These albums represent the first five solo single albums of TR with the omission only of 1973's A Wizard, A True Star, 1975's Initiation and 1981's Healing. Given the brilliance of his 1970s double albums including the classic Something/Anything? you might be forgiven for perhaps regarding this set as "the remnants" but what you actually have here are his first two pop-style solo albums that immediately preceded Something/Anything? (both confusingly named Runt), a mixed album of covers and original material, Faithful, and two excellent later albums.
Tent City, Maricopa County Jail, Phoenix Arizona. 2,000 criminals live like cattle, herded together in military barracks. Zero privileges, 110-degree heat, and the constant threat of violence. The only way to escape? The Chain Gang. A penal experiment, masterminded by a maverick who calls himself the "The Toughest Sheriff in America," Joe Arpaio. His idea? Give inmates a chance to find life changing discipline through backbreaking manual labor.
When Stan Getz visited Paris to witness the French Open tennis matches, he would hang out at the Blue Note nightclub to hear how the locals did it, being told their jazz scene was not up to snuff. In London, he would pick up the European band he heard in Paris for an engagement at Ronnie Scott's. Because of his stature, Getz was able to grab the very best musicians the continent could provide, in this case the brilliant Belgian guitarist René Thomas, organist Eddy Louiss from Martinique, and French classical and jazz drummer Bernard Lubat.
Heitor Villa-Lobos is without a doubt Brazil's most famous composer and one of the great creative personalities of the twentieth century. His oeuvre is gigantic in its dimensions and perhaps can be compared only to that of Darius Milhaud, who, by the way, was a close friend of his. In any case, Villa-Lobos was the first to introduce the music of Latin America to the world's concert halls, and influences from this music do indeed abound in his oeuvre. cpo is now presenting the first complete recording of his colossal symphonic work complex in a boxed set of seven CDs at a special low price! The SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra under the American star conductor Carl St. Clair has taken on this enormous task, and the result can only be described as a bravura achievement. You can look forward to an orchestral tour de force operating on the highest level!
With his symphonies the Danish composer Rued Langgaard offered 16 vastly different versions of what a symphony can be. His captivating, complex genius made room for all conceivable idioms and a wealth of styles ranging from the grandiosely Late Romantic to the purest Absurdism. This box is the first collected recording of Langgaard's 16 symphonies based on the critical edition of the scores; recordings which demonstrate, with spectacular sound quality, Langgaards masterly grasp of the orchestra and his ecstatic view of art.