Music For 18 Musicians (album) by Steve Reich

Music For 18 Musicians
Music For 18 Musicians by Steve Reich (1978)
Overall rank: 551st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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82/100 (from 236 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1978 (9th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (130th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (551st)
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Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians - ECM 1978 12" LP
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STEVE REICH Music For 18 Musicians 1978 ECM Original US Press JAZZ LP EX+ Vinyl
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Music For 18 Musicians is ranked as the best album by Steve Reich.

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-Music For 18 MusiciansDifferent Trains (Kronos Quartet); Electric Counterpoint (Pat Metheny)

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82/100 (from 236 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 82.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 82.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.1.

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From 03/03/2018 12:15
The ultimate minimalist statement.
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85/100
From JulianR 11/23/2017 00:51
Loving the ECM version that just came out too
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From ForegroundNoise 11/07/2017 14:00
Despite being divided into multiple 'sections', Reich's minimalist masterpiece is performed in one take, and so has the curious property of being seemingly immobile and yet constantly washing over you. Listening to the strings undercut the vocals on Section VII has a desperate urgency that is difficult to put into words. Reich's music somehow makes you feel you've heard this a million lifetimes before and will hear it a million lifetimes over again all without uttering a single lyric.

Most of this is copied from the description of the album in my overall chart, do check it out if you have the time!!
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85/100
From JulianR 10/24/2017 03:02
It might technically be called classical music, but being a person coming from a rock-oriented background, it seems a lot more like ambient electronic than anything else. It seems like something Brian Eno could have made. It barely even sounds like it was made with acoustic instruments (at least the version I have).
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From ForegroundNoise 09/26/2017 09:33
On 'Music...', Reich modernises classical music for the 20th century, creating a piece that seems both to move so slowly and yet take your breath away.
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From corenfro 04/22/2017 03:37
Nuanced and expansive. Similar to, but not as varied as Philip Glass's glassworks. The concepts overstay their welcome slightly. The whole thing could have been half as long and still had the same effect on me. Must be very impressive to see performed live.
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From albumceleste 11/27/2016 17:11
Vast and deep as an ocean.
Also one of the most influential pieces of music written in the second half of the XXs.
It's everywhere. So much it has become invisible.
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From calsper 03/25/2015 00:34
So excited about this on first listen!!!!!!!!!!
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From Gooz 09/22/2014 12:00
Very stunning. Nice to get a trip. Sober is pretty repetitive could be shorter.
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From andyw110183 09/13/2014 07:48
Simply stunning piece of work. Sucks you in from start to finish
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