Philip Glass ‎– Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film)

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Philip Glass's Koyaanisqatsi was originally composed as a film score to the 1982 Godfrey Reggio film of the same name. The original 1983 album release of the soundtrack was edited down to 46 minutes to fit on a single LP. It was later issued on CD in the same, edited format.

In 1998, Glass re-recorded and released the full score as a separate release.

The complete original motion picture score (with sound effects) was released in 2009.

The piece called "Pruit Igoe" was named after the notorious St. Louis housing project, demolished from 1972-1976. Reggio filmed one of the 1975 implosions. However, it was generally known as Pruitt-Igoe. As such, the title was misspelled in all releases until the expanded version was issued in 2009. See The Demolition of Pruitt-Igoe.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ISTA 4 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film)(LP, Album, RE) Island Visual Arts ISTA 4 UK 1987 Sell This Version
ASTA 1 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Life Out Of Balance) (Original Soundtrack Album From The Motion Picture)(LP, Album) Antilles ASTA 1 US 1983 Sell This Version
ASTA 1 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Life Out Of Balance) (Original Soundtrack Album From The Motion Picture)(LP, Album, Blu) Antilles ASTA 1 US 1983 Sell This Version
ZCASTA-1 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film)(Cass, Album, Dol) Antilles ZCASTA-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
205 626, 205 626-320 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film)(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 205 626, 205 626-320 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
25S-178 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film)(LP, Album) Island Records, Polystar 25S-178 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
205 626-320 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film)(LP, Album) Island Records 205 626-320 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
205.626, 205 626-320 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film)(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 205.626, 205 626-320 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
25S-178 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film)(LP, Album, Promo) Island Records, Polystar 25S-178 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
205 626 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film)(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 205 626 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
ICT 4 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(Cass, Album) Island Records ICT 4 UK 1983 Sell This Version
ISTA 4 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(LP, Album) Island Records ISTA 4 UK 1983 Sell This Version
205 626 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(LP, Album) Island Records 205 626 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
ISTA 4 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(LP, Album) Island Records ISTA 4 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
814 042-1 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(LP, Album) Island Records 814 042-1 France 1983 Sell This Version
ISTA 4, L 38134 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(LP, Album) Island Records, Festival Records Pty. Ltd. ISTA 4, L 38134 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
VG 71401, 062 - VG 71401 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin, Island Records VG 71401, 062 - VG 71401 Greece 1985 Sell This Version
604.7212 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(LP, Album) Island Records 604.7212 Brazil 1986 Sell This Version
ISLC-1150 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Life Out Of Balance) (Original Soundtrack Album From The Motion Picture)(Cass, Album, RE) Antilles New Directions ISLC-1150 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
7-90626-4, 90626-4, ANC8707 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Life Out Of Balance) (Original Soundtrack Album From The Motion Picture)(Cass, Album, RE) Antilles New Directions, Antilles New Directions, Antilles New Directions 7-90626-4, 90626-4, ANC8707 US 1987 Sell This Version
ANCD8707, 7 90626-2, 90626-2 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(CD, Album, RE) Antilles New Directions, Antilles New Directions, Antilles New Directions ANCD8707, 7 90626-2, 90626-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
90626-1, 7 90626-1, AN 8707 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(LP, Album, RE) Antilles New Directions, Antilles New Directions, Antilles New Directions 90626-1, 7 90626-1, AN 8707 US 1987 Sell This Version
ISL 1150 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(LP, Album, RE) Island Records, Antilles New Directions ISL 1150 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
90626-1 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(LP, Album, RE) Antilles New Directions 90626-1 US 1987 Sell This Version
VG 71401, 062 - VG 71401 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin, Island Records VG 71401, 062 - VG 71401 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
670.4221 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(LP, Album) Island Records 670.4221 Brazil 1988 Sell This Version
7-90626-4, ANC8707, 814042-2 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Life Out Of Balance) (Original Soundtrack Album From The Motion Picture)(Cass, Album, RE) Antilles New Directions, Antilles New Directions, Antilles New Directions 7-90626-4, ANC8707, 814042-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
814 042-2, IMCD 98 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(CD, Album, RE) Antilles, Antilles, Island Records, Island Records 814 042-2, IMCD 98 UK 1989 Sell This Version
422-814 042-2, 422 814 042-2 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Life Out Of Balance) (Original Soundtrack Album From The Motion Picture)(CD, Album, RE) Antilles New Directions, Antilles, Island Records, Antilles New Directions, Antilles, Island Records 422-814 042-2, 422 814 042-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
814 042-2, IMCD 98 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(CD, Album, RE) Antilles, Antilles, Island Records, Island Records 814 042-2, IMCD 98 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
255 626, CID 120 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(CD, Album) Island Records, Island Records 255 626, CID 120 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
814 042-2 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(CD, Album) Gruppo Futura, Island Records 814 042-2 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
814 042-2, IMCD 98 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(CD, Album, RE, RP) Antilles, Antilles, Island Records, Island Records 814 042-2, IMCD 98 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
OMM0058, omm0058, 0058 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(CD, Album) Orange Mountain Music, Orange Mountain Music, Orange Mountain Music OMM0058, omm0058, 0058 US 2009 Sell This Version
422-814 042-2 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Life Out Of Balance) (Original Soundtrack Album From The Motion Picture)(CD, Album, RE) Antilles New Directions, Antilles, Island Records 422-814 042-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
255 626, CID 120 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film)(CD, Album) Island Records, Island Records 255 626, CID 120 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
255 626, CID 120 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film)(CD, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records 255 626, CID 120 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
205 626 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film)(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 205 626 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 98, 814 042-2 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(CD, Album) Island Masters, Island Records, Antilles IMCD 98, 814 042-2 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
814 042-2, IMCD 98 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(CD, Album) Island Records, Island Masters 814 042-2, IMCD 98 UK Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 98, 814 042-2 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(CD, Album) Island Masters, Island Records, Antilles IMCD 98, 814 042-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
IMCD 98, 814 042-2 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(CD, Album, RE) Island Masters, Island Records, Antilles IMCD 98, 814 042-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
OMM0058 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(CD, Album, RE) Orange Mountain Music OMM0058 US Unknown Sell This Version
LS•2361 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Landy Star Music LS•2361 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
205 626 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 205 626 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
205 626 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 205 626 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
205 626 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 205 626 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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A-B-spinnerR

A-B-spinnerR

April 18, 2018
edited 3 months ago
referencing Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film), LP, Album, RE, 205 626

Get a chance to see the film on big screen. And then listen to that music again at home!
Numanoid

Numanoid

March 13, 2015
referencing Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film), LP, Album, RE, ISTA 4
Why is the 1998 re-recording included in this master release?

I wanted to get the original soundtrack and got the 1998 CD based on that it is included in this master release, but found it was not the version I was after :-(
vpeteg

vpeteg

October 24, 2014
referencing Koyaanisqatsi (Original Soundtrack Album From The Film), LP, Album, 205 626, 205 626-320
Anyone else has this with the wrong tracklist on the label? my side A says opening instead of koyaanisqatsi and side b has no. 15 closing instead of the grid (and there is no mention of prophecies. All other information cat number, etc is the same (also matrix etch, sleeve, etc)
Clogwhistle

Clogwhistle

February 10, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Koyaanisqatsi, CD, Album, OMM0058, omm0058, 0058
Though it claims to be the "complete original soundtrack version" it is still 10 minutes shorter than the complete film. I have derived approximate durations from my copy of the LaserDisc and they are as follows:

1 Koyaanisqatsi 3:27
2 Organic 8:02
3 Clouds 4:37
4 Resource 6:37
5 Vessels 8:38 (NB extra ambient sound at the end of the piece)
6 Pruitt Igoe 7:51
7 Pruitt Igoe Coda 1:17
8 SloMo People 3:33 (NB extra ambient sound at the end of the piece)
9 The Grid Introduction 3:24
10 The Grid 18:20 (NB extra ambient sound at the end of the piece)
11 Microchip 1:47
12 Prophecies 12:35
13 Translations And Credits 5:20

I have also noticed a change in timbre from "Vessels" onwards as if there has been a little post-production work done to the recording.
mentalmushroom

mentalmushroom

April 26, 2012
referencing Koyaanisqatsi, CD, Album, OMM0058, omm0058, 0058

Only Koyaanisqatsi and Prophecies deserve attention
enfantterrible

enfantterrible

December 17, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Koyaanisqatsi, CD, Album, RE, IMCD 98, 814 042-2

This is perhaps one of the most apocalyptical opus ever made in the history of soundtracks, a requiem for the dream of man, and the man inside his own dream. The music made by the genius Phillip Glass is certainly touching in many ways, very descriptive and relentless, very poetic and at the same time hard as a rock. Simple but direct in its own minimalism.
Koyaanisqatsi, the soundtrack for the movie of the same name by Godfrey Reggio, is a requiem for humanity, a narration of our unbalanced present life and a projection of our almost immediate future. A testimony of our fragility and easy fragmentation. A question for our crazyness and at the same time a natural explanation of the causes and effects of our natural destiny in the universe. The ways of modernity in its unaware moments of failure. This is the apocalypse.
It doesn’t matter what we did, or what we thought, what we left unsaid, or undone.
Or what we wanted, what we needed or loved, or hated.
All our illusions, our fears, our beauty and our insanity, our greatness and our greed,
Will perish. And our memories would be just ashes in the wind, and in a couple of million years there will not be a trace of our existence, unless perhaps for a few rocks from our now presumptuous constructions.
This could be the explained reasoning behind this masterful piece without words, this neoclassical jewel made of infinite brilliance. Fabulous orchestrations, choruses, excellent use of electronic devices to accompany the whole piece that confronts the listener with peaceful moments to vertigo, to violence and decay and finally into doom…
A must for the apocalyptic children of today. Let’s hear the apocalypse prefigured while we watch it happening through our windows.