April 21, 2018

Spotify Update



Bit by bit, I'm getting around to doing my updates!

I've been active on Spotfiy lately. I greatly enjoy the ability to make and share playlists. I get enjoyment out of this because it benefits me, as well as others may discover new music. You never know!

So, without further ado, I'm going to provide a bunch of links in the post to playlists I've got - some I made, and some I 'have'. I hope you enjoy. This post includes all my playlist links thus far, howeve,r in the future I'll make a post each time I make a playlist.

Hell on Wheels : https://open.spotify.com/user/122417971/playlist/04hvC0fvnLnFdryMZw2vnj . This one was not made by me. If you enjoyed the music to the show (which is mostly bluegrass) give this a listen. It also features music from the soundtrack mixed in, as well)

The Hobbit : https://open.spotify.com/user/2m9hbatw6n5kp0h2kp4o8k789/playlist/3eoErduJkJqyB5NAU0SG3w . This one is made by me. It is all three Hobbit soundtracks back-to-back in one spot.

The Lord of the Rings :  https://open.spotify.com/user/2m9hbatw6n5kp0h2kp4o8k789/playlist/5b9DdxGlbaHaBovSNAgVbu . Made by me. This is all three soundtracks to The Lord of the Rings back-to-back. [I'll either re-edit it, or make a new one, once all three Complete Recordings editions of all three soundtracks are Uploaded. I'll even a MEGA Middle-earth playlist, which will start with The Hobbit, and end with The Return of the King.]

Distant Worlds : https://open.spotify.com/user/2m9hbatw6n5kp0h2kp4o8k789/playlist/2f0urimCMRHlyGHKvCzBHl . This is all of the Distant Worlds albums compiled together in one spot, created by me. This one can be shuffled!

The Dubliners St Patrick's Celebration : https://open.spotify.com/user/arran_records/playlist/2GWDwdo8xX3tUCddcjtkQE . This one wasn't made by me. Followed it for ease come St Paddy's Day, year after year!

Great Big Sea : https://open.spotify.com/user/2m9hbatw6n5kp0h2kp4o8k789/playlist/2kcm2COiU7QvjnWcBiryKa . This one is made by me. It's my fav tunes from great Big Sea, mostly off of XX, as well as a few other great ones that weren't included in that set.

Scotland Love : https://open.spotify.com/user/2m9hbatw6n5kp0h2kp4o8k789/playlist/6nJtva5PGMEVmEaAqNPXdO . This is my ode to the homeland, so it's definitely made by me. Includes all the Scottish-related music off Outlander, as well as a few tracks off Brave.

Skyrim: Jun/Vul : https://open.spotify.com/user/2m9hbatw6n5kp0h2kp4o8k789/playlist/2pSrvAADMR2ucrWj3bZGYU . This is the tracklisting for the up-coming vinyl set by iam8bit, which is limited to 3000 copies. It is a compilation made from the 'full' Skyrim soundtrack. I figured I'd make a playlist so people would know which tracks are included in the set - whether or not they want to buy it.

Fantasy Mix: https://open.spotify.com/user/2m9hbatw6n5kp0h2kp4o8k789/playlist/6m7giWTSrSaWODLcSTUMCO . This is made me, and features some great fantasy tracks. It is mostly completed, but not quite yet.

Star Wars: By Year of Release : https://open.spotify.com/user/2m9hbatw6n5kp0h2kp4o8k789/playlist/1DOB6xvY016zQa8IJBgTuG .  This is made by me, and features all of the Star Wars soundtracks (the 'Episode' movies) grouped together, going by the year they came out. So, the soundtrack from 1977 is first up.

Star Wars Trilogy : https://open.spotify.com/user/2m9hbatw6n5kp0h2kp4o8k789/playlist/5QHVtHOIlTIy0blqRX7CUn . Made by me, this groups the soundtracks for the original trilogy together.

Star Wars Prequel Trilogy : https://open.spotify.com/user/2m9hbatw6n5kp0h2kp4o8k789/playlist/5xu94rikjZgkjDmcfk6M9I . Made by me, this groups the soundtracks for the prequel trilogy together.

Star Wars Sequel Trilogy : https://open.spotify.com/user/2m9hbatw6n5kp0h2kp4o8k789/playlist/2ab5Ja00Y9pOhyW9ZcIAny Made by me, this groups the soundtracks for the sequel trilogy together. It will be completed once Episode IX gets added to it. 

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited : https://open.spotify.com/user/2m9hbatw6n5kp0h2kp4o8k789/playlist/7GZ0J4ZKZ4ATE5i6n8mv3v  . Made by me. this is the soundtrack to The Elder Scrolls Online. the game got 'revamped' sometime ago into "Tamriel Unlimited" and the music in this playlist reflects the added content in that release.

Cape Breton Classics : https://open.spotify.com/user/loch-load/playlist/6yATq8PxkKCDzwgO9UnijH  Not made by me. Some tunes from The Island!

John Williams Greatest Hits II : https://open.spotify.com/user/2m9hbatw6n5kp0h2kp4o8k789/playlist/0cjaI5pRWJbduK0ieM1xxR . Made by me, this is a fan-made follow-up to his Greatest Hits 69 - 99 compilation. This isn't complete yet.

Some Favs : https://open.spotify.com/user/2m9hbatw6n5kp0h2kp4o8k789/playlist/6ZzmzdOZ0kAegaJUfKb0ZC . This is made by me, and is my favourite "normal" music.Lots of different genres here. Shuffl away!



   

Ocarina of Time 20th Anniversary





Hard to believe that later this year one of the best video games of all time, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, will celebrate it’s 20th anniversary!

I still remember getting the gold cartridge edition for Christmas the year it came out.

To celebrate leading up to the game’s anniversary, bit by bit, I’ll be counting down my favourite moments.

Before I begin, why not check out Hero of Time? It was performed by those responsible that did the Symphony of the Goddess music tour, as well as the The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary music CD. It exists on vinyl, as well as Spotfy, iTunes and Google Play. Definitely worth checking out.

So without further ado, let’s begin this series of posts!

The Beginning of the Game

Well, it makes sense to start at the beginning, doesn’t it? I remember getting the Kokiri Sword, then the Kokiri Shield, all the while collecting as many Rupees as I can. I think I also bought Deku Nuts from the store as well…. Anyway, once I was all geared up, it was onto the Deku Tree, which would turn out to be the game’s first dungeon. I remember the dungeon pretty well, as well as some of the puzzles and game mechanics, and the boss bottle.

That’s it for this post. To be continued….

April 16, 2018

Thoughts About the Amazon Middle-earth Series




I wanted to do a write up of my thoughts about the upcoming Amazon Lord of the Rings (or, rather, “Middle-earth”) series.

Before I do so, however, there are some points that need to be made:

1) They are only using (and only allowed to use) material found within the pages of the books known as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, or from any of the six Peter Jackson films. (More on that to follow.) That means, anything found within the pages of The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, or the History of Middle-earth is off-limits.

2) In terms of Middle-earth’s timeline, it will take place between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. If it takes place in the First or Second Age, it’ll be based on what Jackson has shown us in Rings, or what was written in The Lord of the Rings that references those eras. Where it might get tricky is Beren and Luthien: Aragorn sang a song about them in The Fellowship of the Ring, and even named them. But they appear in The Silmarillion. We don’t know the exact details of the contract.  

3) It is not a “remake” of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (this makes sense, given that is set in the “Jacksonverse.”)

4) It will based in Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth. This means, that if we see any locations we did before in any of his six Middle-earth films, that’s how they’ll look (example: Rivendell would like the same as it did in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films)

5) Going with #4 above, it seems that if Peter Jackson or anyone of high importance in regards to The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit trilogies is involved, it will likely be as a consultant of some kind. At the most, I can see them help get things ‘moving.’ 

Ok, I think that’s everything out of the way before I begin talking or speculating.

Since this will happen after the third film in The Hobbit trilogy, let’s take a look at some things left un-answered if you’re going only by the films. The questions I ask give opportunity to have the events covered by the series. The books may answer some of these, but I’m going only by “the Jacksonverse”  for the next section:

AFTER THE HOBBIT

- What happened to Radagast?

- What happened to Tauriel?

- What happened to Thranduil?

- What happened to the surviving dwarves?

- What happened to Bard and the people of Esgaroth? 

- What happened to Gundabad?

- What happened to Beorn?

BEFORE THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

- When and how did Saurman fall? (may not work with Christopher Lee having passed away, though he could be referenced - especially if the series about Rohan)

- What did this ‘Strider’ get up to before he met Frodo?

- what was Rohan like before Theoden’s…ah… “possession?”

- Was Denethor always loopy, and what did he mean by “The eyes of the White Tower?”

- Was Osgiliath always in ruins?


FROM THE BOOKS

Now, to think of events that have occurred in the books that we haven’t seen yet. The first two sections of this entry were going only by the films (whether or not you’ve read the books, we haven’t seen, or don’t know, what happens within the “Jacksonverse”). Here are some things from the books that can be the basis (to some degree) for the Amazon series:

-  The Rings of Power

- Heirs of Isildur and Anarion, and why there is no King of Gondor, but Stewards instead

- Aragorn in the wild

- The House of Eorl

- how Minas Morgul became Minas Morgul

- Arnor

- Rise of the Nazgul, and Angmar


OTHER: VIDEO GAME TITLES

This is sort of a ‘bonus section’, in that I’m listing the names of Peter Jackson-verse Middle-earth related video games, in case any story points can be culled from those:

The Battle for Middle-earth

The Battle for Middle-earth II (expansion: Rise of the Witch-King) 

The Third Age (has a ‘secondary’ / ‘supporting’ Fellowship)

The White Council * canceled

War in the North (has a ‘secondary’ / ‘supporting’ Fellowship. Takes place during the main story but in other regions and with other characters)

Aragorn’s Quest

Guardians of Middle-earth

Shadow of Mordor

- Shadow of War


As you can see, there’s quite a few avenues Amazon can explore, without re-making (or re-adapting, rather) The Lord of the Rings. It also depends on heavily Peter Jackson and his crew are involved, as well.

At this point, we really don’t know what to expect. There have been a few things ruled out, though we’re no closer to knowing more than we were some time ago.

In the coming months, I look forward to following this some more: to see how it develops, what the cast is, when and where within Middle-earth it’s set, trailer and poster, etc…. Here’s hoping that it turns out to be good. There are some fans of The Lord of the Rings (book and film) that were not satisfied with The Hobbit film trilogy; and they don’t miss out anything by “ignoring” that series. I’m guessing that if this Amazon turns out to be disappointing, it can be treated as likewise. Only time will tell.

What would you like to see???

April 13, 2018

"The Fellowship of the Ring" Soundtrack More Widely Available




Terrific news everyone!!

The Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack is now EVEN MORE widely available!!

Here are the links and formats (sorry let's assume that the vinyl set is sold out. did you get one? Either way, THIS is the one you need.). Expect The Two Towers (and possibly a 'remastered' (digital) edition of The Return of the King to come when their respective vinyl sets do [I say 'possibly' for The Return of the King because it's the newest, and therefore, already exists on some digital music / streaming services, whereas the first two hadn't previously]

Anyway, here are the links no matter how you listen to music  I'm pushing this, because these are the soundtracks you SHOULD listen to, like how the extended editions are the ones you SHOULD watch.

Here are the formats in which you can nab the 'definitive' Fellowship soundtrack, no matter how you listen to music:

CD (and blu-ray audio) set : https://www.amazon.com/Lord-Rings-Fellowship-Complete-Recordings/dp/B079PTDW74/ref=tmm_bry_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1523671961&sr=8-1 .

iTunes / Apples Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lord-rings-fellowship-ring-complete-recordings/1369921417 .

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Howard_Shore_The_Lord_Of_The_Rings_The_Fellowship?id=Bnom5oksg7lxwr3k5bbzonsdy64&hl=en .

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/55RTkgUCP7t80hiTUhATMH .

Amazon (streaming) : https://www.amazon.com/Lord-Rings-Fellowship-Complete-Recordings/dp/B07BZW4MQS/ref=sr_1_1_twi_mus_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1523672950&sr=8-1&keywords=fellowship+of+the+ring+complete .

Amazon (MP3) : https://www.amazon.com/Lord-Rings-Fellowship-Complete-Recordings/dp/B07BZW4MQS/ref=sr_1_1_twi_mus_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1523671961&sr=8-1&keywords=fellowship+complete .

April 11, 2018

"The Fall of Gondolin" Officially Confirmed and Announced


I know I'm a tad late, but lookie here.....The Fall of Gondolin is officially confirmed, and announced!

I sort of had a very minor hunch even before this "Tolkien Untitled" book pre-order appeared: late last fall, Amazon UK had the 2019 Tolkien Calendar up for pre-order....with the artist credited as Alan Lee! I was hoping for The Fall of Gondolin, however I wanted to be realistic and not get my hopes up. also, with his Hobbit sketchbook coming out that same year, I thought it may have been related to The Hobbit.

Anyway, the book is coming out in a few editions. Now, "The First Age Trilogy" or "The Myths and Legend sof Middle-earth" or however you want to collectively all three books is now complete. The other installments are The Children of Hurin (2007) and Beren and Luthien (2017). These are 'The Three Great Tales' that are of great importance to the lore of Middle-earth.

The Fall of Gondolin is being published (as this edition) this August.

The standard hardback has the ISBN of: 9780008302757
There will also be a slipcased special edition with an ISBN of: 9780008302764

There will also be large print paperback edition, as well as ebook. It will be illustrated with pencil drawings and colour plates by Alan Lee. 

Here is the official release:

  


In the Tale of The Fall of Gondolin are two of the greatest powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story but ruling over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, second in might only to Manwë, chief of the Valar.

Central to this enmity of the gods is the city of Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable. It was built and peopled by Noldorin Elves who, when they dwelt in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle-earth. Turgon King of Gondolin is hated and feared above all his enemies by Morgoth, who seeks in vain to discover the marvellously hidden city, while the gods in Valinor in heated debate largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo's desires and designs.

Into this world comes Tuor, cousin of Túrin, the instrument of Ulmo's designs. Guided unseen by him Tuor sets out from the land of his birth on the fearful journey to Gondolin, and in one of the most arresting moments in the history of Middle-earth the sea-god himself appears to him, rising out of the ocean in the midst of a storm. In Gondolin he becomes great; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon's daughter, and their son is Eärendel, whose birth and profound importance in days to come is foreseen by Ulmo.

At last comes the terrible ending. Morgoth learns through an act of supreme treachery all that he needs to mount a devastating attack on the city, with Balrogs and dragons and numberless Orcs. After a minutely observed account of the fall of Gondolin, the tale ends with the escape of Tuor and Idril, with the child Eärendel, looking back from a cleft in the mountains as they flee southward, at the blazing wreckage of their city. They were journeying into a new story, the Tale of Eärendel, which Tolkien never wrote, but which is sketched out in this book from other sources.

Following his presentation of Beren and Lúthien Christopher Tolkien has used the same 'history in sequence' mode in the writing of this edition of The Fall of Gondolin. In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, it was ‘the first real story of this imaginary world’ and, together with Beren and Lúthien and The Children of Húrin, he regarded it as one of the three 'Great Tales' of the Elder Days.

April 8, 2018

"The Fall of Gondolin" Possible Details Emerge

This goes with that "Tolkien Untitled" post I did a while ago.

We still don't have an official announcement or confirmation from HarperCollins, however, on Amazon UK, more details about "Tolkien Untitled" (now called The Fall of Gondolin (YES!)) have emerged.

Here is the "official" product info:

"In the Tale of The Fall of Gondolin are two of the greatest powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story but ruling over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, second in might only to Manwë, chief of the Valar.

Central to this enmity of the gods is the city of Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable. It was built and peopled by Noldorin Elves who, when they dwelt in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle-earth. Turgon King of Gondolin is hated and feared above all his enemies by Morgoth, who seeks in vain to discover the marvellously hidden city, while the gods in Valinor in heated debate largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo's desires and designs.
Into this world comes Tuor, cousin of Túrin, the instrument of Ulmo's designs. Guided unseen by him Tuor sets out from the land of his birth on the fearful journey to Gondolin, and in one of the most arresting moments in the history of Middle-earth the sea-god himself appears to him, rising out of the ocean in the midst of a storm. In Gondolin he becomes great; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon's daughter, and their son is Eärendel, whose birth and profound importance in days to come is foreseen by Ulmo.
At last comes the terrible ending. Morgoth learns through an act of supreme treachery all that he needs to mount a devastating attack on the city, with Balrogs and dragons and numberless Orcs. After a minutely observed account of the fall of Gondolin, the tale ends with the escape of Túrin and Idril, with the child Eärendel, looking back from a cleft in the mountains as they flee southward, at the blazing wreckage of their city. They were journeying into a new story, the Tale of Eärendel, which Tolkien never wrote, but which is sketched out in this book from other sources.
Following his presentation of Beren and Lúthien Christopher Tolkien has used the same 'history in sequence' mode in the writing of this edition of The Fall of Gondolin. In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, it was ‘the first real story of this imaginary world’ and, together with Beren and Lúthien and The Children of Húrin, he regarded it as one of the three 'Great Tales' of the Elder Days."

Here is the info for the standard hardback edition:

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (30 Aug. 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 9780008302757


And here is the info for the slipcased special edition:

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; Deluxe Slipcase edition edition (30 Aug. 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 9780008302764

So, we shall know more about this as we near the publication date. I'm expecting it to be illustrated by Alan Lee. However, despite that this looks pretty legit at this moment, until we hear otherwise from the Tolkien Estate, and/or HarperCollins, let's not get too excited......Signs looks good, we just need "the word" to be certain.   


March 29, 2018

"Tolkien Untitled"

Something interesting was discovered recently - there is a mysterious new Tolkien book on the horizon!

It's so much a mystery, that we don't know anything about it at this stage. It could even be listed in error! Assuming it isn't, what could it be? The first hope is The Fall of Gondolin, the last of the three 'Great Tales' of Middle-earth, two of which have gotten their own 'stand-alone' books.

It's also entirely possible that it could be a new edition of The Silmarillion, which has celebrated its 40th anniversary a few months ago.

Or, it could even be something brand new or mostly unheard of, the same way that The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun has caught us off-guard. The Trumpets of Faerie spring to mind, as it would be similar to Tales From the Perilous Realm.

At this time, it's only listed on Amazon UK, with the title "Tolkien Untitled." It's being published by Harper Collins on August 23. It'll have 304 pages, and will be available in standard hardback (depending on what the title is, one for "The Shelf!"), slipcased special edition, large print, and mostly ebook as well.

This is the ISBN for the special edition:
9780008302764

Here's the ISBN for the standard hardback:
978000830275

I've added both to my Amazon wishlist so that I can see exactly what they are, as well as what the product info is (cover info, official description, etc) .

More on this when I know more myself..... 

March 28, 2018

Spotify



Hey all.

It's been awhile. I'll provide a decent update later on.

For now, though, I wanted to announce that I've signed up for Spotify. 


My username is "insurrbution". I've also created some playlists, of which I'll provide the links to. Each time I make a new one, I'll do a post about it.

Now for the playlists:

Great Big Sea:
 https://open.spotify.com/.../playlist/2kcm2COiU7QvjnWcBiryKa 


Scotland Love:
https://open.spotify.com/.../playlist/6nJtva5PGMEVmEaAqNPXdO 

Some Favs [just started this one]
https://open.spotify.com/.../playlist/6ZzmzdOZ0kAegaJUfKb0ZC 

John Williams Greatest Hits II (fanmade 'sequel' to '69 - '99 one)
https://open.spotify.com/.../playlist/0cjaI5pRWJbduK0ieM1xxR 

Star Wars: By Year of Release (all the 'Episode' films compilaition) - not intended to be shuffled
https://open.spotify.com/.../playlist/1DOB6xvY016zQa8IJBgTuG 

Skyrim: Jun/Vul - not intended to be shuffled
https://open.spotify.com/.../playlist/2pSrvAADMR2ucrWj3bZGYU 

Fantasy Mix:
https://open.spotify.com/.../playlist/6m7giWTSrSaWODLcSTUMCO 

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited - not intended to be shuffled
https://open.spotify.com/.../playlist/7GZ0J4ZKZ4ATE5i6n8mv3v 

The Lord of the Rings (all 3 soundtracks in one handy spot) - not intended to be shuffled
https://open.spotify.com/.../playlist/5b9DdxGlbaHaBovSNAgVbu

February 24, 2018

Speculation - "The Two Towers" and "The Return of the King" Layout on Vinyl


So this another post about the music of The Lord of the Rings films. 

I am basing this purely on what we've seen so far for The Fellowship of the Ring vinyl set, and 'applying' it to The Two Towers and The Return of the King

First, I'm going to go over the Fellowship one again. 

Here is the tracklisting for the CD:



Disc one
No.
Title
Length
1.
"Prologue: One Ring to Rule Them All"
7:16
2.
"The Shire"
2:29
3.
"Bag End" (feat. "The Road Goes Ever On", performed by Ian McKellen)
4:35
4.
"Very Old Friends"
3:12
5.
"Flaming Red Hair"
2:39
6.
"Farewell Dear Bilbo"
1:45
7.
"Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe" (feat. "The Road Goes Ever On", performed by Ian Holm; feat. Billy Boyd andDominic Monaghan)
8:54
8.
"A Conspiracy Unmasked"
6:09
9.
"Three Is Company"
1:58
10.
"The Passing of the Elves"
2:39
11.
"Saruman the White"
4:09
12.
"A Shortcut to Mushrooms"
4:07
13.
"Strider"
2:34
14.
"The Nazgûl" (feat. "The Song of Beren and Lúthien", performed by Viggo Mortensen)
6:04
Total length:
58:30
Disc two
No.
Title
Length
1.
"Weathertop"
2:14
2.
"The Caverns of Isengard"
4:54
3.
"Give Up the Halfling"
4:49
4.
"Orthanc"
1:06
5.
"Rivendell"
3:26
6.
"The Sword That Was Broken"
3:34
7.
"The Council of Elrond Assembles" (feat. "Aníron (Theme for Aragorn and Arwen)", composed & performed by Enya)
4:01
8.
"The Great Eye"
5:30
9.
"Gilraen's Memorial"
5:01
10.
"The Pass of Caradhras"
5:04
11.
"The Doors of Durin"
6:03
12.
"Moria"
2:27
13.
"Gollum"
2:26
14.
"Balin's Tomb"
8:30
Total length:
59:05
Disc three
No.
Title
Length
1.
"Khazad-dûm"
8:00
2.
"Caras Galadhon" (feat. "Lament for Gandalf", performed by Elizabeth Fraser)
9:20
3.
"The Mirror of Galadriel"
6:21
4.
"The Fighting Uruk-hai"
11:32
5.
"Parth Galen"
9:13
6.
"The Departure of Boromir"
5:29
7.
"The Road Goes Ever On... (Part 1)"
5:58
8.
"May It Be" (composed & performed by Enya)
3:26
9.
"The Road Goes Ever On... (Part 2)" (feat. "In Dreams", performed by Edward Ross)
3:41
Total length:
63:01


And, the tracklisting for the vinyl:


LP 1
Side A
01. Prologue: One Ring to Rule Them All
02. The Shire
03. Bag End
04. Very Old Friends
05. Flaming Red hair

Side B
01. Farewell Dear Bilbo
02. Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe
03. A Conspiracy Unmasked
04. Three Is Company

LP 2
Side C
01. The Passing Of The Elves
02. Saruman the White
03. A Shortcut to Mushrooms
04. Strider
05. The Nazgûl

Side D
01. Weathertop
02. The Caverns of Isengard
03. Give Up the Halfling
04. Orthanc
05. Rivendell
06. The Sword That Was Broken

LP 3
Side E
01. The Council of Elrond Assembles Featuring “Aníron (Theme for Aragorn and Arwen)” Composed & performed by Enya
02. The Great Eye
03. Gilraen’s Memorial
04. The Pass of Caradhras

Side F
01. The Doors of Durin
02. Moria
03. Gollum
04. Balin’s Tomb

LP 4
Side G
01. Khazad-dûm
02. Caras Galadhon Featuring “Lament for Gandalf” performed by Elizabeth Fraser

Side H
01. The Mirror of Galadriel
02. The Fighting Uruk-hai

LP 5
Side I
01. Parth Galen
02. The Departure of Boromir

Side J
01. The Road Goes Ever On… Pt. 1
02. May It Be Composed & performed by Enya
03. The Road Goes Ever On… Pt. 2 Featuring “In Dreams” performed by Edward Ross

So, now we see how it 'transitions' from CD to vinyl.

Next, let's examine The Two Towers

First, let's go over how it'll look.

As with The Fellowship of the Ring, I imagine the design from the CD set to the vinyl set will be replicated. With Fellowship, it had Frodo with the letters of The One Ring reflected upon his face for the 'book' inside the box that houses the discs. At this point, without seeing a proper 'unboxing', it looks that image still used for the vinyls. Will it house all of them? Is it a box or sleeve of sorts? I'm unable to tell based on the photos at this point. I mean to say that I am unable to tell exactly how the vinyl package will replicate the CD one.

Anyway, so looking at my Two Towers set, the 'book' that houses the discs features of an image of Gollum scaling a cliff. This is the image used (may not be the exact 'frame' though) https://www.thefandomentals.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/golem.jpg .

Also, the box has a 'blue' theme. That will also likely be carried over to the vinyl. The vinyls themselves will be blue, where the Fellowship ones were red.   

Here is the CD tracklisting:

Disc one
No.
Title
Length
1.
"Glamdring"
3:50
2.
"Elven Rope"
2:19
3.
"Lost in Emyn Muil"
4:15
4.
"My Precious"
2:56
5.
"Uglúk's Warriors"
1:41
6.
"The Three Hunters"
6:12
7.
"The Banishment of Éomer"
3:55
8.
"Night Camp"
2:50
9.
"The Plains of Rohan"
4:15
10.
"Fangorn"
5:13
11.
"The Dead Marshes"
5:08
12.
""Wraiths on Wings""
2:08
13.
"Gandalf the White"
6:48
14.
"The Dreams of Trees"
1:55
15.
"The Heir of Númenor"
6:51
16.
"Ent-Draught"
2:54
Total length:
63:10
Disc two
No.
Title
Length
1.
"Edoras"
4:34
2.
"The Court of Meduseld"
3:11
3.
"Théoden King" (feat. "The Funeral of Théodred", performed by Miranda Otto)
6:12
4.
"The King's Decision"
2:08
5.
"Exodus from Edoras"
5:43
6.
"The Forests of Ithilien"
6:38
7.
"One of the Dúnedain" (feat. "Evenstar", performed by Isabel Bayrakdarian)
7:13
8.
"The Wolves of Isengard"
4:22
9.
"Refuge at Helm's Deep"
4:00
10.
"The Voice of Saruman"
1:12
11.
"Arwen's Fate" (feat. "The Grace of the Valar", performed by Sheila Chandra)
3:59
12.
"The Story Foretold"
3:39
13.
"Sons of the Steward"
6:03
14.
"Rock and Pool"
2:55
15.
"Faramir's Good Council"
2:21
Total length:
63:59
Disc three
No.
Title
Length
1.
"Aragorn's Return"
2:12
2.
"War Is Upon Us"
3:36
3.
""Where Is the Horse and the Rider?""
6:16
4.
"The Host of the Eldar"
2:51
5.
"The Battle of the Hornburg"
2:53
6.
"The Breach of the Deeping Wall"
3:03
7.
"The Entmoot Decides"
2:06
8.
"Retreat" (feat. "Haldir's Lament", performed by Elizabeth Fraser)
4:41
9.
"Master Peregrin's Plan"
2:32
10.
"The Last March of the Ents" (feat. Ben Del Maestro)
2:31
11.
"The Nazgûl Attack"
2:45
12.
"Théoden Rides Forth" (feat. Ben Del Maestro)
5:48
13.
"The Tales That Really Matter"
12:01
14.
""Long Ways to Go Yet"" (feat. "Gollum's Song", performed by Emilíana Torrini)
8:06
Total length:
61:12


And THIS is how I imagine the tracklisting will be spread out over the vinyl set:




LP 1
Side A

1.
"Glamdring"
3:50
2.
"Elven Rope"
2:19
3.
"Lost in Emyn Muil"
4:15
4.
"My Precious"
2:56
5.
"Uglúk's Warriors"
1:41

LP 1
Side B
6.
"The Three Hunters"
6:12
7.
"The Banishment of Éomer"
3:55
8.
"Night Camp"
2:50
9.
"The Plains of Rohan"
4:15
10.
"Fangorn"
5:13
LP 2 
Side D
1.
"Edoras"
4:34
2.
"The Court of Meduseld"
3:11
3.
"Théoden King" (feat. "The Funeral of Théodred", performed by Miranda Otto)
6:12
4.
"The King's Decision"
2:08
5.
"Exodus from Edoras"
5:43

LP 3 
Side E
6.
"The Forests of Ithilien"
6:38
7.
"One of the Dúnedain" (feat. "Evenstar", performed by Isabel Bayrakdarian)
7:13
8.
"The Wolves of Isengard"
4:22
9.
"Refuge at Helm's Deep"
4:00
10.
"The Voice of Saruman"
1:12

LP3
Side F
11.
"Arwen's Fate" (feat. "The Grace of the Valar", performed by Sheila Chandra)
3:59
12.
"The Story Foretold"
3:39
13.
"Sons of the Steward"
6:03
14.
"Rock and Pool"
2:55
15.
"Faramir's Good Council"
2:21

LP 4 
Side G
1.
"Aragorn's Return"
2:12
2.
"War Is Upon Us"
3:36
3.
""Where Is the Horse and the Rider?""
6:16
4.
"The Host of the Eldar"
2:51
5.
"The Battle of the Hornburg"
2:53
6.
"The Breach of the Deeping Wall"
3:03

LP 4
Side H
7 .
"The Entmoot Decides"
2:06
8.
"Retreat" (feat. "Haldir's Lament", performed by Elizabeth Fraser)
4:41
9.
"Master Peregrin's Plan"
2:32
10.
"The Last March of the Ents" (feat. Ben Del Maestro)
2:31
11.
"The Nazgûl Attack"
2:45

LP 5
Side I
12.
"Théoden Rides Forth" (feat. Ben Del Maestro)
5:48
13.
"The Tales That Really Matter"
12:01 


LP 5
Side J
14.
""Long Ways to Go Yet"" (feat. "Gollum's Song", performed by Emilíana Torrini)
8:06

Ok, so that was a rough outline. I may be off by a bit. I'm unsure of how much music can fit onto each side of a 180 gram LP vinyl. I know Cds are approx 74 - 77 min or so. Either way, I can see The Two Towers being a 5 LP set as well. If it's 6, LP 6 would be one-sided. 

Finally, we've got The Return of the King

Expect it to 'match' in design and style with The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. This time, the colour would be green. The 'book' that houses the discs features an image of Aragorn on horseback. This one here: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51RA%2BbPO-7L.jpg

Now, let's have a look at the CD set tracklisting:


Disc one
No.
Title
Length
1.
"Roots and Beginnings"
6:31
2.
"Journey to the Crossroads"
2:17
3.
"The Road to Isengard"
2:18
4.
"The Foot of Orthanc"
4:45
5.
"Return to Edoras"
1:51
6.
"The Chalice Passed"
1:51
7.
"The Green Dragon" (feat. Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan)
0:35
8.
"Gollum's Villainy"
2:10
9.
"Éowyn's Dream"
1:24
10.
"The Palantír"
3:10
11.
"Flight from Edoras"
2:19
12.
"The Grace of Undómiel" (feat. Renée Fleming)
6:21
13.
"The Eyes of the White Tower"
4:33
14.
"A Coronal of Silver and Gold"
8:27
15.
"The Lighting of the Beacons"
9:03
Total length:
57:32
Disc two
No.
Title
Length
1.
"Osgiliath Invaded" (feat. Ben Del Maestro)
8:48
2.
"The Stairs of Cirith Ungol"
2:41
3.
"Allegiance to Denethor"
3:20
4.
"The Sacrifice of Faramir" (feat. "The Edge of Night", performed by Billy Boyd)
4:09
5.
"The Parting of Sam and Frodo"
4:04
6.
"Marshalling at Dunharrow"
4:57
7.
"Andúril - Flame of the West"
3:28
8.
"The Passing of the Grey Company"
4:12
9.
"Dwimorberg - The Haunted Mountain"
2:26
10.
"Master Meriadoc, Swordthain"
1:40
11.
"The Paths of the Dead"
6:22
12.
"The Siege of Gondor"
9:01
13.
"Shelob's Lair"
8:53
14.
"Merry's Simple Courage"
2:09
Total length:
66:03
Disc three
No.
Title
Length
1.
"Grond - The Hammer of the Underworld"
1:33
2.
"Shelob the Great"
5:13
3.
"The Tomb of the Stewards"
3:58
4.
"The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
4:10
5.
"The Pyre of Denethor"
2:59
6.
"The Mûmakil"
0:57
7.
"Dernhelm in Battle"
2:06
8.
"A Far Green Country"
1:28
9.
"Shieldmaiden of Rohan"
5:07
10.
"The Passing of Théoden"
2:16
11.
"The Houses of Healing" (feat. Liv Tyler)
2:58
12.
"The Tower of Cirith Ungol"
4:41
13.
"The Last Debate" (feat. "Asëa Aranion", performed by Sissel)
4:21
14.
"The Land of Shadow"
6:29
15.
"The Mouth of Sauron" (feat. Sir James Galway)
8:16
16.
""For Frodo"" (feat. Ben Del Maestro)
3:17
Total length:
59:44
Disc four
No.
Title
Length
1.
"Mount Doom" (feat. Renée Fleming)
4:09
2.
"The Crack of Doom"
4:02
3.
"The Eagles" (feat. Renée Fleming)
2:24
4.
"The Fellowship Reunited" (feat. Sir James Galway, Viggo Mortensen, and Renée Fleming)
12:18
5.
"The Journey to the Grey Havens" (feat. Sir James Galway)
7:35
6.
"Elanor" (feat. Sir James Galway)
1:28
7.
"Days of the Ring" (feat. "Into the West", performed by Annie Lennox)
11:10
8.
"Bilbo's Song"
2:58
Total length:
45:58

Now, here's how I see the vinyl set looking. Again, this rough guess-work.

LP 1
Side A
1.
"Roots and Beginnings"
6:31
2.
"Journey to the Crossroads"
2:17
3.
"The Road to Isengard"
2:18
4.
"The Foot of Orthanc"
4:45
5.
"Return to Edoras"
1:51
6.
"The Chalice Passed"
1:51
7.
"The Green Dragon" (feat. Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan)
0:35

LP 1
Side B

8.
"Gollum's Villainy"
2:10
9.
"Éowyn's Dream"
1:24
10.
"The Palantír"
3:10
11.
"Flight from Edoras"
2:19
12.
"The Grace of Undómiel" (feat. Renée Fleming)
6:21
13.
"The Eyes of the White Tower"
4:33

LP 2
Side C
14.
"A Coronal of Silver and Gold"
8:27
15.
"The Lighting of the Beacons"
9:03

LP 3
Side D
1.
"Osgiliath Invaded" (feat. Ben Del Maestro)
8:48
2.
"The Stairs of Cirith Ungol"
2:41
3.
"Allegiance to Denethor"
3:20
4.
"The Sacrifice of Faramir" (feat. "The Edge of Night", performed by Billy Boyd)
4:09

LP 3
Side E
5.
"The Parting of Sam and Frodo"
4:04
6.
"Marshalling at Dunharrow"
4:57
7.
"Andúril - Flame of the West"
3:28
8.
"The Passing of the Grey Company"
4:12
9.
"Dwimorberg - The Haunted Mountain"
2:26
10.
"Master Meriadoc, Swordthain"
1:40

LP 4
Side F
11.
"The Paths of the Dead"
6:22
12.
"The Siege of Gondor"
9:01

LP 4
Side G
13.
"Shelob's Lair"
8:53
14.
"Merry's Simple Courage"
2:09

LP5
Side H
1.
"Grond - The Hammer of the Underworld"
1:33
2.
"Shelob the Great"
5:13
3.
"The Tomb of the Stewards"
3:58
4.
"The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
4:10
5.
"The Pyre of Denethor"
2:59
6.
"The Mûmakil"
0:57

LP 5
Side I
7.
"Dernhelm in Battle"
2:06
8.
"A Far Green Country"
1:28
9.
"Shieldmaiden of Rohan"
5:07
10.
"The Passing of Théoden"
2:16
11.
"The Houses of Healing" (feat. Liv Tyler)
2:58
12.
"The Tower of Cirith Ungol"
4:41

LP 6
Side J
13.
"The Last Debate" (feat. "Asëa Aranion", performed by Sissel)
4:21
14.
"The Land of Shadow"
6:29

LP 6
Side K
15.
"The Mouth of Sauron" (feat. Sir James Galway)
8:16
16.
""For Frodo"" (feat. Ben Del Maestro)
3:17

LP 7
Side L
1.
"Mount Doom" (feat. Renée Fleming)
4:09
2.
"The Crack of Doom"
4:02
3.
"The Eagles" (feat. Renée Fleming)
2:24

LP 7
Side M
4.
"The Fellowship Reunited" (feat. Sir James Galway, Viggo Mortensen, and Renée Fleming)
12:18

LP 8
Side N
5.
"The Journey to the Grey Havens" (feat. Sir James Galway)
7:35
6.
"Elanor" (feat. Sir James Galway)
1:28

LP 8 
Side O
7.
"Days of the Ring" (feat. "Into the West", performed by Annie Lennox)
11:10
8.
"Bilbo's Song"
2:58

So this is a very rough, speculative look at how the remaining films can be presented on vinyl. I may be off the mark a few times here, but I think it's safe to say that I'll be right with the design element, and that for the entire trilogy score on vinyl will come in at a total of 18 vinyl LPs (5 for Fellowship, 5 for Towers, and 8 for King.) The Two Towers could be 5 or 6 LP's, and The Return of the King could be 7 or 8. So in total, I'd say expect 17-20 vinyls in total for all three soundtracks.  

Please note that if anybody at Warner Bros, Rhino, or is involved with the films, the soundtracks in any shape or form - please do ot cancel or alter your plans in the odd chance I may have gussed right - I am a fan of these films, and the music in them; and am just offering my speculative opinion for what is to come, as I am looking forward to the following two installments to come out on the vinyl format.

[Also, apologies for the 'formatting' of this blog post - sometimes blogger doesn't agree when it comes to copy + paste. I got the tracklisting off of Wikipedia.]

Finally, I want to do a push for Doug Adams' Music of the Lord of the Rings Films book. It compliments these soundtracks tremendously, whether you have, or plan to get them, on CD or vinyl.  It can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Music-Lord-Rings-Films-Comprehensive/dp/0739071572/ref=sr_1_1_atc_badge_A28VFQ2RQJP1YP_twi_har_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519503387&sr=1-1&keywords=music+of+lord+of+the+rings