The Lord of the Rings: Motion Picture Trilogy Soundtrack (3CD & 18 Trading Cards) Enhanced, Import, Limited Edition, Soundtrack
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The soundtracks are great. While listening to The Fellowship, I could just picture scenes from the movie. And of course, being the first movie, it has the standard music that we come to associate with Lord of the Rings. I really liked the cd booklet, too, and not just because of the pretty designs. It provides the words that are sung in some of the songs in Elvish (which is usually how it's sung) and the translation in English. It also provides the words to Enya's May It Be.
The Two Towers is also a superb cd. Emiliana Torrini's version of Gollum's Song is haunting but very catchy. I found myself stuck with that in my head for the rest of the day after I listened to it. I was a bit disappointed with the cd booklet. It still had the Elvish words and translations, but it didn't seem like it had them all. Also, it didn't say which lyrics belonged to which track (since the title of the lyrics is different from the track title it was a little confusing). But the music is great. I wasn't as familiar with Two Towers melodies, but I'm getting there.
And finally: The Return of the King. Absolutely wonderful. This cd has more vocal music than the Two Towers.Read more ›
The music, mostly composed and conducted by Howard Shore is breathtaking. It would still be magnificent if it stood alone by itself, but as you listen to it, images from the films come back to you and the experience is amplified. These melodies are truly one of the vital elements that have made this cinematic trilogy the masterpiece that it is.
The only problem I have with this set is that the soundtracks are for the theater versions of the films, no the extended editions that have appeared on the DVDs - thus, a great deal of additional music is missing (like the funeral song sung by Eowyn in The Two Towers).
As for the packaging, it's a simple, elegant yellowish tan box that holds all three CDs and 18 picture cards with most of the characters from the films, which are nice to have.
This is an extraordinary piece of music that you shouldn't miss, and part of the best movie experience of our generation.
...as a coda, Howard Shore writes in the notes from The Return of the King CD "and, of course, one holds the dream of a Hobbit's tale"...me too, Howard. Me too.
Disc 1 The Fellowship of the Ring - "Concerning Hobbits" gives you the happy the life of Hobbits, which I really adore. "The bridge of Khazad Dum" gives you the frightening scenes of the deep of Moria, consisting of vocals of football players "hoof...hoof". "The Breaking of the Fellowship" is emotional, featuring the voice of Edward Ross and choir boys.
Disc 2 The Two Towers - The theme of the Rohirin is beautifully played, especially "The Riders of Rohan", "The King of the Golden Hall" and "Helm's Deep." "Evenstar" is beautifully sung by Isabel Bayrakdarian, which includes the Elvish 'Teliach Ú i vethed nâ i onnad. Si boe ú-dhanna. Ae ú-esteli, esteliach nad' meaning 'This is not the end...it is the beginning. You cannot falter now. If you don't trust [this], trust nothing else.' "Forth Forlingas" and "Isengard Unleashed" are very dramatic and are my favorites.
Disc 3 The Return of the King - "Minas Tirith" and "The White Tree" brings the scenes of Gondor and the Minas Tirith city. "Steward of Gondor" begins with the theme of Gondor and is very emotional with the lyrics sung by Billy Boyd.Read more ›
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Given as a gift. Recipient LOVED it. He has played it almost daily since last Christmas. Was the perfect gift for him.Published 19 days ago by Carissa
At first when I got this box set, I was incredibly excited and could not wait to download the tracks to my computer. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Kaya Lines
If you are ONLY interested in listening to the music on the discs, that is possible, although the recording level is quite low. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike
I love Lord of the Rings and I recently got this for Christmas, however it only plays on my stereo. It will not load; I tried iTunes, windows media, and nothing worked. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
All the wonderful music that Howard Shore wrote and recorded for the 3 Lord of the Rings films. I loved the films and enjoy the music. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gregory Bennett
Cd quality is terrible.... All static.... Will not copy to computer iTunes without terrible static... So bad, cannot listen...all 3 CDs bad... They are sending a replacement. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jljvader
This was a great purchase, all the cd's work fine and the trading cards look excellent. It was a pretty decent price for three cd's and it got to my house in reasonable condition. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Morgan
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The Complete Recordings are EXCEPTIONALLY complete. Pretty much every chord in the movie series is in them--hours more than the regular soundtracks. I wore the regulars out over the years, I love them so much, but I am so absolutely glad I got the complete recordings later. :)
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