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By Request [Enhanced, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import]

Wendy Carlos Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Nov 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: East Side Digital
  • ASIN: B0000E32XC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,009 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Russian Dance
2. Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy
3. Dance Of The Reed-Pipes
4. Dialogues For Piano And Two Loudspeakers
5. Episodes For Piano And Electronic Sound
6. Geodesic Dance (Electornic Etude)
7. Brandenburg Concerto No.2 In F Major (1st Movement)
8. 'Little' Fugue In G Minor
9. What's New, Pussycat?
10. Eleanor Rigby
11. Wedding March
12. Pompous Circumstances

Product Description

WENDY CARLOS By Request (2003 US 12-track enhanced CD album from the American composer & electronic musician who notably wrote and performed the scores for Stanley Kubricks A Clockwork Orange and The Shining. By Request includes versions of tracks from the Nutcracker Suite Whats New Pussycat? and The Beatles Eleanor Rigby and comes enhanced with additional material related to this work. Complete with an extensive picture sleeve booklet containing sleevenotes ESD81692)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Banned in Britain! 26 Aug 2004
By D. A. Campbell VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Finally, almost 30 years after the original vinyl version, the lovingly re-mastered CD is here. The original LP was created to
satisfy demands from listeners and provide a mix of synthesized classics (Bach, Tchaikovsky and Wagner), realisations of popular songs, vintage pre-Moog Carlos and contempoary original Carlos pieces.
It is the latter which provide the two most fascinating pieces on the CD. "Geodesic Dance" is short, highly rythymic, exciting work which ranks as one of Carlos' best. It has a very modern feel but is melodic - a lot happens in the three and a half minutes. The longer "Pompous Circumstances" is based on Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1" and is a series of variations on that theme in a number of styles. Unfortunately, the estate of Sir Edward felt that this was taking a rise out of the great man's "Enigma Variations" and banned the Carlos track from appearing on the UK pressings. The artwork for the present CD cheekily includes a "Banned in Britain!" logo. "Pompous Circumstances" represents the ultimate in Carlos' analogue (Moog) compositions and showcases her knowledge of musical styles - including a very energetic
Bach-like fugue and an atmospheric avant-garde "orchestral" variation with realistic percussion effects. American musical styles include the Sousa-like introduction and a Scott Joplin-plays-Elgar passage. The composition ends with a "2001" variation, perhaps a nod to Stanley Kubrick with whom Carlos worked on "A Clockwork Orange" and was to work with again on "The Shining".
The other pair of Carlos originals date from the early 60's and are for piano and electronic sound. Set against the later pieces they sound primitive but have a wistful, romantic quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pompous Circumstances - on Vinyl! 8 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Agree that "Pompous Circumstances" is a brilliant piece, both musically and sonically. Incredible that it was created without modern computer support. And I have one of the rare vinyl copies, bought from a little shop which sold records sent out for review - immediately afterwards the Elgar estate forbade its sale in the UK. Wonder what it's worth now?

But if you want to know what Carlos could do with a synthesiser, "What's New Pussycat?" is a stunner - more effects than you would have thought possible!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Extraordinary 'Pompous Circumstances' 11 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
A few vinyl copies with 'Pompous Circumstances' on did 'escape' onto the UK market, though they are now very rare. (If you are a vinyl collector, remember to search the second-hand market for Walter Carlos (later to become Wendy)). Pompous Circumstances is a cleverly constructed dialogue between Britain and the USA in the form of musical fragments that are identifiable as representing each country - from Camptown Races to Yellow Submarine. The fragments become shorter as the piece progresses, so that it is tantalisingly difficult to identify every quotation. There is also a wry ambiguity as to which country has the last word!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some Of The Best & Some Of The Rest ! 5 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
I'll get to the point, "Little" Fugue In G Major is the best piece of eletronic music I have ever heard or ever likely to hear.
Its impossible to describe how good it is, Wendy just has a way of presenting and bringing Bach's music alive with electronic keyboards.
Not all the rest is essential, being very clearly experimental, but much of it is of her usual high standard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Crazy After All These Years 21 Jan 2004
By "kukuruku" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As the Ultimate Carlos Fan and an analog synthesist, I was elated to discover that By Request, which I've had since it appeared on vinyl, was at last available on CD. I'm happy to report that it is just as good now as it was almost three decades ago. That's right--three decades!
The music on this well-remastered CD still shines even though songs like "What's New Pussycat?" are no longer in vogue. The CD is a hodgepodge of various tunes from Bach to Beatles supposedly requested by listeners after The Well Tempered Synthesizer was released. The result may only only be mildly interesting to the occasional listener, but to followers of electronic music, it's like rediscovering a lost gem.
The three dances from The Nutcracker aren't particular standouts by Carlosian standards, nor are some of the other selections. Suffice it to say of the album that when it is good, it is very very good, and when it is bad it is merely good. Here are random notes on some of the more interesting pieces:
"Dialogues" and "Episodes" are early piano/synth pieces in the academic style. They will NOT appeal to some listeners, but they are well composed and extremely well performed, given the difficulty of creating electronic music back then.
"What's New Pussycat?" of Bacharach fame is another early Moog piece that is about as "Moogy" as Carlos has ever gotten. The Moog waa-waa filter cliche normally shunned by Carlos is here put to playful use in a chorus of drunken cats. I can't listen to this piece without smiling at the obvious good humor and sense of fun behind it.
"Geodesic Dance" remains one of my all-time favorites and appears here in all its modernistic glory. The piece is beautifully composed and full of the spatial and dynamic subtleties that set Carlos' analog work leagues above the rest. It ranks with "Timesteps" and "Country Lane" from the later Clockwork Orange album as thoroughly competent and quintessentially Carlos.
The CD's Big Finale, of course, is "Pompous Circumstances," a playful send-up of the Elgar classic performed in a wide variety of styles. Once again, Carlos' talent as a composer and consummate synthesist shine through, along with a dose of good humor. It's a pastiche, but not without it's serious moments, which might be why it's such a satisfying work.
Given the extreme difficulty and tedium of recording on a monophonic analog synthesizer--where changing a sound means striking a patch that may have taken hours to create and starting all over again--it's a wonder that the outcome could sound so good. But Carlos is a perfectionist and it shows on this album as it does on all of the Moog works. I confess that Carlos' digital music sounds flat and mundane to me and doesn't stand up to repeated listening. The analog works, for all their difficulty, continue to sound fresh and spirited. My request for Wendy's next "By Request" album would be to do another one like this--all analog.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 29 Mar 2008
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The dawn of electronic music. A must have for anyone. Wendy is phenominal. I have this on vinyl and the CD brings forth a much greater amount of subtleties.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In 1975 Wendy Carlos Released A Varried Collection From The Subline To The Experimental. 13 Mar 2010
By J. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
By Request opens with a 3 part dance from the Nutcracker Suite, slightly wimsical in nature, but basically OK.
Dialogues For Piano And Two Loudspeakers and Episodes For Electronic Sound are both very experimental and I think they should have stayed that way!
What's New, Pussycat and Wedding March are too changed for me and Pompous Circumstances was initially banned in Britain and I can see why!
Now on to better things, Eleanor Rigby and Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 In F Major are outstandingly good.
Which brings me to the jewel in the crown, "Little" Fugue In G Major.
I put this as the greatest single piece of electronic music I have ever heard or ever likely to hear, it causes tingles down my spine!
So this gets 5 stars for the final 3 tracks mentioned immediately above.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is this CD so expensive??? 23 April 2013
By libu1968 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I used to have this on cassette and have been hoping to find a downloadable version (apparently it doesn't exists), but the closest I've found is the CD version. Why on earth is this CD selling for well over $100 used??? Although I desperately would love to hear Eleanor Rigby again, I cannot imagine spending that amount. Does anybody have an idea of where I can find this at a reasonable price?
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun music 28 Jun 2006
By Richard Laborde - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Now, with so many electronic musical instruments, it is fun to listen to one of the origanals.
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