presents...

Everything You Always Wanted to Hear on the Moog

...but were afraid to ask for! Classical Moog, classically bad.

Here it is: everything you always wanted to hear on the moog... but were afraid to ask for! This great disc of classical Moog music, "Semi-conducted" (get it?) by Andrew Kazdin and Thomas Z. Shepard, features works by Chabrier, Lecuona, Bizet, and an incredible 14 minute rendition of Ravel's Bolero that fills the entire second side of the record.

There's a lot of electronic computer technology in music today, but in the days of the Moog, electronic music really sounded artificial. That's exactly what makes records like this so frightening to the musical establishment... and such treasures to the rest of us. From tinny sounds that you can almost recognize from their analog counterparts to spacey flourishes that only exist in Moogspace, these tracks bring a thoroughly unique perspective to the tunes they cover.

Most Moog albums employ a number of traditional instruments (especially drums), but not this one: it is entirely synthesized on the Moog, right down to fake applause at the conclusion of Bolero. The liner notes go to some length to remind the listener of the massive creative effort that goes into producing an album like this. With only one sound at a time to work with, reproducing a complex score can involve up to 20 tracks per song, and countless hours of work. You really have to hand it to Kazdin and Shepard for putting that kind of work into a record that was most probably panned by every music critic of its day. Moog on!

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Songs:

Les Toredors from Carmen (Real Audio) You can just see Felix Unger spinning in his grave!

See Also: Moog!, Music To Moog By

Your Comments:

Ed says:
I need a copy! I had it years ago (Actually I have side 1 memorized) Its just one of those things you remember and love (04-12-2008)

Courtney says:
I just bought a copy in very fine condition for $0.50 from a church run thrift store. I bought it as a lark but now I realize just how unique this album truly is. (10-21-2007)

Laurie Foston (writersallages@aol.com) says:
I played this back when it first came out. I thought it was long lost at first then found it at amazon as an LP. Still looking for a CD (07-02-2007)

jd (007jed@comcast.net) says:
were can I find this on a cd???? (06-17-2007)

Aldi says:
My uncle had that LP when I was a kid. Now I own a few copies, including one that is still sealed! (none are for sale, sorry). (04-10-2007)

Tom Blasing says:
I've never seen this on (Red Book) CD but it would sell a few copies if it were. I've only seen the MP3's of it (MP3 is too compressed for me).

My family had this album in the early 70's and was the focal point of listening one Christmas on the cheap little Sears stereo (tuner and phono only) in our livingroom. When your 7-years old as I was it sounds playfull if anything else.

I just picked up a (vinyl) copy from Amazon.com for $28 although one side was a little rough. It may have sounded a little more on my system since I'm using McIntosh front end units and Klipsch Jubalie speakers (VERRRRYY efficient at 104db/1w/1m!!).

I can't even find the year this thing was made! (03-21-2007)

glenn (glen213@superpa.net) says:
i dont remember this album,but during my latter teen years i relied on moog stuff .mostly a beat up used opus 3 and a rouge ,both of which i still own,and still work ,any way id love to hear this album and would like to talk to anyone who wants to discuss vintage keyboards and synths (03-04-2007)

Argelio (coco05@terra.es) says:
I always whiss to get it. I obtein it on years 70´ in vinilo. I dream to get in CD.
Yo compré este disco en los años 70 en Caracas, Venezuela y siempre tuve el anhelo de conseguirlo en CD. Gracias.
Si huvbiera mas me lo bajaria tambien. (02-14-2007)

TMT (mattt@gvtc.com) says:
I actually have this one on vinyl - great disk! You just need a massive set on JBL Pro studio monitors a pair of Carver amps and perseverance to appreciate. Anybody got this one on cd? (12-24-2006)

Phil McRevis says:
Ahhh the Moog, from back in the day when a patch was a patch and knobs were better than switches. Still are. What's the number between 3 and 4 you digital pansies? There's an infinite number you know. Not to venture into the realm of hubris, but I have actually played and patched a Moog from its dainty VCO to it's freaked out ring modulator. The Emu was bigger, but the Moog was the granddaddy, and If you think an Emu is a bird than you deserve to listen to nothng but the Korg Triton or some other abortion. (11-29-2006)

Russ Nevins (RNevins@alum.mit.edu) says:
Hi, folks. I have created my own site for this great music. Find it at:

http://mysite.verizon.net/vzet86ad/

I think my MP3 files there sound as good as Jay's AIFF files, which all are about 8 times larger than my files. Try them out yourself and feel free to save them, along with the cover art and "CD insert" with details that I created. (11-09-2006)

rato (jocama53@netcabo.pt) says:
Hi moog lovers!
This historic album is once again shared at Rato's Blog (www.ratorecordsblog.blogspot.com). This time with no limit of time. Enjoy it! (10-28-2006)

Mike (mxw52@psu.edu) says:
Wow, it's great to see an old gem like this with a full list of comments on it! I grew up on this album ... as a wee child it was one of the only ways to keep me quiet, and my father swears one of my first words was "Plugs!" referring to the cover art. I recently found a copy of the LP at a used record store, barely played, and remastered it to CD and MP3 using ProTools. The sheer range of frequencies produced is something to behold and I love the aggressive use of left and right channels, which give the music an incredible depth when played in Dolby style 5.1. Of course, after doing the remaster I found this page and noticed that someone else had done a similar job using original reel-to-reels which admittedly sound better than mine as I used some light filters to decrease album noise. Thanks to Jay for his efforts! (10-22-2006)

Russ Nevins (RNevins@alum.mit.edu) says:
Of course, people remember "Everything You Want to Know About Sex (but Were Afraid to Ask)," Bob Scharba.

One of the beauties of this album is it total coverage of the tone spectrum. In a lot of places, it's heavy on tones in the 10-15KHz range and way up from there. I was happy to find the recordings Jay transferred from reel-to-reel, but was disappointed to see how frequency limited it was. To a lesser extent, the same complaint can be leveled against the "Toreadors" recording at the top of this page. I think I can do better, but will find out only by trying. (10-09-2006)

Russ Nevins (RNevins@alum.mit.edu) says:
I'm thrilled to see this album still be be under such active discussion. I've got the album's material on a reel-to-reel tape right now and I'm hoping to transfer it to an MP3 or WAV file on a CD. I've lost the key or whatever I need to make my MP3 recorder capture more than three minutes. I hope from looking at my backups or contacting the software seller I'll be able to make the transfer soon. (10-09-2006)

Bob Scharba (rjscharb@uic.edu) says:
Does anybody remember the extremely popular book whose title inspired the title of this album? (09-21-2006)

Heather Grantham (heather@grantham.com) says:
You know....in retrospect...I should have bought that album at the flea market and tormented my brother with a phoenix-like reappearance of the jacket next to the fireplace in which he had thrown our original copy. But, then again, I value my brother's sanity. (09-05-2006)

Randy Mann (randymannn@hotmail.com) says:
Do you know where i can get a cd version of this album (08-30-2006)

Greg Davis (xsarge@alltel.net) says:
I also grew up on this Moog album. If anyone knows wher to get a copy, I will pay for it. (07-04-2006)

Bill Camarata (bcamarata@sbcglobal.net) says:
Well baing sick of waiting for this on CD, I just unearthed the record from my collection and I'm putting it in the computer so I can digitally remove the ticks and pops. This vinyl is quieter than I remembered! What a treasure. (06-29-2006)





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