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The Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi score was recorded at the Abbey Road studios in January and February 1983 by the London Symphony Orchestra. The score won another Oscar nomination for John Williams. Because of the decrease of popularity for the vinyl format, Return of the Jedi, which has the longest score of the original trilogy, was only released on one LP instead of two like the scores for its predecessors, A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.

Track listing for the first release on LP[]

Side one[]

  1. Main Title (The Story Continues) – 5:09
  2. Into the Trap – 2:36
  3. Luke and Leia – 4:44
  4. Parade of the Ewoks – 3:25
  5. Han Solo Returns (At the Court of Jabba The Hutt) – 4:10
  6. Lapti Nek (Jabba's Palace Band) – 2:49

Side two[]

  1. The Forest Battle – 4:01
  2. Rebel Briefing – 2:22
  3. The Emperor – 2:41
  4. The Return of the Jedi – 5:02
  5. Ewok Celebration and Finale – 8:00

Total Time: 44:59

Track listing for the first release on CD by Polydor[]

  1. Main Title Star Wars – 5:09
  2. Into the Trap – 2:36
  3. Luke and Leia – 4:43
  4. Parade of the Ewoks – 3:24
  5. Han Solo Returns (At the Court of Jabba The Hutt) – 4:07
  6. Lapti Nek – 2:48
  7. The Forest Battle – 4:01
  8. Rebel Briefing – 2:19
  9. The Emperor – 2:40
  10. The Return of the Jedi – 5:00
  11. Ewok Celebration and Finale – 7:57

Total Time: 45:40

Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology[]

In 1993, Twentieth Century Fox Film Scores released a four-CD box set containing music from the original Star Wars trilogy. Disc three in the set was devoted to Return of the Jedi, with further tracks on disc four.

Track listing for the complete score[]

The two-CD expanded edition on RCA (1997) and Sony Classical (2004) contained the 1997 remix of the score. (It was falsely advertised with the legend "Now available on RCA (1997) and Sony Classical (2004) presenting the complete score.")

Disc one[]

  1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare (Alfred Newman, 1954) – 0:22
  2. Main Title/Approaching the Death Star/Tatooine Rendezvous* – 9:21
    • contains the hidden track "Death Star in Disarray" (source music counterpart to "Darth Vader's Death") at 5:04–5:38
  3. The Droids Are Captured* 1:21
  4. Bounty for a Wookiee* – 2:50
  5. Han Solo Returns** – 4:01
  6. Luke Confronts Jabba*/Den of the Rancor/Sarlacc Sentence* – 8:51
  7. The Pit of Carkoon*/Sail Barge Assault – 6:02
  8. The Emperor Arrives/The Death of Yoda/Obi-Wan's Revelation* – 10:58
  9. Alliance Assembly* – 2:13
  10. Shuttle Tydirium Approaches Endor – 4:09
  11. Speeder Bike Chase*/Land of the Ewoks* – 9:38
  12. The Levitation*/Threepio's Bedtime Story* – 2:46
  13. Jabba's Baroque Recital* – 3:09
  14. Jedi Rocks* – 2:42
  15. Sail Barge Assault (Alternate) – 5:04

Total Time: 73:16

Disc two[]

  1. Parade of the Ewoks – 3:28
  2. Luke and Leia – 4:46
  3. Brother and Sister/Father and Son*/The Fleet Enters Hyperspace**/Heroic Ewok – 10:40
  4. The Emperor's Throne Room – 3:26
  5. The Battle of Endor I – 11:50
    1. Into the Trap – 2:30
    2. Forest Ambush* – 2:00
    3. Scout Walker Scramble – 2:04
    4. The Prime Weapon Fires – 5:16
  6. The Lightsaber*/The Ewok Battle – 4:31
  7. The Battle of Endor II – 10:03
    1. Leia Is Wounded – 1:02
    2. The Duel Begins – 1:51
    3. Overtaking The Bunker* – 1:00
    4. The Dark Side Beckons – 3:33
    5. The Emperor's Death – 2:37
  8. The Battle of Endor III – 6:04
    1. Superstructure Chase* – 1:53
    2. Darth Vader's Death – 2:34
    3. The Main Reactor – 1:36
  9. Leia's News/Light of the Force – 3:24
  10. Victory Celebration*/End Title – 8:34
  11. Ewok Feast*/Part of the Tribe* – 4:02
  12. The Forest Battle (Concert Suite) – 4:05

Total Time: 74:47

*previously unreleased

**contains previously unreleased material

Notes and references[]

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