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Music Inspired by The Lord of the Rings Import

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Full title, 'Music Inspired By The Lord Of The Rings'. 2001 release for the British band features 12 tracks of atmospheric, melodic rock plus the video for 'Helm's Deep'.

1. Overture: Forge Of Sauron
2. Greenwood The Great
3. Goodbye Alone
4. Out Of The Inn
5. On The Wings Of Gwaihir
6. At Last To Rivendell
7. Journey's Thought
8. Caradhras The Cruel
9. The Riders Of Rohan
10. Lothlorien
11. The Return Of The King
12. To The Grey Havens

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 7, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Classic Rock Legends
  • ASIN: B00005S86B
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,073 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 2, 2003
This is a very good CD. Not "great," but very, very good. There are moments in each of the 12 songs that sound truly inspired. For the most part, the compositions and arrangements work very well. It's just the kind of album I like to put on as background music, knowing there are plenty of moments when someone will say, "Hey! Cool! What's this music?" Nice, pleasant arrangements that tend to build on acoustic guitar, flute and violin English folk sounds to become 4/4 mid-tempo rock with some arresting guitar solos by Bryan Josh.
Closing my eyes, it's even possible to imagine the forests of Middle Earth when listening to "Greenwood the Great" or Frodo's lament while preparing for his great adventure in "Goodbye Alone." "Out of the Inn" starts out light and airy, playful and medieval sounding, then lurches into an increasing urgent sounding rocker.
My rave track is the instrumental "On the Wings of Gwaihir" with its heavy reliance on harmonics and some nifty hollow-body electric strumming. It follows a steadily repeated riff, but works through several key changes to keep it interesting. By now, each of the songs has used the same tactic, beginning with an acoustic theme then building to a guitar solo climax, so we're ready for it when it happens here. Ummm. Well, not quite. Josh rips out his most succinct, raw and inspired solo for this song, and then just like that, it's over. This one truly leaves the listener wanting more.
"At Last To Rivendell" maintains its Celtic flavor throughout, even as its tempo hastens. It's also short and sweet. "Journey's Thought" might pass for a middle-period Pink Floyd tune, complete with slow Gilmour-tinged strumming and whispered vocals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr D. on September 26, 2004
Music Inspired by The Lord of the Rings (MIBTLOTR) has no connection with the movie whatsoever except the title and the fact that after seeing the first Lord of the Rings movie - The Fellowship of the Rings the band received an epiphany and felt compelled to create this masterpiece, this "Unexpected Album".

"The unexpected album", is the comment in the booklet that accompanies this album. Although Tolkien's literary masterpiece had inspired the band more often, the successful screen-version of this book gave the band the idea to dedicate a full album to it. Mostly Autumn managed to do so in a mere fortnight. The band members themselves don't regard this as their 4th album, but more like a diversion and as a mark of honor to Tolkien.

A diversion? Well, I'll take a diversion like this everytime, as this is a exquisite album. There are at least a half dozen artists that I know of, who have recorded albums based on The Lord of the Rings, with varying success but if there be one band that succeeds in capturing Tolkien's magical world and then rendering it into a musical masterpiece, it must be Mostly Autumn. Set aside the usual hype around the screen-version and prepare yourself for one of the more intriguing progressive albums in recent years. A magical confluence of progressive music, mixed with folk and Celtic elements are presented in twelve superb songs and as a bonus, you get a six and a half minute video track.

True, if you're a pop or alternative fan, you may not appreciate it's greatness but if you're grown up and past pop rock and maybe like prog rock a little, you'll like MIBTLOTR a lot.

And let's not forget the millions who reveled in the magnificent trilogy The Lords of the Rings, this is a wonderful trip down memory lane.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 2002
Mostly Autumn's sound falls somewhere between Celtic Folk and classic Pink Floyd.
This album consists of both new material and Tolkien-related tracks from earlier Mostly Autumn albums. Most songs exhibit the band's excellent musicianship, with perhaps the single exception being "Caradhras the Cruel" which suffers from an unfortunate vocal track meant to be the voice of the Mountian.
The best tracks on this album include "Journey's Thought", which follows the musings of Frodo while on his quest, and "Lothlorien", which truly captures the spirit of that beautiful, timeless place.
The band's best albums are "The Last Bright Light" and "The Spirit of Autumn Past", which get 5 stars each.
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