I completely understand you, but I can't afford to buy every single score I love. When it comes to large series like Star Wars or LOTR with many similar themes, I find that it's usually best to buy only one because I an't afford the others. Plus, one usually stands high above the rest anyway. For example, I only got the Empire Strikes Back score out of all Star Wars because I found New Hope to be slightly weaker and juvenile in comparison, and Return of the Jedi has some terrible Ewok songs and some missing themes. Empire on the other hand has the awesome Battle of Hoth and the best performances of the Force theme, etc. I bought ROTK because I quite simply did not enjoy FOTR and TTT had too much of an emphasis on the Rohan theme. FOTR had the great Hobbit hymn and the Isengard themes, which were better performed on ROTK (the full orchestra presentation of the Hobbit theme is amazing). I agree that they are all pieces of one score, much as each film is a part of the same story. Unlike the films, I don't see a reason to own all three when they are so similar. I can't afford every single score that's good, so I narrow it down this way. Comparisons are also nice because they help to make decisions and they keep things specific.