Steve Reich ‎– Four Organs / Phase Patterns

Shandar ‎– SR 83 511, Shandar ‎– SR 83.511
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A Four Organs
Electric Organ – Art Murphy, Philip Glass, Steve Chambers, Steve ReichMaracas – Jon Gibson (2)
B Phase Patterns
Electric Organ – Art Murphy, Jon Gibson (2), Steve Chambers, Steve Reich

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A - recorded may 1970 - Guggenheim Museum-New-York
B - recorded november 1970 - University Museum-Berkeley

Gatefold sleeve, black and white label.

All notes in French.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Stamped): SR [10005 scratched] A GP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Stamped): SR [10005 scratched] B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A & B, Etched): 83511
  • Price Code: Ⓐ
  • Rights Society: D.R.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SR 10 005, SR 10.005 Steve Reich Four Organs / Phase Patterns(LP, Album) Shandar, Shandar SR 10 005, SR 10.005 France 1970 Sell This Version
rdc 5018, 1298050182 Steve Reich Four Organs / Phase Patterns(CD, Album, RE) Robi Droli, New Tone Records rdc 5018, 1298050182 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
SSH02 Steve Reich Four Organs • Phase Patterns(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Aguirre Records SSH02 Belgium 2016 Sell This Version
Mantra 090, Mantra 090/642090 Steve Reich Four Organs / Phase Patterns(CD, Album) Mantra, Mantra Mantra 090, Mantra 090/642090 France 1994 Sell This Version
SR 83 511, 83.511 Steve Reich Four Organs / Phase Patterns(LP, Album, RE) Shandar, Shandar SR 83 511, 83.511 France Unknown Sell This Version


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November 30, 2016
Anyone compared Aguirre and Superior Viaduct Reissues? Wich one is better to get when both are avillable at the same price?


January 19, 2011
edited over 10 years ago

Hardcore minimalism from one of the masters. Intense and repetitive, after a while the glacial organs will drill into your very soul. Not to be confused with later Reich offerings (post 1978) which are much lusher and melodic. This is the pure, undistilled and extremely fierce minimalism which is sure to alienate and infuriate many lightweight and fairweather listeners.
A good companion to this (and also on Shandar) is the Philip Glass album 'Solo Music'. Another extremely intense and sparse recording (Glass also appears on Four Organs).