Steve ReichDrumming / Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ / Six Pianos

Label:Deutsche Grammophon – 2740 106
3 x Vinyl, LP
Style:Post-Modern, Contemporary


APart I
Drums [Small Tuned Drums]Bob Becker, James Preiss, Russ Hartenberger
BPart II25:45
Piccolo FluteLeslie Scott
WhistlingSteve Reich
DPart IV
Drums [Small Tuned Drums]Steve Chambers, Steve Reich, Tim Ferchen*
Piccolo FluteLeslie Scott
Six Pianos
ESix Pianos24:05
Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ
FMusic For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ
GlockenspielBen Harms, Glen Velez
Organ [Electric]Steve Chambers
Percussion [Metallophone]James Preiss
Voice [Melodic Patterns With Marimbas]Jay Clayton

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Recorded in Hamburg (Rahlstedt), Musikstudio 1, January 1974.
The box set has catalogue number as above. Each of the records have their own catalogue number:
Disc 1: 2563 301
Disc 2: 2563 302
Disc 3: 2563 303

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, stamped): 2563 301 S1 Ⓟ 1974 320 N 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, stamped): 2563 301 = 4S2 320 1 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side C, stamped): 2563 302 = 2S3 320 U 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side D, stamped): 2563 302 = 2S4 320 H 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side E, stamped): 2563 303 = 6S5 320 U 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side F, stamped): 2563 303 = 6S6 320 1B R

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Drumming · Six Pianos · Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ (2×CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered)Deutsche Grammophon427 428-2Europe1989
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Drumming · Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ · Six Pianos (2×CD, Album, Reissue, Card Sleeves)Deutsche Grammophon, Deutsche Grammophon00289 477 9187, 00289 477 9188Europe2010
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Drumming (2×CD, Album, Reissue)Deutsche Grammophon00289 479 0343Europe2012
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Drumming (2×CD, Reissue)Deutsche Grammophon00289 479 0343Europe2012
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Drumming / Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ / Six Pianos (3×LP, Reissue, Box Set, Limited Edition, Numbered)Deutsche Grammophon479 6310Germany2016



  • moog_man's avatar
    Edited 7 years ago
    Deutsche Grammophon have just re-released the vinyl boxset, pressed on 180g and with 28pg booklet and download card. Individually numbered, limited edition for those that like the incentive
    • DirtyDisco's avatar
      Edited 16 years ago
      This album is simply amazing. "Six Pianos" alone is worth the price of this album on whatever format you find it on. Don't let the length of the pieces scare you, you will want to listen to every minute. "Part I" of "Drumming" and "Six Pianos" are so hypnotic and so engaging and enthralling in their complexity and beauty that like I said, the quite drastic lengths of each (each around 25 mins) are no problem in enduring. Certainly an essential work for any fan of experimental/minimal/or early avant garde/electronic music.
      • Mergi's avatar
        Edited 19 years ago
        This is certainly a very interesting yet monotone release. So how did I come to hear of Steve Reich? Actually a friend thought it good for me to have a listen to some real minimalistic arrangements instead of hammering 4x4 beats which I tend to listen to very much (psy/goa-trance), so he gave me a copy of this one. I never thought it would be this good, and the remarkable thing about this release is the fact that they've done everything manually which makes it all sound extremly unique (I'd better go check his other releases as well). From hand drums, marimbas, glockenspiel, and pianos, manipulating it in forever loops. And it all sounds so perfect, no mistakes whatsoever. Sometimes they make a section of a track go nonsynchronized on purpose, and that's for example 4 people on separate hand drums all of them not synchronized, totally brilliant. They always seem to have one pattern each, which is mixed together into different rhythmical sessions. With 4 (or more at times) artists and tracks with lengths of 20+ minutes the arrangements can take on a lot of different soundshapes, yet it always stays true to some sort of basic pattern be it a melody or rhythm or both which is repeated into infinity.


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