Back in the day, some of us bought up practically anything that appeared on The Beatles’ Apple Records. Much of it was forgettable, of course, but John Tavener’s The Whale was not. The Whale is a challenging, two-part, half hour mix of esoteric, avant garde classical adventurism – a kindred spirit of 2001: A Space Odyssey‘s “Lux Aeterna” (for 16 unaccompanied voices) and Frank Zappa’s later, neo-operatic musings for 200 Motels. Unlike most Apple artists, Tavener went on to enjoy a successful career that would render The Whale a footnote. Worth a listen for those who thought “Revolution #9” was a good start for Apple. Amazon has it HERE. John Taverner died today, November 12th, at 69 (info here).
The Whale, Part 1 (18:26)
The Whale, Part 2 (13:15)