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Carmina Burana Import, Original recording remastered

3.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Wheel Of Fortune (O Fortuna)
  2. The Wounds Of Fate (Fortune Plango)
  3. The Face Of Spring (Veris Leta Facies)
  4. Sunrise (Omnia Sol Temperat)
  5. Welcome (Ecce Gratum)
  6. The Dance (Tanz)
  7. Sweetest Boy (Dulcissime)
  8. If The Whole World Was Mine (Were Diu Werlt)
  9. Boiling Rage (Estuans Interius)
  10. The Roasted Swan (Olim Lacus)
  11. In The Tavern (In Taberna)
  12. Loves Flies Everywhere (Amor Volat)
  13. A Young Girl
  14. Come My Beauty (Veni Veni Venias)
  15. The Lovers (Blanziflor Et Helena)
  16. The Wheel Of Fortune (O Fortuna)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 13, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: MSI:UNIVERSAL/A&M
  • ASIN: B0000071WR
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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Definitely an interesting rendition of Carmina Burana. Will this be your favorite? Probably not if you're a strict traditionalist. But if you're a Carmina Burana "completist" you'll certainly want this one in your collection. This is my third Carmina Burana and I admit I have to be in a particular mood to listen to this version. But man, Ray Manzarek was an unbelievable musician and he brought a unique vision to Carl Orff's powerful classic.
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This album is absolutely hilarious-- so if you are looking for comedy from bad music, this will have you rolling on the floor. It features the wonderful Germanic Latin vocal tracks of the symphonic version, but backed up with the cheesiest Euro-Pop/disco orchestration that could be imagined. OMG, ROFLOL! As music, it is a complete waste of money.
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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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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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