Back to the Earth: Recorded Live in New York City

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All Music Guide - Jim Brenholts
Isao Tomita is, first and foremost, a master showman. Back to the Earth is credited to Isao Tomita and the Plasma Symphony, but it is Tomita's show. He staged a concert in Battery Park, on the Hudson River, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. It was more of an event than a concert. With Battery Park surrounded by musicians, synths, computers, and choirs, Tomita conducted the affair from a control room suspended in mid-air by a crane. Three huge speakers, two in barges on the river and one hanging from a helicopter, provided the sound. That is all very cool and important information, but it is all for naught if the music sucks. Fortunately, this ...
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All Music Guide - Jim Brenholts
Isao Tomita is, first and foremost, a master showman. Back to the Earth is credited to Isao Tomita and the Plasma Symphony, but it is Tomita's show. He staged a concert in Battery Park, on the Hudson River, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. It was more of an event than a concert. With Battery Park surrounded by musicians, synths, computers, and choirs, Tomita conducted the affair from a control room suspended in mid-air by a crane. Three huge speakers, two in barges on the river and one hanging from a helicopter, provided the sound. That is all very cool and important information, but it is all for naught if the music sucks. Fortunately, this is a dynamic and diverse performance worthy of all the hoopla and expense. Tomita's use of samples and his transcriptions are right on the mark. He employed musicians to perform on acoustic and ethnic instruments. He further supplemented his synths with choirs and chorale performances. This is a fairly unique CD with no logical comparisons. While it is not essential, it is excellent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078635771725
  • Catalog Number: 7717

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Peri: Fanfare (2:26)
  2. 2 Three-Part Invention No. 2 in C Minor (4:12)
  3. 3 Symphony No. 3 in D Minor: Fifth Movement (4:10)
  4. 4 Also Sprach Zarathustra: Fanfare (1:27)
  5. 5 Planets: Mars, the Bringer of War (4:35)
  6. 6 The Engulfed Cathedral (5:53)
  7. 7 Chinese War Lord Going Home - Chen Yin (4:21)
  8. 8 Tristan and Isolde: Liebestod (7:45)
  9. 9 Planets: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (2:10)
  10. 10 Rhapsody in Blue - Nikolai Demidenko (12:18)
  11. 11 Goin' Home (5:31)
  12. 12 Firebird Suite: Finale (2:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tomita Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Goro Yamaguchi Shakuhachi
Keiichi Gotoh Synthesizer
Fumitaka Anzai Synthesizer
Yoshihiro Kunimoto Synthesizer
Mariko Senju Violin
Kasuko Takeuchi Synthesizer
Chen Yin Violin, Lute, Track Performer
Nikolai Demidenko Piano, Violin
Technical Credits
Tomita Arranger
Keiichi Gotoh Programming
Fumitaka Anzai Programming
Yoshihiro Kunimoto Programming
Kasuko Takeuchi Programming
Chen Yin Arranger
Masamichi Amano Arranger
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