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Among the best known of the Nonesuch Explorer series, this album recorded in Bali introduced to the world at large the magnificent machine-gun ferocity of the Ramayana Monkey Chant of the Ketjak Dance, a piece which has found its way into car adverts and Kenneth Anger films alike, and which may have become the Pachelbel’s Canon In D of World Music. Compared with the original vinyl pressings, the CD reissues of Explorer titles allow for vastly improved tone colour and imaging (the gamelan orchestras featured here were among David Lewiston’s first stereo recordings) Music From The Morning Of The World samples several formats and tunings of gamelan playing; Balinese gamelan, compared to its more sedate and meditative form in neighbouring Java, jumps like Duke Ellington. While on the island, Lewiston ferreted out a rarely heard Angklung (bamboo tube, as opposed to the better known metallophone) gamelan, also included here. The recordist acknowledged that this collection, the first as an Explorer set devoted to Balinese culture, has become a cult favourite over the years. “Having the recordings be as good as the music makes all the difference.”

-Wire Magazine, thewire.co.uk

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Various Artists-MUSIC FROM THE MORNING OF THE WORLD: BALINESE GAMELAN (1967)
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