Steve Reich ‎– Music For 18 Musicians

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ECM Records ‎– ECM 1129, ECM Records ‎– 2301 129
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The World Premiere was presented April 1976 at Town Hall, NYC, the European Premiere, October 1976 at the Metamusik Festival, Berlin.
Cover Drawing: "Weaver's Notation" (1976)
℗ 1978 ECM Records GmbH
Manufactured under license from Polydor International GmbH
© 1978 Steve Reich
Made in W. Germany

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  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 2516
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (variant 1)): 2563 931 = 3 S1 320
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (variant 1)): 2563 931 S2 = 4 320
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (variant 2)): 2563 931 = 3 S 1 3 20 Q(horizontal) 1(reversed)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (variant 2)): 2563 931 = 3 S 2 3 20 1(reversed) K(horizontal)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (variant 3)): 2563 931 S1 = 5 320 1 P [sideways]
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (variant 3)): 2563 931 S2 = 4 320 1A U [sideways]
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (variant 4)): 2563 931 = 3 S 1 3 20 1(reversed) M(horizontal)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (variant 4)): 2563 931 = 3 S 2 3 20 1(reversed) M(horizontal)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (variant 5)): 2563 931 = 3 S 1 3 20 1[inverted] G[sideways]
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (variant 5)): 2563 931 = 3 S 2 3 20 1[inverted] I[sideways]

Other Versions (5 of 31) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians(File, FLAC, Album, RE) ECM New Series none Europe Unknown
8-918 Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial) ArsNova 8-918 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
UCCE-9505 Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians(CD, Album, RM, SHM) ECM Records UCCE-9505 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
ECM 1129, ECM NEW SERIES 1129 Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians(CD, Album, RE) ECM Records, ECM New Series ECM 1129, ECM NEW SERIES 1129 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
ECM 1-1129 Steve Reich Music For 18 Musicians(LP, Album) ECM Records ECM 1-1129 US 1978 Sell This Version

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EmekaNweze

EmekaNweze

January 10, 2019
Hello Bradx,

I don't think you have strange tastes at all. I personally found your review of this album quite beautiful.

Please, do you know of any works that equal this one in conception (i.e genius) and beauty?

Warm Regards.
djbemidji

djbemidji

December 22, 2014

absolutely incredible. those who don't know it check out some of the live performances on youtube (there's a good Vic Firth one).
Lapidge

Lapidge

August 7, 2014

mindblowing stuff
cyclo-bob

cyclo-bob

August 1, 2013
edited over 5 years ago

This will blow out your mind. Its hard to describe this special kind of hypnotizing mood in it. Its like if your tired it gets you up and opposite. Stunning!

This album is like a spaceship!

A brilliant masterpiece!
Bradx

Bradx

January 19, 2011

Reich's very early compositions were truly minimalist. He used only small ensembles.... sometimes just clapping, drumming or phasing tape loops. In 1974 he started work on this piece. It took nearly 4 years to complete. The sound was a giant leap for Reich, as he says in the sleeve notes; "there is more harmonic movement in the first 5 minutes of 18 Musicians than in any other complete work of mine to date". Violin, cello, clarinets, women's voices, pianos, marimbas and metallophone all combine to create an intricate, interwoven, phased-out beauty of a piece. For me this is the zenith of his work. He went on to make many more records exploring similar themes and ideas but this is the one that works for me.... melodically it is fabulous, conceptually it is genius. Highly recommended for fans of minimalism.... whether that is in the classical zone or techno. Reich's 60s and early 70s work is less polished (a good thing) and also comes highly recommended.
drbob

drbob

May 4, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

It's quite a shame that the music doesn't fit on one side of the record. The piece is composed by combining musical loops, performed by 18 musicians on acoustical instruments. The way these loops interact results in a deeply mesmerizing soundscape. Having to turn the record in the middle of the performance may be quite annoying. My advice would be to get it on cd.

Due to the nature of the composition the piece may be of particular interest to those who are into deep loopy techno.