(SHANDAR LP, 1975)
Solo Music was always assured a place on the list, for the fairly shallow reason that it was released on the outrageously cool – there is no other word for it – Shandar label, which was founded in France by Chantal Darcy and Daniel Caux and released highly covetable editions of work by Terry Riley, Pandit Pran Nath, Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler, among others. André Belligue’s crisp, pellucid sleeve design is worth the price of admission alone.
The music? Well, it’s some of Glass’s most radical and sternly minimalist work. Conceived around ’68-’69, ‘Two Pages’ is born out of the composer’s Shankar-informed technique of “additive process”, and explores “the elongation and subsequent contraction of a simple musical line”. ‘Contrary Motion’ was written in what Glass calls “open form” – the expanding figures which it’s built out of “could, theoretically, continue augmenting forever”.