Lord of the Rings: Return of the King CD covers

Lord Of The Rings,The : Return Of The King - 2003

Reprise Records - #9362-48521 - 72 min.
UPC # 093624996910

Music produced, composed and conducted by Howard Shore

Performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra,

The London Voices, The London Oratory School Schola;

Soloists: Annie Lennox, Renee Fleming, Ben Del Maestro;

Instrumental Soloists: Sir James Galway, John Parricelli, Urlich Herkenhoff, Dermot Crehan;

Recorded at: CTS Colosseum, Watford; Abbey Road Studios; Air Lyndhurst; Henry Wood Hall, London;

Mixed and Mastered at Abbey Road Studios; Andy Bradfield, Peter Cobbin, Paul Hicks, Tom Lazarus, Jeffrey Lesser;

Editors: Andrew Dudman, Becca Gatrell, Simon Kiln, Michael Price, John Wriggle

Mastering Engineer: Peter Mew; Audio Engineer: John Kurlander.

Executive Album Producers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Paul Broucek; Producers: Howard Shore, Mitch Rotter.

The Various Editions

Standard Edition Version
The Standard Edition is package in a "jewel case" with an insert of one of five collectable character cards from the movie. Additionally this is an enhanced CD featuring bonus mulitmedia content which includes one online trading card, screensavers, and buddy icons.

Limited Edition Version
Limited Edition features includes three CDs that include the music of all three film soundtracks.

Deluxe CD-DVD Edition
This package includes not only "The Return of the King" CD, but also a DVD that will feature bonus material including a "supertrailer", a "Return of the King" photo gallery from the recording sessions; film stills as well as poems and lyrics from the film. The DVD will also contain a special feature, "Use Well The Days: A Behind The Scenes Portrait of Howard Shore" and a 20 minute documentary focusing on Shore's work in London during the recording of the film score. It also includes a second Anne Lennox track.

Internet-only CD-DVD Limited Edition
Same content as the other CD-DVD package, but with added LOTR extras.

Finally, there is the ultimate "Complete" version - 180+ minute, 3-disc set in 2.0 or 5.1 surround that also includes an audio DVD of the score in PPCM 2.0 or PPCM 5.1 uncompressed audio. It also includes a 48 page booklet with liner notes.


Dealoz list of US, UK and Canadian sources from which to purchase the standard edition

Dealoz list of US, UK and Canadian sources from which to purchase the Limited Edition Complete Set

New copies of the standard CD can be obtained from various U.S. or Canadian sources for under $10us, 10 eur and $15nz.
As of November 2014, copies of the Limited Edition 3-CD + 1- audio DVD set can be obtained from North American sources, but for at least $100us.

Link to soundtrack sample download

iTunes Store with free samples

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MainTitles Review

Doug Adams' blog surrounding the development of his book, 'The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films'.

'Music of Lord of the Rings' Free documentary (59 min)

Movie-Wave Review

All Music Guide - Information including review & downloads

Amazon Customer Comments & Reviews

Howard Shore Official Site

Filmtracks Review

The One Ring Net sound clips and track information

Moviemusic.com site Return of the King CD Score cue-by-cue analysis.

Information at Soundtrack Collector Website

Streaming Soundtracks playlist ratings and requests


Academy Awards 2004 - Best Music, Original Score and Best Music, Original Song 'Into The West' with Fran Walsh and Annie Lennox
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films 2004 - Saturn Award Best Music
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2004 - BFCA Award Best Composer
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2004 - CFCA Award Best Original Score
The Golden Globes 2004 - Best Original Score and Best Original Song 'INto The West' with Fran Walsh and Annie Lennox
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards 2004 - Sierra Award Best Score
Online Film Critics Society Awards 2004 - OFCS Award Best Original Score.
Streaming Soundtracks Awards 2003- Soundtrack of the Year


01. A Storm Is Coming - 2:52
02. Hope and Memory - 1:45
03. Minas Tirith - featuring Ben del Maestro - 3:37
04. The White Tree - 3:25
05. The Steward of Gondor - featuring Billy Boyd - 3:53
06. Minas Morgul - 1:58
07. The Ride of the Rohirrim - 2:08
08. Twilight and Shadow - featuring Renee Fleming - 3:30
09. Cirith Ungol - 1:44
10. Anduril - 2:35
11. Shelob's Lair - 4:07
12. Ash and Smoke - 3:25
13. The Fields of the Pelennor - 3:26
14. Hope Fails - 2:20
15. The Black Gate Opens - featuring Sir James Galway - 4:01
16. The End of All Things - featuring Renee Fleming - 5:12
17. The Return of the King - featuring Sir James Galway, Viggo Mortensen, Renee Fleming - 10:14
18. The Grey Havens - featuring Sir James Galway - 5:59
19. Into the West - performed by Annie Lennox - 5:49


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