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  • Audio CD (May 26, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: YOUNG GOD
  • ASIN: B0024O9LMI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 release from the British 12-string guitar virtuoso. James started his music career by playing in UK Punk bands, but soon branched off into more introspective guitar recordings. James is joined on this record by Joolie Wood (Current 93 on violin, clarinet and flute plus John Contreras (Baby Dee and C93) on cello. Lavinia Blackwall (Directing Hand) is a classically trained singer and contributed vocals Beautiful six-panel fold-out digipak with original art by Nicole Boitos. Young God.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Piers Moktan on June 28, 2009
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James Blackshaw is just so good that every time he releases something new I know I have to get it. And every time I introduce him to a friend I make a new convert. And so the word spreads, slowly but surely. So now Michael Gira has signed him upto his Young God label, and here Blackshaw builds on the move he made towards greater instrumentation on the excellent Litany of Echoes. It's still about 12 string virtuosity, and he's still innovating - surpassing all the great masters in my opinion. But this time the guitar playing is complemented by beautifully captivating choral arrangements, piano and cello. The tracks on The Glass Bead Game fulfill that greatest of musical accomplishments - they transport you to another place - they transform your state of being. I have no doubt I'll still be listening to this in 20 years time just as I have with John McLaughlin's Shakti. This is utterly brilliant music that deserves to find a diverse audience amongst lovers of disparate musical forms. Acquire a copy and enrich your life!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JAK on October 16, 2012
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James Blackshaw is one of the finest virtuoso composers of our time. His music ebbs and flows into your consciousness like an otherworldly breeze, carrying varied temperatures, scents, tones, and density. His layering of 12-string acoustic guitar, piano, and voice is built into a lovely and haunting soundscape that sits with you long after the music has stopped.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lockett F. Ballard on October 14, 2009
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I heard a review of The Glass Bead Game on National Public Radio and was very interested. It is an excellent counterpoint to my traditional classical collection in the care. The Piers Moktan review above nails it.
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