Prelude (Deodato album)

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Prelude album by Deodato.jpg
Standard artwork
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1973 (January 1973)[1]
RecordedSeptember 12–14, 1972 at Van Gelder Studios[2]
ProducerCreed Taylor
Deodato chronology
Deodato 2
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[5]

Prelude is the eighth studio album by Brazilian keyboardist Eumir Deodato, released in 1973.[1][6] With the signature track "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)" (an arrangement of the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey), Prelude would become the most successful recording for Deodato and CTI Records.

The album features guitarist John Tropea on three tracks, bassists Ron Carter and Stanley Clarke, and Billy Cobham on drums. The funk-influenced version of the "Introduction" from Richard Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra, entitled "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)", won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance[1][6] and went to number two in the pop charts in the US, number three in Canada, and number seven in the UK.[1] In 1977, the album was re-released briefly as 2001 with an alternate cover photo.

Later releases[edit]

This album was reissued on the Super Audio CD format in October 2017 by UK label Dutton Vocalion, Remastered in both Stereo and Surround Sound from the original analogue tapes by Michael J. Dutton and released as a 2-fer with 1973's "Deodato 2". The Surround Sound portion of the disc features the Quadraphonic mixes of both "Prelude" and "Deodato 2" made available for the first time in over 40 years.

Track listing[edit]


Side A
1."Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)"Richard Strauss9:00
2."Spirit of Summer"Eumir Deodato4:04
3."Carly & Carole"Deodato3:38
Side B
1."Baubles, Bangles and Beads"Robert Wright, George Forrest5:20
2."Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun"Claude Debussy5:13
3."September 13"Deodato, Billy Cobham5:24


Chart (1973) Peak
Australian (Kent Music Report) 17[8]




  • Steve Futterman, Prelude sleeve text


  1. ^ a b c d DESOUTEIRO, Arnaldo. 40 Years of Eumir Deodato's iconic "Prelude". Publicado em Jazz Station – Arnaldo DeSouteiro’s Blog (jazz, bossa e Beyond), Los Angeles – Based Jazz Historian, Educator and Record Producer. Voting member of Naras-Grammy, Jazz Journalists Association and Los Angeles Jazz Society. Founder & Ceo of Jazz Station Records (JSR), a division of Jazz Station Marketing & Consulting – Los Angeles, Califórnia – 30 de setembro de 2013. Página visitada em 1º de março de 2014.
  2. ^ "Deodato* - Prelude (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  3. ^ Gorton, TJ (July 30, 2018). "BeatCaffeine's 100 Best Jazz-Funk Songs". BeatCaffeine. Archived from the original on August 25, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2021.
  4. ^ Ginell, Richard S. Prelude at AllMusic. Retrieved February 9, 2013 (2013-02-09).
  5. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 60. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  6. ^ a b DEODATO, Eumir. About/Introduction/History (link). Publicado no site official de Eumir Deodato. Página visitada em 3 de maio de 2015.
  7. ^ "Images for Deodato - Prelude". Discogs. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 87. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.