Perfect Lives Blu-Ray
Perfect Lives Blu-Ray
Perfect Lives Blu-Ray
Perfect Lives Blu-Ray
Perfect Lives Blu-Ray
Perfect Lives Blu-Ray
Perfect Lives Blu-Ray
Perfect Lives Blu-Ray
Perfect Lives Blu-Ray
Perfect Lives Blu-Ray
Perfect Lives Blu-Ray
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Robert Ashley ‘Perfect Lives’ 2-Disc Blu-Ray (LBR 4917)

’These are songs about the corn belt and some of the people in it… or on it.’

Comissioned by NYCs ‘The Kitchen’ in 1978, written for television in 1980, and presented in 1984. Robert Ashleys ‘Perfect Lives’ has received a tasteful face lift courtesy of Lovely Music Ltd. and the original post production editor Dean Winkler.

‘An opera for television’ told in seven parts / 3 hours total. For someone unfamiliar with Robert Ashley; this may be the most informative entry point to begin your journey.

This new NTSC to HD re-master beautifully preserves the original presentation; a 4:3 aspect ratio in addition to a complete surrender to ‘shot on video’.

The 2-disc set includes a 16 page booklet that includes an essay by Ashley’s biographer Kyle Gann, and a review by Charles Hagen.

Ambitious and life affirming. Highest possible recommendation.

UPC: 745295491781

Region 0 (Worldwide)

Lovely Music Ltd. Description:

Robert Ashley, solo voice; Jill Kroesen and David Van Tieghem, chorus; "Blue" Gene Tyranny, keyboards; David Van Tieghem, non-keyboard percussion; Peter Gordon, music producer; Paul Shorr, soundtrack producer; Dean Winkler, image processing and videotape editor.

Perfect Lives has been called "the most influential music/theater/literary work of the 1980s." At its center is the hypnotic voice of Robert Ashley. His continuous song narrates the events of the story and describes a 1980's update of the mythology of small town America. Perfect Lives is populated with myriad characters revolving around two musicians — "R", the singer of myth and legend, and his friend, Buddy, "The World's Greatest Piano Player". They have come to a small town in the Midwest to entertain at the Perfect Lives Lounge. As Robert Ashley describes in the opera synopsis, "they fall in with two locals to commit the perfect crime, a metaphor for something philosophical: in this case, to remove a sizable about of money from The Bank for one day (and one day only) and let the whole world know that it was missing."

The eloping couple, Ed and Gwyn, the old people at the home, the sheriff and his wife (Will and Ida) who finally unravel the mystery, and Isolde who watches the celebration of the changing of the light at sundown from the doorway of her mother's house are some of the characters who journey through the seven episodes of the opera.

Derived from a colloquial idiom, Perfect Lives transforms familiar material into an elaborate metaphor for the rebirth of the human soul. It has been called a comic opera about reincarnation.

The 1983 video was upgraded to 1080 HD and remasterd in 2022-23. A 16 page booklet inside includes Robert Ashey's synopsis plus articles on the music by Kyle Gann, and on the video by Charles Hagen

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http://www.lovely.com/albumnotes/notes4917history.html