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Clockwork Orange

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Product details

  • 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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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Timesteps
  2. March From A Clockwork Orange
  3. Title Music From A Clockwork Orange
  4. La Gazza Ladra
  5. Theme From A Clockwork Orange
  6. Ninth Symphony: Second Movement
  7. William Tell Overture
  8. Orange Minuet
  9. Biblical Daydreams
  10. Country Lane

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Format: Audio CD
I bought this album when it came out on vinyl, oh so many years ago, and played it until it was worn out. Like another reviewer, I bought the CD version a few years ago only to find that Wendy Carlos' contributions were cut right back and many other contributers took their place.
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.
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I had this recording on vinyl when the film first came out. Wendy Carlos (then Walter) provided a stunning soundtrack to a remarkable film. I recently purchased the Warner Brothers soundtrack CD 7599-27256-2 thinking it was the same thing but it was a mixture of Carlos and orchestral versions. Go for the all-Carlos CD as it also contains original compositions of high quality. Carlos introduced me to the music of Monteverdi, Scarlatti and others through these synthesised versions for which I am eternally grateful. Also check out the album "Switched on Bach 2000" which surprisingly doesn't feature on the Amazon list.
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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.
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Format: Audio CD
Walter Carlos collaborated with Stanley Kubrick on his films for many years. Carlos had become huge with his ground-breaking "Switched on Bach" albums. It was this revolutionary space age synth sound that Kubrick wanted for a Clockwork Orange.
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!"
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This is largely the collection of work Carlos produced for Kubrick that s/he wanted Kubrick to use in the film. In the event Kubrick used some whole, some in part, and some orchestrally played originals instead of the synth versions Carlos came up with. I imagine the synth versions were of titles suggested by Kubrick. I have this on LP with artwork of an orange on the cover, bought contemporanesously with the film in the early 70s, though I was too young to see it, it was banned in the UK, and later I forgot about the film, though knew its reputation. Only in recent years have I bought the DVD of the film, magically connecting a 30 year circle nearly fried my brain in a mixture of a classic film, trail blazing musical realisations, and of course a dose of nostalgia (let alone short circuiting time to the tune of 30 years). If you liked the soundtrack, this is more of the same, made at the same time. No wonder it is so satisfying. I cut of the film with all-Carlos soundtrack would be nice.
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