Scandinavian organist Bo Hansson first made a name for himself as part of the rock duo Hansson & Karlsson. The two toured regularly from ’67 to ’69 and supposedly regularly jammed with Jimi Hendrix. After the group split up, Hansson focused on writing and became fascinated with the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, in particular The Lord of the Rings. The resulting Music Inspired By Lord Of The Rings would become his most successful album and a progressive rock classic. Recorded on on a portable eight-track, in a rented house on an island off Stockholm, the album is a psychedelic and otherworldly trip through Tolkien’s world (The Shire, Lothlorien, Rohan, etc.) featuring Hansson’s incredible keyboard playing on organ, primitive electronic keyboards, and Moog synthesizer. Despite very much fitting into the category of ’70s progressive rock, the album holds up surprisingly well and makes for great home listening.
Recommended – Full Listen
Tags: Home Listening / Progressive Rock / Psychedelic