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Perfect Lives

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Disc 1 of 3
01
Perfect Lives: The Park (Privacy Rules)
Artist: Paul Shorr, Peter Gordon
24:30
 
02
Perfect Lives: The Supermarket (Famous People)
Artist: Paul Shorr, Peter Gordon
24:58
 
03
Perfect Lives: The Bank (Victimless Crime)
Artist: Paul Shorr, Peter Gordon
25:03
 
Disc 2 of 3
01
Perfect Lives: The Bar (Differences)
Artist: Paul Shorr, Peter Gordon
24:53
 
02
Perfect Lives: The Living Room (The Solutions)
Artist: Paul Shorr, Peter Gordon
25:08
 
Disc 3 of 3
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Perfect Lives: The Church (After the Fact)
Artist: Paul Shorr, Peter Gordon
24:48
 
02
Perfect Lives: The Backyard (T'Be Continued)
Artist: Paul Shorr, Peter Gordon
24:45
 
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Total Tracks: 7   Total Length: 174:05

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beyond words

mcwittmann

This music is all about the words, the patterns and rhythms of words, the construction of structure from the words, and the ways in which words build connections (and spaces) between actors in stories. It's a TV opera, 25 years old or more, and it's like nothing out there, still. I am unceasingly fascinated by every bit of it, unable to stop listening. The story line is bizarre, has spawned several more operas, and promises to keep doing so as long as Ashley keeps composing. It's utterly, totally worth the listen.

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A Favorite of Mine

ambientscott

This recording goes to a film that was made for the television mediums. I have it on a dvd form, and I recommend that eventually you obtain that. I would have to say that Perfect Lives, with the video at least, is one my five favorite recordings.

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Robert Ashley, RIP

By Winston Cook-Wilson, Contributor

[album-card name="Perfect Lives" artist="Robert Ashley" label="Lovely Music" released="1991" image="http://wp-images.emusic.com/assets/2014/03/Robert_Ashley_Perfect_Lives.jpg" link="http://www.emusic.com/album/robert-ashley/perfect-lives/10953003/" class="left"] The first time I heard Robert Ashley's name, I was walking out of a music theory seminar. A slightly irritating student was asking my professor if he could do his final presentation and paper on Ashley's opera Perfect Lives. The professor seemed apprehensive. Looking back, it might have been because there had been scant scholarship on Ashley at the time. (I also like to think… more »

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Robert Ashley, RIP

By Winston Cook-Wilson, Contributor

[album-card name="Perfect Lives" artist="Robert Ashley" label="Lovely Music" released="1991" image="http://wp-images.emusic.com/assets/2014/03/Robert_Ashley_Perfect_Lives.jpg" link="http://www.emusic.com/album/robert-ashley/perfect-lives/10953003/" class="left"] The first time I heard Robert Ashley's name, I was walking out of a music theory seminar. A slightly irritating student was asking my professor if he could do his final presentation and paper on Ashley's opera Perfect Lives. The professor seemed apprehensive. Looking back, it might have been because there had been scant scholarship on Ashley at the time. (I also like to think… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Available on CD and videotape, Perfect Lives is part of a trilogy of operas for TV, including Atalanta (Acts of God) and Now Eleanor’s Idea. A total of 39 half-hour episodes, Perfect Lives was realized for Channel Four of British television. In this epic work set in the American Midwest, the rhythms of the music, the geometry of the scenes, and the relations of the characters all seem to be cut from the same cloth, as if being described by the martyred first natural scientist Giordano Bruno, who is a background character never appearing in this work. For the characters who do appear, this is the basic plot: “Raoul de Noget (No-zhay), a singer, and his friend, Buddy, ‘The World’s Greatest Piano Player,’ have come to a small town in the Midwest to entertain at the Perfect Lives Lounge. For some unexplained reason, they have fallen in with two people from the town, Isolde (‘nearing 30 and not yet spoken for’) and her brother ‘D,’ just out of high school and known as ‘The Captain of the Football Team’ (his parents call him Donnie), to commit the perfect crime, a metaphor for something philosophical: in this case, to remove a sizable amount of money from The Bank for one day (one day only) and ‘let the whole world know it was missing.’” The seven episodes are “The Park (Privacy Rules),” “The Supermarket (Famous People),” “The Bank (Victimless Crime),” “The Bar (Differences),” “The Living Room (The Solutions),” “The Church (After the Fact),” and “The Backyard (T’Be Continued).” “Perfect Lives is nothing less than the first American opera” (Allan Evans, Fanfare). The opera, taken as a whole, is a giant metaphor for the rebirth of the soul. – “Blue” Gene Tyranny

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