Great Philip Glass music-free!-for downloading

Isn’t it time to freshen up your iPod with more than just the latest from Lady Gaga? We suggest you take advantage of the substantial 21-song compilation The Orange Mountain Music Philip Glass Sampler Vol. 1, currently available—and free!—from Amazon.

The album is a product of the label founded in 2002 by Glass and his friends devoted to archiving the artist’s extensive recordings. It delivers a healthy and varied dose as it skips from poignant piano soloing (like the haunting “Escape!” from 2002’s The Hours ) to epic orchestral arrangements (The Thin Blue Line’s “Help Me,” or “Dreamscape No. 3”). It’s no wonder that so much of this emotive music has been lent to bolster movie scores, but we find that listening to each track of this terrific assortment tells its own story. And hey, did we mention that it’s free?

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