- Audio CD (December 9, 2003)
- Limited Edition edition
- Original Release Date: December 17, 2003
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Enhanced, Import, Limited Edition, Soundtrack
- Label: Warner Bros UK
- ASIN: B0000TAZBK
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,929 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
The Lord of the Rings: Motion Picture Trilogy Soundtrack (3CD & 18 Trading Cards) Enhanced, Import, Limited Edition, Soundtrack
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
The 3-CD Limited Edition includes the first two soundtracks. DVD includes: "Use Well the Days: A Behind the Scenes Portrait"; a glimpse at Howard Shore's weeks in London creating the music for the Return of the King by Elizabeth Cotnoir.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
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. But like Two Towers' booklet ROTK's booklet didn't specify the track of the lyrics. Also, it did not provide the lyrics to The Stewart of Gondor (sung by Billy Boyd who plays Pippin and was featured in the movie). So I just listened to the part where he sings until I knew the words and wrote them down. (I apologize if I got any words wrong)
Home is behind
The world ahead
There are many paths to tread
Till the edge of night
Until the stars are all alight
Mist and shadow
Cloud and shade
All shall fade
All shall fade
There it is for whomever wants it. I also wanted to remark on "Into the West". It is one of the most moving songs I've ever heard, and if you know the story well and read the lyrics it is the most fitting out of any of the songs written for the movie. Especially the line "The ships have come to carry you home" and "a light on the water/grey ships pass/into the west". I'm not a really big fan of Annie Lennox and her voice, but the song is still good.
Now as I've written this review I mostly pointed out things I didn't like (with a few good, but not specific points), and yet I gave this product 5 stars. Well just think for yourself, if the only bad parts are a few instances in the cd booklet, the rest of the product must rock. And it does. If you are a movie fan, buy it. It's worth it. Plus, listened to ROTK's soundtrack can help you wait for the movie on dvd on May 25!!
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.