Tracklist

Come Out 12:54
Piano Phase 20:26
Clapping Music 4:39
It’s Gonna Rain 17:31

Versions (9)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
9 79169-1 Steve Reich Early Works(LP) Elektra Nonesuch 9 79169-1 US 1987 Sell This Version
979 169-2 Steve Reich Early Works(CD, Comp) Nonesuch 979 169-2 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
979 169-2 Steve Reich Early Works(CD, Comp) Nonesuch 979 169-2 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
9 79169-2 Steve Reich Early Works(CD, Comp) Elektra Nonesuch 9 79169-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
9 79169-4 Steve Reich Early Works(Cass, Album) Elektra Nonesuch 9 79169-4 US 1987 Sell This Version
979 169-1 Steve Reich Early Works(LP) Nonesuch 979 169-1 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
9 79169-1 Steve Reich Early Works(LP, Promo) Elektra Nonesuch 9 79169-1 US 1987 Sell This Version
979 169-2 Steve Reich Early Works(CD, Comp) Nonesuch 979 169-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
9 79169-2 Steve Reich Early Works(CD, Comp, RE) Elektra Nonesuch 9 79169-2 US Unknown Sell This Version

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Bradx

Bradx

November 8, 2014
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Early Works, LP, 9 79169-1

This is it - the greatest of the early minimal works of Steve Reich. Conceptual experiments with out-of-phase tape recorders on the enigmatic It's Gonna Rain and Come Out (the influence of this track even permeates into the work of Capt Beefheart).
If it's minimal you want - how more mimimal can you get than Clapping Music? Just human hands clapping, gradually phasing in and out of time. Sheer genius. This is the record you could find cheap in HMV sales back in the 1980s... I think mine cost me £2.99.

In my opinion the first 15 years (up to Octet) contain the best and most challenging pieces that Reich composed.
Maybe he was chasing sales or acclaim but, for me, the later, more elaborately orchestrated works become less interesting, with more concessions to accessibility and 'the market'.

I was lucky to see Steve Reich and Musicians at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in 1981 where they performed Clapping, Drumming and Octet, a great night that has stuck in my memory.
philbeard

philbeard

June 26, 2013
referencing Early Works, CD, Comp, 979 169-2

Absolutely essential if you are interested in minimalism. The recording of "Clapping Music" is a bit dry for my liking (no resonance to it), but the two tape pieces are masterful & the piano piece very beautiful.