Deodato: Also Sprach Zarathustra


Also Sprach Zarathustra




Prelude (CTI ZK 65129)

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Eumir Deodato (electric piano),

Large orchestra featuring John Tropea (electric guitar), Stanley Clarke (electric bass), Billy Cobham (drums), Airto (percussion), Ray Barretto (congas)


Composed by Richard Strauss. Arranged by Deodato


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 12, 1972


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Space Age Jazz's final triumph was to prove, 72 years after Nietzsche's death, his Eternal Return theory of a constantly recurring universe. Time being cyclical, the philosopher foretold, everything he wrote would reappear in one form or another. Sure enough, Also Sprach Zarathustra (1883) returned as Richard Strauss's tone poem (1896), which returned as the movie theme from Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), which returned as Deodato's campy electrified hit (1972). Alone among these immortal works, Deodato's is actually fun. Thus concludes the Eternally Returning Odyssey of Space Age Jazz. Please rotate the iPod, Hal.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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