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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last it's cheap enough, 14 Dec 2013
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I love this work. I drift away on a cloud as the repetitive words and phrases wash over me. It is beautiful. Amazon should pay their fair rate of UK taxes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. Know what the other reviewer means about the ..., 3 July 2014
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Amazing. Know what the other reviewer means about the tin foil hat tho! Trying to decide now between Etudes or Akhenaten.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia wins again, 18 Dec 2012
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This is the version I wanted. One (mostly) wants to hear the version one heard first. I'm not sure why your first experience of a piece of music - and it is, especially music - tends to be the definitive one against which all others are compared, usually unfavourably, but there it is. I gather that this version is not the complete one (since the techno-economics of the time favoured shorter recordings) but to somebody who had not actually been to the opera itself, it seemed more than an adequate rendering.

It was in London, May 1985, that he found himself. Temporarily accommodated at the Mowbray Court Hotel for one night, on his way back from Paris, armed with a Sony Walkman which had needed food. The feeding-trough had been the HMV outlet in Earls Court, not too far from the hotel, and he'd found the device some Philip Glass in a boxed set of C90 cassette tapes. It was Einstein on The Beach and the walkman swallowed them whole, delivering their contents via a thin plastic-sheathed wire tube to a couple of pieces of flexible metal, wrapped in dark foam, to holes on either side of his head. He lay on the bed and let the sound envelop him, and transport him, and he heard that it was good. He did not watch any hotel TV that evening.

So if anybody can remember what was on the telly in London on the night of May 22, 1985, ...
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not an opera and has little to do with Einstein or beaches, 24 Jan 2013
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I originally bought the CD simply for the well known 'Knee Play1' as a mash-up background soundtrack for a Magickal Ritual working to open a Portal in time and space, for which it is, I thought, ideal. The small chorus singing numbers counting with a narrator in the background reading bits of text. Upon hearing the entire piece I found that there is a further piece of counting with the large chorus (Act 3 scene 1 Trial/Prison) which is also perfect for this purpose but rather longer in duration. I recommend this CD to Chaos Magickians everywhere who want to mess about with the time / space continuum...

Playing the piece as a whole I can hear some references to Einstein (and quotes) from the narrators in the background (although nothing about beaches), together with the Glass Ensemble sawing away on their instruments insistently, repetitively, endlessly, and the small and large chori coming in and out singing various words and phrases at various tempos resulting in a meaningless but also meaningful, ravishing work of outstanding beauty which completely gets under one's skin. I therefore I only caution you to wear your tin-foil hats whilst listening in order to protect yourselves from Glass's mind controlling rays.
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