Prime Music


Includes FREE MP3
version
of this album.
or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Howard ShoreAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)

Price: $6.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
 : Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
   Provided by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Friday, Sept. 19? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
MP3 Music, 19 Songs, 2003 $11.49  
Audio CD, 2003 $6.99  

Amazon's Howard Shore Store

Visit Amazon's Howard Shore Store
for all the music, discussions, and more.

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King + The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers + The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Price for all three: $31.01

Buy the selected items together


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 25, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: December 17, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000DZEA1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Storm Is Coming
2. Hope And Memory
3. Minas Tirith
4. The White Tree
5. The Steward Of Gondor
6. Minas Morgul
7. The Ride of the Rohirrim
8. Twilight And Shadow
9. Cirith Ungol
10. Anduril
11. Shelob's Lair
12. Ash And Smoke
13. The Fields Of The Pelennor
14. Hope Fails
15. The Black Gate Opens
16. The End Of All Things
17. The Return Of The King
18. The Grey Havens
19. Into The West

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

This final chapter of Peter Jackson's sprawling adaptation of Tolkien's "Ring" trilogy closes out one of the most accomplished cycles in cinema--and film music--history. As he's done for the saga's first two installments, composer Howard Shore has honed a mature, brooding orchestral masterpiece that's long on subtle shadings of mood and nuance, while eschewing the hollow bombast that's characterized all too many mainstream action and adventure films for three decades. If anything, he's pared this chapter of his music for Middle Earth even closer to the bone, the trilogy's familiar themes repeated with a sparing hand that only heightens their dramatic power. Like Herrmann before him, Shore has a preternatural understanding of orchestral timbres and their almost mystical connections with human emotions, and he's used it here to close out this remarkable trilogy with Wagnerian dramatic sweep, yet one with a distinctly modern, understated melodic sense that is Shore's alone. James Galway and Renee Fleming make key instrumental and vocal contributions, respectively, while Annie Lennox's soulful "Into the West" makes the expected, if unobtrusive, bow to the theatrical pop song conventions. --Jerry McCulley

Product Description

The final film in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy will be a certain blockbuster. The soundtrack albums to the previous films have been hits and award winners. Now with The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King featuring a track by Annie Lennox, this score album from the series' composer Howard Shore is sure to score with movie fans.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning musical journery in deluxe package February 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This deluxe edition of the soundtrack to "The Return of the King" has the exact same music as the regular edition, but comes in a beautiful leather package. Casual listeners should save money and buy the regular edition, but Tolkien fans will want this durable, bookshelf beauty instead. (Being a complete Tolkien nut, I bought both.)
The third of Howard Shore's soundtrack albums to the "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy is, like the film itself, the best of the best. The albums for both "The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Two Towers" were superb, stunning orchestral storyscapes that perfectly caught Tolkien's Middle-Earth and were wonderful individual listening experiences on their own, away from the films. The perfect music to read Tolkien by.
But this is the big one. This is the masterpiece. This is some of best film music of the last decade. Shore surpasses himself in every way on this score.
The new major theme for the score is the Gondor Theme, heard in fullest expression in the inspiring track "The White Tree" (actually, this is the music for the lighting of the beacons of Gondor) and also in "Minas Tirith" and the lonely, sad track "The Steward of Gondor," where Billy Boyd provides a haunting song to accompany a massacre. (Boyd's voice is a real surprise -- he sounds professional).
The other themes from the early films return, with Shore adapting them and changing them in surprising ways. You'll thrill to hearing the Rohirrim theme in "The Ride of the Rohirrim" as well as the way the theme introduces the real stand-out track of the album, "The Fields of Pelennor," a masterpiece suite describing various aspects of the battle around Minas Tirith.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
141 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect fit for the perfect movie December 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Howard Shore has proven his talent beyond any doubt with this, the third and final of the three soundtracks for The Lord of the Rings movies. The music is the perfect score for the three most incredible movies the world has seen, taking us from emotional heights, to depths, to simple and quiet moments with some of the most wonderful music you'll ever hope to hear, regardless of whether or not you have seen, or even wish to see, the cinema trilogy by New Line.
I'd hoped to do a track-by-track analysis, but I simply don't have room, so I'll share some of this CD's better tracks.
Track 3 (3:38): It starts out with dangerous overtones, as Pippin attempts to steal the Palantír from Gandalf, and the terrible consequences of his deed. Gandalf takes him to the city of Gondor, and we hear the premiere of Shore's theme for the City of Kings. (Actually, we first heard a sampling of the Gondor theme in the first movie, when Aragorn is first spoken of as the exiled king, and again in the motion picture preview released earlier in 2003) A wonderful choir makes way to the splendorous, magnificent theme for Gondor, perfectly capturing all the wonder and awe of the city. Awesome. Actually, the solo by Ben Del Maestro, I have concurred, is the part that plays when the White Rider dashes out onto the planes to challenge the Nazgűl.
Track 4 (3:25): A solemn tune, with distinctive Death of Boromir overtones, then the theme for Gondor again, just as grand as before. I believe (I'm big on figuring out which part of the soundtrack goes to which part of the movie) that this is the glorious music that plays as Gandalf rides through the citadel of Gondor, to the very top level of the city.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There and Back Again: A Grand Finale December 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This music is the completion of a journey begun over two years ago.
When I first heard, quite a while ago now, that Howard Shore had been selected to write the music for "The Lord of the Rings" films, I wasn't sure what to think. I liked Shore's music well enough from movies like "Silence of the Lambs" or "Seven," but I wasn't sure how he would handle the epic nature of something like this. Three times over now, Shore has proven to me (and to many others) that he is quite capable of expressing everything that makes "The Lord of the Rings" such a grand story in his music.
The score for "Return of the King" is the most grand and sweeping of the three scores, which is as it should be, since the events of the story are of the largest scale. And yet, somehow the music finds moments of intimacy and soft beauty, even amidst all the epic movements and operatic themes.
Each of the different tracks on the album is recognizable for its theme: "The White Tree" is a powerful and noble theme for Gondor, "Shelob's Lair" is a terrifying piece for its namesake, "The Steward of Gondor" is a softly moving march accompanied by panflute, with a surprisingly-moving vocal piece by Billy Boyd (Pippin in the film), and "Minas Morgul" is an even more intense repriese of the recurrent theme for the Nazgul. "The Fields of the Pelennor" will rouse you right out of your seat, and "Twilight and Shadow," with the incomparable Renee Fleming lending her gorgeous voice, will make your eyes tear up.
The track that will rip your heart out, though, is definitely "Into the West," with Annie Lennox singing vocals.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the score for all three of the LotR movies
I love the score for all three of the LotR movies, but I bought this one specifically to use the track 'Return of the King' as processional music for my wedding.
Published 1 day ago by R. Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best movies ever made.
Possibly the best movies ever made.
Published 1 day ago by allabouthome
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic-the Best Movie Score of All Time!
Some might think this soundtrack is a rehash, and if it is, it's an EPIC rehash! Howard Shore has brought the same themes from the first two films into this soundtrack and has... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Kid Fun
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 20 days ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars He asked for them while on his mission and he was so happy to receive...
My brother loves movie soundtracks. He asked for them while on his mission and he was so happy to receive them.
Published 1 month ago by Rosalise Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great sound track as well.
Published 1 month ago by Walter Gilleo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent item
Published 2 months ago by James T. Bain
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Song & Great Vocals
Review for : LOTR3_The Return of the King (U.S. Version-Jewelcase)

This version is approximately 5 to 6. Read more
Published 4 months ago by PURPLE JEWELS
5.0 out of 5 stars The actor's songs are on the CD
I think for me, what I love so much about this CD is that the songs that the actors sing in the movie are on this CD. I *adore* those songs!

Adrianne
Published 6 months ago by Adrianne P
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Like the movies, this is a fantastic foray into Tolkien's world, only set to music. Having seen the movie, it is easy to know just what is happening as the music is heard, and the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Istariel
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

Forums

Topic From this Discussion
complete score
I was just about to post this question myself. It'll be nice to have the trilogy of "complete" scores at last. I look foward to any updates on this.
Aug 24, 2007 by CrackerBarrel |  See all 7 posts
Have something you'd like to share about this product?
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions



Look for Similar Items by Category


Want to discover more products? You may find many from listen hindi songs shopping list.