brother And Sister/Father And Son/The Fleet Enters Hyperspace/Heroic Ewok
  4. Emperor's Throne Room
  5. The Battle Of Endor I (Into The Trap/Forest Ambush/Scout Walker Scramble/Prime Weapon Fires)
  6. The Lightsaber/The Ewok Battle
  7. The Battle Of Endor II (Leia Is Wounded-The Duel Begins/Overtaking The Bunker/The Dark Side...)
  8. The Battle Of Endor III (Superstructure Chase/Darth Vader's Death/The Main Reactor)
  9. Leia's News/Light Of The Force
  10. Victory Celebration/End Title
  11. Source Music: Ewok Feast/Part Of The Tribe
  12. Archival Bonus Track: The Forest Battle (Concert Suite)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 26, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: May 25, 1983
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: RCA
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • ASIN: B000003G91
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,449 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The 1997 Special Edition soundtrack is more than a mere reissue with a new package. Rather, it's the complete score composed by John Williams, with more previously unreleased tracks (including Jabba's Baroque Recital) and two new compositions that replace existing material.
Because Star Wars creator George Lucas made changes to each movie in the trilogy to fit his original vision for the films, composer Williams had to make a few tweaks of his own. For instance, in Episode IV's restored encounter between Han Solo and Jabba the Hutt, Williams borrowed "Jabba's Theme" from Return of the Jedi...perhaps the only time that music for a sequel has been reinserted to the "parent" film. For Jedi's new Jabba's Palace musical sequence, Williams allowed Jerry Hay's "Jedi Rocks" to replace his own "Lapti Nek."
The other major revision comes in the new ending for Return of the Jedi. Instead of the Ewok celebration from the 1983 original version, the Special Edition ends with a Victory Celebration (depicting the festivities on Tatooine, Bespin, and Coruscant, the former throne world of the Empire) with new music. While still using primitive instruments and rhythms, the new music dispenses with the Ewoks' chanting and utilizes new thematic material and vocal performances blended with a virtuoso performance by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Like the previous two soundtrack albums of the Special Edition re-releases, aficionados of the film score genre will find the reorganized tracks are now consistent with the scenes that they appear in, and the liner notes will help both novice and expert Star Wars music lovers keep "track" of things as they listen to this remarkable score.
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Normally I am indifferent to movie soundtracks, but Star Wars is an exception, and the music of Return Of The Jedi is definitely the most powerful of the lot. Three minutes and fifty seconds into track seven on disc two, I can actually hear Vader in my head, saying "you cannot hide forever, Luke..." as the most moving piece of classical soundtrack music ever concieved begins. By the time the music for the end of Vader and Luke's duel is finished, it is hard for me not to burst into tears. I grew up with this film and this piece of music, and I feel massively priveleged being able to say that. Williams is the greatest composer of the 20th century, hands down.
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Luke and Leia's theme, although barely used in the movie, IS the reason to buy this soundtrack. This is my favorite Star Wars theme, because it is so beautiful. Not to say it is the only good thing. The emperor's theme is very nicely done, as is the duel music between Vader and Luke. And CD 1 provides you with Jabba's French Horn theme, which is a playful, quirky number similar in style to Superman's March of the Villains, although I like this one more. There is a LOT of action music on these CDs, and a lot of the Ewok theme and their source music, but most of it is enjoyable and specific parts make you remember scenes from the movie. And the listener also gets a very distinguished and serene Force theme during Vader's burial that is appropriate for the end of the movie. But during the final credits one learns that the best piece of music is by far Luke and Leia's theme, which is so dynamic yet so placid. It concludes the trilogy in perfect fashion.
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John Williams does it again with the music in Return Of The Jedi. He introduces new themes, but still includes old themes. This is good because it closes up the CD and movie by summing up all the main themes of each of the original Star Wars movies.
Disc one includes the Main Title song which has evolved since A New Hope into more of a powerful version. The orchestra seems to be giving it all they have, and it sounds better than ever. Williams adds the music for Jabba into the movie, which consists mainly of horns. The second part of song 7, Sail Barge Assault, is a mayhem filled Luke's Theme, perfectly used for the 5 minute battle scene above the hungry jaws of a Sarlacc. Song 8 brings back the Imperial March that was first heard in the Empire Strikes Back, and a new theme for the Emperor, which consists mainly of a chilling men's choir. Halfway through song eight we get a tired and ominous version of Yoda's theme, tired as the Jedi Master is dying and ominous as the truth of Luke's heritage is revealed and warnings of what might become of Luke if he succumbs to the Dark Side. At about 7:02 into song eight we get a last time version of Yoda's Theme in horns, which dies away into a set of strings that capture the sadness of Yoda's death perfectly. We later on in the disc get into some more ominous music in a very tense scene where Luke and his friends are flying in a stolen imperial shuttle towards the moon of Endor. Then we get into the music on Endor which consists mainly of music that is used for the primitive Ewoks.
Disc two starts off with the ewok theme and then continues into 2, and 3 where some more new themes are presented, like the Luke and Leia theme, "Brother and Sister", and "Father and Son".
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How will the original versions look on a regular TV?
The non-anamorphic original theatrical versions look fine on a regular TV. The bit-rate on the discs is high (typically around 7-9) so the motion is good, although the prints don't appear to have been cleaned up at all so they have that 'old film' look, i.e grainy, fluttery, and with... Read More
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The songs! It's all about the SONGS! Don't let them be lost to time!
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The first time I saw the "Special Edition" I was game for what I thought would be minor "improvements". Instead I ended up confused, and I felt like crying at the lame ending. The music's all wrong at the end and at Jabba's Palace; young Annikin ghost at... Read More
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