Return of the Jedi (soundtrack)

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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Cover from the original 1983 release.
Soundtrack album by
RecordedJanuary–February, 1983
StudioAbbey Road Studios, London, Olympic Studios, West London, Fox Scoring Stage, Hollywood
ProducerJohn Williams
John Williams chronology
E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Star Wars soundtracks chronology
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Return of the Jedi (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is the film score to the 1983 film Return of the Jedi, composed and conducted by John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. The score was recorded at the Abbey Road Studios in January and February 1983. Again, John Williams served as producer. Orchestrator Herbert W. Spencer, engineer Eric Tomlinson, music editor Kenneth Wannberg, and record supervisor Lionel Newman again reprised their respective duties. The score earned another Academy Award nomination for Williams. Return of the Jedi, which is the original trilogy's shortest score, was only released on a single-LP instead of a double-set like the Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back soundtracks before it.

The 1983 original version was remastered by Sony Classical and released on LP in 2015. A remastered version of the soundtrack was released by Walt Disney Records on May 4, 2018.[1] This remaster was newly assembled from the highest-quality tapes available, rather than sourced from the existing 1983 album masters.

Original 1983 release[edit]

Track listing[edit]

LP vinyl released by RSO; compact disc released by Polydor

Side 1
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 2
7."The Forest Battle"4:01
8."Rebel Briefing"2:22
9."The Emperor"2:41
10."The Return of the Jedi"5:02
11."Ewok Celebration and Finale"8:00

Total Time: 44:59

This track listing is also shared with the 2015 vinyl release by Sony Classical and the 2018 release by Walt Disney Records.


Chart (1983) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 89

Subsequent releases[edit]

Release history[edit]

Title U.S. release date Label Format
Return of the Jedi (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 1983 RSO LP
1986 Polydor CD
Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology 1993 Arista
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 1997 RCA Victor Double CD
2004 Sony Classical
The Music of Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition[3] November 6, 2007 CD
Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Collection[4] January 8, 2016 CD, LP, digital
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)[1] May 4, 2018 Walt Disney Remastered CD, digital

Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology[edit]

Star Wars Trilogy – The Original Soundtrack Anthology: "Return of the Jedi"
CD cover for disc 3 of the "Star Wars Trilogy; The Original Soundtrack Anthology" CD box-set.jpg
Cover of the original 1993 release.
Film score by
LabelArista Records on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Scores, a Bertelsmann Music Group Company
ProducerNick Redman

In 1993, 20th Century Fox Film Scores released a four-CD box set containing music from the original Star Wars trilogy. This release marked the first time that the complete contents of the original double-LP releases of the scores from the first two films became available on CD. Disc three in the set was devoted to Return of the Jedi, with further tracks on disc four.

  1. "20th Century Fox Fanfare with CinemaScope Extension" - 0:23
  2. "Main Title/Approaching the Death Star" - 5:22
  3. "Han Solo Returns (At the Court of Jabba the Hutt)" - 4:08
  4. "Fight in the Dungeon" - 3:41
  5. "The Return of the Jedi" - 5:02
  6. "The Emperor Arrives" - 2:07
  7. "The Death of Yoda" - 6:05
  8. "Parade of the Ewoks" - 3:27
  9. "Luke and Leia" - 4:47
  10. "The Emperor Confronts Luke" - 3:29
  11. "Into the Trap" - 2:39
  12. "First Ewok Battle/Fight With the Fighters" - 7:24
  13. "The Forest Battle" - 4:04
  14. "The Final Duel/Into the Death Star" - 3:40
  15. "The Emperor's Death" - 2:44
  16. "Darth Vader's Death" - 2:33
  17. "Through the Flames" - 1:39
  18. "Leia Breaks the News/Funeral Pyre for a Jedi" - 2:22
  19. "Ewok Celebration/Finale" - 7:58
Bonus Tracks (disc four of the same set)
  1. "Heroic Ewok/The Fleet Goes Into Hyperspace"
  2. "The Ewok Battle"
  3. "Lapti Nek"
  4. "Faking the Code"
  5. "Brother and Sister"
  6. "Leia is Wounded/Luke and Vader Duel"
  7. "The Return of the Jedi (Alternate)"
  8. "Leia Breaks the News (Alternate)/Funeral Pyre for a Jedi (Film Version)"
  9. "Ewok Celebration (Film Version) /End Credits (Film Version)"

1997 Special Edition[edit]

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Return of the Jedi 2004 cover.jpg
Film score by
Released1997, 2004
RecordedJanuary 17, 21, 22 & 31 and
February 1, 3, 4 & 10, 1983 and
November 26, 27, 1997 (Special Edition)
LabelSony Classical
ProducerJohn Williams, Nick Redman
Star Wars soundtrack chronology
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[5]
iTunes4.5/5 stars[6]

In commemoration for the franchise's 20th anniversary in 1997, RCA Victor released 2-disc limited edition soundtracks for each film in the original trilogy. For Return of the Jedi only, two newly recorded music tracks were added at George Lucas's request. John Williams wrote and composed a new ending melody with the London Symphony Orchestra titled "Victory Celebration", replacing "Ewok Celebration" from the original release. Jerry Hey composed and arranged "Jedi Rocks" as a replacement for "Lapti Nek". Sony Classical Records re-issued the soundtrack on September 21, 2004. The 2-disc set was advertised as the complete score despite missing several musical cues and original tracks.

Disc one
1."20th Century Fox Fanfare" (Alfred Newman, 1954)0:22
2."Main Title/Approaching the Death Star/Tatooine Rendezvous"9:17
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"2:10
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."Archival Bonus Track: Sail Barge Assault (Alternate)"5:04
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."Emperor's Throne Room"3:26
5."The Battle of Endor I"
  • "Into the Trap" (2:30)
  • "Forest Ambush" (2:00)
  • "Scout Walker Scramble" (2:04)
  • "Prime Weapon Fires" (5:16)"
6."The Lightsaber/The Ewok Battle"4:31
7."The Battle of Endor II"
  • "Leia is Wounded" (1:02)
  • "The Duel Begins" (1:51)
  • "Overtaking the Bunker" (1:00)
  • "The Dark Side Beckons" (3:33)
  • "The Emperor’s Death" (2:37)"
  • 10:03
    8."The Battle of Endor III"
  • "Superstructure Chase" (1:53)
  • "Darth Vader's Death" (2:34)
  • "The Main Reactor" (1:36)"
  • 6:04
    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."Archival Bonus Track: The Forest Battle (Concert Suite)"4:05

    Although released as the complete score, there are several cues not on the Special Edition that have been released on previous releases. These include:

    • "Lapti Nek" (Album) – This is released on the anthology set and is replaced on the SE with "Jedi Rocks".
    • "Leia's News" (Alternate) – This is released on the anthology set. The film version however is heard on the SE.
    • "Ewok Celebration" (Ewok Source) – This is released on the anthology set but is replaced on the SE with the new celebration music written for the SE.
    • "Ewok Celebration" (Choir Source) – This is released on the anthology set and is an alternate vocal mix (using only the choir, not the Ewok voices).

    Unreleased cues[edit]

    Currently, several source cues and other material are unavailable. Many of these master tapes could not be located in time for the score's Special Edition release and are presumed lost. These tracks include:

    1. "Jabba the Hutt's Concert Suite" - All but the final portion of this original recording, incorrectly edited onto the end of the cue "Han Solo Returns" on the Anthology, remains unreleased. (This same portion is heard on the Return of the Jedi DVD menu as well).
    2. Film Version of "Lapti Nek" (Original Source) - Several versions of this source cue written by John Williams' son Joseph are available. Currently available are the album version on the Anthology and an extended album version and an instrumental track released on an LP single. However, the film version has yet to be released.
    3. English Version of "Lapti Nek" (Sung by Joseph Williams) - This cue can be heard partially in From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga, but remains either lost or simply unreleased. Williams later released a version of the song as "Urth", with him singing both Huttese and English lyrics—as well as parts of the "Ewok Celebration", which he also wrote.[7]
    4. "Max Rebo Band Song (Sail Barge Dance)" --Source Cue - This piece, performed by the resident musicians in Jabba's court (The Max Rebo Band) has never been released. It is heard after Chewbacca is taken away and also on Jabba's sail barge (hence its title). This cue can also be heard almost totally complete in From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga, but remains unreleased.
    5. Unknown Source Cue - this cue is not used in the film but is credited to Joseph Williams. Nothing more is known.
    6. Alternate Film Takes - Several cues such as "Superstructure Chase" are presented on the SE using incorrect and often flubbed takes.
    7. "Battle for Endor Insert" - This insert can be heard in the film when Chewbacca and the Ewoks use the AT-ST to blow up another AT-ST and is similar to a section from "The Forest Battle Concert Suite" but has never been released.
    8. "Ewok Celebration" (Film Version) - Two versions of this cue have been released, however, neither preserves the actual original recording used in the film.

    Recording Information[edit]

    Cue list[edit]

    • 1m3 Approaching the Death Star
    • 1m3x (New Bar 23)
    • 1m4 Vadar Contacts Luke
    • 1m5 The Iron Door
    • 1m6-2m1 To Jabba's Throne
    • 2m2 Jabba Source No. 1
    • 2m3 My Favorite Decoration
    • 2m5 Jabba's Prisoners
    • 3m2 The Big Thaw
    • 3m2xI
    • 3m2xII
    • 3m3 A Strange Visitor (Possibly)
    • 3m4-4m1 Fight In the Dungeon
    • 3m4x
    • 4m1a The Sentence (Possibly)
    • 4m3 The Sarlacc Pit
    • 4m4 Jabba's End (Revised)
    • 4m5 The Emperor
    • 4m5x
    • 4m5xII
    • 5m1-6m1 Yoda's Scene
    • 5m1-6m2 pt. II Luke and Ben
    • 6m2 Battle Plans
    • 6m3 Faking the Code
    • 6m3x
    • 6m4 Jungle Encounter
    • 7m1 After the Bike Chase
    • 7m2 Enter the Ewok
    • 7m3-8m1 More Trouble (Possibly)
    • 8m2 More Ewoks Appear
    • 8m4 Using the Force
    • 8m5 Bedtime Stories
    • 9m2 Brother and Sister
    • 9m3 Son Meets Father
    • 9m4 Finding An Entrance
    • 9m5 To Hyper Space
    • 9m6-10m1 Heroic Ewok
    • 10m2 The Emperor Confronts Luke
    • 10m3 Into the Trap
    • 10m3 Rebel Forces Captured
    • 10m5-11m1 First Ewok Battle
    • 10m5-11m1x
    • 11m2 Fight With Tie Fighters
    • 11m3 The Ewoks Retreat (Possibly)
    • 11m4 The Emperor Provokes Luke
    • 11m5 The Ewok Battle
    • 11m5x
    • 11m6-12m1 Leia is Wounded
    • 12m2 The Battle Rages
    • 12m3 More Duel
    • 12m4 The Explosion
    • 12m5 The Emperor's Death
    • 13m1 Space Battle
    • 13m2 Vadar's Death
    • 13m3 Through the Flames
    • 13m4 New
    • 13m4 Leia Breaks the News
    • 13m5a End Credits
    • Freedom
    • End Credits
    • Brother and Sister
    • Jabba the Hutt
    • Parade of the Ewoks
    • The Battle in the Woods
    • New Finale [Special Edition]


    1. ^ a b "Disney Music Group Set To Release First 6 Remastered Star Wars Original Motion Picture Soundtracks On May 4". Burbank, California: Walt Disney Records. PR Newswire. March 21, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
    2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 283. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
    3. ^ "Sony Classical Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars with an 8-CD Collectors Edition Featuring Three of Composer/Conductor John Williams' Original Soundtrack Recordings". Sony Music Masterworks. PR Newswire. November 7, 2007. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
    4. ^ "Sony Classical Reissues Star Wars Episodes I-VI In Newly Restored Audio Collections". Sony Classical. PR Newswire. January 8, 2016. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
    5. ^ Allmusic review
    6. ^ iTunes review
    7. ^ Traynor, Cian (December 15, 2016). "Jabba the Hutt's favourite disco song". Little White Lies. Retrieved October 10, 2019.