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Landscapes of Middle Earth

We complete our restored re-release of John Sangster's jazz-inspired view of Tolkien's epic tale with this the fourth and final work in the series. Originally a double LP released in the late 1970s, this album finally met the CD age late in 2006.

As well as all the music from the original LPs, there is a video shot in New Zealand of ravishing landscapes similar to those seen in the recent movie trilogy, but with John Sangster's music as the soundtrack.

Don Burrows - bass-flute, alto-flute, c-flute, school-flute (fife), and clarinet
Graeme Lyall - soprano and tenor saxophones
Jim Kelly - guitar
George Golla - guitar
Greg Lyon - bass
Doug Gallagher - drums
Ian Bloxsom - percussions
John Sangster - vibraphone, marimba and percussions
Claire Poole Singers - voices
Peader O'Carrol - harp
John Lyle - leader of the strings


John Sangster

John Sangster was one of the most talented Australian jazz musicians of all time, a technician and creator who embraced and understood more styles of music than any other.

Press quotes

“The mercurial quality shimmering around Jim Kelly's guitar playing melds easily with Sangster's musical vision - a vision that sounds astonishingly timeless three decades on.”

— John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

“Sangster's enchantment ran deep, and it shows.”

— Chris Seeman, The Tolkien Music List

“Some of this prolific composer's most reflective writing complemented by superb solos from Don Burrows and Graeme Lyall”

— Kevin Jones, Limelight

Audio previews

Track Listing

  1. Green Hill Country John Sangster 9:00
  2. The Lonely Mountains John Sangster 5:45
  3. Summer's Solstice John Sangster 5:26
  4. The Old Forest John Sangster 6:57
  5. Laurelindorenan John Sangster 8:47
  6. Fangorn John Sangster 7:57
  7. A Dance for the New Forest John Sangster 8:17
  8. Winter's Solstice John Sangster 6:56
  9. Summer's Reprise John Sangster 10:13

Disc 2

  1. Panorama from Tower Hills John Sangster 10:00
  2. Star Opening John Sangster 5:58
  3. Weathertop John Sangster 4:53


Where to buy

Landscapes of Middle Earth is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Spotify and Apple Music.

Landscapes of Middle Earth is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
90 minutes 9 seconds
Release date
© 1978 John Sangster
℗ 2006 Move Records
Australian, Jazz
Catalogue number
MD 3254
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574325423