Carmina Burana


The late third solo album of Ray Manzarek, former keyboard player of The Doors. The Doors was immensely popular between its foundation in 1966 and the death of controversial singer Jim Morrison in 1971. The three remaining band members tried to continue as a trio for a while, but didn’t really succeed without the charisma of Morrison. For Manzarek two solo albums of moderate quality followed in the Seventies. And then there was this curiosity.

Carmina Burana is a rock version of the work as it was composed by Carl Orff. It follows the original work fairly consistently. I know Orffs version quite well, and was able to identify all of the songs on the Manzarek record. I also discovered it was partly produced by no other than Philip Glass.

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