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Terry Riley


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5 stars Masterful!

1972, what a year for Prog! But not all the "masterpieces", got the same attention. Quiet undeservingly, considering Terry Riley's music, influenced most of those guys. Riley's unpretentioness, didn't help much neither. Too much of an Artist, to run the "rat-race", he simply refused to use the marketing strategies, you needed to become "notable" (one of the many reasons, for the rise of the Rock in Opposition movement).

The best and easiest way, to explain this "Happy Ending", instrumental project, to newer Prog and Rock audiophiles, will be in terms of association.

So, ...imagine there is no religion. Just kidding!.. Imagine the synth-sequenced introduction to The Who's, "Baba O' Riley" (which holds on to the story, that it actually was a "tribute" or "cover" of Terry's musical language, although, I have read different versions, by Townshend, himself, so who knows?), anyway, imagine that "intro", as a whole musical composition, played with a hammond organ, alongside analog synths. That will turn out to be "Journey From the Death Of a Friend", the side "A", of this masterpiece album. This composition, will be a delight specially, for those who appreciate the Prog-Electronic sub genre. The side "B" composition, "Happy Ending", will please the experimental, Avant/Garde, RiO followers, who appreciate the Jazz influence, without the Jazz. Played with the hammond, a synth alongside a tenor sax, it provides a refreshing and beautiful counterpart, to the more "minimalistic" and faster, previous side.

Anyone who appreciates, or wants to learn a bit more, of the real, anonymous and powerful influence, Terry Riley's music has been , not only to Prog, but contemporary music, should just let the "Master" do the talking.

What else, *****5, rounded "BIG", PA stars!.........If you miss it, you were forewarned!

admireArt | 5/5 |


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