Rainbow In Curved Air / P... has been added to your Basket
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Available to Download Now
Buy the MP3 album for £5.49

Rainbow In Curved Air / Poppy Nogood

4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

Price: £13.42 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
AutoRip is available only for eligible CDs and vinyl sold by Amazon EU Sarl (but does not apply to gift orders or PrimeNow orders). See Terms and Conditions for full details, including costs which may apply for the MP3 version in case of order returns or cancellations.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
Complete your purchase to add the MP3 version to your Amazon music library. Provided by Amazon EU S.à r.l.
21 new from £4.88 2 used from £4.93
£13.42 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Amazon's Terry Riley Store


Frequently Bought Together

  • Rainbow In Curved Air / Poppy Nogood
  • +
  • Terry Riley: In C
  • +
  • Shri Camel
Total price: £35.17
Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Audio CD (21 Aug. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B0000024QA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
1
30
18:39
Album Only
2
30
21:38
Album Only

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk

Riley is one of the granddaddies of Minimalism. His early music, In C and the two works on this disc, brought to light the musical possibilities of rapid-fire notation and shifting sonic textures to a new form of music. Riley has done this primarily through electronic keyboards and computer technology. The composer plays all the instruments on this extraordinary disc: electric organ, electric harpsichord, "rocksichord," dumbec, tambourine, and soprano saxophone. The music is spooky and hypnotic and is an early masterpiece in the genre. It belongs in the collections of anyone interested in late 20th century American music. --Paul Cook

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: MP3 Download
This is another of those albums that I've been listening to for over 30 years - quite a scary thought. It is 'early electronica' I suppose but, even given it's relatively simple technology, it still sounds fresh, still has an impact and a meaning.

'Rainbow in Curved Air' starts with a repetitive little Hammond organ riff (and that Hammond organ sound is so rich and glorious), slowly slipping into tape loops, but then a manic keyboard comes over the top, almost jamming over the insistent riff underneath. Slowly the layers build up, the complexity slipping in an almost Steve Reichian way. Listening to it on headphones - and, yes, you do listen to it: it's not ambient - it always feels to me like a direct brain massage, fingers gently kneading my grey stuff, and it's beautiful. Somehow, it's quite insistent, but only apparently repetitive - there is so much going on.

Then, 'Popply Nogood and the Phantom Band': pretty much in the same vein, but using tape loops far more obviously, as what sounds like soprano saxophones slip and slide over each other, with an underlying organ drone. Slowly, the drone builds as the saxophone loops suddenly jump in pitch, sounds like he just speeded up the tape loops (almost reminiscent of that notorious but classic NEU! album, where they just played the same track at different speeds, having run out of money to record anything else). Then the organ comes right to the front, and hits the floor in pitch, the saxs fading out, to come back in building up the loops again.
Read more ›
14 Comments 22 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
I first heard "Rainbow" in a radiocast around 1973. Second time was 6 years later, at school. And third time was in 1987, also in a radiocast. Now I have bought the CD.
The morale of this small story is that the music is something that is not heard often, but that it for some shapes the future. It was the first electronic piece that I know that I have heard (excluding "popcorn") and it was a direct inspirator for listening in to some even more advanced pieces of music.
I call the music ambient - and that is true, as the music is flowing and intonating with a form but without a solid theme. "Rainbow" is not trance music, but more demanding.
I also call the music daring, referring to the point in time where it arrived. And then again - it was all so psykodelic then. Perhaps it was daring for us, not wanting to listen exclusively to Manfred Mann or Beatles. Well...
The music is classical electronica. It should be a must-listen.
pixel
Comment 18 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album has travelled with me for 45 years since I first heard it back when it was a pacesetter for music to come. Rainbow is lying in a field on a sunny day watching the fluffy white clouds skid by. Poppy is the austere landscape of subtopian doom. Totally brilliant.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: MP3 Download Verified Purchase
I loved listening to this in the 70's - it was so different and mesmerising, and a nice contrast to the progressive rock I mostly listened to back then.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Not sure how I've not encountered Terry Riley until just now - I was brought up on electronica - but *so* glad to have found. Use the Amazon sampler before buying or, better still go visit u tube; you'll either love it or hate xxx
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I used to have this album on vinyl in the seventies. Very glad to see it on Amazon on CD and it sounds just as good to me. If you like jazzy,ambient, rocky sort of music, you'll love this.
On a practical note,(no pun intended!!) it took a few more days to get here than I'd thought it would but as it came from the U.S. it wasn't too bad. Worth waiting for.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've heard snippets from this CD - or Album, as it was originally - over the years, but never managed to track down (no pun intended) the original work.
My only regret in buying this CD, is that I should have bought the Rainbow in Curved Air Album many years before I did.
Turn off the lights. Light some incense. And then drift away on a time journey to back when this piece first was heard.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for similar items by category


Feedback