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Exotic Moog - Martin Denny

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    Time was when Rudy Vallee sang 'My Time Is Your Time" with a big band behind him, someone turned on a recording machine, and you had a record. If the third trombone slid a little too far in the sixteenth bar, or that clarinet solo in the bridge was not quite right, you had to live with it - or record the who'e song again. Recording has come so far since then that it really bears little relation to the crude early records. An analogy might be Lindbergh as compared with an Apollo moon shot. New innovations in the instruments themselves have led also to a whole new world of music. Now Martin Denny plays the keyboard of a Moog synthesizer and records his music on an 8-track recording apparatus that can solo out any instrument in the band individually, or blend them together with extreme precision. The synthesizer itself is probably the most unique instrument to ever be invented. It resembles a telephone switchboard in appearance, yet can imitate any instrument in the orchestra - it is the daddy of electronics in music. Dave Pell and Lanky Linstrot, co-producers of the album, sat in the booth working the knobs, listening, directing and eating pastrami. Martin was in the studio with a small group of musicians creating the most unusual, and some of the most exciting music of his career. He has achieved unorthodox sounds from orthodox compositions. For nostalgia's sake, he recorded "Quiet Village," his first big hit, with striking results. Other rather unlikely tunes are included - unlikely because you wouldn't normally expect they be done with electronics - songs like: "Yellow Bird," "Cast Your Fate To The Wind," "A Taste Of Honey," "Let It Be Me," and "The Enchanted Sea." Each is done with another of the endless sound variations of the Moog. The results must be heard. Martin's music here is largely experimental - the Moog synthesizer is, at least for now, still experimental in nature. No one is really sure what the potential is. The effects are far-reaching... so much so that there's no question this is music of the future.

    Track Listings:
    Side A

    1 Quiet Village 3:50
    2 I Talk To The Trees 3:00
    3 Yellow Bird 2:07
    4 The Enchanted Sea 2:25
    5 Delilah 2:45
    6 Let Go (Canto De Ossanha) 2:44

    Side B

    1 Midnight Cowboy 2:20
    2 Cast Your Fate To The Wind 2:29
    3 Let It Be Me (Je T'Appartiens) 2:27
    4 A Taste Of Honey 3:02
    5 Was It Really Love 3:18
    6 Love Me Tonight (All Fine Della Strada) 2:30
    Artist Name(s):
    Martin Denny
    Dave Pell, Lanky Linstrot
    Release Year: 1969
    Ritual, Symphonic
    Album Type:
    Cassette, LP 33 1/3
    Cover & Packge Design:
    Gabor Halmos, Photo: Tommy Mitchell
    Engineer(s): Lanky Linstrot
    Label / Publishing
    Label Name:
    Liberty Records, Inc.
    Catalog Number(s):
    Los Angeles, CA USA
    Synthesizers Used
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