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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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2003 Regular
2003 Limited
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2003 Trilogy
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2010 Rarities Archive
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Vocals Produced by:
Paul Broucek

Performed by:
The London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Voices

The London Oratory School Schola

Solo Vocals by:
Annie Lennox
Renée Fleming
Sir James Galway
Ben del Maestro
Billy Boyd
Viggo Mortensen

Choral Text by:
J.R.R. Tolkien
Philippa Boyens
Fran Walsh
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Reprise Records
(November 25th, 2003)

Reprise Records
(Limited, Internet, and Trilogy)
(December 9th, 2003)

Reprise Records
(Complete Set)
(November 20th, 2007)

Howe Records
(Rarities Archive)
(October 5th, 2010)
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The regular 2003 album originally priced between $14 to $16 in the stores is the regular U.S. release. The 2003 limited release is indicated by a higher price ($25), dark green cover, and typically a sticker indicating its "limited" nature on the front plastic. The 2003 Internet-only release was available through the label's website and has a dark red cover and even higher price ($30). The musical contents are the same on all products.

The 2003 trilogy set is essentially the original three albums from the films combined into one package (with no extra music). The value of the different cover inserts (on the trading block) is yet to be determined. They could very well end up useless unless you acquire a whole set of 5 covers.

The 2007 set includes the complete recordings, priced initially for between $55 and $65, and features the double-sided DVD with 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound along with four CDs that offer 230 minutes from the score in 16-bit stereo sound. Other higher resolution variants on sound quality exist on the DVD (see review for details).

The 2010 Howe Records album called "The Rarities Archive" was only available in the back cover of the Doug Adams book The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films: A Comprehensive Account of Howard Shore's Scores. That book had an MSRP of $60 but initially sold new for under $40.
The song "Into the West" won a Golden Globe, a Grammy Award, and an Academy Award. The score won the same three awards and was nominated for a BAFTA Award.
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