Philip Glass – Glassworks
Label: CBS/Sony – 25AP 2311
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Style: Post-Modern, Contemporary
A beautiful and staple piece of contemporary classical, 'Glassworks' was Philip Glass' attempt at shaping minimalist composition into a more approachable, almost 'pop' format, as a response to the often extended and somewhat challenging pieces from his American contemporaries Steve Reich, La Monte, Terry Riley, etc. So yeah it it's definitely the most accessible minimal releases of the era, but that's not to discredit it, there's still amazing moments on here such as the frantic 'Floe' (with big ANF favourite Jon Gibson on sax) or the emotive piano 'Opening'. It works really well as a whole and kinda beside the point trying to split it up into highlights. (Japanese press / with OG sticker / Vinyl & Sleeve NM).