Sunday, January 13, 2008
#4 - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING - COMPLETE RECORDINGS
Now how could you not agree that this one of the top soundtrack releases of 2007? You might even be mildly offended that this doesn't rank higher than #4. (Trust me, my fine Middle-Earth-friend, you'll likely be ok, when we get to numero uno). Now, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING COMPLETE RECORDINGS only slides to #4 because the first release of the "complete recording" series, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, was the release that redefined our collective expectations on special release CD sets. With this release, we knew what to expect...and we got it. Other franchises have tried to step up to the plate, with the STAR WARS 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTORS EDITION and the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN COLLECTORS set, but neither have come even close to the LORD OF THE RINGS COMPLETE RECORDINGS series. This last installment of the trilogy continued the tradition of high quality packaging, insightful notes, and of course, so much of the music missing off of the original soundtrack release - and then the DVD-AUDIO disc for you audiophiles. This was one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year and Warner/Reprise delivered.