"The Fighting Uruk-hai" was written June 18th, 1980 ...
in Richard's Cabin - New Berlin, New York
From The 'Rings Project CD :
Recorded January 23, 2004 at Smokey Mirror Studios in Milltown, New Jersey.
Alan Horvath: Vocal | 1968 Gibson Hummingbird Guitar
Overdubs by Horvath: Orc Voices, Bass Guitar & Percussion (BOSS DR-770 Rhythm Composer/Drum Machine)
Track 7 from the Lord of the Rings CD ... Orcs -- Orcs and goblins. Boromir died defending Merry and Pippin against an onslaught of these beasts, to no avail. The Orcs carried Merry and Pippin off ... marching them relentlessly towards Lugburz -- but these were no ordinary Orcs! Originally Elves who were drawn into the Darkness, the Fighting Uruk-hai were a breed like none other.
This is the song of those Orcs ... and of Merry's and Pippin's time with them.
Keyth Deickerson wrote and played the original bass guitar line to this song back in 1980 when we did the original 'Rings Project for Common Ground Music Group in Nashville, Tennessee. Keyth's bass-line has always impressed me as a wonderful part of this song and when I was recording this version, so many years later, his part kept creeping into my head ... I've been meaning to buy a bass guitar, but haven't gotten around to it yet and my BOSS DR-770 Rhythm Composer just happens to have a couple of bass guitar sounds in it, so I figured the part out by tapping buttons on the Composer and recorded it down. It worked out better than I thought it would ... but nonetheless, I sure wished Keyth was in town!
Written and recorded with my 1968 Gibson Hummingbird guitar, with an open G tuning: G G D G B D ... tuned down a whole step to an open F tuning: F F C F A C.
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