The New York Rock Ensemble

Profile:
The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble was formed by three Juilliard students (Michael Kamen, Martin Fulterman ---now known as Mark Snow--- and Dorian Rudnytsky) as well as two rock musicians, Brian Corrigan and Clifton Nivison. Beginning with their 1968 debut album they broke tradition by using classical music instruments in rock songs and rock instruments in classical pieces. This fusion, daring at the time, impressed legendary conductor Leonard Bernstein so much that he invited the group to appear at one of his Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra where they performed their signature song "Brandenburg", based on the first movement of Bach's Fifth Brandenburg Concerto.

Brandenburg appeared on the group's second LP "Faithful Friends" (1969). This LP had higher production values than their first and contained many of the songs that were part of their live act. Their third album, "Reflections" (1970), was actually recorded prior to Faithful Friends and was a collaboration with Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis on the score for a film that was never produced. Rhythm guitarist Brian Corrigan departed after the third album and after being part of the only movie appearance by the group, "Zachariah".

The band then shortened its name to The New York Rock Ensemble and switched to Columbia Records. Roll Over (1971) was their most overtly rock album and, at that time, their biggest seller. Their album Freedomburger (1972) was an uneven collection of songs. Soon after the tour supporting this album the band dispersed. Kamen, joined by Rudnytsky and other musicians, gave it one last try when they released New York Rock in 1973.
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Albums

The New York Rock Ensemble - The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble album art The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble* The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble (Album) ATCO Records US 1968 Sell This Version
The New York Rock Ensemble - Faithful Friends album art New York Rock & Roll Ensemble* Faithful Friends (Album) ATCO Records US 1969 Sell This Version
The New York Rock Ensemble - Reflections album art Manos Hadjidakis / New York Rock & Roll Ensemble* Manos Hadjidakis / New York Rock & Roll Ensemble* - Reflections (Album) ATCO Records Greece 1970 Sell This Version
The New York Rock Ensemble - Roll Over album art The New York Rock Ensemble Roll Over (Album) Columbia Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
The New York Rock Ensemble - Freedomburger album art New York Rock Ensemble* Freedomburger (Album) Columbia Canada 1972 Sell This Version
The New York Rock Ensemble - New York Rock album art Michael KamenNew York Rock* Michael KamenNew York Rock* - New York Rock (Album) Atco Records US 1973 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The New York Rock Ensemble - Kiss Her Once / Suddenly album art The New York Rock Ensemble Kiss Her Once / Suddenly (Single) ATCO Records US 1967 Sell This Version
The New York Rock Ensemble - Pick Up In The Morning / The Thing To Do album art The New York Rock Ensemble Pick Up In The Morning / The Thing To Do (Single) Atlantic Germany 1968 Sell This Version
The New York Rock Ensemble - The Brandenburg / Wait Until Tomorrow album art The New York Rock Ensemble The Brandenburg / Wait Until Tomorrow (Single) Atco Records France 1969 Sell This Version
AT 305X The New York Rock Ensemble - Beautiful / Beautiful Too album art The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble* Beautiful / Beautiful Too(7", Single, SP ) Atco Records AT 305X US 1969 Sell This Version
RCL-NP 17003 The New York Rock Ensemble - The Brandenburg album art J.S. Bach* - The New York Rock N' Roll Ensemble* J.S. Bach* - The New York Rock N' Roll Ensemble* - The Brandenburg(7") Atlantic RCL-NP 17003 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
The New York Rock Ensemble - Noble Dame album art New York Rock & Roll Ensemble* Noble Dame (Single) Atlantic US 1970 Sell This Version
BA 301297 The New York Rock Ensemble - Running Down The Highway / The King Is Dead album art The New York Rock Ensemble Running Down The Highway / The King Is Dead(7", Single) CBS BA 301297 Greece 1970 Sell This Version
The New York Rock Ensemble - Ride, Ride My Lady / Fields Of Joy album art The New York Rock Ensemble Ride, Ride My Lady / Fields Of Joy (Single) Columbia US 1971 Sell This Version
The New York Rock Ensemble - Running Down The Highway album art The New York Rock Ensemble Running Down The Highway (Single) CBS US 1970 Sell This Version
The New York Rock Ensemble - Beside You album art The New York Rock Ensemble Beside You (Single) Columbia US 1970 Sell This Version
71501 The New York Rock Ensemble - Dedication / The Day album art The New York Rock Ensemble Dedication / The Day(7", Single) Atlantic 71501 Turkey 1971 Sell This Version
The New York Rock Ensemble - A Whiter Shade Of Pale album art The New York Rock Ensemble A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Single) CBS Germany 1972 Sell This Version

Compilations

LS-ST 119, LS-ST 120 The New York Rock Ensemble - Promotional LP For Record Department-In-Store-Play album art New York Rock & Roll Ensemble* / Cream (2) New York Rock & Roll Ensemble* / Cream (2) - Promotional LP For Record Department-In-Store-Play(LP, Comp, Promo, Smplr) ATCO Records, ATCO Records LS-ST 119, LS-ST 120 US 1968 Sell This Version
CCM-060-2, A 33732 The New York Rock Ensemble - Two Classic Albums From The New York Rock Ensemble (Roll Over / Freedomburger) album art The New York Rock Ensemble Two Classic Albums From The New York Rock Ensemble (Roll Over / Freedomburger)(CD, Comp) Collectors' Choice Music, Sony Music Special Products CCM-060-2, A 33732 US 1998 Sell This Version

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