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Isao Tomita|Tomita's Greatest Hits

Tomita's Greatest Hits

Isao Tomita

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Isao Tomita's electronic covers of classical pieces may sound outdated and primordial, but his rather basic keyboard applications and simplistic approach are rather interesting, mainly because of their austerity. Overshadowed by keyboard kingpins like Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Rick Wakeman, who were making lengthy progressive rock opuses in the '70s with the same means of instrumentation (only to a greater extent and with a greater degree of pretentiousness), Tomita's material was somewhat bypassed. His Greatest Hits sums up most of his worthy accomplishments, with the exception of The Planets, an electronic adaptation of Holst's most famous work that should be heard on its own. The best track from that album is represented here in the form of Mars, while other notable pieces such as Debussy's Claire de Lune and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition are just as interesting. Tomita's straightforward and undecorated style of keyboard playing may not harbor the whirlwind frenzy of other artists, but this is where the adoration lies. Even his version of the Star Wars theme is somewhat attractive, while Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra sounds charmingly conventional to say the least. Classical fans may indeed shudder, but tastes that are geared toward the rawest form of the Moog synthesizer and the like need only this album to experience Tomita's informal brand of keyboard work.
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1
Also sprach Zarathustra: Fanfare
00:02:04

Richard Strauss, Composer - Isao Tomita, Keyboards - Plasma Music, Inc., Producer

(P) 1977 BMG Music

Grand Canyon Suite (Ferde Grofe)

2
Grand Canyon Suite: On the Trail
00:07:10

Plasma Symphony Orchestra, Performer - Isao Tomita, Keyboards - Plasma Music, Inc., Producer - Ferde Grofé, Composer

(P) 1981 BMG Music

3
Canon in D Major, P. 37
00:05:51

Plasma Symphony Orchestra, Performer - Isao Tomita, Keyboards - Isao Tomita, Arranger - Johann Pachelbel, Composer

(P) 1984 BMG Music

4
Syncopated Clock
00:02:32

Plasma Symphony Orchestra, Performer - Leroy Anderson, Composer - Isao Tomita, Keyboards - Isao Tomita, Arranger - Plasma Music, Inc., Producer

(P) 1981 BMG Music

5
Boléro
00:09:18

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Isao Tomita, Synthesizer - Isao Tomita, Arranger - Plasma Music, Inc., Producer

(P) 1979 BMG Music

6
Star Wars: Main Title
00:03:09

John Williams, Composer - Isao Tomita, Keyboards - Marian M. Conaty, Engineer - Plasma Music, Inc., Producer

(P) 1978 BMG Music

Suite bergamasque (Claude Debussy)

7
Suite Bergamasque: Clair de Lune, No. 3
00:05:51

Nathaniel S. Johnson, Producer - Isao Tomita, Performer - Isao Tomita, Arranger - Marian M. Conaty, Engineer - Plasma Music, Inc., Producer - Claude Debussy, Composer

(P) 1974 BMG Music

8
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
00:03:44

John Williams, Composer - Isao Tomita, Keyboards - Plasma Music, Inc., Producer

(P) 1978 BMG Music

Symphony No. 5 (Sergei Prokofiev)

9
Symphony No. 5: Allegro marcato
00:05:22

Sergei Prokofiev, Composer - Isao Tomita, Keyboards - Plasma Music, Inc., Producer

(P) 1978 BMG Music

Children's corner (Claude Debussy)

10
Children's Corner: Golliwogg's Cakewalk, No. 6
00:02:56

Nathaniel S. Johnson, Producer - Isao Tomita, Keyboards - Isao Tomita, Arranger - Marian M. Conaty, Engineer - Plasma Music, Inc., Producer - Claude Debussy, Composer

(P) 1974 BMG Music

Firebird Suite (Igor Stravinsky)

11
Firebird Suite: Infernal Dance of King Kastchei
00:04:22

Igor Stravinsky, Composer - Isao Tomita, Keyboards - Plasma Music, Inc., Producer

(P) 1975 BMG Music

12
Hora Staccato
00:03:32

Grigoras Dinicu, Composer - Isao Tomita, Keyboards - Marian M. Conaty, Engineer - Plasma Music, Inc., Producer - Jascha Heifetz, Arranger

(P) 1978 BMG Music

The Planets (Gustav Holst)

13
The Planets: Mars, The Bringer of War
00:07:53

Isao Tomita, Keyboards - Gustav Holst, Composer - Plasma Music, Inc., Producer

(P) 1975 BMG Music

Pictures at an Exhibition (Modeste Moussorgski)

14
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Great Gate of Kiev
00:06:34

Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Isao Tomita, Keyboards - Plasma Music, Inc., Producer

(P) 1974 BMG Music

Album Description

Isao Tomita's electronic covers of classical pieces may sound outdated and primordial, but his rather basic keyboard applications and simplistic approach are rather interesting, mainly because of their austerity. Overshadowed by keyboard kingpins like Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Rick Wakeman, who were making lengthy progressive rock opuses in the '70s with the same means of instrumentation (only to a greater extent and with a greater degree of pretentiousness), Tomita's material was somewhat bypassed. His Greatest Hits sums up most of his worthy accomplishments, with the exception of The Planets, an electronic adaptation of Holst's most famous work that should be heard on its own. The best track from that album is represented here in the form of Mars, while other notable pieces such as Debussy's Claire de Lune and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition are just as interesting. Tomita's straightforward and undecorated style of keyboard playing may not harbor the whirlwind frenzy of other artists, but this is where the adoration lies. Even his version of the Star Wars theme is somewhat attractive, while Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra sounds charmingly conventional to say the least. Classical fans may indeed shudder, but tastes that are geared toward the rawest form of the Moog synthesizer and the like need only this album to experience Tomita's informal brand of keyboard work.
© TiVo

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