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Terry Riley: A Rainbow In Curved Air; Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band
 
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Terry Riley: A Rainbow In Curved Air; Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band

15 Mar. 1988 | Format: MP3

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18:39
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21:38
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  • Original Release Date: 15 Mar. 1988
  • Release Date: 15 Mar. 1988
  • Label: Sony Classical
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  • Total Length: 40:17
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  • ASIN: B001GTGVX4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,315 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Diziet on 12 Jan. 2009
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This is another of those albums that I've been listening to for over 30 years - quite a scary thought. It is 'early electronica' I suppose but, even given it's relatively simple technology, it still sounds fresh, still has an impact and a meaning.

'Rainbow in Curved Air' starts with a repetitive little Hammond organ riff (and that Hammond organ sound is so rich and glorious), slowly slipping into tape loops, but then a manic keyboard comes over the top, almost jamming over the insistent riff underneath. Slowly the layers build up, the complexity slipping in an almost Steve Reichian way. Listening to it on headphones - and, yes, you do listen to it: it's not ambient - it always feels to me like a direct brain massage, fingers gently kneading my grey stuff, and it's beautiful. Somehow, it's quite insistent, but only apparently repetitive - there is so much going on.

Then, 'Popply Nogood and the Phantom Band': pretty much in the same vein, but using tape loops far more obviously, as what sounds like soprano saxophones slip and slide over each other, with an underlying organ drone. Slowly, the drone builds as the saxophone loops suddenly jump in pitch, sounds like he just speeded up the tape loops (almost reminiscent of that notorious but classic NEU! album, where they just played the same track at different speeds, having run out of money to record anything else). Then the organ comes right to the front, and hits the floor in pitch, the saxs fading out, to come back in building up the loops again.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Normann Aaboe Nielsen on 5 April 2005
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I first heard "Rainbow" in a radiocast around 1973. Second time was 6 years later, at school. And third time was in 1987, also in a radiocast. Now I have bought the CD.
The morale of this small story is that the music is something that is not heard often, but that it for some shapes the future. It was the first electronic piece that I know that I have heard (excluding "popcorn") and it was a direct inspirator for listening in to some even more advanced pieces of music.
I call the music ambient - and that is true, as the music is flowing and intonating with a form but without a solid theme. "Rainbow" is not trance music, but more demanding.
I also call the music daring, referring to the point in time where it arrived. And then again - it was all so psykodelic then. Perhaps it was daring for us, not wanting to listen exclusively to Manfred Mann or Beatles. Well...
The music is classical electronica. It should be a must-listen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Mar. 2014
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I loved listening to this in the 70's - it was so different and mesmerising, and a nice contrast to the progressive rock I mostly listened to back then.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Aug. 2011
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Heard this many many years ago before electronic music was really developed. Way ahead of its time and the basis for much of the electronic music that has followed. Tubular bells with a groundbreaking twist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Robinson on 25 Nov. 2013
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I guess if your interested in this piece of music you probably know about terry Riley the begins of American minimalist music it has Steve reich playing on it
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By Angela Corke on 18 Jun. 2014
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I've heard snippets from this CD - or Album, as it was originally - over the years, but never managed to track down (no pun intended) the original work.
My only regret in buying this CD, is that I should have bought the Rainbow in Curved Air Album many years before I did.
Turn off the lights. Light some incense. And then drift away on a time journey to back when this piece first was heard.
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This album has travelled with me for 45 years since I first heard it back when it was a pacesetter for music to come. Rainbow is lying in a field on a sunny day watching the fluffy white clouds skid by. Poppy is the austere landscape of subtopian doom. Totally brilliant.
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