Thursday, November 3, 2011
Electric Moog Orchestra
Musicor Records/Springboard- MUS-8803
This album is available by digital purchase download. So, sorry, but I won't be posting a sample.
This album was a bit of a surprise! This recording was made some ten years after Wendy Carlos commercially successful Switched On Bach LP which paved the way for many more moog albums. So this album is a bit late to the moog party if you ask me. However, I love this album because it reminds me of early university sound lab experimental electronica that I've collected. The retro science fiction sound appeals to me. This isn't cartoony sounding moog stuff. The music is rich and serious.
The album also plays nicely from song to song, holding your interest while painting a terrific soundscape.
Because of that I would have to recommend the LP so that you can (or will be more or less forced to) listen to the work the way it was intended to be heard (rare than piecemeal download)
Main Title And Mountain Visions
The Abduction Of Barry
The Arrival Of Sky Harbor
The Appearance Of The Visitors
Resolution And End Title
I Can't Smile Without You
Space Out Disco Fever
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
The Wonderball Orchestra
Wonderland Records - WLP-315
The covers of Close Encounters, Star Wars and Star Trek aren't that spaced out and the rest of the tracks were left begging for alien intervention of some sort.
Monday, October 31, 2011
St. James InfirmaryQuietly Wild
DOT Records SLP 25857
Apparently this is a Mono copy (sticker applied to the cover) with a stereo catalog number.
Vaughn made records for decades. There are a ton out there. Most, if you are into the "space age" sound, won't appeal to you. I've picked up copies of a few albums he released in the 60s that are very cool. This is one of those "groovy light pop" albums.
And check out this great Vaughn album: The Windmills Of Your Mind.