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Tracklist

Come Out12:54
Piano Phase20:26
Clapping Music4:39
It’s Gonna Rain17:31

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Germany/Europe CD releases:
Steve Reich - Early Works 1987 issue, Price Code WE 851, pressed by Record Service Alsdorf matrix ‘979169-2.2 RSA’
Steve Reich - Early Works 1987 issue, Price Code WE 851, pressed by Record Service GmbH matrix ‘979 169-2 SRC-01’
Steve Reich - Early Works Code France WE 810, made by Record Service Alsdorf (per disc face) but post-1991 release so probably actually made by WMME Alsdorf) matrix '979169-2.2 RSA’
Steve Reich - Early Works Code France WE 810, made by Record Service Alsdorf (per disc face) but post-1991 release so probably actually made by WMME Alsdorf) matrix ‘755979169-2.3 10/98’
[Invalid Release] duplicate of Steve Reich - Early Works?

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Cover of Early Works, 1987-09-16, VinylEarly Works
LP, Compilation
Elektra Nonesuch – 9 79169-1US1987US1987
Cover of Early Works, 1987-09-15, CDEarly Works
CD, Compilation
Elektra Nonesuch – 9 79169-2US1987US1987
Cover of Early Works, 1987-09-16, VinylEarly Works
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Nonesuch – 979 169-1Europe1987Europe1987
Recently Edited
Cover of Early Works, 1987-09-15, CDEarly Works
CD, Compilation
Elektra Nonesuch – 979 169-2Europe1987Europe1987
Recently Edited
Cover of Early Works, 1987-09-16, CassetteEarly Works
Cassette, Compilation
Elektra Nonesuch – 9 79169-4US1987US1987
New Submission
Cover of Early Works, 1987, VinylEarly Works
LP, Promo
Elektra Nonesuch – 9 79169-1US1987US1987
New Submission
Cover of Early Works, 1987-09-15, CDEarly Works
CD, Compilation
Nonesuch – 979 169-2Germany1987Germany1987
New Submission
Cover of Early Works, 1987-09-15, CDEarly Works
CD, Compilation
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Elektra Nonesuch – 9 79169-2US1987US1987
New Submission
Cover of Early Works, 1987, CDEarly Works
CD, Compilation, Reissue
Elektra Nonesuch – WPCC-4087Japan1987Japan1987
New Submission
Cover of Early Works, 1987, CassetteEarly Works
Cassette
Elektra Nonesuch – 979 169-4Germany1987Germany1987
New Submission
Cover of Early Works, 1996-10-10, CDEarly Works
CD, Compilation, Reissue
Elektra Nonesuch – WPCS 5052Japan1996Japan1996
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Cover of Early Works, , CDEarly Works
CD, Compilation, Reissue
Elektra Nonesuch – 9 79169-2USUS
Cover of Early Works, , CDEarly Works
CD, Compilation
Nonesuch – 979 169-2EuropeEurope
Cover of Early Works, , CDEarly Works
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Elektra Nonesuch – 979 169-2EuropeEurope
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Bradx's avatar
Bradx
Edited 6 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.
philbeard's avatar
philbeard
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.