Philip Glass: Songs from Liquid Days

Philip Glass: Songs from Liquid Days

by Philip GlassPhilip Glass



Songs From Liquid Days became Philip Glass' most popular and successful recording. The title holds the clue to the music's accessibility: These are songs, providing a more familiar and comfortable format for appreciating the world of minimalism than Glass' operas or instrumental pieces. Working with such lyrical collaborators as David Byrne and Suzanne Vega, he created art music which sounds radio friendly. There is also great variety displayed on this album. While the musical backing is unmistakably Philip Glass, the arrangements and vocal treatments range from the coolly subdued chamber music of "Freezing," featuring the Kronos Quartet and Linda Ronstadt, to the appropriately electrifying and almost new wave-ish "Lightning." The album's highlight, however, is the opener, a ten-minute opus called "Changing Opinion." With unusually oblique lyrics courtesy of Paul Simon, it condenses the odd excitement and drama of a minimalist opera into a single, creative burst of melody, rhythm, and momentum. The minimalist composers originally wanted to reconnect Western art music with a broad, popular audience. On that basis, Songs From Liquid Days may be their single greatest achievement.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074643956420
catalogNumber: 39564

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Philip Glass   Primary Artist,Keyboards
Roches   Vocals,Background Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jon Gibson   Soprano Saxophone
Sanford Allen   Violin
John Beal   Bass
Stephen Burns   Trumpet
Robert Carlisle   French Horn
Bernard Fowler   Vocals
Jill Jaffe   Viola
Jack Kripl   Flute
Richard Peck   Alto Saxophone
Janice Pendarvis   Vocals
Douglas Perry   Vocals
Carol Pool   Violin
Alan Raph   Bass Trombone
Michael Riesman   Piano,Keyboards
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Marti Sweet   Violin
Wilmer Wise   Trumpet
Frederick Zlotkin   Cello
James Pugh   Trombone
Joe Anderer   French Horn
Paul Dunkel   Flute
Sol Greitzer   Viola
Linda Quan   Violin
Paul Doktor   Viola
Elliot Rosoff   Violin

Technical Credits

Philip Glass   Liner Notes
Don Christensen   Engineer
Dan Dryden   Engineer
Bill Kipper   Engineer
George Massenburg   Engineer
Kurt Munkasci   Producer
Joel Zimmerman   Art Direction

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