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The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers - The Complete Recordings [Soundtrack]

Howard Shore Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Nov 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warners
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Okay, there are a few reviews here which are quite long and cover every detail. I think one was actually longer than one of the books. However, I'm not going to do that.

I received this set today and have played all the CDs twice. Helps to have a CD system which has at least a three CD capacity, that way it's seamless. The music is amazing. I already knew this having seen the film. However, to hear it all, every note, without dialogue, is something else.

I have the one disc OST CD, (not leather bound) and this set won't replace it. I'm glad I have both. This set for when I have time, the single when I don't. The quality of sound is excellent, the music superb and while some may have issues with the packaging, I think it looks great.

Frankly, I don't need leather bound CD cases, I like these for the music, not just to display. As Bernard Black said when asked if they were real leather editions of Dickens, he'd have to be paid in leather bound notes! Anyway, the cases look fine and I don't use them for frisbee or fetch with the dog.

Okay, price. Don't get ripped off by the sellers here who are frankly using the scarcity in the UK to ramp up the price dramatically. Play.com has this set for sale for thirty five pounds. Yes, it says presently out of stock, but put in an order anyway. I did about three weeks ago and as soon as they had it, it was sent.

Problem is that when they have outstanding orders, they get filled first, but if you are one of those you're fine. They don't take payment before they can deliver, and postage is included. The price on Amazon, (not by Amazon itself I hasten to add) is criminal. So, don't pay that and go elsewhere. And enjoy what is a true musical feast.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another instalment of the musical masterpiece 20 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
The next instalment in the Lord of the Rings Complete Recordings treasure trove, as I said regarding The Fellowship box set back in May:

The packaging design alone is absolutely gorgeous. I love old, worn antique feel and that's how they've made this look. It is a pleasure to see and hold and befitting the sublime, timeless quality of the award winning music within.

For those who may be thinking "haven't they already released the soundtrack, like, ages ago?" let me explain. The CDs that are usually released for a film contain music *from* the original motion picture soundtrack but this is typically not the ENTIRE musical score used in the film, that would require 1-3 hours of music and a CD only holds around 45 minutes of music so it is rather a selection of tracks from the soundtrack that you get on these ordinary soundtrack releases. Due to the phenomenal popularity of the LOTR films and music they can afford to release the entire musical score in these deluxe box sets.

It contains 3 CDs with all the music from the score including themes for Rohan and Fangorn Forest which we heard little of in the previously released soundtrack, beautiful vocal pieces like Theodred's Funeral, Arwen's Fate, Haldir's Lament and all sorts of titbits you can't believe weren't on the previously released soundtrack. There is also a DVD of the entire score playing in superior sound and a booklet with commentary by Howard Shore explaining the various musical themes and their rationale.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant 5 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
The conplete score is a work of genius, howard shore is and should be proud of his achievement, these works made the films far better than they would have been under anyone else. Its very rare for someone to release the complete score to a film and i for one am glad they are doing it for the lord of the rings films.

The music is very emotional and conveys the mood perfecly throughout the films.

I read the comments from the one reviewer saying he thought this was a rip-off, but the previous soundtrack releases where not complete versions of the films score, it was just a small selection. so i for one dont see this as a rip-off, its the complete score and not a cut down version.

The effort that went into this production will probably never be surpassed in cinema history, so i for one am glad to part with my money to get this and the return of the king socre, when its released.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Helyx
Format:Audio CD
Howard Shore's Musical Score for The Two Towers is just like having a ticket to an Orchestra performance in a Grand Hall, but you are enjoying it in your home, at work, or when you are out and about. I am so thrilled to hear it in it's full glory. I get what I call "chilly bones" or "sparks on the mainframe" otherwise meaning a tingling sensation down my spine. It's sweeping, it's vast; It takes you places in your head you would like to discover.

I think this is Howard Shores Epic Achievement in Music that transcends a Film Score. It's warm like the sun, yet it splashes you with rain and thunderclaps. It is WORTH the money you pay for it!

The Score: well, that is what you really buy it for - if you are hesitant in buying it - first try The Two Towers Score. If you enjoy the Complete Score, then it could sway your decision to get The Fellowship of the Ring Complete Score, or just stick to having the regular Lord of the Rings Film Soundtracks, or the Limited Edition Releases if you can still find them.

I have the Limited Edition Lord of the Rings Film Soundtracks in Leather binding. The Two Towers Limited Edition Score has 20 tracks, and The Two Towers Complete Score has 35 FULL TRACKS plus the DVD of the Entire Score.

I wish people would remember that the Director Peter Jackson doesn't approve anything for release unless it has new or additional material not previously seen or heard. He knows it's frustrating for people if they bought one item, and then another edition comes out. This is something I wish people would consider. They had to see first if there was a demand and market because complete film scores are rare or non-existent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Problem with Box.
This is deluxe version of "Two Towers".
Music are wonderful, but it was unsuitable CD-BOX.
It is too careless for DVD-Disc. It make scratches so easily. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mikiko Koshika
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Soundtrack in the world!
An AMAZING piece of musical hisory in your hands. The music is so much more than i could ever describe, so i'll stick to details. Read more
Published 20 months ago by LillyArwen
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful compositions
I think Howard Shore outdid himself in every way creating these amazing soundtracks, they really are wonderful. Read more
Published on 6 May 2012 by E. russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular experience
This is the ultimate soundtrack of the movie. You won't be disappointed by buying this.
The only shame that the DVD-Audio is only 48kHz 24bit, I would like 96kHz 24bit.
Published on 14 Jan 2012 by Paul Prüher
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I absoloutly adore The Lord of the Rings films and being a fairly muisical person the beauty and complexity of the music in the films really piqued my interest. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2011 by Animagus
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop moaning about the DVD nubbin!!
Wow. Does life get any better than this?

I am sitting in my garden, the sun shining upon my head. Read more
Published on 3 May 2007 by W. Sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece in Movie Soundtrack Music
Howard Shaw has once again proved himself among the best of film music composers with this the second installment in the trilogy. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2007 by Mr. Andrew Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars A true work of musical genius
The Complete Recordings for Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings scores are, with little exageration, works of art. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2007 by Simon McMahon
3.0 out of 5 stars an amazing masterpiece.. but...
This review was first written to tell every soundtrack lover to buy this thing. However...

Like most people who love movie soundtracks and/or the Lord of the Rings... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2007 by Joske
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