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4.29 | 57 ratings | 5 reviews | 39% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1970

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Första vandringen (3:30)
2. Den gamla skogen - Tom Bombadill (3:43)
3. I skuggornas rike (2:31)
4. De svarta ryttarna - Flykten till vadstället (4:07)
5. I Elronds hus - Ringen vandrar söderut (4:42)
6. En vandring i mörker (1:12)
7. Lothlórien (4:00)
8. Skuggfaxe (0:50)
9. Rohans Horn - Slaget vid Pelennors slätter (4:00)
10. Drömmar i läkandets hus (1:58)
11. Hemfärden - Fylke rensas (2:56)
12. De grå hamnarna (5:07)

Bonus track
13. Tidiga skisser från Midgård (8:49)


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Line-up / Musicians

- Bill Öhrström / Congas
- Bo Hansson / Organ, Moog, Mellotron, Bass, Guitar
- Gunnar Bergsten / Saxofon
- Rune Carlsson / Drums, Congas
- Sten Bergman / Flute

Releases information

1970, SRS 4600 (Silence)
2002, SRSCD 3600

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(39%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
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Review by Finnforest
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Gollum approved dream-prog

Bo Hansson is an acclaimed Swedish progressive rock multi-instrumentalist deserving of more attention than he received. Here in the States he couldn't get arrested which is our loss but this album did quite well in other parts of the world. Hansson plays all of the keyboards and guitars on his debut homage to Tolkien, getting help only on the drums, saxophone and flute. "Lord of the Rings" is a largely quiet and contemplative album with a sound that is dreamy, spacey, often melodic. Some sections do wake up with energetic if not outwardly rocking playing. I guess I would describe the album as a mixture of Floyd for emotions, Popul Vuh for the meditative aspects, and Oldfield for the spirited moments like "The Black Riders and Flight to the Ford." This track runs the gamut from bright keyboards to rhythmic conga playing to acid-drenched guitar solos. In fact Oldfield work like Hergest Ridge and Ommadawn sound as if they could have been influenced by LotR which precedes both Oldfield classics. Overall the album is draped in organ textures, with accompanying saturated lead guitar, bass, flute and sax. Closer "The Grey Havens" sounds very much like a Popul Vuh track with organ layered over the top. It sounds the same beginning to end with slow, subtle variations happening below the surface. If that sounds appealing don't pass up this album!

In his excellent Guide to Progressive Music, Bradley Smith notes the album "exudes a hypnotic and mysterious atmosphere.not really jazz, rock, or classical, nor is it soundtrack the time of its appearance there really were no precedents for an album like this.resembles the 68-70 era of Pink Floyd a la "Set the Controls" only without vocals.takes the most moody and spacey elements of that style and expands it to album length, quite an innovative move for intoxicatingly Gothic and psychedelic atmosphere that is drifting, pulsing, organic, spiritual, melodic, and friendly." [Bradley Smith] A fabulous description and I couldn't agree more!

The one area where I don't find the album particularly successful is in the conjuring of images of Tolkien from the music. Others state that the music directly brings the book to one's mind and perfectly matches music to story. Honestly, if I didn't know the album was based on the Tolkien book I would never have made the connection. It's great and adventurous progressive rock but it doesn't remind me of Tolkien-esque images nearly as much as some other works. That minor quibble aside "Lord of the Rings" is highly recommended to fans of instrumental fantasy prog; Oldfield fans, Nektar fans, and Floyd fans would all I suspect enjoy this very much.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars Sadly Bo passed away just over a week ago but he sure left us with some amazing music for which i'm thankful for. Bo Hannson was from Sweden and gained some success with his earlier band HANSSON & KARLSSON who are listed on this site under Proto-Prog. In fact you could count Jimi Hendrix as a fan as he covered their 1967 track "Tax Free". Jimi also jammed with them and apparently there is over 4 hours of this that has been recorded but unreleased as yet. I really like this 1970 debut from Bo which is obviously a tribute to the "Lord Of The Rings" novels. I'm going to use the English song titles. The music is very atmospheric and laid back. POPUL VUH was the band I thought of the most here. Organ and moog dominate and there is flute and sax besides the usual instruments.

"Leaving Shire" is gorgeous with the organ pulsing slowly and the added moog as drums, percussion and other sounds help out. There is purpose in that rhythm. "The Old Forest & Tom Bombadil" reminds me of 60's FLOYD early then it picks up. Amazing section. A calm before 3 minutes as it ends like it began. "Fog On The Barrow-Downs" has this haunting atmosphere as sounds play slowly over top. Impressive. "The Black Riders & Flight To The Ford" is again mellow but it kicks in after 30 seconds to this uptempo rhythm. Lots of moog, bass and drums here as the organ floats in the background. "At The House Of Elrond & The Ring Goes South" slows it down again with the organ in the background and a beat. I like when the guitar comes in slowly after 2 1/2 minutes. It then picks up after 3 minutes

"A Journey In The Dark" is dark as sounds slowly come and go. "Lothlorien" is another track that I just can't get enough of. That organ floating in and out with percussion and moog. Nice. "Shadowfax" is a short uptempo piece. The tempo shifts a few times in "The Horns Of Roham & The Battle Of The Pelennor Fields". Some sax in this one too. "Dreams In The House Of Healing" is dreamy with guitar playing over top. "Homeward Bound & The Scouring Of The Shire" opens with drums as other sounds join in. "The Grey Havens" features percussion, organ and moog. Waves are rolling in to end it.

I read somewhere that this music was dated. I couldn't disagree more, this is timeless music just like the books it's inspired by.Thankyou Bo.

Review by Warthur
5 stars (Note: having satisfied myself that there is little to no appreciable difference between the Swedish and English releases of this album, I'll be posting my review under both versions).

Bo Hansson's debut album - first released in his native Sweden in 1970 before being given a wider release in 1972 - could well be one of the first great symphonic prog albums to come out of Scandinavia. Not only that, it's one of the earliest examples of an all-instrumental symphonic concept album - Krautrock bands had been releasing all-instrumental albums prior to this, mind, but those tended not to be concept albums and of course ploughed a very different furrow.

A series of keyboard-heavy instrumentals inspired by Lord of the Rings sees Bo backed up by a very capable band that he is more than happy to share the limelight with, knowing when to back off on his keys or guitar to let the sax or flute melodies breathe. The album is also surprisingly diverse - the concept might make you expect a disc heavy on medieval-influenced fare, but I also detect a certain Santana influence at points. A very, very capable debut album, and surely an important contribution both to the early-70s prog scene as a whole but especially the development of the genre in Scandinavia. Easily five stars.

Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars No amount of Lord Of The Rings soundtracks or versions will depict the very nature of Middle earth more accurately than Bo Hansson's version. This album oozes themes around Elves, Hobbits, Black Riders, The Grey Havens, Lothlorien and so on. The simplistic organ and guitar sounds together with basic percussion make this concept album an aural delight. Looking back I can see why the Charisma label snapped this Swedish artist up. He is no doubt the most underrated artist of the progressive rock genre.If one had never read the book, Hansson would have reached some place inside you with the feel of this album. As a whole the complete work is essential listening but to highlight certain tracks listen to ' Flight To The Ford', ' The Ring Goes South' and ' The Old Forest' How could Hansson depict a world so completely and so accurately? Listen and you will begin to understand the genius at work.

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5 stars A magical Album! This is one of thos albums i been wanting to hear for a long time and now i finally got it, and it dident dissapoint, this is an amazing piece of music, a must have for every prog lover, its even beter if you have read the book like i have the music fit the book thems perfect ... (read more)

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