In the ’90s, Yanni was weirdly present in my life. I only watched Live At The Acropolis once (and maybe halfway through), but someone gave me a Yanni folder as a joke, I owned a promo copy of the album, and he came up often as a punchline in conversation (that hair, that mustache, the white garb, the orgasm faces, Linda Evans). If you take a step back, their is something interestingly prescient and worthwhile about his overblown New Age aesthetic. And we’re sure to see a few more angles as part of Beck’s most recent Record Club installment, a track-by-track remake of Yanni Live At The Acropolis with the assistance of Thurston Moore, Tortoise (obvious Yanni fans), and “several studio musician heavyweights,” all of whom “were brought in to read a heavily doctored score with interpolations of everything from Stravinsky to Shania Twain (look for others).” To get things started, Moore improvises lyrics for the usually instrumental “Santorini.” The results? We know what would’ve happened if Yanni went lite-jazz Beatnik.
Keep watch for more Yanni at beck.com. It’ll take an entire summer to scale this mountain!