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 Posted:   Jul 28, 2013 - 9:30 AM   
 By:   Henry Jones   (Member)

JohnJohnson wrote:
Are the complete recordings still available?


Apparently, the answer is no. Well, to be sharp, the TWO TOWERS set is not currently available anymore -- and no one knows if it'd be pressed again, which means it could or it could not be pressed anymore.
EDIT: The other sets can be found at a more-reasonable price than $2,000. But the'y re also becoming pricey!

Read the excellent piece that our hero Doug Adams wrote about the availability of LOTR complete recordings : http://www.musicoflotr.com/2013/06/the-great-unknowns.html

Excerpts:
"The LOTR: Complete Recordings seem to be very hard to find right now. The Two Towers, in fact, is listed as being out of stock, and is going for astronomical amounts on the secondary market. Will they be back, and if so when?

I've actually enquired about this, but the short answer is, I do not know the answer. The Complete Recordings have always been tricky to keep track of. Shore's company has a say in them, Reprise (the label) has a say in them, Warner Bros (who owns Reprise) has a say, CAMI (who produces the Live to Projection shows) has some say in which way stock is pushed. I, however, have no say. Thus, I don't really have any right to demand information. I can -- and have -- asked the various labels involved about what's going on, but the answers I get back usually involve a lot of checking -- again because there are simply so many fingers in the pie. If I am given information to post, I promise to post it. Otherwise, it's safe to assume that I don't know any more than you do.

It's important to note that the Complete Recordings are a very high-end product aimed at a very specific audience. They're very expensive to produce, thus labels can't go and run off an extra hundred every time stock dips. I know it's easy to assume that record companies are all conspiring to take advantage of the consumer by creating scarcities -- or that they simply are content to ignore the fans -- but this isn't the case at all. When creating something like the Complete Recordings, a company generally has to produce a massive number of units just to make it worth their while. They're paying another company huge amounts of money to create the physical products -- and each commissioned run comes with a hefty price tag. If a company did a short run every few months, they'd lose huge amounts of money, and would never again back projects like this. For such investments to make sense, record companies have to do very large runs once every couple of years. There's never a guarantee when -- or if -- the next run will take place. The labels know far better than I how to judge such things. Presumably, The Two Towers is between print runs. (I don't know this for a fact -- they could have a thousand sitting in a warehouse for all I know.) The decision, therefore, becomes whether or not a new pressing makes financial sense. Past sales are considered along with presumed demand, logarithms, forecasts, politics, chaos theory, and who knows what else! The point is, they have ways of making these decisions, and no one outside of a small handful of people is ever entirely privy to them. I have a hard time imagining that The Two Towers is gone for good ..."

 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2013 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Apparently, the answer is no. They are not currently available anymore -- and no one knows if it'd be pressed again, which means it could or it could not be pressed anymore.



Excerpts:
"The LOTR: Complete Recordings seem to be very hard to find right now. The Two Towers, in fact, is listed as being out of stock, and is going for astronomical amounts on the secondary market. Will they be back, and if so when?



Thanks for the info.

Astronomical would be correct.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000IZJZIK/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new

 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2013 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Sure glad I got these when I had the chance! Maybe after the third Hobbit film is finished, there will be an interest in repackaging the movies (LOTRs & Hobbit) and that might lead to another run of these sets.

 
 Posted:   Dec 25, 2013 - 12:22 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Sure glad I got these when I had the chance! Maybe after the third Hobbit film is finished, there will be an interest in repackaging the movies (LOTRs & Hobbit) and that might lead to another run of these sets.

I hope so. big grin

http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Rings-Towers-Complete-Recordings/dp/B000IZJZIK/ref=sr_1_11?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1388002863&sr=1-11&keywords=LORD+OF+THE+RINGS

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 25, 2013 - 5:20 PM   
 By:   WavyRancheros   (Member)

The Complete Recordings of Lord of the Rings was a dream come true. But The Return of the King managed to disappoint, unfortunately.

I am dying to get the film version of A Far Green Country. It has a BEAUTIFUL chorus before the theme starts. The album version omitted that, it only has strings.

Album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq_p87-qXeo
Film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEbfLiOEM1U

 
 Posted:   Dec 25, 2013 - 9:01 PM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

I believe the "film version" portion of "A Far Green Country" to which you refer is tracked from a later cue, "The Journey to the Grey Havens." If memory serves (I'm sure I'll be corrected if wrong) the difference is that the melodic line was not transplanted along with the rest of the excerpt, making the background humming a little more noticeable.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 25, 2013 - 11:50 PM   
 By:   Gutenberg   (Member)

Sure glad I got these when I had the chance!

Yes, and I am feeling remarkably stupid right now, because they are simply far beyond my budget for the foreseeable (and unforeseeable) future. I remember when FOTR was $60-70 and I was waiting for it to come down to $50 again. Nope.

I've got the ROTK CR, but who knows if I'll ever be able to obtain the first two. razz

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2013 - 3:36 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Sure glad I got these when I had the chance!

Yes, and I am feeling remarkably stupid right now, because they are simply far beyond my budget for the foreseeable (and unforeseeable) future. I remember when FOTR was $60-70 and I was waiting for it to come down to $50 again. Nope.

I've got the ROTK CR, but who knows if I'll ever be able to obtain the first two. razz


I'm in the same boat, I still want to get these at some point but it's a lot of dough... I do see that ROTK is out of stock at amazon.de but the fact they're keeping it listed gives me hope that a new run will occur, hopefully for the other sets as well.

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2013 - 6:22 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Sure glad I got these when I had the chance!

Yes, and I am feeling remarkably stupid right now, because they are simply far beyond my budget for the foreseeable (and unforeseeable) future. I remember when FOTR was $60-70 and I was waiting for it to come down to $50 again. Nope.

I've got the ROTK CR, but who knows if I'll ever be able to obtain the first two. razz


I'm in the same boat, I still want to get these at some point but it's a lot of dough... I do see that ROTK is out of stock at amazon.de but the fact they're keeping it listed gives me hope that a new run will occur, hopefully for the other sets as well.


I received ROTK CR as a Xmas present from a friend. It's the other two that are out of my price range.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2013 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   CitizenJoe   (Member)

I saved my money last fall so that I could buy all three of these, but TTT went out of print at just the wrong time, so I was only able to get FOTR and ROTK. Now it looks like it'll be quite some time before I can complete the set.

 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2013 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   funkymonkeyjavajunky   (Member)

It looks like I saved myself $3,500 on the Two Towers set (actually, that one I received as a gift). Actually, picking up the complete recordings for me was a no brainer. I loved the music, and the packaging, extent of the score on CD, and the 5.1-channel DVD made it worth it. I only wish the included liner notes were better. The free ones on the website were superior (notes went by tracks, instead of music themes/styles).

 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2013 - 1:40 PM   
 By:   funkymonkeyjavajunky   (Member)

--duplicate post - please delete--

 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2013 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

funkymonkeyjavajunky: In case you haven't seen it, Doug Adams' book THE MUSIC OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS FILMS includes an expanded version of the CR liners AND the Annotated Scores (plus a lot more) in one volume, with a bonus CD of additional music: http://www.amazon.com/Music-Lord-Rings-Films-Comprehensive/dp/0739071572/

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2013 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Yikes! I usually look at eBay completed auctions for a sense of how much something is worth, rather than what astronomical amount people are attempting to charge at Amazon.

Even at Ebay, the Two Towers Complete Recordings set has been selling for $200 to $350 in the last few months.

Glad I was able to buy this when it came out.

 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2013 - 5:17 PM   
 By:   Trent B.   (Member)

I would have kept mine but couldn't quite get into the scores that much. It was A LOT of material to go through...

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2013 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

I would have kept mine but couldn't quite get into the scores that much. It was A LOT of material to go through...


I've kept mine but have yet to listen to every disc on all 3 sets.

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2013 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

The only CR I really cared about was FotR - I bought that in time and everything's fine!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2013 - 3:43 PM   
 By:   Gutenberg   (Member)

I've kept mine but have yet to listen to every disc on all 3 sets.

I'll buy FOTR and TT from you for $50 apiece razz

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2013 - 8:02 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

As I recall, I paid $30-$35 each for the CR titles when they first came out. Combined, that's a ten disc set for about $100. Quite a bargain by today's standards.

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2013 - 8:23 PM   
 By:   BackToTheFutureFan   (Member)

There is a used FOTR at my local CD shop I can pick up for someone.

 
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