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Star Wars Return Of The Jedi - 2 x CD Expanded Score - John Williams

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John Williams's scores for the original STAR WARS trilogy are not only spectacular, but historically significant. For RETURN OF THE JEDI, the last movie in the first series, Williams builds upon many of his previous themes. However, he does this in a fresh, creative way. For example, the film's opening "Main Title/Approaching the Death Star/Tatooine Rendezvous" includes snippets from Darth Vader's "The Imperial March." This is a menacing piece that underscores the ruthlessness of Vader and the wickedness of the Emperor.
"Jabba's Baroque Recital" is of the few tracks on this two-disc set that does not use an orchestra, but rather, a keyboard. This composition actually sounds more like an early Mozart pianoforte piece than a baroque fugue, but this does not detract from its charm or its cinematic value. The most exciting piece on RETURN OF THE JEDI is "The Battle of Endor I." The conceptual scope of Williams's music is emphasized in this lengthy composition. Filled with great contrast--including beautiful string interludes and violent, percussive segues--this piece stands out on its own. In fact, "The Battle of Endor I" can easily be enjoyed out of context; this is a true testament to Williams's compositional acumen.


Disc one[edit]
"20th Century Fox Fanfare" (Alfred Newman, 1954) Ð 0:22
"Main Title/Approaching the Death Star/Tatooine Rendezvous" Ð 9:17
contains the hidden track "Death Star in Disarray" (source music counterpart to "Darth Vader's Death") at Ð 5:04Ð 5:38
"The Droids are Captured" Ð 1:21
"Bounty for a Wookiee" Ð 2:50
"Han Solo Returns" Ð 4:01
"Luke Confronts Jabba/Den of the Rancor/Sarlacc Sentence" Ð 8:51
"The Pit of Carkoon/Sail Barge Assault" Ð 6:02
"The Emperor Arrives/The Death of Yoda/Obi-Wan's Revelation" Ð 10:58
"Alliance Assembly" Ð 2:13
"Shuttle Tydirium Approaches Endor" Ð 4:09
"Speeder Bike Chase/Land of the Ewoks" Ð 9:38
"The Levitation/Threepio's Bedtime Story" Ð 2:46
"Source Music: Jabba's Baroque Recital" Ð 3:09
"Jedi Rocks" Ð 2:42
"Archival Bonus Track: Sail Barge Assault (Alternate)" Ð 5:04
Total Time: 73:14

Disc two[edit]
"Parade of the Ewoks" Ð 3:28
"Luke and Leia" Ð 4:46
"Brother and Sister/Father and Son/The Fleet Enters Hyperspace/Heroic Ewok" Ð 10:40
"The Emperor's Throne Room" Ð 3:26
"The Battle of Endor" Ð 11:50
"Into the Trap" Ð 2:30
"Forest Ambush" Ð 2:00
"Scout Walker Scramble" Ð 2:04
"The Prime Weapon Fires" Ð 5:16
"The Lightsaber/The Ewok Battle" Ð 4:31
"The Battle of Endor II" Ð 10:03
"Leia is Wounded" Ð 1:02
"The Duel Begins" Ð 1:51
"Overtaking the Bunker" Ð 1:00
"The Dark Side Beckons" Ð 3:33
"The EmperorÕs Death" Ð 2:37
"The Battle of Endor III" Ð 6:04
"Superstructure Chase" Ð 1:53
"Darth Vader's Death" Ð 2:34
"The Main Reactor" Ð 1:36
"Leia's News/Light of the Force" Ð 3:24
"Victory Celebration/End Title" Ð 8:34
"Source Music: Ewok Feast/Part of the Tribe" Ð 4:02
"Archival Bonus Track: The Forest Battle (Concert Suite)" Ð 4:05
Total Time: 74:47