After spending Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday week riddling, Doug Adams announced what the ‘other major release’ his book will be tied to: LOTR: THE RARITIES ARCHIVE, scheduled for release in the fourth quarter 2009. There will be substantially more rarities material released. Doug’s initial project was limited in terms of budget (buying rights from Warner Brothers). WBR owns all this so licensing rights is not an issue. Doug wrote:
It can get a bit confusing even to those of us who keep abreast of the subject so I’m going to be very methodical and touch on what’s already been relesed, what we know will be released in the future and what is new as of September 26…
WHAT’S ALREADY BEEN RELEASED:
So far we have had a variety of audio releases in regards to the soundtrack:
TRILOGY SET: These three CDs were also released as a trilogy set with some collectible cards. But again, the audio content was the same as the OSTs.
COMPLETE RECORDINGS: The concept for the Complete Recordings (CR) was to provide the soundtrack for the movies as heard in the extended edition CDs. But they didn’t stick strictly to what is heard on the EEs. Some music was expanded so as to be longer than in the movies. Unused music (music taken out in the final edit) or alternate music (music scored for a scene but replaced by another piece for the final edit) was sometimes inserted in its proper place. In addition to these, the liner notes included short but nicely detailed notes about the themes in the soundtrack. And an annotated score (AS) (free downloadable pdf) was made available for each release that provided a running track by track analysis, a full accounting of the complete lyrics (see note that follows) and information on the artists and instruments heard in the soundtrack. The liner notes and annotated score were written by Doug Adams. There is a CR set for each movie.
(Complete lyrics are the full song/poem from which the lyrics as sung in the soundtrack were drawn. For the most part, one can not look at these and ‘sing along’ with any music in the soundtrack.)
WHAT WE KNEW WOULD BE RELEASED IN THE FUTURE:
The book would contain the information included in the CR liner notes and AS but would contain more information on those themes and more themes not mentioned in the liner notes. On his FAQ page, Doug writes:
“The book will contain all the information from The Complete Recordings liners and the Annotated Scores (though somewhat restructured), plus several sections of text never before released.”
The multimedia content would contain an assortment of things. From his FAQ page Doug had said:
“We are planning for the book to come with 1 or 2 multimedia discs. These discs will contain analytical material as well as The Lord of the Rings Rarities Archives. The Archives will house the alternate music from LOTR for educational/study purposes. (magpie adds: otherwise… not set up for recreational listening). We’re also looking in to including video material as well as secondary audio tracks with commentary.”
Please note the emphasis on ‘had said’. This is no longer the case. Keep reading.
The Music of the LOTR films would be available in two formats: standard & deluxe. The differences would be purely asthetic and Doug has been clear that there will be no difference in content.
WHAT IS NEW AS OF SEPT 26 AND WHAT HAS CHANGED:
There will be substantially more rarities material released. Doug’s project was limited in terms of budget (buying rights from Warner Brothers). WBR owns all this so licensing rights is not an issue. Doug wrote:
“This means that CONSIDERABLY more music is now available for the project! You will see why this qualifies as something “major,” I promise. And as I’ve said, there is some incredible LOTR music that no one has ever heard. Now we can be sure you’ll hear it all. Frankly, it’ll be amazing to put everything Shore wrote for this project side-by-side. It’s remarkable both from a collector/completeist standpoint and from an artistic standpoint. Here, finally, is the complete collection of Howard Shore’s music for The Lord of the Rings.”
With the RA moving to a separate release, Doug’s project now has room to do other things. What those ‘things’ are is still in development but Doug wrote:
“We’re still discovering the parameters of this new aspect, but we’re using our public appearances and pre-concert lectures as a starting point—the experiences that Howard and I have had discussing this score. The experiences themselves aren’t going to be the focus, obviously, the music will. But I think our framing device will develop along these lines. We’re in an even more embryonic state on this than on the Master Box. It’s come as a complete surprise… and wonderful surprise at that, but thoughts are still being organized.”
The Rarities Archive will be available for purchase on its own.
MASTER BOX (official title pending):
WBR will make available a boxed set that will include:
THE WHOLE ENCHILADA (official title pending):
WBR will make available a boxed set that will include
The Music of the LOTR films by Doug Adams, deluxe edition
THE MUSIC OF THE LOTR FILMS:
Aside from a refocus from Rarities to other material for the multimedia discs, the release date has been pushed from fourth quarter 2008 to fourth quarter 2009. It will still be available in both standard and deluxe editions.
Okay… by being comprehensive, I hope I haven’t made it more confusing. The big announcement was made HERE on Doug’s blog and he’s welcoming questions that people have. Oh… and in case it isn’t clear, all those speculations the riddles created about Blu Ray and concerts with guest performers and attendees… wrong. 🙂