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Lord of the rings (US, 1972) / Vinyl record [Vinyl-LP]

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B004J2AZEG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,094,208 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By L. S. Slaughter on 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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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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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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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. Although Amazon has authorization to reproduce this title in CD-R format, there is no guarantee it offers the same audio and image quality as a factory released CD. Depending on disc type, manufacturing quality, and recording process, CD-Rs can be inferior to factory pressed CDs. When I received the CD, I noticed right away that the artwork and CD were substandard. Unfortunately, with some titles out-of-print, CD-Rs may be the only available option. Import and used copies are occasionally available but these options can be pricy. Search the Web for "Sagon Om Ringen" – you may find an authentic factory release at an affordable price.

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.
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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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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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