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The 'Rings Project

by Alan Horvath

Acoustic Rock ... for real. If you're into Lord of the Rings, you'll want this CD. Passionate reflections of Tolkien's tale.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. The Final Salutation of Bilbo
2:23 $0.99
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2. The Ballad of Tom Bombadil
5:48 $0.99
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3. At the Sign of the Prancing Pony
2:53 $0.99
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4. The Nine Riders
3:29 $0.99
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5. The Ring Goes South
3:39 $0.99
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6. The Departure of Boromir
5:07 $0.99
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7. The Fighting Uruk-hai
4:24 $0.99
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8. The Road Goes On and On
4:03 $0.99
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9. The Grey Havens
6:15 $0.99
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10. Frodo's Song (Friends Should Never Say Goodbye)
3:25 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The music of Alan Horvath and the story of the Lord of the Rings have been synonymous in some circles for 3 decades.   Alan's first songs about the trilogy were penned in 1972, but it wasn't until 1979 that Alan (then known as Alan Post) pursued the idea of an entire album of songs based on the story.

In 1980, Fantasy Films took a strong interest in Horvath's work, as did the Tolkien Foundation in England.   Common Ground Music Group (Nashville, TN) signed Horvath to an exclusive recording and publishing contract that year ... an album project was recorded ... a 45 r.p.m. record was released and received moderate airplay and regional notoriety, especially in the Northeastern US.

In 1981, producer Scott Turner took Horvath's nine-song project with him on a trip to visit with David Bowie at his castle, in France.   They listened to the project together, and Bowie expressed a strong interest in collaborating with Horvath.

In early 2001, New Line Cinema (producers of the 2001, 2002 and 2003 releases of The Lord of the Rings movie) reviewed Alan's material and contacted him with great enthusiasm.   Meetings were conducted ... contracts were discussed ... but, eventually, the reality presented by Howard Shore for the movie itself, prevailed : no songs of this nature were to be employed; Howard Shore was creating an opera.

In 2004 "The Ballad of Tom Bombadil" was licensed for use in a feature-length film documentary titled "Ringers: Lord of the Fans" -- this film is scheduled for release in 2005. For more info, visit www.TheOneRing.net/ringers/

Listen to the work of this veteran singer-songwriter ... and witness an artist who's been doing it for it's own sake for more than thirty years.

Players:
Alan Horvath: Vocals, 1968 Gibson Hummingbird Guitar, Teardrop & Baritone Dulcimers, Diatonic Autoharp, Octave Mandolin, Harmonicas, and Percussion; 14" and 16" Bodhrans, Congas and Bongos.

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Joan Drushel

Incredible achievement
If Tolkien could play guitar, this might be the result. A beautiful musical rendition of "Lord of the Rings" which reflects all the moods of the story. Alan Horvathis musical genius is the perfect match for Tolkien's literary genius.
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Mary Anne Lemons

I love the adventure
It is wonderful to be in middle earth enjoying the adventure, with songs that bring back the passion of having read the books.
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Carlene Cordova & Danny Lukic

"The Ballad of Tom Bombadil" Licensed for LotR Film Documentary
"The Ballad of Tom Bombadil" will fit in so nicely to a section of the film that we're editing about people's thoughts on Tom Bombadil.
~ Carlene Cordova ...

Its our pleasure to use your music in our film!
~ Danny Lukic ...

Re: Ringers: Lord of the Fans | www.TheOneRing.net/ringers/
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David T. Getsfrid

Alan is One of the Best!
I have heard just about every musical 'rendition' of LOTR that's out there, and after hearing The Ballad of Tom Bombadil and The Ring Goes South, I realize that Alan's is not only one of the most original, but one of the best!
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John Scott

Excellent lyrics about a Middle Earth legend
The lyrics and music capture the essence of the Middle Earth quest. I loved it!
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Chris Seeman

Thumbs Up!
Alan's lyrical emphasis is well placed, and sets his work off from many other (equally commendable) Tolkien-inspired albums that have appeared over the last few years. Thumbs up!
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Bob James

Original Lyrics, yet wonderfully captures the spirit of Tolkien's Middle-earth
Each song is a winner. With original lyrics and music, Alan draws his listeners into Tolkien's World of Middle-earth. From upbeat and fun songs like "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony" to the powerful "Fighting Uruk-hai" to the mournful "Departure of Boromir" to the heartbreaking "Frodo's Song" this CD creatively and masterfully covers the whole Lord of the Rings story. Every Tolkien fan should have this CD, as well as those who just like a good song from an imaginative and gifted artist.
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