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Philip Glass - Songs from Liquid Days

Philip Glass , Michael Riesman , Bruce Fowler , Linda Ronstadt , Jack Kripl , Richard Peck , Jon Gibson , Douglas Perry Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Changing Opinion (Vocal)Philip Glass Ensemble;Paul Dunkel;Bernard Fowler;Michael Riesman 9:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Lightning (Vocal)Philip Glass Ensemble;Janice Pendarvis 6:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Freezing (Vocal)Philip Glass Ensemble;Linda Ronstadt;Kronos Quartet 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Liquid Days (Part I) (Vocal)Philip Glass Ensemble 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Open The Kingdom (Liquid Days, Part II) (Vocal)Philip Glass Ensemble 6:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Forgetting (Vocal)Philip Glass Ensemble;Linda Ronstadt;Kronos Quartet 8:09$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Philip Glass, Michael Riesman, Bruce Fowler, Linda Ronstadt, Jack Kripl, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002616
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addiction to Liquid Days October 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have been somewhat worried and embarrassed by my reaction to this album--I have played it almost daily since I bought the CD used in Record and Tape Traders over a year ago. My previous exposure to Glass had been listening to my son's orchestra rehearse and perform one of his compositions, which I enjoyed thoroughly. I also bought it because Paul Simon and Linda Ronstadt are among my favorites (I'm low brow). My initial reaction to Liquid Days was amazement and amusement. After playing it through a couple of times, I was hooked. For me it is a kind of religious experience. What seemed like flaws initially, like primitive voice quality in parts, peculiar phrases, absent transitions, began to sound absolutely right with repeated listening. I find myself humming and singing the songs in the shower, and they have even turned up in my dreams. That can't be normal, but it's a harmless addiction. I keep the CD in the car, and when the news is stressful, the traffic deadful, and even the NPR classical music station is too abrasive for my inflamed sensibilities, I pop Liquid Days into the CD player and "chill". I bought another copy of the CD from Amazon to give to my son's orchestra director, in gratitude for turning me on to Glass. I also took him to a Phillip Glass concert for his birthday and tried to get up my nerve to go backstage afterward to talk to "Uncle Phil", as the birthday boy referred to him. My nerve failed, sadly, but he's a local boy so I may get another chance. Meanwhile, I heartily recommend the album to those who are able to listen in moderation.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glassus Lyricus January 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Phillip Glass' work from the 80's needs to be re-explored. This group of songs performed by Glass and some great voices, including Linda Ronstadt, still sounds like a journey to uncharted territories. My favorite cut is Changing Opinion, where a bit of white noise is heard by the singer/narrator and he tries to figure out where it is coming from. By commenting on itself it becomes a sort of hall of mirrors, just like Glass' fluid and reflective music.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's addictive... December 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Somehow, I've hung onto this CD for over fifteen years. I'll forget I even own it, find it, then repeatedly play it for a couple hours at a time.

If you don't like Glass's musical compositions, you'll definitely hate "Songs from the Liquid Days." If you appreciate Glass, then this creation is definitely worth your time and money.

You have lyrics by Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Paul Simon, and Suzanne Vega. The words and music are a perfect match. You have the vocal stylings of Bernard Fowler, the Roches, Linda Ronstadt, and Douglas Perry. A couple of those names I'm not familiar with except for this CD. Regardless, the talent and power is inescapable.

I'm by no means a religious person, but listening to this creation is as close to a religious experience I imagine I'll ever have.

It's haunting. It's moving.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable song cycle of the late 20th Century March 29, 1999
Format:Audio CD
On this wonderful disc Philip Glass has taken the format of the popular music record, with its track list of songs, and used it as the medium through which to explore the traditional compositional form of the song cycle with spectacular results. Following the conviction that some of the best lyricists are experienced songwriters, he has collaborated with pop composers by inviting them to produce lyrics around which he has created the most sparkling, innovatively arranged - and funky - songs you are likely to hear. They range from the enigmatic and introspective to the light-hearted and soulful. On first listening, the arrangements may appear suprising to the pop and classical enthusiast alike. However, this is music with staying power which amply rewards repeated listening. I can say this with the conviction of one who has owned this record for twelve years! The performances are first class and by some of the worlds finest artists. In fact, everything about this recording oozes quality from the excellent production values down to the design of the packaging itself. For anyone who is interested in progressive music, Songs from Liquid Days is a must. If you liked this record, check out the 'Heroes' symphony.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is: creative people having fun! July 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
You won't hear it on your Top 40 station, because for pop music this collection is too arty or quirky. Your local classical station might only play these pieces under duress at the all-request hour during pledge week. What a shame! After 15 years, this disc still sees heavy rotation on my personal playlist. Anyone attempting to take this recording too seriously is making a mistake: these songs exist as a testament to the pure fun of collaborating with creative off-beat geniuses.
In this musical Road Trip, you'll find plenty of the motifs and rapid-fire rhythms and arpeggios that are characteristically Glass, but you'll also discover some lyrical melodies which will haunt you. You may even find yourself wondering at the miracle of language while the poetry rattles around your head.
Put away the cognac for this one; fix yourself a Singapore Sling, and be prepared to freak out both your pop- and classical-loving music friends when you push "Play" on this disc.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exploratory and insanely satisfying August 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I owned this album on vinyl many years ago, but when I moved to CDs, I somehow forgot about it (horror). Recently I stumbled across it on a used CD, and now I can't imagine how I survived without it all those years. Yeah, it's got a lot of big lyricists and singers on it, including some of my musical heros, but in the end it's Glass's music itself that earns its permanent place in my heart. Like every other style, minimalism isn't for everyone; but personally I find that the combination of traditional chord progressions, Glass's arpeggiated continuos, the mixture of classical and modern instruments, and the touch of wackiness on this CD is exactly right. It may not be a "deep" CD, but then, sometimes you don't want to have to work too hard to listen to interesting music. When I listen to "Songs from Liquid Days", it feels like Glass et al. have written it precisely the way it should have been written. I've come back to this site to buy copies for my friends, from the opera singer to the technophile to the Kronos Quartet fan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Phillip Glass My Favorite
I bought this LP right after the release. I played it over & over. Later on I attended the Live Concert & was blown away by the performance. This CD is Highly Recommended.
Published 1 month ago by LittleBearLodge
5.0 out of 5 stars Still A++ after 28 years
I've had a cassette copy of this for many years, but our last cassette player died last year. So I put a CD copy on my Christmas list. Now I have it. Wow, just, wow. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Peter D. Tillman
5.0 out of 5 stars Phillip Glass on cassette
Great music by Phillip Glass- and I got it in a cassette for my daughter's car- she loves this music- vaguely remembers that I played Glass when she was little- I think it came... Read more
Published 9 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful
This album has been a favorite of mine for many years. I was pleased to be able to purchase this and be able to listen to it again.
Published 19 months ago by Piano Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Works wonderfully despite the gimmickyness
I first bought this on cassette when it was released, without knowing much about PG. I knew the gimmick, and thought I'd give it a go. Glad I did. Read more
Published on June 10, 2012 by monkeygrudge
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs From Liquid Days
This to me is a perfect album. I had it on vinyl, and then on cassette and now I have it on CD at last. Read more
Published on November 29, 2011 by P. Nicholson
4.0 out of 5 stars not for everyone's taste
I bought this solely for the two Linda Ronstadt performances, which I've had on vinyl since the late 80's. If you like Linda, or Glass, you will not be disappointed. Read more
Published on March 12, 2010 by tjwash
2.0 out of 5 stars Hate to be a hater, but I really need to add to the minority here
definitely the worst Glass I've heard
I get the idea - bring classical music to the masses through pop arrangement. Read more
Published on December 2, 2009 by Maxx
2.0 out of 5 stars Get back on the solids
Even amongst much hit and miss recorded material, these choral keyboardings are just a constant bore, even a mild embarrassment, with a few pretentiously exotic bombardments... Read more
Published on March 12, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Liquid Days
"Songs from liquid days" is now a new old favorite for me from Philip Glass. All the different artists participating is a fascinating part of the CD, and even though some of the... Read more
Published on December 7, 2008 by H. Fern
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