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This review is from: Persian Surgery Dervishes (Audio CD)
I first bought the vinyl french import release of this in 1972. A speculative buy after hearing Rainbow in Curved Air, probably played by Radio DJ John Peel for all that I can remember. It was an essential play for friends staying late into the night. Those dim-lit rooms, the smoke, the music.
Days, weeks, months and years pass. Careers pass. Relationships begin and end. Children grow and leave home. And the records once enjoyed consigned to storage as life takes over.
Discovered again nearly 40 years later, this work not only sounds as fresh as the day first heard, it seems to extend as much to the past and the future as it did when it was recorded.
Persian Surgery Dervishes is an unknown masterpiece. It is vital, spiritual, emotional and timeless. In these troubled times more people need to hear this. It takes the listener elsewhere; some other beautiful place. Fall into this music and let it heal. Float on the layers of rhythm and melody. Meditate. Feel joy. Feel ecstasy.
Terry: Two keyboards + Tape machine = A masterpiece
This beautiful music precedes important minimal works by artists such as Steve Reich, and predicts the era of digital sampling (Terry is using tape loops and echo techniques in these live performances)and electronica.
I so hope this recording might still reach and inspire a new audience. We need music like this more now than ever.
Performance 2 is the best of the two CDs.
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Initial post: 11 Aug 2010 16:33:31 BDT
M. Williams says:
Couldn't agree more. I also bought the French album, on a trip to Paris in 75, and my copy also has languished, but is now re-discovered. Talk about being ahead of its time! I now know a little bit about Sufism, which I guess from the title was an inspiration for Riley. This music certainly captures that transcendent spirituality perfectly. Recommended.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2011 10:18:15 GMT
David Ashworth says:
Thanks for your beautifully written review. Prompted me to buy the album - stunningly good!
Posted on 20 Jun 2011 19:44:21 BDT
Yes, I caught that John Peel programme , he dedicated the last 20 mins to Rainbow. It was a Sunday, by Monday I was a proud owner. Later came In C (inexplicably swapped later for The Rite of Spring. Not such a bad trade.) I dithered over Persian Surgery whatsits, but by then was homing in on Classical. You never forget your 'first love'. Don't always live up to what we knew. I wonder, does this?
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2012 12:35:06 GMT
Amazon Customer says:
MRM - I'm very aware of how more often than not our old favourites can prove such disappointments. But, yes, PSD does live up! Such ethereal hypnotic beauty. Utterly timeless.
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