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Hanging Gardens [Live]

Necks Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (28 Jan 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Recommended
  • ASIN: B00005UPQZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Silent Way for the noughties 14 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
I came across the Necks CD rather belatedly, although I was familiar with Chis Abrahams , the bands keyboards player, who relased an album on Australian label Hot in the mid 80's.
Put simply if you want 'A Silent Way' for the noughties, this is it! . The classic Miles Davis album, which to my ears was quite unlike anything he'd done before and certainly Miles never did anything quite like it again, is a stunning piece of music which sadly no one attempted to develop, until this album came along.
Although the good folks at Wire magazine and their UK distributor and label ReR would cringe at the description this is some of the most amazinging chill out music I've ever heard, being both hypnotic and dream-like.
Fans of The Cinematic Orchestra's new album (Everyday) should try this out immediately!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seventh Wonder 6 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
For the uninitiated, The Necks are an Australian trio of Chris Abrahams (keyboards), Tony Buck (drums) and Lloyd Swanton (bass) and this is their seventh album, but the first to be released in the UK. It was recorded in 1996 and released in Australia in 1999. The Necks specialise in hour-long improvised pieces, but unlike most improvised music there's a regular pulse, plenty of space and the harmonies are more 'in' than 'out'.
Normally The Necks' pieces build up with one instrument joining in after the other. This one springs into life with a piano chord, 16-beat pattern on cymbals and hi-hat and a wheezing Hammond Organ in the background. Over the first 7 minutes various themes (a low piano motif, an echoing bass note) are introduced which are gradually played more and more frequently until the snare drum kicks in and the Hammond comes to the fore. Around the 20-minute mark first chord reappears in a new theme. It all seems so logical that it's hard to believe that this is improvised.
Hanging Gardens ebbs and flows like an orchestral piece; halfway through they've stripped everything back to the bare minimum, yet within 10 minutes we're treated to a swirling organ solo and Abrahams' trade mark trilled single notes on the piano. The constant trance-like beat is reminiscent of Dance music, but all this is achieved without a click track or computer-generated loops.
This music belies description as it works on so many levels. Initially the repetition can put the listener on edge, but gradually you get sucked in, and the tiniest changes sound like seismic shifts. It's not a difficult listen but does repay patience; there's nothing out there that sounds quite like this and each listen reveals something new. Totally recommended!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Minimalism? Its just good music 20 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
I saw the Necks in concert at a club in Leeds recently and this album sort of sums up the kind of experience you have when you listen to them. The music ebbs and flows and kind of goes out of your awareness from time to time but these guys are looking for small rewards in their audience. This is just good music which does not make a pretence to be political or revolutionary. It just is. The fact that this album is just one long track may make some think of prog rock or exprimental music or Tangerine Dream or whoever but it really is unlike all those things. Its jazz but played in an unassuming way - its not self referential or showing off. I think these guys are just trying to play at this moment in time and saying to the listener - if you like this appreciate it if not, then not.
This music is a good reflection of what's missing from the mainstream at the moment. Just people in love with the idea of playing and wanting others to enjoy that. Very much recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hanging Gardens" - a great masterpiece 8 Aug 2004
By Cameron Rochette - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this song on a radio network on a long haul flight a few years ago, and it was the perfect piece to listen to when you're sitting upright for ten hours in coach on an airplane. The soothing, evoking sounds produced by the interesting organs, quiet yet intense drum playing, and mysterious bass plucking was enough to make me buy this album after I got off the flight. It is great to fall asleep to, and this is what I would call "space - jazz", although I think the genre is jazz fusion. One critic described the hour-long piece to sound "as if the universe's plumbing is shuddering into gear". When the piano kicks in with the chord riffs, it is as if you're in a dream world with the tranquilizing percussion. What is great about this piece is that it so cleverly written; it is basically just a few bars of music that evolve into something unworldly, and it just keeps evolving into new sounds, and comes back to stuff played early in the song. Although the price may seem a bit high, it is definitely worth it, and I have listened to this album a million times. I am surprised that the CD still works properly! This is the only album I have of The Necks, and I don't really think I would need anymore. Definitely one of the greatest works I have ever listened to, especially in the jazz genre.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Song CD?!? 8 May 2002
By Daniel Reedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Yes, even though this Cd only sports one track, it is well worth the money. The Necks are a nice trio including keyboard, percussion and bass and have a sound that you've never heard. It is different, but catchy at the same time and I think MMW fans would eat this up.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hanging Gardens" - a great masterpiece 8 Aug 2004
By Cameron Rochette - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this song on a radio network on a long haul flight a few years ago, and it was the perfect piece to listen to when you're sitting upright for ten hours in coach on an airplane. The soothing, evoking sounds produced by the interesting organs, quiet yet intense drum playing, and mysterious bass plucking was enough to make me buy this album after I got off the flight. It is great to fall asleep to, and this is what I would call "space - jazz", although I think the genre is jazz fusion. One critic described the hour-long piece to sound "as if the universe's plumbing is shuddering into gear". When the piano kicks in with the chord riffs, it is as if you're in a dream world with the tranquilizing percussion. What is great about this piece is that it so cleverly written; it is basically just a few bars of music that evolve into something unworldly, and it just keeps evolving into new sounds, and comes back to stuff played early in the song. Although the price may seem a bit high, it is definitely worth it, and I have listened to this album a million times. I am suprised that the CD still works properly! This is the only album I have of The Necks, and I don't really think I would need anymore. Definitely one of the greatest works I have ever listened to, especially in the jazz genre.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hanging Gardens. 2 Oct 2000
By Paul Brocker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is an amazing album that is 50 minutes of a 30 second cycle. It plays with many ideas and just when you feel comfortable it will draw you out and amaze you with its ingenuity. They dig themselves deep and find a way out without the slightest gap. Excellent for driving home late at night. Techno for Jazzheads
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not jazz 13 Feb 2013
By Linda J. Belmont - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This has nothing to do with jazz. This is new age music. I went to a live show and had to leave because, unless you are on some heavy drugs, this is just boring. Sorry.
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