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Metropolitan Suite

SynergyAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 2, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Synergy Electronic
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,523,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Larry's Finest Work March 18, 2007
By J.R.
Format:Audio CD
Ah, electronic music! Quite possibly the most misunderstood music form.

That's the problem, isn't it? Today you mention Electronic Music and most everyone assumes that you're talking about techno, trance or any of the other so-called "modern" music forms who's composers employ synthesizers(mostly softwared based) as their main instruments.

The casual music fan hears or reads about Larry Fast being an electronic music pioneer and they probably expect to hear early Tangerine Dream or Jean Michel Jarre(both of whom contributed GREATLY to modern dance music). The reviewer that highlighted the missing "filter sweeps" from Metropolitan Suite proves to me that some listeners have NO CLUE to what Larry was trying to do.

Synergy is NOT dance music, so please don't expect filter sweeps and pleeps, pops and vocoders. Fast's solo Synergy projects have never been about tricks and gimmicks. He's focused, from the very start of his carreer, on creating symphonic simulations using synthesizers. His seminal Electronic Realizations for Rock Orchestra is one of the most important recordings in the history of electronic music.

To classify MS as "80s New Age music" is an insult to Larry Fast and everything he stands for. Larry is one of THE MOST influential artists in the history of modern music and Metropolitan Suite is his magnum opus.

You will reap the recording's full and intended impact if you live in a large city and have an opportunity to listen to the CD on head phones while walking around and viewing the skyscrapers. The genius of Larry Fast will hit you square between the ears!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It IS necessarily so... February 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Larry Fast's magnum opus was saved for last--"Metropolitan Suite". I'm not going to deny its Copland and Gershwin influences, and probably neither would he. For all of its derivative nature, we have a great 5-movement work here--the Gershwin comes in the form of its recurring theme that sounds like something out of "Porgy and Bess". Other notable pieces are "Prairie Light", which has a Richard Burmer style melodic New Age feel, and "Redstone", whose Fender Telecaster guitar timbres not only serve as a nostalgia trip through '60s surf rock, but suggest that Fast may well have written the synth patch on his handmade synths that I take for granted on my Yamaha TX module.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metropolitan Suite is SWEET! November 30, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a fan of Larry Fast from his "Sequencer" album, I was even more delighted to hear this album. His arrangements are expanded beyond the mere emulation of symphony orchestration through the use of analog and digital synthesis, which offers seemingly boundless sonic possibilities. The musical pieces that are covered under the umbrella of "Metropolitan Suite" are truly tone poems that paint vivid mental pictures of city life during the early 20th century. The remaining pieces on the album are more upbeat, and yet still produce the excitement of mental imagery through Fast's creative use of electronic instrumentation. Only track eight, "West Side Nights," seems to lack a bit on the production end as it is not as tight as the rest of the album. On the whole a thoroughly enjoyable album that I will play over and over.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Synthesizer Suite with a B-Side Overly Sweet August 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a fine CD of instrumental music on average. The first half (probably corresponding to side one of an LP) is excellent and worth five stars hands down. An integrated synthesizer symphony in five movements, it has an 80's soundtrack feel (one glance at the album cover should give away its decade of origin) and yet evokes in the listener (this one anyway) the rise of industrial metropolitan cities in early twentieth century America--both the energy and power and the loneliness and anomie, and shades of moods inbetween. Skyscrapers rising, streetcars criss-crossing, and crowds swelling all in sped-up time-lapsed visuals. The music is extremely moving and contains about as much darkness and hope as you could've gotten from the electronic instruments of the day, and without getting sentimental or wishy-washy. These latter traits were reserved for the latter half of the CD, I guess, which may have been included because it seems to mildly and quietly utilize some of the same themes as the first half. And it's not all that bad, probably worth three stars, but gets uncomfortably cheesy and melodramatic for stretches of time, and in any case doesn't have the integrated feel of the first half. The last track is pretty much new wave rock music without lyrics, sounding a lot like the Cars performing while Ric Ocasek takes a coffee break--not a bad thing in and of itself by any means, but a somewhat weird and discordant way to end the CD. But enough rambling. Despite a few shaky points, this album is a fine specimen of instrumental proto-electronica with an oddly double nostalgic charm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Operatic Synth November 28, 2009
Format:Audio CD
The thing that separates Larry Fast from the rest of the solo instrumental synth composition pack is his strong sense of melody and composition. Anyone can string together random filter sweeps, bleats, bleeps, blats and find the arpeggiator on/off switch. Hell, you don't even need a synth for that -- MOTU's Digital Performer will do that for you.

But one thing neither Digital Performer or ANY synth out there will do is create stunningly beautiful and evocative sound landscapes, as Fast has done with this release. Less classically inspired than earlier Synergy releases, "Metro Suite" evokes a jazzier, Gershwin-esque sound, not only melodically, but in the patches Fast uses to model his virtual orchestra. Intentional or not, to me it brings to mind the coincidental rise of jazz and city skyscrapers in perfect metaphor; the excitement of city life as new buildings and artforms sprang to life in the 50s.

This is simply great stuff...I wish Larry Fast would treat my ipod to some new material!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great edition to my music library!
Published 2 months ago by PervySageChuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic virtual orchestra of analog synthesizers.
Larry Fast/Synergy really knows how to coax the fullness of an orchestra from his analog synth collection where the combination is really more than the sum of their parts. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Darknell
4.0 out of 5 stars A real let-down ... perhaps the time was past
METROPOLITAN SUITE (1986, right?--I forget because I nearly forgot I used to own this album) was the last of Synergy's honest-to-goodness original composition; after this we would... Read more
Published 8 months ago by E. Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Synergy must have CD!
I first heard "Synergy" at a 1974 Pink Floyd concert in Tampa, FL. The 1st Synergy album cover was projected on a huge screen while "Synergy" was played through a massive stereo... Read more
Published on June 1, 2012 by PhilAdams
5.0 out of 5 stars It shouldn't have ended here
That is to say, this album, originally released in 1987, should not have been the last collection of original compositions by Larry Fast. Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by A. Koebel
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a classic album!
I'm going to start off by saying, shame on the guy who wrote the "too much DX7" review. Go read Larry's page and what was used. Read more
Published on August 24, 2011 by Dave Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars I Just Wish...
Amazon would use the true Original release date. I bought this on cassette in 1989. Was thrilled to find it on CD over a decade later, but the Amazon release date of 2005 (If I... Read more
Published on September 14, 2010 by Everett Peavey
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much DX7
Maybe I'm alone in this, but I hate the sound of the Yamaha DX-7. Unfortunately, Larry Fast apparently got a DX-7 circa 1983, and used it all over this album. Read more
Published on November 5, 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Electronic music that evokes prehistoric visions feelings of impending...
This gem of an album I happened upon while in a used music store. After really getting more aquianted with these unique synthesizer melodies on cassette, I broke down and orderd... Read more
Published on February 24, 2006 by pgm98387
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