TomitaSnowflakes Are Dancing

Label:RCA Red Seal – ARL1-0488
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Indianapolis Pressing, Dynaflex
Genre:Electronic, Classical
Style:Modern Classical, Modern


A1Snowflakes Are Dancing (Children's Corner, No. 4)2:10
A3Gardens In The Rain (Estampes, No. 3)3:41
A4Clair De Lune (Suite Bergamasque, No. 3)5:48
A5Arabesque No. 13:57
B1The Engulfed Cathedral (Preludes, Book 1, No. 10)6:18
B2Passepied (Suite Bergamasque, No. 4)3:17
B3The Girl With The Flaxen Hair (Preludes, Book 1, No. 8)3:25
B4Golliwog's Cakewalk (Children's Corner, No. 6)2:50
B5Footprints In The Snow (Preludes, Book 1, No. 6)4:30

Companies, etc.



LP may be housed in a company catalog poly-lined dust sleeve with releases.

This version was pressed by RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis, Indiana (identified by a capital I stamped into its runouts / dead wax).

"The Newest Sound Of Debussy"
"Virtuoso electronic performances of Debussy's beautiful tone paintings".
(C)+(P) RCA Records, New York

Dynaflex label
A "non-Dynaflex" Indianapolis pressing exists: Snowflakes Are Dancing.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Pressing Plant ID (Runouts, stamped): I
  • Price Code (Lower spine): 0598
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Variant 1): A3 LL ARL1 0488A 5 I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Variant 1): A5 C ARL1-0488B-6 I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Variant 2): A3 ARL1 0488A 1 I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Variant 2): A3 ARL1 0488B-2 I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Variant 3): B5 ARL1 0488A 4 I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Variant 3): A1 ARL1 0488B 4 I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Variant 4): A1 ARL1-0488A-7 I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Variant 4): A1 ARL1-0488B-10 I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Variant 5): A2 ARL1 0488A I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Variant 5): A1 ARL1-0488B-2 I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Variant 6): A5 ARL1 0488A 5 I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Variant 6): A2 ARL1 0488B 4 I

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Snowflakes Are Dancing (The Newest Sound Of Debussy) (LP, Album, Bilbo Master)RCA Red SealARL1-0488UK1974
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Snowflakes Are Dancing (LP, Album)RCAAPL1-0488Germany1974
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Snowflakes Are Dancing (The Newest Sound Of Debussy) (LP, Album, Dave Tucker Master)RCA Red Seal, RCA Red SealARL1-0488, ARL1 0488UK1974
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Snowflakes Are Dancing (Reel-To-Reel, Album, Quadraphonic, 7 ½ ips)RCA Red SealERQ1 0488-QFUS1974
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Snowflakes Are Dancing (The Newest Sound Of Debussy) (LP, Album, Reissue)RCA Victor, RCA VictorAPL1-0488, 26.21414Germany1974



  • OldRusty's avatar
    Mindblowing 1970's abum, delivered with both artistic delicacy & musical chops. So damn cool it kind of defies description. You have to listen to it to dig it, man. Also a sonic marvel of the highest order. Go Dynaflex go!
    • timeware's avatar
      This is an amazing Dynaflex pressing. Very quiet vinyl and magical music. I was introduced to this when it came out in the early 70s and it holds its place now. Wonderfully transporting. Debussy might even like it!
      • kevinsingel's avatar
        Morrissey (yes THAT Morrissey) had this to say upon the passing of Tomita ..."for there are some people who are lucky enough to leave such a powerful mark on life that not even death can wipe them out. In this Year Of Death ... from Richard Davalos to Frank Finlay to Prince to my very dear friend Victoria Wood ... I struggled most of all with the death of TOMITA, whose Snowflakes are dancing (RCA) I have listened to constantly for 40 years, especially on hard days of self-judgment. It is a recording that you can listen to repeatedly until you hear nothing else. All you need to do is to keep quiet. In a few minutes all the right answers come through and you will find that there had never been any reason, after all, to feel angry.If you do not know this recording, I envy your first listen. Track 5 especially will stay with you for always, as the best music does ... never outside time. It might take you back to the lost years of personal honesty in music, when artists gave everything that they had and everything that they were. MORRISSEY December 2016
        • futility's avatar
          Every time I see this I think it's Leonard Nimoy. That is all.
          • twyfry's avatar
            First heard when I bought it at 16, now I am 63 and listened again for the first time in 47 years. It is as good now as then. I have no idea what ‘dated sound’ some are referring to. Perhaps not overblown digital studio sound, but the beautiful clear analogue synth noise and production. Ah yes. At his best when he restrained himself. The Girl with the Flaxen Hair and Footsteps in the Snow are the ones, the former is a desert island disc for me. But even the slightly overdone glissandi and fairground surges have their place. The thing is, he really loved Debussy, you can tell. Superb.
            • Expansive09's avatar
              Proof a synthesizer given a creative mind behind it is anything but sterile, mechanical or emotion-less. Tomita's debut is a megalith of synthesizer driven music and a testament to man's creative visions beyond the mundane visions of popular music trends. RIP Isao your music will continue keep us an awe in time everlasting.....
              • RonWellsJS's avatar
                Utterly remarkable genius ability to create such wonder with such little technology, one of the 1st and still one of the best ever synth LPs.
                • ARathbun's avatar
                  This album is f***ing gorgeous. It's an ear bath that washes away all tension. It is a spring of sonic flow. Bravo!

                  If one reads about the inspirations and inventiveness of Debussy, this variation of his work fits well within his vision I believe.
                  • peoplefunnyboy's avatar
                    Pretty much the year zero for me in electronic music. Listening to this as a 7 or 8 year old as my dad played this loudly through his JR149's, getting him to rewind and play again the squiggly bass drop bit on Golliwogs Cakewalk, staring at the street lights outside as my young musical receptors took in the ambience of Footprints in the Snow.
                    35 years on and it hasn't lost any of its beauty.
                    • Alain_Patrick's avatar
                      Extraordinary, superb, inexpugnable kind of masterpiece. Open your mind doors to the Future. This is specially recommended for those truly open minded, willing to achieve new experiences in Music. It gives the intense listener the certitude that the limit goes above the Sky.



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