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 

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