Journey Of The Dunadan
|New from||Used from|
Audio CD, March 1, 1993
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers who bought this item also bought
Progressive Rock. Melodic. Concept album tribute to J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord Of The Rings".
"...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 - FranceSee all Editorial Reviews
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
My only knowledge of Glass Hammer was watching Jon Davidson head-up Yes last year on tour. I did not like the Yes album he helped write, but felt strongly that I might like his stuff in it's own element - with Glass Hammer. But I also have this thing where I like to pick up new-to-me-but-old-to-everyone-else bands at their beginnings so I can see how they evolved and see if I would have followed them had I been exposed to their stuff as it was made. A personal mental glitch, call it.
So, knowing full-well Davidson was yet to join the band but fascinated by the backstory of how the album came into being I bought Journey of the Dunedan.
And was pleasantly surprised. I heard immediately what the band was trying to do - emulate Wakeman's Journey to the Center of the Earth (a favorite of mine since my late teens) to tell the story of Strider. The continuity vocal is striving for David Hemmings' resonant delivery - what gave the JTTCOTE album its unforgettable atmosphere - and mostly achieving it. It pulls the works together into a cohesive whole and conveys an atmosphere of gravitas to the whole.
Musically it veers between ELP and Wakeman influences for me (your mileage will vary here of course) but the material is solidly Glass Hammer's, not other people's recycled riffs.
I love it.
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.
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.
BUT ALAS, THIS WAS VOCAL. I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS CD.
I HOLD THAT ONE WOULD THINK THE MUSIC OF THE JOURNEY OF THE
DUNADAN WOULD BE RICH AND STRIKING, WOULD TAKE YOU AWAY TO THE
MANY LANDS TRAVELED BY THE DUNADAN, NOT SOME GROUP OF PEOPLE
SINGING AS IF THEY WERE AT THE PRANCING PONY....