Music Inspired by Watership Down

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Music Inspired by Watership Down
Bo Hansson Watership Down.jpg
Studio album by Bo Hansson
Released 1977
Recorded 1976
Genre Progressive rock
Length 47:03
Label Charisma (UK)
Sire (USA)
Producer Bo Hansson, Pontus Olsson
Bo Hansson chronology
Attic Thoughts
(1975)Attic Thoughts1975
Music Inspired by Watership Down
Reflection: Best of Bo Hansson
(1983)Reflection: Best of Bo Hansson1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.0/5 stars [1]

Music Inspired by Watership Down is a progressive rock album by Swedish musician Bo Hansson. The album is Hansson's fourth solo album and is, as its name suggests, built around musical ideas inspired by Richard Adams' heroic fantasy novel Watership Down.[2] It was the second album of Hansson's to have been based on a novel; his first solo album, Music Inspired by Lord of the Rings, had likewise been based on J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.[3][4] Hansson had already composed and released a musical suite inspired by Watership Down on his previous album Attic Thoughts.[5] However, beyond its title, the Music Inspired by Watership Down album contains few overt references to the novel and instead features excerpts from the works of various poets, such as John Keats and Alexander Pope.[2]

Music Inspired by Watership Down was originally released in Sweden as El-Ahrairah by YTF Records in 1977.[2][6] This title was taken directly from the pages of Watership Down, with El-Ahrairah being the name of a trickster, folk hero-deity rabbit, known as "The Prince with a Thousand Enemies".[2][7] The album was subsequently released with its English title by Charisma Records in the United Kingdom[8] and Sire Records in the United States,[9] but it failed to chart on either side of the Atlantic.[10][11] Music Inspired by Watership Down was reissued on CD in 2004 by Virgin Records.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Bo Hansson except where indicated.

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Born in the Gentle South" (Bo Hansson, Kenny Håkansson) – 16:35
  2. "Allegro for a Rescue" – 1:23

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Legend and Light" (Bo Hansson, Kenny Håkansson) – 3:39
  2. "Trial and Adversity" – 4:10
  3. "The Twice – Victory" – 8:14
  4. "The Kingdom Brightly Smiles" – 1:24

2004 CD reissue bonus track[edit]

  1. "Migration Suite" [live studio recording] (Bo Hansson, Kenny Håkansson) – 11:38



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  2. ^ a b c d "Bo Hansson: A Brief History". Dutch Progressive Rock Page. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  3. ^ "Bo Hansson – Music Inspired by Watership Down album review". Dutch Progressive Rock Page. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  4. ^ "Bo Hansson Biography". Silence Records. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  5. ^ "Bo Hansson – Attic Thoughts album review". Dutch Progressive Rock Page. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  6. ^ "El-Ahrairah production credits". Silence Records. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  7. ^ Timmerman, John H. (1983). Other Worlds: The Fantasy Genre. Bowling Green State University Popular Press. p. 95. ISBN 0-87972-242-8. 
  8. ^ "Music Inspired by Watership Down – UK release". Discogs. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  9. ^ Snider, Charles. (2008). The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock. Strawberry Bricks. p. 323. ISBN 0-615-17566-X. 
  10. ^ Brown, Tony. (2000). The Complete Book of the British Charts. Omnibus Press. p. 377. ISBN 0-7119-7670-8. 
  11. ^ "Bo Hansson Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  12. ^ "Music Inspired by Watership Down album listing". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-13.