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Journey Of The Dunadan

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Audio CD, March 1, 1993
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Progressive Rock. Melodic. Concept album tribute to J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord Of The Rings".

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"...a melodic standard that is infallible, a masterpiece of technique that is amazing, a revolutionary approach...here it is ALL genius!" -- Harmony Magazine -- France

"...one of the best available in the market today; it marvelously runs away from others in its genre...to say the least, fantastic!" -- Record News -- Italy

"This musical journey takes one throughout highs and lows; running from the dark and frightening, to the light and serene." -- Neuer Scheinungen -- Germany

In summary, an epic album, like a number of beaches one more beautiful than the other, a veritable book of heroic fantasy put to music, a very brilliant fusion of diverse currents of symphonic rock which avoid the enticing and baroque style reefs. It would be devilish if this disk is not unanimously consecrated by all the "prog" fans throughout the entire world.

With a CD like this, one is satisfied for a good while, but will experience difficulty in turning it off in order to listen to something else. One will necessarily make a comparison that is not flattering to whatever one listens to afterwards! And one comes out reconciled with oneself, comforted in his love for this music, love put to the cruel test of time which passes, and does not always bring us works of art of this intensity and this incredible power.

"Journey of the Dunadan" will remain (so far as I am concerned) to progressive rock that which Terminator II was to action cinema: a must of bewildering creativity, a roller coaster of emotion. So, I will finish with a delirious exaggeration of my tired brain in order to excite your neurons: Yes, Genesis and E.L.P. reunited several months ago in a hiding place under the Antarctic in a secret studio, and decided to achieve this, their very best album together which should have been made twenty years ago! Its name is "Journey of the Dunadan". Only I know the truth. -- Bruno Verrmisse- New Harmony Music - France


1. Shadows Of The Past
2. Something's Coming
3. Song Of The Dunadan
4. Fog on The Barrow-Downs
5. The Prancing Pony
6. The Way To Her Heart
7. The Ballad od Balin Longbeard
8. Rivendell
9. Khazad-Dum
10. Nimrodel
11. The Palantir
12. Pelennor Fields
13. Why I Cry (Arwen's Song)
14. Anduril
15. Morannan Gate
16. The Return Of The King
17. Why I Cry (Single Edit-Bonus Cut)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 1, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: March 1, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00000JRI7
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,082 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First let me say why I gave this CD only 4 stars - It's not that it's lacking - in fact, it's quite good. I gave it 4 stars because as a CD you can listen to over and over again - for me at least, it falls short. This is a story telling CD featuring a fair amount of narration - it almost reminds me of an audio book. Now, if this is what you want, then it is quite good.
I bought this after buying Chronometree (which I absolutely love). I can listen to Chronometree back to back several times a day without finding it redundant, but once I'm told a story, I usually like to wait a while before I hear the same story again - how many times can you go see a movie back to back - even one that you truly enjoy? I think that this CD features wonderful music, lyrics and is really one of their best offerings - but it's different in the narration and story telling aspects. It wasn't what I was expecting - still, I wouldn't discourage anyone from purchasing it - just be certain that you are prepared for a story and don't expect it to be of the same format as Chronometree.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Francis W. Porretto on December 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
By focusing this concept album specifically on Aragorn, and on his romance with Arwen Evenstar, the details of which Tolkien almost completely omitted from The Lord Of The Rings, Glass Hammer finds and beautifully exploits a powerful dramatic thread that a superficial reading of the book would miss. The music is nicely matched to the story and the powerful plot currents that sweep Aragorn through the War Of The Ring. The libretto captures the emotional contours of the Dunadan's adventure equally well.
I am told that this was Glass Hammer's debut recording. It's hard to believe; the record is polished, assured, and nearly flawless. Subsequent jewels from these fine composer-performers proved that it wasn't a flash in the pan, but the beginning of something very special.
A lot of Tolkien fans will undoubtedly find something to object to in Journey Of The Dunadan. Fans can be like that; their vision is often too strong to allow for alternate interpretations of the works they love. But it's clear from the power and quality of this record that Fred Schendel and Steve Babb are Tolkien devotees of the first water. They've created something new and brilliant to delight us and grace Middle Earth.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the debut album by the Tenessee based prog duo of Glass Hammer (well, they were a duo when they did this album at any rate). In case you couldn't tell from the name, this is a concept album based on J.R.R. Tolkien's _The Lord of the Rings_. Specifically, it's a concept album based around the character of Aragorn, who is (as are all things in Tolkien's fiction) known by many names and epithets, one of which is 'the Dunadan'.
That's all fine and well, of course. Tolkien's fiction has served other musicians well as a source of inspiration. This is especially true in the realm of prog-rock, as albums like Bo Hansson's _The Lord of the Rings_ and Ilildur's Bane's _Sagan om Ringen_ attest. Moreover, Glass Hammer's attempt to perform a retelling of part of Tolkien's fiction, focussing solely on one character shows a genuinely fresh approach to the subject that had the potentially to produce something genuinely new and exciting.
Unfortunately, a lot of that potential goes unfulfilled here-- and instead of a great Tolkien-based prog rock concept album, I think this one is only mediocre. It's a bit hard to put my finger on exactly why that is, but my biggest problem with this CD is that it elevates the 'concept' of the album about the music. In order to keep the story clear in our minds, there is a narrator who frequently fills in background, describes what has happened between tracks, and adds commentary on things. Some folks may like this, I suppose, but I personally find it extremely grating and mars the whole album for me. Another problem I have is that the lyrics and songs with vocals (which is the main means by which the concept gets related) tend to be much weaker (i.e. less original, less interesting, more cliched) than the instrumental parts.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Thompson on January 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Journey of the Dunadan is a work of Tolkien fandom. That is, rather than dramatizing or retelling the story of The Lord of the Rings, the album expands on and explores that story. From simple, gentle ballad (The Way to her Heart) to heavy metal (Here Comes the Knight), the musicianship is excellent, the songs well differentiated and memorable. Lyrically, too, the album is well constructed, telling its story in poetically and narratively
interesting songs as well as spoken narration. Some of these spoken pieces directly quote or closely paraphrase the novel. Others give connecting and contextualizing material. But the album does not rely on words to create its atmosphere. The music itself does that. "The Great River," a lovely and evocative piece comes immediately to mind. In it the listener hears and feels the peaceful flow of the Anduin. The album as a whole brings Middle-earth as experienced by Aragorn (also called Strider) and to a lesser degree his lady-love Arwen Evenstar vividly to life around the listener.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have all albums by Glass Hammer and saved this one until last because it was their first, way back in 1993! According to a story I read about GH in a progressive rock magazine recently, this album was written for Sci-Fi/Fantasy fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings." According to the source, Babb and Schendel didn't even know there was an emerging underground Prog scene at the time they wrote it until a well-known Prog distributer heard it in the CD plant where it was being manufactured and contacted them to buy half their inventory of this album! Prog fandom passionately embraced them and since "Journey of the Dunadan", they've been growing and becoming what the critics say is one of the best bands in the genre since the early hey-day of Prog in the 70s. This album is a fantastic novely to add to your CD collection especially if you're a Tolkien fan and whether you're a progger or not! They have bits of narration in between some of the songs to give the listener a story to think about as they take you on a 'Journey' through their Tolkien tribute. I remember seeing this particular Glass Hammer album featured on QVC a few years ago which proves how special it is. Everyone should buy all of Glass Hammer's albums to encourage them to keep creating beautiful music for many years to come! They just keep getting better if that's possible. You'll be in for a special treat with this one.
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