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5.0 out of 5 stars Philip Glass meets John Cage in the Summer of Love?
Obviously part of the minimalist movement, sometimes sounding like Philip Glass (The Object is a Hungry Wolf), sometimes veering into Cage territory (Cadenza for Piano and Electric Piano), other times late 80s trance (Listening In), he nevertheless manages to carve out a distinctive sound world of his own.

He casts quite a wide net, as well as the...
Published on 7 Dec 2006 by John David Charles Hilton

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3.0 out of 5 stars A curious cross between Pop and twentieth century 'Classical'
There is a lot of music here, and chances are if you like some of it you'll like it all. I did feel it was a bit like pop taking itself too seriously, but then I probably don't take pop music seriously enough. I bought it for the Annette Peacock vocal- a bit of a collector's obscurity, the rest of the set is quite fun but I can't see myself playing it that often really...
Published on 1 Feb 2009 by Ben Basing


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philip Glass meets John Cage in the Summer of Love?, 7 Dec 2006
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John David Charles Hilton "Creative spark...." (Redcliffe, Bristol United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Obviously part of the minimalist movement, sometimes sounding like Philip Glass (The Object is a Hungry Wolf), sometimes veering into Cage territory (Cadenza for Piano and Electric Piano), other times late 80s trance (Listening In), he nevertheless manages to carve out a distinctive sound world of his own.

He casts quite a wide net, as well as the aforementioned there's a spicing of African rhythms, mid 70s kraut-rock (particularly Klaus Schulze) and various 'avant-garde' movements, all pieced together with the skill associated with the classical field, and it all gels surprisingly well. The whole set weighs in at just under three hours. The packaging is excellent, as is the documentation.

ZTT are likely to be remembered for Frankie Goes to Hollywood and maybe Propaganda. This release shows another, arguably more rewarding, side to their oeuvre.

Highly recommended to lovers of 'modern' classical, and to fans of intelligent music everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hefty wedge of musical innovation - highly recommended, 9 May 2008
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This set, beautifully packaged, contains remastered versions of the two albums Andrew Poppy released on ZTT Records in the mid-eighties - 'The Beating of Wings' and 'Alphabed'. Significantly it also contains a wealth of previously unreleased material from that period....

This is music that is full of technical, intellectual, visceral and atmospheric appeal. It will almost certainly appeal to people who like Steve Reich or Philip Glass and other more obscure 'minimalist' composers, because it seems to initally be coming from that direction.

However, what makes it different, and in a way more interesting, is that at this point in his career Poppy seemed to be driving towards a music which was more studio focused in many respects and which went further than Reich, Glass and others in adopting the music technology and production techniques of popular music and using it to forge a bona fide new kind of art music. Thus, music such as this is the natural successor to Reich and Glass in the innovation stakes.

Of course we are talking mid-80s and Poppy particularly makes extensive use of the Fairlight CMI (cutting edge music technology at the time) to produce much of the music in this set. Where acoustic instruments and voices are used in conjunction with the electronics I believe the work is at its most successful. Sometimes the purely electronic pieces have an 80s pop feel which is not too far removed from the electro pop of the day, and thus is slightly dated.

The remastering has certainly helped across the board - 'The Object is a Hungry Wolf' for instance now sounds much fuller and less spikey than on the previous CD version.

Highlights for me across the whole collection include the stately '32 Frames for Orchestra', the propulsive extended mini-opera '45 Is' and the very ambient 'Goodbye Mr G' with its idiosyncratic use of text and narration. For me, a significant highlight of this set is the previously unreleased 'The Passage (1-3)', a 26 minute long epic with banging electronic metallic percussion and operatic vocals.

If you are interested in genuinely innovative music then it will be well worth your while purchasing this collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of ZTT, 19 Feb 2013
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I remember hearing the object as a hungry wolf via the ZTT 1Q sampled album back in 1986. Loved it then love it more now with the passage of time. The whole collection is listenable although there are moments where i think I'm listening to Zappa's Jazz from Hell. Most of what ZTT produced in the mid 80's appeared to revolve around FGTH and Propoganda. This however is the jewel in their crown and vastly overlooked. Give it a try. Oh and its beautifully packaged aswell
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3.0 out of 5 stars A curious cross between Pop and twentieth century 'Classical', 1 Feb 2009
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There is a lot of music here, and chances are if you like some of it you'll like it all. I did feel it was a bit like pop taking itself too seriously, but then I probably don't take pop music seriously enough. I bought it for the Annette Peacock vocal- a bit of a collector's obscurity, the rest of the set is quite fun but I can't see myself playing it that often really. More for the pop person going serious than a Steve Reich fan's holiday!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The New Classical, 31 May 2011
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Strange how so many Indie labels had classical divisions-Factory was another while Village Life was half neo classical half jazz.
Andrew Poppy I first heard on a ZTT sampler via an excerpt from The Object Is A Hungry Wolf which featured a beautifully childish voice which sounded like Virginia Astley.Later when I met string player Anne Stephenson she told me that it actually was her and she asked to be uncredited because she was about to sign with Warner Brothers
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