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Pendulum Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (March 20, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B000024B6D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve Wyzard on April 25, 2011
Format: Audio CD
A late-night contemplative classic, this is definitely not Eberhard Weber's most accessible album, but it is one of his best. In fact, it can stand head-and-shoulders next to Yellow Fields and Silent Feet, in spite of being very different from those two albums. This otherworldly music is produced entirely by Weber himself with the help of an echo unit, and the results are unlike anything you've ever heard. Don't expect a typical bass soloist album: at times, it sounds like there are at least five different people/instruments (including percussion) playing at one time. Much thought has gone into the final product, as these are wholly-conceived compositions, not rambling solos.

From the fluid virtuosity of "Street Scenes" to the hauntingly nostalgic "Silent for a While", every track is a show-stopper and a world unto its own. The sometimes dreamy atmospheres and textures could elicit accusations of "new age", but the material never settles for simple prettiness. Don't let those scratching, searching bowed notes scare you: there are experimental explorations, but they never degenerate into ugliness or contemptuousness. With Pendulum, Weber reaches his absolute peak as a composer, performer, and sound-painter, and if you have any familiarity with his group albums, this album is a quintessential must-own. And yes, you would be hard-pressed to find a more fascinating ECM release throughout the entire decade.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Zentao on November 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Then you should really own this. Weber, who is probably known by most for his work with Jan Gabarek, breaks new ground with this solo album of his own compositions. He uses tape loops and some other electronic trickery to overlay his own playing to create pieces that sound very much like there are several musicians.
I find there is no one piece that really stands out; all are very strong and finely crafted. There is a very good blend of traditional double bass work with some bowing. Then there are the pieces with the electronics - sublime!
Too bad it seems to have fallen through the cracks, I highly recommend getting a copy if you have any interest in the possibilities of the double bass when played by someone with incredible talent and imagination.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dan Alexander on February 10, 2002
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Great review from the previous author, I would like to point out that Eberhard Weber plays a 5-string electric upright on this and most albums he is on. This is a bass tour de force.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James on December 28, 2006
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As with most ECM recordings, the sound quality is extraordinary. This is electroacoustic music at its finest and is not far from "musique concrète". Weber uses echo machines and delay equipment to further musical material derived from spontaneous creation on his instrument. Weber's resourcefulness on the bass and in the editing room is awesome. The listener is enveloped in sumptuous "architectural environments" and "alluring movements" full of colour, texture and line. Also sample John Klemmer's 1972 live disc, "Waterfalls". Although removed from Weber's studio CD, "Pendulum ", by concept and time, "Waterfalls" has some of the same use of echo machine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tselliot on November 21, 2007
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"Pendulum" is undeniably Eberhard Weber: No bassist sounds like him. "Pendulum" is a richly textured body of work that offers more to the ears than meets the eye: One musician, one instrument creating stark compositional density; ethereal, haunting, enigmatic and timeless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on August 10, 2009
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Although some listeners might look forward to the prospect of listening to a solo bass CD with about as much enthusiasm as Michael Fay looked forward to his Singaporean caning, I can assure you that Eberhard Weber provides pleasure, not punishment. This is not virtuoso showoff music, rather it is melodious, communicative, and highly enjoyable--not to mention refreshing and different!
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