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PETER AND THE WOLF

Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)

 

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3.71 | 66 ratings

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3 stars "Peter and the Wolf" is a concept album featuring various artists. The album was released through the RSO label in 1975. It can loosely be described as a rock/progressive rock version of Russian composer Sergej Prokofiev's classical children's composition from 1936 "Peter and the Wolf". The original 1975 version of the album included a 12 page booklet containing the story and illustrations. The idea for the album was developed by clarinet player Jack Lancaster and keyboard player Robin Lumley. Both are responsible for re-arranging some of Prokofiev's original pieces and both have also contributed with original compositions. The cast of players feature artists like Gary Brooker, Gary Moore, Mannfred Mann, Bill Bruford, Phil Collins, Cozy Powell, John Goodsall, Alvin Lee, Keith Tippett and Brian Eno among others.

The album varies between short spoken tracks featuring narrator Vivian Stanshall and energetic instrumental fusion/progressive rock tracks. Sometimes the tracks seem slightly underdeveloped and some of them end too quick to really make a lasting impression, but the music is still enjoyable while it plays. With seasoned musicians, like the above mentioned playing, it's no wonder the performances are strong. Like the case was with Prokofiev's original version each instrument is assigned to a character in the story. For example Brian Eno's synths play the role of the wolf and the various drummers on the album play the roles of the hunters.

The sound production is professional and suits the music well, which is just another testimony to the high quality nature of "Peter and the Wolf". Honestly I do feel the album lacks a bit of depth, but it sure is both fun and entertaining while it plays. A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is deserved.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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