Prelude Original recording remastered
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Vinyl, Original recording remastered, December 7, 2010
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Of course, the big track on the CD is his nine-minute adaptation of Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra", the work that became internationally famous in its original classical form in 1968, when director Stanley Kubrick used it in his sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Using the famous "Dawn" sequence, with its brass fanfare, and then using it to weave a set of jazz-rock permutations, Deodato comes up with one of the great rock instrumentals of all times. It also won him a much-deserved Grammy in 1973 for Best Pop Instrumental, and hit #2 on the American singles chart (#7 in England) in an abridged version.
A very worthy album PRELUDE is. Take a listen.
The highlight of this disc is the opening rendition of Strausss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra". This is the funkiest rendition of classical music I have ever heard. They rock through the number.
This all-star line up features luminaries such as Stanley Clarke, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Ray Barretto and Airto Moreira among others. This is some classic material.
They also cover the "Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun" and "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" from the Broadway show Kismet. There are also three original compositions. The first track is the deepest on this album. It remains one of my all-time favorite tracks. The rest of the album is good but not quite up to this level.
"Prelude" is an album at once excessive and tacky. It is overindulgent but artistically valid. The music was recorded in 1972 and yet nearly three decades later. It's a time piece that still rings true.
This is jazz with a Brazilan sense that makes "high art" music accessible to those who would never be caught in an orchestra's concert hall.
OK, his take on Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra got the airplay, and it is an excellent interpretation, but there is a wealth of other good tunes to be heard on Prelude, too.
I like the Spirit Of Summer as well as Carly and Carole which had both been previously released in Brazil with different arrangements. The keyboard work on the latter is stunning.
I also like Baubles, Bangles, and Beads in the full version that features the soaring guitar of John Tropea in the interlude. I actually heard a truncated Muzak version once in an elevator that cuts the heart from the song. If you've heard only that one, you are missing out.
I'm not quite so fond of Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun as are some other reviewers, but I do find that the driving keyboard and blaring horns on September 13 give Prelude a strong closing statement.
There seems to be a strong unanimity among the reviewers as to the quality of the CD, so anyone who is new to the music of Deodato can order this with the confidence that he/she is bound to enjoy it. Its a pity that there are no bonus tracks, but Prelude still gets my strongest recommendation.
I enjoy the music, it's nice to have a replacement for a 40 year old record that sounded amazing back in the 70's, so why is the remastered CD 40 years later sound worse?!
I'm guessing the company would claim they 'remastered' it, not 'restored' it, but of course the implication is there that the music will be better quality, it fails to deliver.
I would judge the Deodato/Prelude 40th Anniversary reissue a success. I believe the sound has greater purity and clarity. I have found some of these reissues to be rather dull-sounding, like the high frequencies have been sucked out, but that's not the case here, in my opinion.
There is one issue of revisionism which is a little puzzling to me. They monkeyed with the timing on some of the tracks. This was most egregious on other 40th Anniversary issues, where sometimes as much as a minute has been edited from a track compared to the previous CD releases.
Take note that on Prelude - Deodato, the song Spirit of Summer has been shortened by about 12 seconds on the 40th Anniversary edition compared to the 1997 release. And the final track, September 13, has been shortened by 32 seconds. If that sort of thing bothers you, beware.
To recap, this is a great album, in any edition -- accessible crossover jazz/rock and smooth jazz. Not a bad tune in the bunch. But the producers of the 40th Anniversary editions have chosen to edit songs differently, to equalize the instruments differently and even change the placement of instruments in the soundstage, from left or right to center, or vice versa. Naturally, that will be well-received by some, and it will irritate others.
I like this new version, and I think the changes help me appreciate the music even more.
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I guess I must say, I'm glad I kept the 40+ year old vinyl version. Still enjoy itPublished 6 months ago by n0yzt
It's OK if you like Deodato - I had been trying to find also sprach Zarathustra for years remembering the iconic, 1974, #2 pop billboard hit but couldn't remember who did it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by William J. Phillips Jr.
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