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Lord Of The Rings [Original recording]

Bo HanssonVinyl
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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  • Vinyl
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording
  • Label: CHARISMA
  • ASIN: B000FBLS8C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Music inspired by Lord of the Rings books. Music composed and arranged by Bo Hansson.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Romantic Time-Space Fairie Gala June 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'm am SO glad this classic piece of dreamy, ecstatic psychedelia made it back to CD format. This is magical, otherworldy music from Swedish keyboard genius Bo Hannson, who once played with Jimi Hendrix back in the Day. A rock-jazz-space ensemble augments it all with searing guitar, occassional sax and reeds, and great percussion.
I play this CD and "Magician's Hat" frequently, and every five years or so I get caught in a groove where neither leaves my player for weeks or months. This is the ORIGINAL TRANCE MUSIC, but not with boring loops and noodling by new age hucksters or second-gen Moby-ites. Hansson fuses jazz and space prog-rock into his distinctive brew, and decades later, I've yet to hear anything like what he has conjured.
Yes, it is "woodsy", bucolic, sylvan, gnomish, magical, trippy, romantic, spooky-wonderful.
All time-space warriors must own this CD. It is quite a gem, and remains unique to this day.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey Through Darkness Into Light January 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I bought Bo Hansson's 'Lord Of The Rings' when it first came out in '72 and it immediately became one of my all-time favorite albums. One of the early concept albums, Bo's inspiration was Tolkein's masterpiece and in my opinion he was tremendously successful in exploring the mood and mysticism, both dark and light, in Tolkein's trilogy.

The compositions were written and recorded in a rented castle located on the Scottish moors. The dark overcast and foggy setting turned out to be the absolutely perfect inspiration for Hanssons' project. The imbending gloom, stark loneliness and isolation in some of his tracks is absolutely unnerving. The entire album/CD is exquiste!

This is really a seminal work which pre-dates both the New Age and Gothic musical genres of today. Yes, I said Goth. Many of Hanssons' tracks are deeply somber, melancholy and incredibly haunting. I like to consider his compositions as the instrumental predecessor of 'Dead Can Dance.' Definitely one of the essentials!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bewitching April 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Inspired by Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, the songs on this 1970 instrumental album sound like progressive Krautrock, in particular Popol Vuh. Hansson is especially drawn to the dark, mysterious aspects of the trilogy. Though his cinematic music is often exotic and beautiful, it has a weird, occult quality that reminds me of Bobby Beausoliel's Lucifer Rising soundtrack.

Good sound quality, thorough liner notes, and a bonus track- all things considered, a nice reissue.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative of a Time and a Mythical Place August 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Before the glut of New Age music inspired by Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and the orchestral bombast of Howard Shore, there was this little gem that is almost unknown today by the American record/CD-buying public. Released in the early '70s, Bo Hansson's music inspired by the LOTR is something that I've returned to again and again. I know that its organ and guitar sound is dated, but at the same time, for me, it evokes the mystery and magic--the otherworldliness--of Tolkien's books, before the Bakshi and Jackson films, and their accompanying soundtracks, had become imprinted on my brain. It won't be to everyone's taste, particularly in in these days of overproduction, but, then, that's the nature of art, isn't it?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Milestone June 1, 2008
Format:Audio CD
You may well have seen the recent blockbuster movie trilogy, or perhaps you grew up reading Tolkien's literary classic, but there is a third manifestation of the fabulous fantasy - the 1970 recording of "music inspired by Lord of the Rings" by Bo Hansson [released on the British & most other music scenes in 1972].
These musical visualizations by the Swedish composer-musician almost seem to have arisen from the very pages of the book. The track titles bear the names of chapters from the story in sequence ; "Leaving the Shire, the Fog on the Barrow Downs, the Black Riders, & the Flight to the Ford", & so on until the ending "the Grey Havens".

I admit to being a fan of Bo Hansson since the appearance of this album & I would go as far as accrediting him with having introduced storybook fantasy music to the broad realm of rock. Other artists soon followed with their own rock music adaptations of popular stories, historic, & folklore themes.
It must be remembered this music was created way before state of art digital electronic keyboards & computer enhanced sound. These were the days of the Hammond organ & the original Moog synthesizer. On this album Hansson plays organ, Moog, guitars, & bass, & most of it was compiled whilst he lived reclusively on an island off Stockholm.

It is worth noting that Bo was held in high regard in the British music scene in the late sixties when he played & recorded with fellow Swede Janne Karlsson. This unusual rock duo released their own albums under the name "HANSSON & KARLSSON" [see my review] & had a number of jams with none other than Jimi Hendrix. Bo's organ playing was considered by many to be ground breaking at a time when keyboard provided mainly backing for most rock bands.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I am a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's three volume masterwork Lord of the Rings, the recent film adaptation of the books, and also progressive rock. It should come as no surprise then that this 1970 recording by Swedish multi-instrumentalist Bo Hansson would appeal to me on a number of levels - it is in fact, a personal favorite. As it is presented on this instrumental album, Bo creates a spacey, warm vibe that reflects his own personal interpretation of the books. Whether or not this album successfully approximates the mood of the three books is ultimately left up to individual listener - I personally did not have any a priori assumptions and simply listened to the excellent music. On the album, Bo plays Hammond organ, electric guitar, (very early use of) the moog synthesizer, and bass and is joined by Rune Carlsson on drums, Sten Bergman on flute, and Gunnar Bergsten on saxophone. The music is largely spacey and reflective, but there are some occasionally heavier sections where slightly distorted electric guitar is used. The heavy moments are far and few between however, and the music overwhelmingly conveys the mood of a grey and snowy winter afternoon. Bo's moog work is instrumental in creating this atmosphere and its warm sounds are utilized to the fullest extent throughout this album. The remastering of the CD is pretty good and features excellent sound quality along with decent liner notes and pictures of Bo and (I think) recording engineer Anders Lind. All in all, this is an excellent album that is recommended to all prog fans that like things on the mellow side. Other excellent 1970s albums by Bo Hansson include Magicians Hat (1972), Attic Thoughts (1975), and Watership Down (1977).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Suprise
This is another one that falls into " I thought I'd never hear it again" category. If I play this disc as often as I did the record, I could wear it out. Read more
Published 28 days ago by William Eckert
4.0 out of 5 stars Meditative music from the 70's.
Bought this because I had listened to it when it first came out. I really enjoyed it then but in the seventies I wasn't always clearheaded. Read more
Published 3 months ago by wndjmr
3.0 out of 5 stars Bo Hansson - Lord of the Rings (Sagon Om Ringen)
Please note that this is not an authentic factory released CD – it is a CD-R. Read the “CD-R Note:” that appears on the product webpage for more information. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr Arcana
5.0 out of 5 stars LOTR
These are not from the movie, but are sometimes haunting but always beautiful. I got my first copy when I was 16. Now I have it in CD and am very happy.
Published 10 months ago by Louise E. Stevens
3.0 out of 5 stars Mine skips
I bought 3 and mine skips in places. Have not heard from the other 2 people I bought them for.
Published 15 months ago by Pat Meredith
5.0 out of 5 stars My copy of BO Hanssons Lord of the rings
Having owned the original vynal copy in the 1970s it was a great pleasure to recieve a burned cd copy
Absolutely high quality copy of the original music I loved as a teenager... Read more
Published 16 months ago by MR. R A MORRISON
5.0 out of 5 stars The lost soprano vocal?
Like many reviewers here I listened to this great music a lot in the 1970s then forgot about it for thirty years. So it's wonderful to have Lord of the Rings again on CD. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Steve R
5.0 out of 5 stars A revolutionary Album
Got turned on to Sagan Om Ringen by my girlfriend from Iceland in the "70's. Had never heard anything like it before. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Joe Kozlosky
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Rings
Bo Hansson's classic compositions and recording of Music inspired by Lord of the Rings sits in a hallowed place among musical halls. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sturoc
4.0 out of 5 stars An old gem
I first heard this album in the early 70s and what struck me is it haunting melody I suppose you could call it early chill music it can sound a bit dated now but this record will... Read more
Published on May 19, 2012 by Krowl
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