Enya Picture Disc To Celebrate ‘Lord Of The Rings’ 20th Anniversary
Enya is to release a picture disc featuring May It Be from the soundtrack of The Lord Of The Rings to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film. The 12″ EP will also include the two Enya songs that featured as B-sides to the single at the time – Isobella and The First Of Autumn – making their first appearance on vinyl. The single will be released on 3 December and is available to order HERE.
The Lord Of The Rings film trilogy is among the most successful in cinematic history. Based on the popular JRR Tolkien novel of the same name, the award-winning movies were directed by Peter Jackson and scored by composer Howard Shore.
Peter Jackson asked Enya to write a song for The Lord Of The Rings. She agreed and began writing what would become May It Be with her longtime producer/arranger Nicky Ryan and her lyricist, Roma Ryan.
Embraced by fans and critics alike, May It Be would go on to be nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Song; a Golden Globe® Award for Best Original Song; and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Enya recorded the other two songs featured on the May It Be single while making her fifth studio album, A Day Without Rain. A No 2 smash on the US Billboard 200, the album has sold more than 16 million copies and is ranked as the best-selling new-age album of all time. The First Of Autumn is an instrumental that appears on the original studio album. The other track, Isobella, is a rarity that can be found on the Japanese edition of A Day Without Rain.
May It Be arrives just in time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Fellowship Of The Ring and its popular soundtrack. That collection is certified platinum in the US, where it won the Academy Award® for Best Original Score and the Grammy® for Best Score Soundtrack Album.