Saturday, April 03, 2010

An Easter listening recommendation from The Coolest Person on the Internet

I'll do a full post sometime about the brilliant producer and composer named David Axelrod (no relation that I know of to the White House Senior Advisor).  But for now I want to share with you a little snippet of his music.  He is known for his soulful and funky orchestral arrangements and compositions and this album is no exemption. Even if you know of David Axelrod this one may have slipped past you as it often gets lumped in with his experimental work.  It may be an experiment, but it is by no means a tough listen, or weird album along the lines of some of his work with The Electric Prunes or his album Earth Rot.

The album is a re-working of Handel's classical masterpiece "Messiah".  With choirs, break-beats, symphonic hits and huge sounds it's a must listen and a great musical change of pace during the Christmas or Easter holidays.  It's also a nice reminder that before the nightmare that is "Contemporary Christian Music" Christianity had been a massive influence on musicians and artists for hundreds of years. [And no I'm not trying to get religious here, just simply pointing it out.]

Here are a couple track from it, including the one you'll definitely know from the original "Hallelujah".



I'm not sure if it's on CD, but it is on Vinyl and cheap too over at Dusty Groove, so whatreya waiting for!  Go get it!


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