Isao Tomita - Pictures At An Exhibition [RCA Records ARL1-0838] (1975)

Released: 1975
Country: US
Label: RCA Records
Catalog: ARL1-0838
Genre: Electronic, Classical

Item# SR-RCARL10838
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Promenade
02 The Gnome
03 Promenade
04 The Old Castle
05 Promenade
06 Tuileries
07 Bydlo
08 Promenade
09 Ballet Of The Chicks In Their Shells
10 The Two Jews
11 Limoges / Catacombs
12 Cum Mortuis In Lingua Mortua
13 Baba Yaga (Hut On Fowls' Legs)
14 Great Gate Of Kiev

Pictures At An Exhibition
Isao Tomita

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Album Review

Jim Brenholts []

Isao Tomita has a real talent for transcribing classical music on the synthesizer. He adds much of his own personality to the new arrangements so they are not straight technical knockoffs. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition takes on new meanings under Tomita's sensitive and sensible rendering. He is not re-inventing the wheel so all of the original drama and humor is there but the new hooks and riffs have moxy and their own senses of drama and humor. The ambient atmospheres and sci-fi textures give this version an outer space persona. It has become a stroll through an art gallery deep in the Milky Way. This is not quite Tomita's best work but it is close.