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Metropolitan Suite


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  • Audio CD (July 2, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Synergy Electronic
  • ASIN: B00CZ2HWNO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,649,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Go read Larry's page and what was used.
Dave Davis
His seminal Electronic Realizations for Rock Orchestra is one of the most important recordings in the history of electronic music.
J.R.
I immediately went out and bought that album and played both sides over and over.
PhilAdams

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J.R. on March 18, 2007
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 By R. L. MILLER on 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 By Dave Davis on August 24, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
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. For when this was recorded, he was WAY ahead of his time! You think about how much work and programming went into the MIDI composition. 5 days to record the actual track from the MIDI back then, that's a lot of data being translated by a Commodore VIC!

I listened to this album on cassette from 1987 when it came out, to 1989, on my old Walkman, till it gave out. I walked from Union Station to the Apparel Center (now the SunTimes building) every day for those two years and would start listening to the Suite from the time I was coming up the escalator and I would exit the building when the crescendo would occur. It was the perfect backdrop to the whole musical fest that was occurring in my ear. I picked up the CDs when they came out, for all of Larry's albums, and now I'm going to purchase the MP3 files, because I want them for my phone. (the CD was lost in the shuffle of my last move), so now, I'll save them to the cloud so that I always have them. I can't recommend this enough.

My only wish (if Larry ever reads these), is that the MIDI files be released someday, for musicians to tinker with, or that Mr. Fast actually takes these wonderful pieces to a full orchestra and has them play his music and record it. I think it would be phenomenal!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Koebel on February 21, 2012
Format: Audio CD
That is to say, this album, originally released in 1987, should not have been the last collection of original compositions by Larry Fast. The "Metropolitan Suite", which is the first five tracks, is figuratively and literally Fast's "Rhapsody in Blue." In interviews Fast has even called this a product of his Gershwin period. The suite itself is electronically synthesized orchestral music achieved without using gigabytes of samples, although apparently Fast did use an early sampler - an Emulator II - for a few of the sounds (which means a mere megabyte or less of samples!). The result is not purely imitative but Fast himself has said that it was not intended to be, no more than the tracks on Fast's first album "Electronic Realizations For Rock Orchestra" were intended to imitate orchestral instruments (notwithstanding Fast's use of a Mellotron for a sound or two on that one).

Aside from the five tracks that comprise the suite, the other tracks on the album are interesting and bear repeated listening. They aren't just filler.

Metropolitan Suite is a prime example of why Fast's name should, IMO, be mentioned alongside other notable composers of the twentieth century. Unfortunately, because this is not only electronic music but "pop" or "rock" electronic music (as opposed to "academic" electronic music) Fast will probably never get the recognition he deserves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Ransom on 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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