Sagan Om Ringen (Lord Of The Rings)

Artist: Bo Hansson
Label: Silence Records
Catalog#: SRS 4600
Format: Vinyl
Country: Sweden
Released: 1970
A1 Första Vandringen  
A2 Den Gamla Skogen / Tom Bombadil  
A3 I Skuggornas Rike  
A4 De Svarta Ryttarna / Flykten Till Vadstället  
A5 I Elronds Hus / Ringen Vandrar Söderut  
B1 En Vandring I Mörker  
B2 Lothlorien  
B3 Skuggfaxe  
B4 Rohans Horn / Slaget På Pelennors Slätter  
B5 Drömmar I Läkandets Hus  
B6 Hemfärden / Fylke Rensas  
B7 De Grå Hamnarna  

Artwork By - Peter Lindblom
Drums, Congas - Rune Carlsson
Flute - Sten Bergman
Organ, Guitar, Synthesizer [Moog], Bass, Producer, Written-by - Bo Hansson
Producer, Mixed By - Anders Lind
Saxophone - Gunnar Bergsten


Recorded and mixed at Studio Decibel and Stockholm Archipelago

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Bo Hansson spent the early 60s as a member of The Merrymen in his native Sweden. The band, which also included harmonica player Bill Öhrström, opened for one of The Rolling Stones' Scandinavian tours and recorded one album with US singer Boz Scaggs. Switching to the organ, Hansson formed a relatively well-known duo with drummer Rune Karlsson, eventually releasing three albums in Sweden as Hansson-Karlsson. They were even friendly with Jimi Hendrix, having jammed with him when they opened for the Experience in 1966. But by 1969, Hansson, locked away in his recording studio with Karlsson and engineer Anders Lind, began recording his musical interpretation of the Tolkien fantasy trilogy; or rather, Music Inspired by at the Tolkien estate's request. Lind's Silence Records released the album, Sagan Om Ringen ("Lord Of The Rings"), in November 1970 to relative commercial success in Sweden—so much so that Charisma picked up the album some two years later in the UK, where it would enter the Top 40. It's relevant to note that the album is one of the first in the multi-instrumentalist tradition. Hansson's work, though, is often misinterpreted; his quiet yet sinister organ tones are more like Pink Floyd than anything fairy tale-esque or electronic, and his guitar tone is just as exceptional. At any rate, interpreting Tolkien's trilogy, which was undergoing a huge renaissance in the early 70s (as were most things sci-fi/fantasy), turned out to be a shrewd decision. Aided with session musicians and approaching a band format, Hansson would record several other similar albums over the next few years, but would never again achieve this level of success—at least commercially. [UK release date]
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