Steve Reich ‎– Early Works

Elektra Nonesuch ‎– 9 79169-1
Vinyl, LP

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A1 Come Out
Loops – Steve ReichVoice – Daniel Hamm
A2 Piano Phase
Piano – Double Edge, Edmund Niemann, Nurit Tilles
B1 Clapping Music
Handclaps – Russ Hartenberger, Steve Reich
B2 It’s Gonna Rain
Loops – Steve ReichVoice – Brother Walter

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Come Out (1966)
Piano Phase (1967) recorded May 1986 at RCA Studio A, New York City
Clapping Music (1972) recorded May 1987 at RCA Studio A, New York City
It’s Gonna Rain (January 1965)

℗© 1987 Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

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  • Barcode: 0 7559-79169-1 1
  • Rights Society: BMI

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November 8, 2014
edited over 2 years ago

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.