The Recordings

An account of the various (official) releases of the LOTR Score Music

 

 

These are most the official US releases of the LOTR movie soundtrack. Click on text or image link for more info. I started out trying to provide the status of the various release: in print or out of print. But things are so confused these days that I can't keep up. If you're looking to buy a release, do a search and check the cover of what you see on the retail site to what you see here for that release (although some retailers show the wrong cover for their listings). Or check the official soundtrack site. Or check Doug Adams' FAQ page or leave a comment on that page if you have questions.

For non-official releases and recordings of (or inspired by) Tolkien's songs and poems, (unrelated to the movies) visit THIS PAGE.

I need to give thanks to the following people: weaver, greendragon, stormcrow20, Lily Fairbairn, Christian C, Earl Carvalho and Kungfuyu. When I decided to add this info to my site, I immediately found a lot of confusing and conflicting information. I put a shout out to the folks on TORn's movie board for help and those folks stepped up. Earl and Kungfuyu, especially, have been of great help. Without that help, I might have had to abandon this section.

 

 

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING JEWELCASE

LIMITED
EDITION

COMPLETE RECORDINGS

JEWELCASE  ~ LIMITED EDITION ~ COMPLETE RECORDINGS

ONLINE CONTENT

CHARACTER CARDS

ALTERNATE VERSION OF ANÍRON

 

 

 
THE TWO TOWERS JEWELCASE

LIMITED
EDITIONS

COMPLETE RECORDINGS

JEWELCASE  ~ LIMITED EDITION ~ COMPLETE RECORDINGS

ONLINE CONTENT

CHARACTER CARDS

 

THE RETURN OF THE KING JEWELCASE

LIMITED
EDITIONS

COMPLETE RECORDINGS

JEWELCASE  ~ LIMITED EDITION ~ COMPLETE RECORDINGS

ONLINE CONTENT

CHARACTER CARDS

 

THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY SET CENTRAL PAGE

 

PROMO, DJ, & SINGLE DISCS FOTR TTT ROTK
(IMAGES AT RIGHT ARE SAMPLES)

 

 

 
COLORS RED TTT ROTK

 

You might notice that that:

The LE & CR colors are

FOTR = red

TTT = blue

ROTK = green

The EE DVD colors are:

FOTR = green

TTT = red

ROTK = blue

 

Why? This question was asked at moviemusic.com's old forum.

First, tomandshell answered:

The color red was chosen for the limited FOTR soundtrack before the film was released in theaters, and long before a color scheme for the DVDs had been decided upon and communicated to all the branches of all the companies who were releasing anything tied into the LOTR films. I believe that red was chosen in honor of the Red Book of Westmarch, and to match the red leatherette hardcover slipcased one volume version of Lord of the Rings that many of us have on our shelves.

Eventually, the color scheme was decided upon for the videos--green for FOTR, red for TTT, and blue for ROTK. Having already released a red FOTR soundtrack, what were the options?

1. Match the DVD color scheme after the fact, giving us the original red FOTR soundtrack, a matching red TTT, and a matching blue ROTK. I'm glad they didn't do that.

2. Re-release the FOTR limited soundtrack in green along with the red TTT limited soundtrack. I am glad this didn't happen.

3. Make them all red to match the initial release. I'm also glad they didn't do that.

4. Use the green/red/blue scheme, but in a different order. (This is what they ended up doing.) Within this option are two sub-options:

4A. FOTR was already red--swap colors with TTT and make it green, then release ROTK in blue. This would make one soundtrack match the DVD but not the others, and would drive anal retentives like me completely crazy.

4B. FOTR was already red--make TTT blue and ROTK green. All three colors are used, with none matching the DVDs. This is what they ultimately chose to do, and it makes the most sense to me.

As for the complete recordings packages, I will be displaying them alongside the limited edition soundtracks (which they will match) and not the extended DVD sets (which they will not match), so I am glad they did what they did.

tomandshell was asked for the source of this info but he never responded to that request. However, a few days later, Doug Adams answered this oft asked question:

As for the colors of the Complete Recording packages, as is pointed out below, they’ve been selected to match the leather-bound editions of the respective original soundtrack albums.

As I understand it, yes, the CD packages were selected before the films were color coded. Red was already used for Fellowship when Two Towers became the “red film.” Blue was already used for Two Towers when ROTK became the “blue film,” so they just rotated back to the beginning green and so the CDs were set one project out of rotation with the film marketing.

It wasn’t a slip or anything, it just all stems from the different lead time available to different projects.