The early Pulse music of Steve Reich is a wonder for those who have not yet encountered it. Music for 18 Musicians is a seminal piece. It is ambitious, monumental in scale and perfectly realised. If you are new to the 'minimalist' music of the 70s, this work will astound you with its originality. It is not easy music, but its rewards are limitless. This kind of work, sometimes called repetitive or trance music, tends to provoke the extremes of appreciation - you either love it or you hate it - and it is not the kind of music you can just allow to wash over you. However, if you allow yourself to enter fully into the aesthetic, the experience it offers can approach the sublime. It develops a meditative quality, as your engagement with the flow of sound becomes total. This music can be as moving and profound as Beethoven, as long as you're in the right mood! This recording is by the original Steve Reich and Musicians ensemble and was recorded soon after the work's composition. As usual, the performance by the ensemble is flawless. The concentration and stamina required for such a piece is enormous, but on this recording Steve Reich and Musicians present a tempo and note perfect delivery. Since this recording of Music for 18 Musicians has been available on CD, it has been possible for the listener to enjoy the piece in its continuous entirety without the fading in and out of the vinyl original. Here it is played as the composer fully intended it to be, and it strongly evokes the spirit of the time in which it was composed. Steve Reich is a giant of modern composition and performance and this is a disc that cannot be absent from any decent collection of progressive music. It is also very entertaining to have a disc with only one track of nearly an hour's duration!