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5.0 out of 5 stars This complete electronic score is Carlos' best work., 10 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: Clockwork Orange (Carlos) (Bonus Tracks) (Audio CD)
The album was first released by CBS in 1972, shortly after Warner's official soundtrack album. The electronic-only offering contained two tracks not featured on the soundtrack and the only complete version of "Timesteps". The sound quality was also superior, particularly at the low-end of the audio spectrum.

In 1998 Carlos remastered her electronic score for CD. New to this release are two bonus tracks - charming but slight- that could not be included on the original vinyl release due to space contraints. It all sounds excellent and the CD booklet contains the original liner notes and cover art as well as the story of the remastering and the bonus tracks.

If you cherished the CBS vinyl album, then this CD is an essential purchase.

For those unfamiliar with the soundtrack but who know Carlos' other work or just love electronic music a la Moog, it is an essential listen. I believe this is Carlos' best work, certainly the pinnacle of her collaborations with producer Rachel Elkind (who memorably provided the vocoded singing on "Beethoven's Ninth"). The music combines several original compositions with sophisticated and spirited realisations of "Beethoven's Ninth" Symphony and Rossini's "Thieving Magpie" among others.

The original compositions are the making of this CD. "Timesteps", was inspired by Carlos' reading of the novel "A Clockwork Orange" and consists of a melange of short, atmospheric pieces - melodic, rhythmic, disturbing, surging and ebbing in turn. "Country Lane" is a shorter piece and was composed (but ultimately not used) for the scene in the film where Alex is taken into the country and savagely beaten by his former 'droogs' - now policemen. The music is rhythmic and dramatic and incorporates musical motifs from other scenes in the film. Particularly effective is the mocking, decending motif from "Thieving Magpie" and the creepy use of a vocoded "Singing' in the Rain" over a synth generated thunderstorm as Alex returns to the scene of an earlier crime where retribution awaits him.

Wonderful.
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