Vinyl pressings of the original Lord of the Rings soundtracks are being released for the first time ever. Check out the collection below.
The Grammy and Oscar-winning soundtracks – composed by Howard Shore – were first released back in 2005. CD box sets were made available for each of the three instalments via Reprise.
Now, LOTR fans and audiophiles will be able to get their hands on the super-impressive vinyl collections of the OSTs. The releases begin with The Fellowship of The Ring box set – out March 16 via Rhino Records/ April 6 in US.
The first in the series features five red vinyl LPs in a “red leather style spine” box. A map of Middle Earth is also included, along with notes from Doug Adams, author of The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films. Find more details here.
Meanwhile, it was confirmed by Amazon last year that they will be adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels for TV. Executives involved in the deal have also said the new series will offer the potential for spin-off shows.
Sir Ian McKellen later expressed an interest in reprising the role of Gandalf – while Gimli actor John Rhys-Davies said that Tolkein would be ‘spinning in his grave’ over the new project.
When the news of the new series was confirmed, Sharon Tal Yguado – Amazon’s new head of scripted programming – said: “The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen.”