Yes, it's old news that Lapti Nek from the original release of Return of the Jedi has been replaced by Jedi Rocks on subsequent re-releases of the film. But opinions aside, anyone think to question why? The most common explanation I've heard is that Lucas wanted the movie to "take a break" and cut into a musical. That's fine and all, but wasn't Lapti Nek a musical sequence to begin with? What's to be gained with a newer musical sequence? Well, according to the Star Wars databank, it's "less dated." But the problem we've run into today is that they both sound dated now; one like an 80s pop song, one like a 90s pop song. But the key difference here is that one was originally made for the film. Plus, I had faith that John Williams knew what he was doing when he made Lapti Nek; as the case with the Cantina Song, he took a style of music we were all familiar with, and made it sound otherwordly. Finally, there's the excuse that the puppets were very limited and lacked range of movement. Actually, I can agree with this due to the difficulties they had with bringing Sy to life, but is that an excuse to change the music as well? The only major gripe I have with the new music is that it changed the tone of the scene as well. Lucas said it needed more atmosphere, but the scene is all for laughs, which feels really inconsistant. But what's the worst part? Lapti Nek is gone for good. Apparently, it's lost. Now, that sounds incredibly clumsy for Lucasfilm to lost an important piece of music from one of their films (that's like saying they lost the Cantina song), but considering that we've never had a release of Lapti Nek, it looks to be true. The version that we all have on soundtracks is a re-recording made by musician Michelle Gruska, which was put out as a single for the real-life music charts (not involved with the actual film).