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Shadow Behind The Iron Sun

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Recorded in 1999, Evelyn Glennie's improvised album Shadow Behind the Iron Sun was a collaborative effort between the virtuoso percussionist and her producer Michael H. Brauer. The fantastic movement titles were taken from chapters in Michael Crichton's novel Eaters of the Dead, which Brauer read and shared with Glennie as a way to organize her otherwise non-programmatic improvisations. Glennie is brilliant in her manipulation of traditional and nontraditional instruments -- note the ceramic bells, exhaust pipes, music boxes, toy rattles, etc. -- and her ominous and strange effects suggest a long journey to mysterious astral realms. While Glennie's work is astonishing in itself and seems sufficient on its own strength to retain interest, other material has been added to her solo performances; the piano part, bird sounds, wordless vocals, and additional percussion licks provided by David Motion, Oliver Walker, Philip Smith, and David Hobson work against Glennie's raw sound; distract from her wild, spontaneous activity; and make the album seem overproduced. If Glennie intended to carry the album solely on her extraordinary abilities and imagination, and only needed her producer's advice to shape the material, then Brauer has been unfaithful to her goals; his trite overlays clutter her music and make the album seem uncomfortably like a free-form art rock extravaganza. RCA's sound is exceptional.
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1
First Contact
Evelyn Glennie
00:03:07

Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer - David Clarke, 2nd Engineer - Oliver Walker, Performer - David Motion, Performer - Michael Brauer, Producer - Michael Brauer, Composer - Michael Brauer, Performer - Ryan Hewitt, 2nd Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Jason Westbrook, 2nd Engineer - Evelyn Glennie, Performer - Evelyn Glennie, Composer

(P)1999/2000, BMG Music

2
Shadow Behind the Iron Sun
Evelyn Glennie
00:02:47

David Clarke, 2nd Engineer - Michael Brauer, Composer - Michael Brauer, Producer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Evelyn Glennie, Composer - Evelyn Glennie, Performer - Ryan Hewitt, 2nd Engineer - Jason Westbrook, 2nd Engineer - David Motion, Performer - Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer

(P)1999/2000, BMG Music

3
Attack of the Glow Worm
Evelyn Glennie
00:03:21

David Clarke, 2nd Engineer - Michael Brauer, Composer - Michael Brauer, Producer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Evelyn Glennie, Composer - Evelyn Glennie, Performer - Ryan Hewitt, 2nd Engineer - Jason Westbrook, 2nd Engineer - David Motion, Performer - Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer

(P)1999/2000, BMG Music

4
Land of Vendon
Evelyn Glennie
00:27:35

Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer - David Clarke, 2nd Engineer - David Motion, Performer - Michael Brauer, Composer - Michael Brauer, Producer - Ryan Hewitt, 2nd Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Jason Westbrook, 2nd Engineer - Evelyn Glennie, Composer - Evelyn Glennie, Performer - Phillip Smith, Performer

(P)1999/2000, BMG Music

5
Icefall
Evelyn Glennie
00:03:12

Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer - David Clarke, 2nd Engineer - Oliver Walker, Performer - David Motion, Performer - Michael Brauer, Composer - Michael Brauer, Producer - Michael Brauer, Performer - Ryan Hewitt, 2nd Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Jason Westbrook, 2nd Engineer - Evelyn Glennie, Composer - Evelyn Glennie, Performer

(P)1999/2000, BMG Music

6
Thunder Caves
Evelyn Glennie
00:05:08

David Clarke, 2nd Engineer - Michael Brauer, Composer - Michael Brauer, Producer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Evelyn Glennie, Composer - Evelyn Glennie, Performer - Ryan Hewitt, 2nd Engineer - Jason Westbrook, 2nd Engineer - David Motion, Performer - Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer

(P)1999/2000, BMG Music

7
The Council
Evelyn Glennie
00:03:51

David Clarke, 2nd Engineer - Michael Brauer, Composer - Michael Brauer, Producer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Evelyn Glennie, Composer - Evelyn Glennie, Performer - Ryan Hewitt, 2nd Engineer - Jason Westbrook, 2nd Engineer - David Motion, Performer - Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer

(P)1999/2000, BMG Music

8
Warrior's Chant
Evelyn Glennie
00:02:10

David Clarke, 2nd Engineer - Michael Brauer, Composer - Michael Brauer, Producer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Evelyn Glennie, Composer - Evelyn Glennie, Performer - Ryan Hewitt, 2nd Engineer - Jason Westbrook, 2nd Engineer - David Motion, Performer - Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer

(P)1999/2000, BMG Music

9
Battle Cry
Evelyn Glennie
00:04:38

Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer - David Clarke, 2nd Engineer - David Motion, Performer - Michael Brauer, Composer - Michael Brauer, Producer - Ryan Hewitt, 2nd Engineer - David Hobson, Vocal - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Jason Westbrook, 2nd Engineer - Evelyn Glennie, Composer - Evelyn Glennie, Performer

(P)1999/2000, BMG Music

10
Wind Horses
Evelyn Glennie
00:05:35

David Clarke, 2nd Engineer - Michael Brauer, Composer - Michael Brauer, Producer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Evelyn Glennie, Composer - Evelyn Glennie, Performer - Ryan Hewitt, 2nd Engineer - Jason Westbrook, 2nd Engineer - David Motion, Performer - Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer

(P)1999/2000, BMG Music

11
Crossing the Bridge
Evelyn Glennie
00:02:22

David Clarke, 2nd Engineer - Michael Brauer, Composer - Michael Brauer, Producer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Evelyn Glennie, Composer - Evelyn Glennie, Performer - Ryan Hewitt, 2nd Engineer - Jason Westbrook, 2nd Engineer - Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer

(P)1999/2000, BMG Music

12
Last Contact
Evelyn Glennie
00:02:26

David Clarke, 2nd Engineer - Michael Brauer, Composer - Michael Brauer, Producer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Evelyn Glennie, Composer - Evelyn Glennie, Performer - Ryan Hewitt, 2nd Engineer - Jason Westbrook, 2nd Engineer - David Motion, Performer - Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer

(P)1999/2000, BMG Music

13
Battle Cry (Bonus Mix)
Evelyn Glennie
00:04:50

Mike Ross-Trevor, Engineer - David Clarke, 2nd Engineer - David Motion, Performer - Michael Brauer, Composer - Michael Brauer, Producer - Ryan Hewitt, 2nd Engineer - David Hobson, Performer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Jason Westbrook, 2nd Engineer - Evelyn Glennie, Composer - Evelyn Glennie, Performer

(P)1999/2000, BMG Music

Album Description

Recorded in 1999, Evelyn Glennie's improvised album Shadow Behind the Iron Sun was a collaborative effort between the virtuoso percussionist and her producer Michael H. Brauer. The fantastic movement titles were taken from chapters in Michael Crichton's novel Eaters of the Dead, which Brauer read and shared with Glennie as a way to organize her otherwise non-programmatic improvisations. Glennie is brilliant in her manipulation of traditional and nontraditional instruments -- note the ceramic bells, exhaust pipes, music boxes, toy rattles, etc. -- and her ominous and strange effects suggest a long journey to mysterious astral realms. While Glennie's work is astonishing in itself and seems sufficient on its own strength to retain interest, other material has been added to her solo performances; the piano part, bird sounds, wordless vocals, and additional percussion licks provided by David Motion, Oliver Walker, Philip Smith, and David Hobson work against Glennie's raw sound; distract from her wild, spontaneous activity; and make the album seem overproduced. If Glennie intended to carry the album solely on her extraordinary abilities and imagination, and only needed her producer's advice to shape the material, then Brauer has been unfaithful to her goals; his trite overlays clutter her music and make the album seem uncomfortably like a free-form art rock extravaganza. RCA's sound is exceptional.
© TiVo

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