Gil Trythall - Luxikon II/Echospace (1980, US, electronic) 
Thursday, May 31, 2007, 09:37 PM - Music, - US, English
Original music from the man who covered lots of country hits on his moog: Country Moog & Nashville Gold. Thanks to Vasco who sent me this gem.
Both compositions were made for a dance performance.
Principal instrumentation includes: Moog IIIc modular, two interconnected Micromoogs, EML 400 Sequencer, Multivox Analog Echo and a Farfisa combo organ.



Luxikon II [14:36]
Echospace [12:30]

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Gabor Szabo - Nightflight (1976, HU/US, smooth jazz) 
Thursday, May 10, 2007, 03:36 PM - Music, - HU, - US, English
Jazz purists hate this record. They have problems with soul and disco producer Bunndino Siggalucci (Bunny Sigler). I think it's his best album. Beautiful sound, relaxing tunes and excellent guitar playing. Never released on cd; shame!
Music to crash by...



Side one:
1 Concorde (Nightflight) [6:48]
2 Funny Face [3:04]
3 Baby Rattle Snake [6:50]
4 Theme for Gabor [4:31]

Side two:
1 Keep Smilin' [7:25]
2 Every Minute Counts [6:50]
3 Smooth Sailin' [6:47]

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This is Gabor Szabo's "Concorde (Nightflight)", recorded for the Club Date TV program in 1977 and included as part of Carlos Santana's video "Influences":



And another great song, Breezin from the High Contrast album, on YouTube. Same session.

This is Gabor Szabo performing "The Biz" at the Budapest Hilton Hotel in 1978 during a visit back to his native land. The original version of this song by Bobby Lyle appears on the Szabo's 1977 album, Faces. This performance was broadcast on Hungarian television in 1978. What synthesizer is played here?


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MX-80 Sound - O Type (1980, US, industrial rock) 
Friday, May 4, 2007, 12:32 AM - Music, - US, English
The best rock band I've never seen.
An 8'20" instrumental version of O Type can be found on the cd Das Love Boat.
This 7" version is split in two parts, with vocals. On Ralph records.
You can watch MX-80 on YouTube:
15 Laffs (1992 live, Bottom of the Hill, SF)
(It's a) FatAss World (1992 live, Bottom of the Hill, SF)
We're An American Band (2005, Grand Funk cover)


I cannot find this movie on IMDb


O Type (pt.1) [3:34]
O Type (pt.2) [4:51]

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UPDATE:
I knew it existed, but could never get my hands on it: a Ralph Records video with MX-80 Sound. Thanks to Monsieurblabla it is available on YouTube: Why Are We Here.



And I left my heart in San Francisco thanks to dumbydumberton
See also O-Type: The Hounds of Spring.

Recipe for downloading YouTube video's (on windows):
- Use Firefox
- Install Greasemonkey add-on
- Install Download YouTube Video script in Greasemonkey add-on
- 'Download this Video' appears in YouTube below the video, click on it and save with .flv extension
- Convert it to whatever you like (I use PAL VCD) with WinFF (based on ffmpeg), use 4:3 Aspect Ratio
- Play with VLC media player
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The Flirts - Passion (1982, US, pop/electronic) 
Wednesday, March 21, 2007, 08:39 PM - Music, - US, English
The Flirts were a creation of Bobby Orlando. B-52's like music; in the slower, synthesizer based songs, more like Donna Summer. Bobby O. was producer of Divine, the early Pet Shop Boys and Lisa Lisa.



Side one:
1 Jukebox (don't put another dime) [3:42]
2 Boy crazy [3:09]
3 On the beach [2:59]
4 Passion (Special R.E.M.I.X.) [8:56]

Side two:
1 We just want to dance [2:42]
2 Calling all boys [4:27]
3 Jungle rock [3:01]
4 I only want to be with you [2:22]
5 Surf's up [3:03]

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Mike Hankinson - The Unusual Classical Synthesizer (1972, UK/US, electronic/classical) 
Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 08:45 PM - Music, - UK, - US, English
Mike Hankinson was born in Great Britain and lives in South Africa, but this lp was produced in the United States. I got the mp3's and scans from a visitor, who was so kind to allow me to share them.



from the sleeve notes:
This record is the first L.P. ever recorded using only the Electronic Music Studios "Synthi" VCS-3. This instrument has the capability of producing virtually any sound, but was used purely as a straight musical instrument on this L.P. The only modification - a potentiometer control was added, which gave a sliding octave up or down, by rotating the control, thus extending the keyboard to 5 octaves.



Side one:
1 Toccata and Fugue in D minor (Bach) [7:05]
2 Variations - Mein junges Leben hat ein End (Sweelinck) [3:29]
3 Sonata in D major (Scarlatti) [2:46]
4 Sonata Rondo (Clementi) [3:20]

Side two:
1 Concerto in A minor (Bach) [2:59]
2 Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart) [3:37]
3 Italian Concerto (Bach) [3:37]
4 Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven) [5:08]

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The Love Machine - Electronic Music to Blow Your Mind By!!! (1968, US, electronic) 
Saturday, March 3, 2007, 06:44 PM - Music, - US, English
This is 60's library beat with Hammond organ and they put all the effects on it they could get their hands on. Like Jimmie Haskell did on his exotica Countdown album and Belgium band The Free Pop Electronic Concept on A New Exciting Experience.
My copy is a bootleg cd (Zippy). The last 2 songs are so disturbed, I can't believe this was on the original record. But you never now.
Lp released on Design Album.



01 Mindblower
02 Zenquake
03 Clockburst
04 Bells for Eternal Zoom
05 Inner Ear Freakout
06 The Shadows of Vibrate
07 Prism on Prism
08 Lunar Sea
09 Ashbury Trippin'
10 Coming Down

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The Delta Merchant - Switched on Blues (1970, US, electronic/soul) 
Saturday, February 24, 2007, 10:39 PM - Music, - US, English
This is not so much moog as you would expect from the title. Only in a few songs it plays the main role. In the others it does the brass part.
It even is not really blues, more soul.
I hope I have the titles right, on the label the a and b side were switched and on the cover one title was missing. Soul is not my cup of tea, so I don't recognize all the melodies.



Side one:
1 Slip Away [2:38]
2 Funky Broadway [3:12]
3 Soul Man [2:28]
4 Midnight Hour [2:30]
5 Chain of Fools [2:54]
6 Son of a Preacher Man [3:27]

Side two:
1 Hold on, I'm coming [2:53]
2 See Saw [2:37]
3 Drown in my own Tears [4:21]
4 After Hours [3:06]
5 What'd I Say [2:46]
6 Rainin' in my Heart [2:38]

Excello Records 8014

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