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Not your average Philip Glass, but I like it. A bit more tweaky and experimental, for lack of a better word, than his later symphonic works and film scores, etc. I used to have the tape of this, but it was called "North Star" (Etoile Polaire) back then... played it so much it wore down, as cassettes would do at times... the good old days... Glad to see it's still here, and most likely remastered and all that fun stuff, but it would have been nice to see something like "formerly titled..." A bonus is a few selections that weren't on the tape, like the 16 minute "Mad Rush" which undoubtedly invokes the spirit of Koyanisqattsi (sp?)... here's to the genius of Philip Glass... highly recommended!


This is absolutely great stuff here: the bare bones of philip glass: the structure bearing the weight of all Glass's compositions hereafter.

Reissue of the soundtrack for the documentary "North Star"

These short selections (for Glass) are all based on various sculptures by Mark Di Suevero and were played in the background while these pieces were discussed or displayed in the documentary. Later the pieces were released by CBS in an attempt to market Glass as an experimental rock composer. Included in this reissue are four compositions I am not familiar with and were not on the North Star LP.

This recording is an excellent introduction to the early Glass power ensemble of voice, woodwinds and electric keyboards. I had the chance to hear some of these pieces played live and extended beyond the lengths they are presented here but it's great to have them back. The additional pieces are interesting but not as good as the North Star pieces. You can hear the seeds of later Glass orchestral works here.


Born: January 31, 1937 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Philip Glass was unquestionably among the most innovative and influential composers of the 20th century. Postmodern music's most celebrated and high-profile proponent, his myriad orchestral works, operas, film scores, and dance pieces proved essential to the development of ambient and new age sounds, and his fusions of Western and world musics were among the earliest and most successful global experiments of their kind. Born in Baltimore, MD, on January 31, 1937, Glass took up the flute at the...
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