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Lord of the Rings


The Lord of the Rings : volume 3 / John Sangster.

  • Published by Move Records — 2005 [MD3253] — 2 CDs (96 min.)
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  • Library Availability: CD 1746 — Reference (not for loan) copy only


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  Work Composer PerformersDurationMP3
Lord of the Rings for jazz ensemble — Volume 3
Recorded/performed at: Sydney studios of EMI
John Sangster John Sangster 1 hours, 33 mins, 47 sec. Buy as MP3

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At long last, the third instalment of the legendary Lord of the Rings Trilogy by John Sangster, has arrived. This volume of the jazz composer's classic epic musical interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings' is the final instalment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy but it is not the final instalment of Sangster's musical journey in to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien. Lord of the Rings Vol. 3 will be followed by 'Landscapes of Middle Earth'. Lord of the Rings Volume 3 was originally released as a double-LP set, issued by EMI over 25 years ago it has never been available on CD until now.

Not to be confused with Howard Shore's music to the award-winning films, this trilogy is wholly Australian and was released on three double-LP sets by EMI over 25 years ago, long deleted and remaining unavailable for many years.

The series remains a highly ambitious and epic production. Musical styles range from Sangster's distinctive form of trad and modern jazz, to film-like music interpreting characters and events from Tolkien's trilogy. There's something on this special double CD for everyone. Plus there's extras galore for collectors including the original LP artwork (computer PDF files), four live performances in MP3 format, and another long interview with Sangster made a year before he died in 1995.

"The bonus material on Volumes 2 and 3 is particularly rich, including recorded interviews with musicians who played on the albums, recounting their experience of the Lord of the Rings sessions. Also included are also two lengthy interviews with John Sangster himself. This precious oral testimony provides not only an essential context for appreciating Sangster as a musician, but reveals something of the lighthearted and unassuming spirit of the man behind the music, a spirit that infuses that music with its own individual quality.

So... having read the book, visited the Ring website, and seen the film trilogy, you can now hear the jazz music: an essential album for any Australian jazz or indeed Tolkien fan.

Duration: 96 min.

Contents note: CD 1: Ring-bearer -- Frodo's fantasy -- The balrog -- Olipaunts -- Rivendell rort -- Arwen's regret -- Lullaby in Lorien -- Proper fourteen-twenty -- Hairy foolish soft-shoeless feet -- The uruk-hai -- Three is company -- Eleventy-one today -- Merry-go-round -- Hoblyti-hoblyta -- CD 2: Ithildin -- V-m-e day -- The sweetness and light rag -- Celeborn celbrant.

Liner notes include brief programme notes.

CDs includeis: John Sangster Quartet live November 1989 (4 tracks) ; interview with John Sangster (28 January 1994) (43 min., 54 sec.) discussing his life and the Lord of the Rings recording sessions ; complete original LP covers and artwork (as PDF files).

Re-mastered from original LP recordings.

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