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The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King 6LP coloured vinyl & 4CD+blu-ray

All journeys must come to an end, and so it is the case with Rhino’s glorious limited edition coloured vinyl box sets of Howard Shore’s ‘Complete Recordings’ of Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings franchise. The Return of the King will be issued in September as a numbered six-LP vinyl set and a 4CD+blu-ray edition.

The Two Towers is actually out now, but The Return of the King is scheduled for release in late September. If you have the first Fellowship of the Rings set, you will know what to expect – some stunning music, beautifully presented. The first vinyl box was limited to 5,000 and they increased that to 8,000 for the second and this third set maintains that 8k production run. Also, note that this is definitely a 6LP vinyl set, despite the label mocking up an image showing five vinyl records (d’oh!). The optical disc count increases by one too, so instead of three CDs and a blu-ray you now get four CDs and a blu-ray.

The 6LP buying advice for those in the UK/Europe is the same – get these from Amazon US, because even with shipping and the ‘import fees deposit’ you’ll likely save around at least £50/€60 on local prices. Both of the previous vinyl box sets fell to around $108, and I expect this one to do the same (although not guaranteed due to the extra disc count).

In terms of the 4CD+blu-ray set, things are more balanced and this is actually good value right now in the UK.

The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King will be issued on 21 September 2018.

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The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King 6LP green vinyl box

Side 1
1. Roots And Beginnings
2. Journey To The Cross-roads
3. The Road To Isengard
4. The Foot Of Orthanc
5. Return To Edoras
6. The Chalice Passed
7. The Green Dragon [Featuring Billy Boyd And Dominic Monaghan]

Side 2
1. Gollum’s Villainy
2. Éowyn’s Dream
3. The Palantír
4. Flight From Edoras
5. The Grace of Undómiel [Featuring Renée Fleming]
6. The Eyes Of The White Tower

Side 3
1. A Coronal Of Silver And Gold
2. The Lighting Of The Beacons

Side 4
1. Osgiliath Invaded [Featuring Ben del Maestro]
2. The Stairs Of Cirith Ungol
3. Allegiance To Denethor
4. The Sacrifice Of Faramir [Featuring Billy Boyd Performing “The Edge Of Night”]

Side 5
1. The Parting Of Sam And Frodo
2. Marshalling At Dunharrow
3. Andúril – Flame Of The West
4. The Passing Of The Grey Company

Side 6
1. Dwimorberg – The Haunted Mountain
2. Master Meriadoc, Swordthain
3. The Paths Of The Dead
4. The Siege Of Gondo

Side 7
1. Shelob’s Lair
2. Merry’s Simple Courage
3. Grond – The Hammer Of The Underworld
4. Shelob The Great

Side 8
1. The Tomb Of The Stewards
2. The Battle Of The Pelennor Fields
3. The Pyre Of Denethor
4. The Mûmakil
5. Dernhelm In Battle
6. “A Far Green Country”
7. Shieldmaiden Of Rohan

Side 9
1. The Passing Of Théoden
2. The Houses of Healing [Featuring Liv Tyler]
3. The Tower Of Cirith Ungol
4. The Last Debate [Featuring Sissel Performing “Asëa Aranion”]
5. The Land Of Shadow

Side 10
1. The Mouth Of Sauron [Featuring Sir James Galway]
2. “For Frodo” [Featuring Ben del Maestro]
3. Mount Doom [Featuring Renée Fleming]
4. The Crack Of Doom
5. The Eagles [Featuring Renée Fleming]

Side 11
1. The Fellowship Reunited [Featuring Sir James Galway, Viggo Mortensen And Renée Fleming]
2. The Journey To The Grey Havens [Featuring Sir James Galway]

Side 12
1. Elanor [Featuring Sir James Galway]
2. Days of the Ring [Featuring Annie Lennox Performing “Into The West”]
3. Bilbo’s Song

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