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Bo Hansson - Sagan Om Ringen [Aka: Music Inspired By Lord Of The Rings] CD (album) cover

SAGAN OM RINGEN [AKA: MUSIC INSPIRED BY LORD OF THE RINGS]

Bo Hansson

 

Symphonic Prog

3.74 | 145 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars I heard this album recently. I must say I was a bit fed up with this Lord Of The Rings fascination among musicians (even if I did like german metallers Blind Guardian version of the same fascination). So I was not really willing to listen to it for a while. But since Bo Hansson was the very first (or among the first) to do such work, I feel like giving him a shot. Tthe results sounded to me like a soundrtack album from the late 60īs: lots of psychedelic keys and guitars, a few wind instruments and good drums.

A very good soundtrack, I should say, since soundtracks are not really my cup of tea. And still I like it. Although it was planned to be an album with vocals on it, it seems that Tolkienīs State did not granted permission to do so. I wonder how it would have sound if lyrics were allowed. However, I must admit taht, most of the time, it works. It does ring better than most of the works I heard based on the famous book. I donīt think this is a masterpiece in any way, noe anything esential in any prog music collectio. But it is still very good, specially if you like late 60īs instrumentals (I do). The music in general is well composed, well played and the production is ok for the time. I really love the organ sound and the more melodic themes, like The Grey Heavens. The presence of a good electric guitar in several songs is a nice surprise for a keyboardsman solo efford.My CD copy is the extended version with a few additional tracks that are worth having them.

All in all a very good CD of the time. It spurred my curiosity to get to know his other works.

Final rating: 3,5 stars.

Tarcisio Moura | 3/5 |

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