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Volcano Songs Original recording reissued

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Volcano Songs: Duets: Walking Song
  2. Volcano Songs: Duets: Lost Wind
  3. Volcano Songs: Duets: Hips Dance
  4. Volcano Songs: Duets: Cry #1
  5. New York Requiem
  6. Volcano Songs: Solos: Offering
  7. Volcano Songs: Solos: Boat Man
  8. Volcano Songs: Solos: Skip Song
  9. Volcano Songs: Solos: Old Lava
  10. Volcano Songs: Solos: Cry #2
  11. St Petersburg Waltz
  12. Three Heavens and Hells
  13. Light Songs: Click Song #1
  14. Light Songs: Click Song #2


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 18, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B000024IH9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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While perhaps still widely unknown Meredith Monk is a modern master.
This album is another incredible addition to her work. The set of four opening duets will take your breath away. The first of these "Walking Song" was featured in the Coen brothers film The Big Lebowski...As strong as that cut is each of these four composition gets successively stronger. On "Lost Wind" The singers hit ringing overtones that are otherworldly. "Cry #1" is overwhelmingly emotional... The New York Requiem for people lost to AIDS is another standout ...also deeply moving. There are also two sets of vocal solos by Monk herself interspersed with a solo piano piece, and a vocal quartet piece "Three Heavens And Hells" set to the words of a young childs poem. Lyrics are rare for Monk who usually avoids them... she claims in the notes that this is a first. There are other songs with recognizable phrases such as the repeated mantra "I Went To The Store" in TURTLE DREAMS and the woman's conversation with death in THE TALE (from Dolmen Music). However in those cases, words evolved out of the pre-established melody. Here the words came first.
Those who recall 1980's landmark vocal milestone DOLMEN MUSIC will want to give VOLCANO SONGS and the latest release... (the equally beautiful) MERCY a listen.
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By Roland on February 17, 2011
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I was at first not used to this kind of music, but after awhile I realized this is some of the most beautiful music and singing I have ever heard. The idea is to listen to the vocal tones and the arrangment of the notes and not to think about anything like lyrics. When it is heard how intense and moving the sound is, those who listen will be amazed.
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Often I find that a particular kind of facial expression goes with the mention of Meredith Monk.

I would be hard-put to describe that expression from others as `sour,' or in any other way resentful (assuming, of course, they know who she is), but perhaps more a look of recognition, of compliance almost, for as many people I have found who do not care for her, and as many as I have found are quite fond of her, she seems to demand respect.

And why not?

Who else can easily be named who exhibits such unique work?

Who else creates music and vocal works that would take someone at all familiar with her only seconds to recognize it?

Am I mostly to ask questions in talking about her latest release?

Am I to keep to the form I have thus presented to the present moment--one sentence a paragraph?

We'll see.

The main question, I find, is this:

How is it that Meredith Monk has persisted in the traditions of the experimental yet not faded to art history or another type of death?

How is it that she continues as a fresh, alive presence in music?

Those were two questions, weren't they?

Meredith Monk's "American maverick tradition" continues with her latest release off ECM New Series, Volcano Songs.

("American maverick tradition" being, of course, her own term.)

Other `mavericks' (by her own standards): John Cage, Henry Cowell, Harry Partch, Edgard Varèse.

Another `maverick,' by my own: Gertrude Stein.

Allow me to explain.
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