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Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Collector's Edition, Soundtrack


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Product Details

  • Composer: John Williams
  • Audio CD (September 21, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002YCVK6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,592 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 Wookiee
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
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Parade Of The Ewoks
2. Luke and Leia
3. Brother and Sister/Father and Son/The Fleet Enters Hyperspace
4. Emperor's Throne Room
5. The Battle Of Endor
6. The Lightsaber/The Ewok Battle
7. THE BATTLE OF ENDOR II
8. THE BATTLE OF ENDOR III
9. Leia's News/Light of the Force
10. Victory Celebration/End Title
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Editorial Reviews

Re-release of the Star Wars soundtracks to take place on same day as Lucasfilm launches the original Star Wars Trilogy on DVD. With a 30 million dollar advertising campaign, this is going to be a monumental event! All 3 CD packages will include never-before seen photos as collectable fold-out movie posters. Special slipcase housing all three titles also available with exclusive 3D lenticular front card of key art. CDs will include special CD extra screen saver featuring exclusive Star Wars images. CD features all new cover art - same key art featured on DVD release.

Customer Reviews

There is a lot of great music in here that should please just about anyone.
Oliver Hardy Jr.
This soundtrack CD is probably one of the best John Williams has ever had and the best among all the star wars CD soundtracks of the classic ones.
Kirs Mabitad
The overall cohesion of the music with the recurring themes is very impressive.
King Lemuel

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Smith on September 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As always, John williams brings masterful composing to the Star Wars movie screen. The sweeping and spine-tingling score will leave you breathless and stick with you for years.

It starts out a little slow, but of course all the classic themes are present. The action picks up at track 7 (Dsic 1) The Pit of Carkoon/Sail Barge Assault. The moving track 8 will announce the arrival of the infamous emperor with deep male voices and dark themes, then we are swept back to Degobah for Luke's final meeting with Yoda in slow trumpets proclaiming Yoda's news and final announcement to Luke, finally we meet Obi Wan once again, whose conversation with Luke reveals stunning news with the trumpet theme of Skywalker and the warm, comforting violins. Comical additions such as Jabba's baroque recital and Jedi Rocks close the first disc with a slower pace, almost as if it were intermission.

Disc 2 opens with the playful Parade of Ewoks, a new theme created to portray the cute but deadly inhabitants of Endor, played on flutes, trumpets, and a variety of other instruments. Next we are introduced to the change in Luke and Leia's relationship with a slow flute and violin piece showing how strong their bond has become.

Track 3, Brother and Sister, Father and Son, finds the Skywalker theme as Luke tells Leia a wonderful secret, which transitions into their new theme. The Emperor's throne room conveys the serious danger of our heros in deep male voices and sweeping music. The three battle pieces are, of course, wonderful, but by far the best part is the piece matching when the rebels prepare to charge the Death Star in a great instrumental piece.

Last is the calm after the storm, the two tracks that are by far my favorite from this soundtrack.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cambo on March 15, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Prior to the emergence of the prequel trilogy, this particular Star Wars score is probably the darkest of the saga. From the moment the opening titles end, an eerie mood is set, and Darth Vader's Imperial March is almost immediately the focus of our attention. Now this soundtrack does take a little while to pick up the pace, but when it does, it's magic. There are a lot of dark themes in this soundtrack that tend to give the film a more sinister overtone, and it is this characterisitc that sets it apart from the other Star Wars scores.

For example, this is the first Star Wars score in which Williams has employed a choir (For the most part, he sticks to the male voices). With that said, what Williams created with the Emperor's theme is something that suits that character to a tee. Even if you don't know what the Emperor looks like, this spooky motif will immediately have you conjuring up images of something truly evil and sinister. But what really fascinated me about this theme is the way it competed with Vader's theme for dominance of the score, almost as if Vader himself were trying to rise above his master's influence. Other darker moments of the score include the Rancor's music (a classic monster track if there ever was one), the underscore of the Battle of Endor, and of course the final duel between Luke and Vader.

In the three tracks listed The Battle of Endor, the music cues underscoring the lightsaber duel only confirms what I said earlier in terms of the Emperor's theme becoming more dominant and more sinister. I noticed that whenever Luke ended up getting the short end of the stick, it was the Emperor's theme that accompanied these momentary defeats, not Vader's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Hardy Jr. on June 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
First of all, I would like to point out that I do not own this exact soundtrack but the older collecters edition. I am writing the review on here because the reviews for the other soundtrack are for the movie, not the score. I highly doubt that there is any difference in the music though.

John Williams' final installment to the Star Wars soundtracks is just as good as the previous ones. The epic fleet music to the Emperor music is fantastic. This score is a bit darker than its predecessors but that's a good thing considering the story involved. There is a lot of great music in here that should please just about anyone.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Gaudet on April 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Due to either digital noise reduction to remove analogue tape hiss or because of the loudness wars this soundtrack has all its highs in the audio stream clipped right off. The lows and middle are still there but the high frequency stuff is gone. The arista records release and the original cd release and lp album are unaffected the only ones who are ruined are the 1997 and 2004 releases and the limited edition boxset of all three by sony.

The mastering in 1997 has to be at fault. I'm not saying its the mastering technicians fault its possible he was ordered by Lucasfilms to remove the hiss from the master tapes and then we get what we have ruined releases missing all clarity. You end up with a lot of missing material but the only way now to have an unruined score isto get the arista anthology box.

You don't even need a high end setup to detect the difference though it certainly will make things clearer. IF you put both releases through a program with a sound graph you will be able to physically see what is missing.
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