- Audio CD (15 Dec. 2003)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Soundtrack, Box set
- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B0000TAZBK
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Lord of the Rings: Complete Trilogy Soundtrack, Box set
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The Limited Edition 3-CD version comes packaged in a special slipcase with 18 character cards from the trilogy.
Top Customer Reviews
From the aforementioned Fellowship theme to the Celtic-infused Rohan music, to the 5-4 time of Isengard's war-like signature, Shore has reimagined Middle-Earth in musical form even as Peter Jackson did so on celluloid. The breadth of his composition allows for as much variety of tone and atmosphere as you find in the films themselves, and of course goes a long way to creating and anchoring those atmospheres when you watch the movies. From the dark pounding rhythms of Isengard and Mordor, there are the beautiful choral pieces; Gandalf and Boromirs' deaths have music which makes me want to cry every time I hear them (perhaps partly a consequence of connecting the music with the events in the film, but this is gorgeous, evocative music in its own right).
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of these three soundtracks is the development of themes or simple phrases as you progress onwards.Read more ›
Ranging from the gentle yet harrowing 'Gollum's Song' (featured at the end credits of 'The Tow Towers'), to the grand excitement of the various battles throughout the movie, the scope of this music is immense. Performances throughout turn what could have been mere soundtracks into a genuinely outstanding collection of musical accomplishment. There are even vocal performances by Billy Boyd (Pippin) and Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) which prove that there is more to these performers than just acting!
The thing that surprised me about this package, however, was the price, which truly makes it value for money and a worthwhile investment, and as much a worthy addition to any music collection. But most of all, it is like owning another part of the movie trilogy itself, one that allows you to take the journey again, but in a much more personal way, as Howard Shore's brilliant compositions conjure a dazzling array of images in your mind.
Wasn't sure about the cards you get free with this though, of the members of the cast. All seemed a bit gimicky to me. There are reasons this soundtrack has one awards, not least of which being the 'best original score' Oscar.
Of course, the fact that you get all 3 for a reasonable price is the true bonus, and if your reading this its probably just a matter of deciding which one to get. Get this one, trust me.
This box set is an absolute bargain, and you also get a pack of 20 CD-sized images of characters from the film (two of Arwen but NONE of Eowyn - what were they thinking of!!). You can put them in the CD cases to customise your CDs - but we put them in clip-frames to make pictures for my sons' bedroom walls. I would give an extra star for this if I could but 5 is the maximum allowed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The CD quality is absolutely TERRIBLE! I order the set but the first and third CD had a crackling static sound playing over the music. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Really disappointed. I've bought this and had it replaced because CD1 is defective but the other 2 work fine. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Liam White
We have not stopped listening to these disks. If you're seen the movies then you can follow it in your mind with the music.Published 2 months ago by anita
Great value when compared to buying individual Soundtracks. Awesome.Published 3 months ago by GrandisG
I bought this for my husband after he was generally saying he liked the music on lord of the rings. Thank goodness i got this one. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nicholas and Amie Oliver
The main failure in my view was the omission of what must have been part of Tolkien's emotional message, namely the effects of the wars in Mordor and Helm's Deep and wherever. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rerevisionist