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Carmina Burana Import, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (April 13, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: MSI:UNIVERSAL/A&M
  • ASIN: B0000071WR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,085 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

1983 solo album from The Doors keyboardist. Produced by Philip Glass and Kurt Munkacsi. Deleted in the US.

Customer Reviews

I think for some people, they'll either love it or hate it.
Linguist2be
I have several different recordings of the piece, but this remains my favorite because it feels like a bridge between serious rock and joyful classical music.
Kindle Customer
This is mostly in the non-choral bits, where Manzarek goes mostly instrumental because, apparently, he couldn't find any soloists.
Jan Wolter

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan W. Callaghan on July 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I came across this album while browsing absent-mindedly through the public library selection. I had not recognized the name "Carmina Burana", but upon listening, realized that I had heard the piece many times, from many conductors, before. I am a lover of the medieval period, church music, and 80's synthesized music, amongst many other genres. I was astounded to find such a synchronically composed piece that brought together such diverse theories.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 7, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Carl Orff's Carmina Burana has its own compelling power and majesty in the classical domain. What Ray Manzarek has done is approach it from a different perspective -- not better, not worse -- just different. I have several different recordings of the piece, but this remains my favorite because it feels like a bridge between serious rock and joyful classical music. But even that's a mistaken way to describe this piece, because it's a comparison and it encourages expectations. Just put your expectations aside and enjoy this for what it is -- a joyous approach in its own right.

This is the remastered version and if you compare it to the original (discontinued) CD, you will hear immediate differences in aural emphasis. I prefer this version for its clarity and impact.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ronald L. Kline on September 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
One must realize members of the Philip Glass Emsemble are performimg here. True it has somewhat a disco feel at times. It is colorfull and upbeat. It has repetative framework that I think works well here. Because it follows closely to the original piece the Glass minimalism is incorporated within the music instead of controling it. I wished it had a bit darker and brooding soundscape and had say Fripplike guitar for example.( King Crimson- The Construction Of Light - to me that track sounds like Fripp meets Glass )Anyways, I managed to find this a few years ago on import after extensive searching. Now I see it is much more easily available. This was one of those albums I had that I was not happy till I found a cd version. Personally I love this.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bertrand Stclair on August 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Philip Glass and his reputation notwithstanding, this is quite dreadful, unless you do not know the original, or do not care for classical music. The best thing that can be said for it is that it is not a tortuous attempt at a place in "serious music" usually embarked upon by wanna-be's such as McCartney. In fact, it positively exudes genius: naturally, since it is one of the most famous masterpieces of the twentieth century, only by Carl Orff, not by Ray Manzarek. I don't believe that excellent adaptations are not possible, be it in music or theatre, but I do know that they are few and far between, and this is not one of them. Here and there, there are glimpses of what it might have been, if properly thought out: clear, atmospheric piano playing by Manzarek--whose abilities at the keyboard are not disputed--with very few frills around it; listen to "Sunrise," for example. However, when everybody kicks in, the derisive excesses of 60s prog rockers come to mind; Keith Emerson --remember him? -- was also a brilliant keyboardist, but what he did with his talent often sounded like a musical equivalent of Roy and His Tiger Stun Las Vegas. Fortunately, Manzarek never gets quite that awful. But he tries.
You could argue that Orff himself made a huge leap in tradition when he set seven hundred years-old (rather blasphemous) texts to what is essentially late romantic music, some of it very bombastic (you might recognize the opening theme from such Goth movies as Excalibur, where it fits very nicely). However, if good ideas were all it took, we'd all be richer. But you either hit the nail on the head or you don't: Orff did, Manzarek didn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan Wolter on May 16, 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is a hard to listen to for people who are long time fans of Orff''s Carmina Burana and who know that piece well. Not because it is bad, but because it doesn't take nearly enough liberties with the original. Too much of it, especially in the choral parts, is so close to the original that all I hear is the original with someone doing weird keyboard things in the background. I think for people who are only vaguely familiar with the original, via a hundred movie sound tracks and TV commercials, this sounds great, because the original is great, but for me, it just makes me want to go play the original.

I think it succeeds best in the parts where it departs furthest from Orff. This is mostly in the non-choral bits, where Manzarek goes mostly instrumental because, apparently, he couldn't find any soloists.

But I think the idea of doing a rock operatic setting of Carmina is a brilliant one. I just needs to be redone by someone who is more willing to depart outrageously from the original, busting up the vocal parts as well as the instrumental parts. Maybe translate it into English, or, hey, Japanese. You can't borrow the magic of the original unless you get a little further out from under the shadow of the original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linguist2be on February 3, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I bought this when it first came out in the early 80's. I originally bought the 12" LP version, and when it finally got released as a CD, I did not hesitate to buy it.

When I first bought the LP, I got it simply because I knew of Ray Manzarek and I was curious about this project, but knew nothing about Carmina Burana.
On first listening to it, I was quite surprised because I didn't know what to expect, but I was both impressed and blown away by the music.

This album is definitely quite a departure for the ex-keyboardist of The Doors. I think for some people, they'll either love it or hate it.
But the fact that there are so many positive reviews here just shows that the few who dislike this album are definitely the minority.

I really like the 'modern' adaptation he gave to this composition, mixing the original vocal arrangements with modern musical instruments.
It mixes both very powerful vocals, and the nicely arranged quieter parts. It really is an incredible project.

This definitely is one of my long-time favorite albums! I would recommend anyone who likes Carmina Burana, or the music of Ray Mazarek to at least give it a serious listen.
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