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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Enhanced, Soundtrack

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Howard Shore's sweeping, magnificent soundtracks to the glorious Lord of the Rings big-screen adaptation! Features 16 tracks from the movie and 2 new songs by Enya. The Council of Elrond and May It Be .

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Score composer Howard Shore has informed this first installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy with his distinctly modern sensibilities. Revolving loosely around a brief, heroic brass theme, this epic is infused with a powerful rhythmic thrust and a musical range that encompasses centuries (from the Renaissance pastoralism of "Concerning Hobbits" to the fiery, Prokofiev-influenced drama of "A Knife in the Dark"). Key to the score's sense of mystery and magical place are the rich choral passages that are interspersed throughout, some so ominously gothic they make The Phantom Menace's "Duel of the Fates" sound almost sunny by comparison. Enya's contributions ("The Council of Elrond" and the song "May It Be") add a sense of organic tranquility, but it's Shore's Wagnerian-scaled orchestral score that should long be cherished by admirers of film music and hobbits alike. --Jerry McCulley
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 20, 2001)
  • Soundtrack ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: December 19, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Soundtrack
  • Label: Reprise
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005QZWI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (615 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I really liked this CD. The music is reviewed elsewhere, so I won't be redundant. I first got the Limited version, and I describe it here: It is in a red leatherette folder which reminds me of the red slipcase edition of LOTR. Open it, and there are two pockets. One holds the CD, and the other holds a small booklet with Elvish/English lyrics from the soundtrack as well as pictures from the movie. This booklet and case are exclusive to the Limited Edition.
The CD itself can be played on computer to go to a special website where you can view trailers, interviews, etc... This is VERY nice, but be warned--the regular priced CD also has this feature.
As to the regular priced CD, the first run of these are packaged with a card depicting one of 6 characters: Frodo, Bilbo, Strider, Arwen, Gandalf, and Saruman. The card is on the cover of the CD, so you know which one you get. Completist geeks will want all 6 versions, as these are very nice cards. The folder in this version is not quite as nice as the limited edition's booklet, but you get the essential information. And, yes, the CD is enhanced for use on the computer in this version.
It is not clear if future pressings of the CD will be enhanced, and I don't expect the cards to be in subsequent runs.
So now you know it all! Which one or ones are you gonna buy!
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By A Customer on March 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
While the musical score of Fellowship of the Ring is quite beautiful, the "Limited Edition" packaging is a shining example of how genre films brutally exploit their fans.
The music on the Limited Edition CD is identical to the less expensive version of the disk, and all the buyer gets for nearly twice the price is a [faux]-leather slipcase and picture booklet with lyrics to the vocals on the CD. There is nothing substantial in the Limited Edition packaging to warrant the greater expense. Nothing. For it's price and fancy packaging, it looks as though it should contain a second disk, but in doesn't. Don't be fooled.
To justify buying this edition, you have to consider a red leatherette package and lyric book worth an additional 10+ dollars. If you love the music (which is outstanding, and worthwhile), buy the less expensive version and have money left over for another CD.
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Howard Shore was certainly a somewhat unconventional choice for the score of "The Lord of the Rings". However, it has become obvious now that he was an excellent choice and that he was definitely up to the task.
There are many unconventional tracks on this soundtrack. One of the most unconventional pieces is probably "The Bridge of Khazad-Dum" where Shore uses a male choir to great effect, building the proper tension for this scene, which is most likely going to be a centerpiece of the movie. Another very interesting cut is "Lothlorien", which has an "arabian" feel to it and which features haunting vocals in Quenya and Sindarin (two of Tolkien's invented languages) by Elizabeth Fraser. A favorite of mine is "A Knife in the Dark", which jumps from dark choir voices and pounding percussion directly to the beautiful and innocent voice of young Edward Ross, an amazing musical moment which can send shivers down the listener's spine. Edward Ross' vocals fit just as well into "The Breaking of the Fellowship", a mostly sad piece, setting the proper mood for the end of the movie.
Even with these somewhat uncommon tracks, the soundtrack is never overbearing, and there are many atmospheric pieces which are needed to set the proper tone for a movie without distracting from the actual movie events. There are several excellent re-occuring themes, which give the soundtrack a certain consistency without becoming boring.
Howard Shore also uses some celtic elements, especially on the light-hearted "Concerning Hobbits". In other places, he uses elvish lyrics or has the choir relentlessly chant verses in the Black Speech for the darker scenes, thus drawing upon the great reservoir of Tolkien's world.
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By A Customer on December 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
While the music of this CD is exquisite fantasy fare, the "Limited Edition" packaging is far from magical. For almost twice the price of the regular version, you receive almost nothing in the way of extras and exactly the same music as on the regular edition disk. The additional cost is apparently accounted for in the "leather-like" slipcase and the "art book" that are small recompense for the additional cost. It's no wonder the sheet on the back of the package says nothing with regard to the "limited edition" contents, since there is almost nothing extra offered.
This product is clearly just a stab at the "fan" market with the hope that by adding the "limited edition" stamp to the title it will fool more buyers into spending nearly twice the price. If you are simply interested in the excellent soundtrack, buy the regular version. I wish I had. I could have used the difference in cost to buy another CD.
Five stars for the music, one big star, for the disappointing exploitation of fans.
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Tolkien wrote a literary masterpiece. I read it more than 30 years ago and was impressed then. As a movie it was fantastic, one of the rare movies from a book that is faithful and true to the mind's eye. Every LOTR fan that I know felt that the movie was a masterpiece. The score is perfect for the movie. It is not trite. It was not a commercialized effort to write as many tunes as possible so that a soundtrack would be a best seller. The soundtrack was meant for the movie and it did an aweome job. As far as albums go, it may be repetitive. It may not have tunes that are easily whistled or hummed. It is unlikely to have a hit theme song that will be played on the radio. However, as a movie soundtrack, it was superb for the very reason that it enhanced the movie and was an integral part of the whole. That explains why it does not stand as well on its own. I enjoy the album, not because it has great songs, but because it exudes the sense of LOTR. It is a tone poem of sorts. It exudes a mood. There is darkness, but there is also hope. There is fear, but there is courage. If you liked the movie and enjoyed the score, you will like the album. If you are looking for a standard movie soundtrack written with record sales in mind, then this is not an album that listens well as a stand alone. It must be understood in the context of the story and the movie. Also, be aware that the same album came out with multiple covers. Mine has Arwen on the front, but there were also versions with Frodo, or Sam or others from the story. The album inside is the same.
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