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  • Composer: Philip Glass
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • ASIN: B000005IZ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Music for the soul...
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You don't even have to see the film to enjoy the music or understand its relevancy and meaning.
Chris Speaks
I saw the movie a few years ago, and would love to purchase it.
Lisa A. Flaherty

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. Flaherty on January 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Out of all the music in my collection -- from classical to alternative to international to pop -- this is still and always my favorite.
The music is uplifting and disturbing at the same time. I saw the movie a few years ago, and would love to purchase it. If you were lucky enough to have seen it, you'll recall the wonderful, and disturbing images, that mirror the film's soundtrack.
Even though some people today associate this music with "The Truman Story," it transcends and precedes that.
The music stands alone. Just popping it into the CD player in rush hour traffic makes me feel like I'm doing something monumental. This CD has power and soul, and I say that about no other music I've yet heard.
I just can't wait until they bring the video back into print!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Jones on May 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is the soundtrack to Godfrey Reggio's film of the same name; a sorta-sequel to "Koyaanisqatsi." Incredibly pretty films with ideas best appreciated by the Unabomber in all of us. (Well, not in me, but diff'rent strokes . . .) They REALLY deserve to be on DVD.
I first heard this soundtrack, uncut, on public radio, via John Scheaffer's amazing New Sounds program. Go listen to the sample tracks and imagine hearing this stuff, without commercials, while cruising down the Long Island Expressway at 11:00 PM on a steamy summer night. Utterly mind blowing.
The tracks alternate, roughly, between sweet and sincere ethnic themes, and variants of the the monstrous, awe-some, terrible, profound and beautiful "Anthem."
As other reviewers have mentioned, bits of this score are beginning to turn up in films. I feel so utterly damn cool and avant-garde when the freakish music I listen to ends up in movie and commercial scores.
Buy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is some of Philip Glass' best work. Less hypnotically repetitive than Canyon music or Thin Blue Line and capable of standing alone as a concert piece. The Anthem motif has been heard time and again: including multiple movie trailers where they haven't figured out the final score to Truman Show and TV ads. It builds to a wonderful climax with a Moazzin calling the faithful to prayer. Stunning! They should release the DVD. The VHS is [bad]
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By TheRaccoonMan on February 19, 2004
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I frankly admit that I dont know anything about 20th Century serious composers-I mainly listen to jazz-but this album is astonishing. I have to admit that some of Glass' other works,like "The Photographer," don't excite me very much. But the music on this CD is wonderful.On the strength of this album and the other soundtracks for this trilogy I've been carefully buying other Glass CDs. If some customer stumbles on to this album and is intimidated or turned off by Glass' reputation as a "serious" composer,let me assure them that this is an album that almost anyone can sit down and listen to and enjoy. Don't let his reputation as a "classical" composer who works with orchestras prevent you from grabbing this incredible CD. You don't have to be a highbrow to listen to this
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Galina on August 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Of three Qatsi movies, my favorite is certainly, Powaqqatsi because it is not just a gorgeous movie with amazing images; it is one of very precious experiences that happen rarely in life. What made this experience possible is above all and without doubt the MUSIC. It was not the first music by Philip Glass I heard. I like his minimalistic and somehow disturbing scores that go right to your senses for "The Hours", "Notes of the Scandal", and "The Illusionist" (2006). Powaqqatsi was the second movie in Reggio's "Qatsi" trilogy for me. Just before it, I saw "Koyaanisqatsi" (1982) or Life out of Balance", the first of three Reggio-Glass movies. I like "Koyaanisqatsi" very much but I think it is the images that make it so memorable. "Powaqqatsi" for me, is about Glass's magnificent, un-earthy, divine and literally uplifting and transcending score. It is the music that could've been played after God had finished his work of creation and looked down at Earth and saw that it was good. I am a music lover, and I love music of different genres, epochs, and cultures. I enjoy listening to Mozart and Beatles, Nino Rota and Metallica, Zamphir and Scott Joplin, Bob Dylan and Lucianno Pavarotti, Bach and Edith Piaf. I love them all but I don't recall ever being so moved and taken out of this reality, feeling happy and overwhelmed, proud to be able to witness and enjoy the incredible achievement of human creativity and genius as when I was watching and listening to three "Anthems" and "Mosque and Temple" scenes of "Powwaqatsi: Life in Transformation". I keep listening to my favorite tracks over and over again, and the music has the same impact at me making tears of joy coming to my eyes every time I hear the majestic hypnotic triumphant sounds of music written by Phillip Glass.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Geni on August 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Philip Glass gets a bad rap as a one-trick pony and this album is one of the best pieces of evidence that he isn't. True, this record sometimes employs Glass's strong minimalist roots and the familiar ascending/descending melodic lines repeated over and over again like some sort of avant-garde military marching band that are his staple. But most of it is very different, and these sections are usually short and shift rapidly, unlike the epic, 20-minute builds of "Koyaanisqatsi." At times it is ambient, at other times rousing and spirited. "The Anthem" (part two of which was used to great effect in "The Truman Show" along with selections from Glass's similar "Anima Mundi" score) manages to be both, and is powerfully symbolic of what "Powaqqatsi" ("life in transformation," if I recall the loosely translated definition of the word) is about. While this record runs a little long, it's brilliantly creative New Age classical and works both with the movie and on its own.
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