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Carmina Burana Import, Original recording remastered
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow...not at all what I thought . Did not enjoy at all.. Was hoping to hear Ray's piano. Did not. Music was weird.Published 6 months ago by Jullio
get stoned and listen to this gem...realize how much ray put into this
a great "mood" piece...really enjoyed it! Bye
Who wouldn't love this classical choral piece played by Ray Manzarek.
A great take on a selection of music you have no doubt heard on several film tracks.
For those of you who remember The Doors, this rendition of Carmina Burana shows the keyboard mastery of the late Ray Manzarek. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Lad A. Jelen
First of all, be open minded, this is an 80's rock ensemble . . . then like in the 80's you will hear a lot of electric sounds (e.g. electric-drums, synths, etc). Read morePublished on July 12, 2012 by Gilberto Cortes Martinez
This was a GREAT find. First bought the vinyl back in the 80's and snagged the disc quite some time ago. Read morePublished on September 22, 2009 by B. klatt