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Shri Camel

Terry Riley Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Terry Riley
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025CB
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,956 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Riley is one of the founders of Minimalism. His music tends to be for soloist (usually himself) playing a barrage of electronic instruments. The works on this disc hail from the mid-seventies, when Riley began to dabble with Eastern modalities, mostly Indian ragas that strive for swara, a transcendental state reached through perfect pitch. Along the way, notes will clash and (to our ears) sound like performance mistakes. These are the product of Riley's overlapping Eastern modalities with Western modalities, often in the same measure. Riley travels farther afield in his music than other Minimalists do, but it's worth the journey. --Paul Cook

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spiritually transcendant work July 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Simply put, this is one for my top ten "desert island" collection. I've had this for about 20 years, first on vinyl and then CD, and have never tired of hearing it. Quite frankly, when I listen to this album I feel the presence of God, no matter how despairing I might otherwise feel. This is due in part to the use of just intonation--the beating of certain intervals on the organ recall the sound of water ripples, or something, and when the dissonances resolve into "true" harmonies it's somewhere between soothing and ecstatic, or both. However the liner notes indicate that Riley performed each of these pieces in real time using an organ and a system of digital delays, which is simply unbelievable given the stunning complexity of the result. I believe it is one of the most spiritually inspired performances ever put to record, clearly reflective of his studies in raga. This CD puts the alleged meditational intent of conventional "New Age" music to shame--this is the real deal, a true "Masterwork" as the previous reviewer stated, and the best work by Riley I've heard. In short, buy this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Balance March 13, 2007
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As suggested this work has a very spiritual feel to it.

If I am correct Mr. Riley plays two Yamaha organs (specially modified by Yamaha for him) using digital delays.

The music is sort of an extension of Rainbow on Curved Air except far more complex and developed. It's very easy to listen to and enjoy despite it's complexity and sophistication. The polyphony and timbre are well integrated with the tunings. The organs are well suited to Mr. Riley's ideas. Some of the instruments on his later works seem less well suited to my ears.

I believe it's one of Riley's best works if not the best. I'd also recommend the Ten voices of the Two Prophets (two Prophet 5 synths have 10 voices - get it?) which is similar.

I've listened to a fair amount of this kind of music that involves alternative tunings, Le Monte Young, Wendy Carlos, Ivor Darreg and I'd say this is one of the most listenable pieces yet it's retained it's deepness over the years. It's certainly one of my desert island disks. Essential.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just intonation's easiest-to-access work April 3, 2000
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Terry Riley here continues on his organ + delay explorations which first are heard on "A Rainbow in Curved Air", but adds the extra dimension of just intonation to the fray, to excellent results. The somewhat 'out of tune' sound might take a moment for some listeners to get used to, but once you're acclimatized, these minimal improvisational-based works are very rewarding and satisfying listening. Riley's training with Pandit Pran Nath is here strongly in evidence, as well, as raga-based structures play a strong shaping role in these shorter works. An exotic, wonderful work that never fails to satisfy, even on numerous repeated listenings as one slowly uncovers little details that might've escaped notice previously. Highly recommended, plus (as the topic line says) it's perhaps one of the best introduction to 'non-traditionally' tuned music one can get.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all true... October 14, 2008
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While most reviewers tend to write in hyperbole about anything they buy and review...I have to agree with just about all the reviews here. Just listen to the preview samples.

This is probably the best example of minimalism meets just-intonation you'll ever find. AND It's probably the one album that seems most characteristically "Riley" of his entire ouevre-In C is essential, Requiem for Adam/Salome are both superb, and Atlantis Nath is probably the most varied offering.

Shri Camel is a good start to what Riley's work sounds like: all the issues (the role of improvisation in the process of performance, the concreteness of the musical experience, and the inevitable what is music?) in his work and all the influences (raga, minimalism, Baroque chamber music, and even ragtime and bop) are all perfectly manifested here. While it might be a fun academic exercise to try to determine his best work, or at least his most influential (that would have to be In C) they're all mostly very very good.

When I want to hear Riley on the keyboard, or Riley in general, I usually skip Rainbow and Persian Surgery Dervishes and go straight to this one. That's not to say those are inferior works in my estimation...they are both spectacular--the live dubbing of Dervishes is part of its charm...but its just a matter of what appeals to you. One reviewer said they felt the presence of God in it, another called it sublime...I can't really elaborate but only to agree. I always imagine an endless network of neurons firing off inside the human brain--a process both mechanical and organic at once, reflecting both the 'magic' of consciousness and a deterministic fatalism.

If thats New Age, well so be it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CBS Have Masterworks for Good Reasons August 29, 1999
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Some reviews are too technical and lengthy. This performance by Terry Riley is sublime - an India influenced electronic tour-de-force - anything is possible when you are listening to this. One of the top three in my collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shri Camel November 1, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This album escapes description and definition. What to say of it? It's the sort of thing that destroys any attempt in understanding it. It strikes me as a mandala/yantra of sound. There seems to be an infinite spiraling-out and an infinite returning-in to an unmoving center. It's exotic but in the most cool and detached way imaginable. It's inspiring and hypnotic, but effortlessly done. Imagine walking outside in some mountainous region, in Winter with snow, and light cool rain falling into small ponds - and that, at that moment, your capacity for hearing suddenly opens its closed doors - in pours the pitter-patter of rain, the droplets diving into the water, the crisp crunch of snow under your feet rhythmically plodding around, the freshness and airiness of the cold wind shimmering through your body... that is the sound of SHRI CAMEL!
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