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Lord of the rings (US, 1972) / Vinyl record [Vinyl-LP]
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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.
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!
Good sound quality, thorough liner notes, and a bonus track- all things considered, a nice reissue.
As for the music, "Lord of the Rings" is Bo Hansson’s 1970 solo debut-album inspired by J.R. Tolkien’s epic novel by the same name. The music is instrumental psychedelic rock – skillfully layered, melodic and colorful. Hansson’s mystic Hammond phrases and tones are reminiscent of early Pink Floyd. Overall, "Lord of the Rings" offers an interesting listen that is dramatic and multicolored. The music is deserving of a five-star rating, but because it's a CD-R reproduction I can only give it three stars.
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.Read more ›
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I liked the LP but not as much as I should have when it came out in North America in '72. With my now mature ears I appreciate what Hansson was about in these generally lovely... Read morePublished 2 months ago by john R. Thomas
Swedish musician Bo Hansson's first recording is this prog rock concept album "Music Inspired by the Lord of the Rings". Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. Silverstone
Great music score but unfortunately does not play in my car stereo.Published 11 months ago by Stuart Mortimer
Great music! Lay down in a darkened room and off to Mordor and back!Published 20 months ago by Seathwolf
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 morePublished 22 months ago by William Eckert