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Not as essential as the first one, but still a great collection,
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This review is from: Forbidden Planets, Vol. 2: More Music From The Pioneers Of Electronic Sound (Audio CD)
The second installment of this collection of early electronic music does not include as many essential or important pieces as the first one did. That was expected, as there are not an infinite number of such works.
So what do we get? Basically, more of the same stuff. Which I really enjoy. The inclusion of the two Luigi Russolo tracks is really the gem of this compilation as I have read quite a lot about them through the years, but I have never really heard the music.
The liner notes are much better this time; I thought the first one's was a bit hard to understand.
As the "must haves" are already covered in part 1, this leaves room for a broader view: We explore some music that borders to pop (Joe Meek, Kid Baltam) and music from internationally less known composers like Ra'makers and Hambrĉus. Not to forget the great names like Oram, Xenakis, Cage and Koening.
The sound quality is good, especially considered that a few tracks are from the 20's. The track order is OK.
If you have any interest in the start and development of the electronic sounds, I recommend this CD, but only if you already got Forbidden Planets - Music From the Pioneers of Electronic Sound in your collection.
And one more thing. Why is it that they have left out Clara Rockmore, Samuel J. Hoffman or the Theremin in large in this series?