Howard Shore
The Fellowship of the Ring: The Complete Recording


4.5
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Review

by TheSpirit CONTRIBUTOR (149 Reviews)
May 4th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Howard Shore creates a most fitting soundtrack for the peoples of Middle-Earth

When it comes to The Lord of the Rings franchise, describing it with words like "epic" and "grandoise" don't really do the series justice. Starting from the immense novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien, the series has come to develop a life of its own. The books have inspired millions, and found themselves reiterated in the forms of movies, comics and music. The most well known of the "remakes" is obviously, at this point the trilogy directed by famed comedy-gore directer Peter Jackson. Thanks to his vision, dedication and direction, the movies not only became huge hits, but also and more importantly touched hearts of Tolkien's true fanbase, gracing them with a work of art that brought the story to life in the most amazing of ways.

Aside from the genius film of Peter Jackson, Canadian born composer Howard Shore also proves himself to be a virtuoso of sorts, crafting a musical score that could not be more perfect to fit the epic trilogy. After the initial release of the varying soundtracks from 2001-2005, The Complete Recordings, starting with The Fellowship of the Ring were made available for release, a fantastic set of music that is essential for any Tolkien fan.

Sprawling over three discs, The Fellowship Of The Ring: The Complete Recordings is an immense two hours and twenty minutes long. While this length may seem daunting, nothing could be farther from the truth; this could prove to be one the easiest listens you've ever heard. Expanding from the already released The Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack, The Complete Recordings includes every single piece of music written for the movie, and is essentially the direct audio companion to the film. While this may include what would've been considered "filler" it also includes a number of tracks that would have been warmly welcome on the previous albums. One such tune is "Flaming Red Hair", the music that was being played at Bilbo's going away party. Folksy and fun, the song brings an immediate smile to the face, and instantly warms the heart. It's this type of instance that shows why Shore is the perfect composer to create a score for the Lord Of The Rings; understanding the novel, and the love that is felt by the books millions of fans, he arduously worked to create beautiful arias that could connect with fans on a deep emotional level with the utmost of ease.

While, musically, the two share nothing in common, structurally the flow of The Fellowship of the Ring: The Complete Recordings is much like that of post-rock; serene passages slowly but but surely grow into roaring epics, then back to gentle serenity once again. The album, while mostly reliant on Shore's striking classical pieces, does also feature some breathtaking vocal work. "Khazad-Dum" features not only deep, almost viking inspired chants, but also the quite angelic voice of British born Benedict Del Maestro whose high registered voice carries a certain melancholic tone with it. Perhaps the best song on the album, "May It Be" features Irish vocalist/composer Enya, whose haunting voice could very well be the definition of perfection.

The Fellowship of the Ring: The Complete Recordings remains connected throughout, with a strong use of song reprisals. The main theme from "Bag End", a song that continues the folk influenced song-writing Shore has associated with the Hobbits, reveals itself numerous times across the album, such is in songs like "Farewell Dear Bilbo", "A Conspiracy Unmasked" and "The Road Goes Ever On...Pt.2" amongst many others. Although most would assume hearing the same tune repeated over and over again may seem overindulgent, nothing could actually be farther from the truth; replicated through different instruments almost each time, the theme brings to mind thoughts of home, and comfort, a place where you really love to be. Once again, it just proves the amazing composition skills of Howard Shore, whose incredible ability to create emotionally evocative pieces of music really hits with this song.

This is the perfect album to just sit back, relax and lose yourself in. From the folksy textures of Hobbit music to the pounding tribal rhythms inspired by Saruman and his fearsome Uruk-Hai The Fellowship of the Ring: The Complete Recordings is one of them to enjoyable soundtracks ever to exist. Containing the rare ability to co-exist successfully outside of just the film, this captivating album deserves only the highest regards.



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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 4th 2010


25081 Comments


This was ridiculously hard to write

Digging: Secret Band - LP2

ShadowRemains
May 4th 2010


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

LOTR ftw, pos

JWT155
May 4th 2010


14355 Comments


This is such a good movie soundtrack. The music for this series adds so much to the film. Pos'd.

Greggers
May 4th 2010


2375 Comments


Fucking amazing soundtrack

ShadowRemains
May 4th 2010


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

one of the best fosho

Crysis
Emeritus
May 4th 2010


17372 Comments


Summary reads awkward. Review is also rife with grammatical errors. Try to proof-read it more.

tarting from the immense, novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien

Get rid of that comma.

The most well known of the "remakes" is obviously at this point, the trilogy directed

Put a comma after "obviously" and before "at".

but also and more importantly touched hearts of Tolkien's true fanbase

Should be more like "but, more importantly, the films touched the hearts of true Tolkien fans."

Peter Jackson wasn't the only genius present involved with

Get rid of "present"

Peter Jackson wasn't the only genius present involved with the remake of Lord Of The Rings however; with the help of Canadian born Howard Shore, the series received a soundtrack that couldn't have been written any better, even by Tolkien himself.

This is a clusterfuck.

After the initial release of the varying soundtracks from 2001-2005, The Complete Recordings, starting with The Fellowship of the Ring were made available for release, a fantastic set of music that is essential for any Tolkien fan.

I get what you're saying but to me it reads awkward.

Its this type of instance, which is why Shore absolutely the perfect person to compose Lord of the Rings score

I'd word it like "It's this type of instance that shows why Shore is the perfect composer to create a score for the Lord Of The Rings."

While musically, the two share nothing in common, structurally, the flow of The Fellowship of the Ring: The Complete Recordings is much like that of post-rock

Should be "While, musically, the two share nothing in common, structurally the flow of The Fellowship...."

serene passages slow but but surely grow

Slowly but surely*

grow into roaring epics, then back to serenity once again.

You need a verb to describe what they do to go back to serenity.

almost viking inspired chants, but also, the quite angelic voice of British born

Get rid of the comma after "also".

Perhaps the best song on the album, features Irish vocalist/composer Enya, whose haunting voice could very well be the definition of perfection.

Re-word it. I'd go with something like "Perhaps the best song on the album, *insert song name here* features Irish vocalist/composer Enya...".


TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 4th 2010


25081 Comments


haha ouch

Zipzop5565
May 4th 2010


402 Comments


The last battle sounds epic.

ShadowRemains
May 4th 2010


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

really is reminding me of something, crysis' comment is...

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 4th 2010


25081 Comments


Holy shit I fucked this up royally hahaha. But I fixed if for the most part now.

rasputin
May 4th 2010


14968 Comments


really is reminding me of something, crysis' comment is...

your own reviews?

ShadowRemains
May 4th 2010


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no...dude you seem to just be looking for a fight with me now

Crysis
Emeritus
May 4th 2010


17372 Comments


crysis' comment is...

results of a simple proofread?

rasputin
May 4th 2010


14968 Comments


no...dude you seem to just be looking for a fight with me now

u mad bro?

ShadowRemains
May 4th 2010


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

not really

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
May 4th 2010


19985 Comments


[img]http://cdn1.knowyourmeme.com/i/30403/original/YouMad.jpg[/img]

ShadowRemains
May 4th 2010


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pic=win

Nagrarok
May 5th 2010


8588 Comments


The lotr soundtrack is the definition of epic.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2010


25081 Comments


yeah, it is

taylormemer
May 6th 2010


4962 Comments


Pretty stagnate review.



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