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Truly the Original Synth.
on 5 August 2003
I bought this album when it came out on vinyl, oh so many years ago, and played it until it was worn out. Like another reviewer, I bought the CD version a few years ago only to find that Wendy Carlos' contributions were cut right back and many other contributers took their place.
Buy this version. It is far superior and shows Carlos to be the most innovative electronic musician of the age. When this was recorded synthesisers were mostly if not completely monophonic instruments. Therefore multi-tracking was the name of the game. So much work was done before the advent of the technology that would undoubtedly have made life easier.
Well worth listening to is Carlos' ground breaking "Timesteps". It really would have suited the opening scenes of the film. My personal favourite here is Carlos' own "Country Lane". This is just sublime and does, as the sleeve notes point out, sum up the entire Clockwork Orange movie.
Timesteps may be a little difficult for the uninitiated so initially get into but, stick with it and you'll be well rewarded. Beethoven, Rossini and Purcell are all featured alongside the Carlos compositions. This album contains music that didn't make it onto the film soundtrack and two bonus tracks, Orange Minuet and Biblical Daydreams, are included for those who remember the original vinyl release.
What are you waiting for? This is electronic music at its best.