Middle Earth (Album)

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Middle Earth
Studio album by Bob Catley



Label (s) Frontiers Records

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  • Singing: Bob Catley
  • Guitar: Vinny Burns
  • Drums: John Cooksey
  • Keyboard: Gary Hughes
  • Bass: Steve McKenna
  • Guest: Tracy Hitchings (vocals)


Gary Hughes

Studio (s)

Startrack Studios, GH Production Studios, The Viper Room

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Middle Earth is a music album by Bob Catley . It was released in 2001 on the music label Frontiers Records and belongs to the “melodic hard rock ” genre.

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Middle Earth is Bob Catley's third studio album. Like its two predecessors, it was created again in collaboration with Gary Hughes , who acted as songwriter and producer and also played the keyboards . It lyrically processes elements from the book The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien . The pieces mostly have a hymn-like character, the classic hard rock takes a back seat in the overall picture.

History of origin

At an early stage of their collaboration, Hughes and Catley, both Tolkien fans since their youth, had a vague plan to produce an album about the Lord of the Rings. The topic had already been touched on on Catley's first solo album "The Tower" in the track "Fear of the Dark". After the release of the previous album "Legends", which also deals with fictional characters from novels and sagas, Hughes brought up the topic again, which finally led to the decision to now tackle a "Lord of the Rings" -inspired album. The album was recorded by Audu Obaje, Kirk Podmore, Vinny Burns and Gary Hughes and mixed by Audu Obaje. The producer was Gary Hughes. Landmarq's Tracey Hitchings can be heard as a guest singer in "Against the Wind" .

Track list

All titles are written by Gary Hughes.

  1. "The Wraith Of The Rings" - 7:05
  2. "The Fields That I Recall - Emissary - The Fields That I Recall (Reprise)" - 8:02
  3. "City Walls" - 6:11
  4. "Against the Wind" - 5:15
  5. "Where You Lead I'll Follow - Stormcrow And Pilgrim - Where You Lead I'll Follow (Reprise)" - 8:47
  6. "Return Of The Mountain King" - 6:40
  7. "The End Of Summer (Galadriel's Theme)" - 5:51
  8. "This Gallant Band Of Manic Strangers" - 3:46
  9. "The Fellowship" - 4:23


Middle Earth first appeared on March 26, 2001 on Frontiers Records. It was presented on an acoustic tour, among other things. This was followed by a tour with Hughes' band Ten and Kip Winger .


The album received mixed reviews. The film adaptation of “Lord of the Rings”, which was published at the same time as a feature film, gained some attention and positive reviews.

“On Middle Earth, both gentlemen have made strides to break out of any stereotypes to deliver an album that both conforms to what fans hope and expect for and also deliver some great new aspects of their partnership. This in essence is Bob Catley's best solo album to date and his best work since Magnum.
(The two gentlemen have taken great strides on Middle Earth to break all stereotypes and deliver an album that meets the hopes and expectations of fans and shows great new aspects of their partnership. In summary, this is Catley's best solo album to date and his best work since Magnum.) "

- melodicrock.com

In the hard rock / heavy metal scene, however, there was occasional disappointment as the epic, melodic compositions did not satisfy this audience.

Individual evidence

  1. Review on melodicrock.com ( Memento of the original from October 21, 2006 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed June 15, 2010 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.melodicrock.com

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