- Audio CD (29 May 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: East Side Digital
- ASIN: B000FG4KRI
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,061,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Top Customer Reviews
Buy this version. It is far superior and shows Carlos to be the most innovative electronic musician of the age. When this was recorded synthesisers were mostly if not completely monophonic instruments. Therefore multi-tracking was the name of the game. So much work was done before the advent of the technology that would undoubtedly have made life easier.
Well worth listening to is Carlos' ground breaking "Timesteps". It really would have suited the opening scenes of the film. My personal favourite here is Carlos' own "Country Lane". This is just sublime and does, as the sleeve notes point out, sum up the entire Clockwork Orange movie.
Timesteps may be a little difficult for the uninitiated so initially get into but, stick with it and you'll be well rewarded. Beethoven, Rossini and Purcell are all featured alongside the Carlos compositions. This album contains music that didn't make it onto the film soundtrack and two bonus tracks, Orange Minuet and Biblical Daydreams, are included for those who remember the original vinyl release.
What are you waiting for? This is electronic music at its best.
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.Read more ›
Carlos had already written the atmospheric "Timesteps" (the first track on the album) when Kubrick called him about the film. It became the music for Alex's mind altering therapy sessions. The other music was based on ideas from Carlos and Kubrick themselves as well as from the original Burgess novel.
Unlike the official Warner Brothers soundtrack release, this album contains purely Carlos synthesiser music, some of which that was written for but not used in a Clockwork Orange. It is fantastic, and the stereo mix makes it great driving music. But mind you don't end up playing "Devil of the Road!"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome to hear TimeSteps unedited version. The Thieving Magpie played on the synthesiser as opposed to the orchestral version is brilliant and extra tracks too. Great!Published 21 months ago by Peter Wilkinson
Had this on cassette in the '70s. Still have the cassette but no player. Still amazingly fresh.Published 22 months ago by Simon Thomas
Love this version, more on this one than the original - good price.Published on 2 Aug. 2014 by ED-SHOT
loved the cd have wanted to buy it for years just got round to it. Strange electronic and choral. FabPublished on 5 Jun. 2014 by Nigel West
A superb sound track from one if the ultimate movies. If you like synth you'll love this, especially the vocalis.ationPublished on 29 Mar. 2014 by The Quizmaster