Music for Films III
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This classic album features a whos who of virtuosity. From John Paul Jones, to the ethereal tones of the American Laraaji, Roger Eno, Brian Eno, Harold Budd and Daniel Lanois. This recording is now available with two BONUS tracks, new artwork and sequencing by Marconi Union.
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The most noticable thing immediately is that the track order is scrambled up-- what I find curious is that they seem to have taken all the pieces I really enjoyed and thrown them at the beginning. The net result of this is that the recording feels to drag for me after the opening few cuts-- it's not that "Quixote" (by Roger Eno) or "Balthus Bemused by Colour" (by Harold Budd) are particularly BAD pieces, its just they're not particularly exciting, innovative, or attention grabbing, so when there's a bunch of them stacked in a row, it makes it hard to sustain interest (and by the way, I LOVE ambient music, this stuff is well in my domain).
So what makes the good stuff new-- either its lovely, in its layers of synths and hazes ("Theme From Creation" by Brian Eno), it is so simple as to be deceptive (solo kalimba performance by Laraaji, "Kalimba", Roger Eno's piano performance on "Fleeting Smile"), or its totally unique and demands to be heard (John Paul Jones' "4-Minute Warning"). The rest is nice enough, but it is what it is-- atmospheres designed for movies, and quite a bit of it doesn't hold attention well. That the pieces are all rather brief only seems to accentuate this-- you sort of hope for development that never arrives.
The reissue, in addition to scrambling the track list, does include two bonus pieces (the downright irritating "Shark 12" by Brian Eno featuring a tightly oscillating synth line and lovely piano piece "Slower and Slower" by Roger Eno) and is remastered. It does sound quite good, crisp, clean, not a trace of analog noise.
Still, this one is for Eno fans and collectors only. It's not unlistenable, but it's not particularly exciting either.