Poems and Songs of Middle Earth.
(Caedmon, 1967: TC 1231). This LP has a great image of Mordor on the cover done by Pauline Baynes. The contents include Tolkien reading poems from The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, such as Mewlips, The Hoard and The Sea-Bell. Side two has A Elbereth Githoniel, read by Tolkien. This is a must-listen for people interested in correctly pronouncing Elvish. Most of side two contains the The Road Goes Ever On, music and songs derived from Tolkien's work that were composed by Donald Swan. The songs were sung by William Elvin (Can that last name be for real?). The Road Goes Ever On sounds nothing like I expected Tolkien's poems and songs to sound. William Elvin has a fine operatic voice but the style is unsuited to Tolkiens poems, which are better recited rather than literally sung. In the end, the music comes off like a comic parody of Tolkien's poems. Imagine Pavarotti singing "Sounds of Silence, and you get the picture. The contents of this LP were later compiled in an audiotape set called The J. R. R. Tolkien Audio Collection (Caedmon, ISBN: 1-55994-675-X). Many were also included on a CD that came with the UK Millenium edition of The Lord of the Rings.
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