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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: #188,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Alex Diaz-Granados on September 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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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By A Customer on May 21, 1999
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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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For the twentieth anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars film George Lucas put out special editions of the films. Whether these were artistic or storytelling improvements isn’t the focus of this review. However to tie in with this the soundtracks to all three were released spread across two CD’s. While the fans of many films maybe happy enough to have a standard abridged to one CD of salient pieces of music style release on their shelves the fans of the Star Wars behemoth aren’t necessarily of this ilk. And Lucas rarely stints on a chance to have them offer up more of their salaries on the altar of mass consumerism!

There are a range of reasons why this release works as opposed to not work;

In the first instance the aforementioned mass consumerism isn’t such an issue if a product has genuine quality. And there has been time and effort put into this. The release has excellent production values of course. And given the breadth of situations the film took the viewer into the composer has certainly had a fairly broad palette available to him. From mellow or even whimsical pieces (especially around the Ewoks) through to tense aspects and then outright bit pay-off action sequences there is a lot of sonic ground to cover and John Williams was only too happy to help himself. So the fact you get the whole score here is good. It makes for excellent segue way from one sequence to another and many fans of the films will probably be able to visualise the movie in their own mind listening to this.

Secondly – and still on the quality aspect – we get time put into the product in terms of the thick wedge of a booklet you get with it.
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