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• Vinyl LP with Damaged Cover
Special Anniversary Edition
The Blue Notebooks — 15 Years Anniversary Special Edition
Includes previously unreleased bonus tracks
"The Blue Notebooks is an attempt for music to comment on society and specifically it's an anti-violence record. It's a subtle and peaceful protest against political, social, and personal brutality. Sadly it's still very current today" — Max Richter
Originally written in 2003 and remarkably recorded in just three hours The Blue Notebooks was released in 2004 to minimal fanfare. Since then the world has caught up, with the album steadily growing from cult classic, to trend-setting influencer, to cannon-defining masterpiece that's paved the way for a generation of successful young composers.
The Blue Notebooks was Max Richter's second solo album, a distinctive and adventurous work that is beautifully recorded and cinematic in scope. Opening with a text from Franz Kafka over a sparse piano melody, the album moves through heart-wrenching strings of "On The Nature Of Daylight" to lyrical piano pieces. Using piano, cello, violin and viola, alongside electronic beats (made using a variety of antique electronics and Reaktor), spoken word passages and the occasional field recording (including a very realistic crow that you probably think comes from your garden); other sounds were generated via old guitar pedals and vocoders.
These new editions include remixes from Konx-Om-Pax and Jlin — both of which offer a fascinating cultural exchange, showing how Max’s music and mindset crosses boundaries, making cohesive connections that might not initially be apparent.
Other new features include brand new artwork, a previously unreleased track and new arrangements of compositions written at the same time as the album, but debuting on tape earlier this year at Air studios. The Super Deluxe Edition also features a brand new track called "Cypher."
|The Blue Notebooks (Original)|
|1. The Blue Notebooks|
|2. On The Nature Of Daylight|
|3. Horizon Variations|
|4. Shadow Journal|
|6. Vladimir's Blues|
|8. Old Song|
|10. The Trees|
|11. Written On The Sky|
|1. A Catalogue of Afternoons|
|2. On the Nature of Daylight (Orchestra Version)|
|3. Vladimir’s Blues (2018)|
|4. On the Nature of Daylight (Entropy)|
|4. Iconography (Konx-Om-Pax Remix)|
|5. Vladimir´s Blues (Jlin Remix)|