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  • Audio CD (13 May 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Uni/Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00000150M
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Topless Dancers Of Corfu
2. The Legend Of Johnny Pot
3. The Moog And Me
4. Tap Dance In The Memory Banks
5. Four Duets In Odd Meter
6. The Minotaur
7. Total Bells And Tony
8. Improvisation In Fourths
9. Evening Thoughts
10. Give It Up Or Turn It Loose
11. Kolumbo
12. Time Is Tight

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Hyman may make his living playing Gershwin and Berlin on the piano, and composing the scores for Woody Allen's films, but his legacy will remember him as the goofy synthecist and organist on Enoch Light's trippy big band series for ABC's Command label during the 1960s. Moog contains that balance of lounge cheese and honest propulsion so desired by the kids nowadays. And the bonus cut of James Brown's "Give It Up or Turn It Loose" mixes Donald Duck sputtering with real funky-ass drums. Beastie Boy-types name-check Hyman whenever the opportunity arises. I wonder if he knows? --D. Strauss

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
The classically trained Hyman turns his hand to the mighty moog and its early analog sounds on this excellent recording. The tracks include 60's bubblegum pop melodies such as "The Moog and Me", odd electronic improvisations and avant garde compositions, and some standards given the moog treatment (a personal favourite being Hyman's psychedelicized version of James Browns funk classic "Give it up Or turn it Loose"). Hymans classical background enables him to use the moog to the max, with consistently impressive playing throughout, and although the instrument is the centrepiece of the songs, the variety of accompaniment - the backing band or electronic sequences and loops - provide variety in the overall sound. Fans of contemporary electronic music would do well to check this out, with Hymans sound being a forerunner to paths now trodden by the likes of Stereolab and Air.
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Amazon.com: 8 reviews
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Dick Hyman turns it loose on this one. 22 July 1999
By DJ Rix - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Anyone familiar with Hyman's recordings knows that this album is no throwaway. He was genuinely interested in what the Moog could do (just as he once made a credible LP based on the sound possibilities of a Lowery organ). This is good, clean fun. It's a tad too funky to be a "lounge" classic. The reason so many people love this CD is because it's so entertaining.
Bob Rixon, WFMU-FM
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Fun stuff 17 Jun. 2002
By BENJAMIN MILER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
From circa 1968 to 1972, there were a large string of albums played on Moog synthesizers. Many of them were versions of pop and classical songs played on that big modular beast. Most of this was pretty cheesy and dated, to say the least, but interesting. Walter (Wendy) Carlos' Switched-On Bach started it. And then you got albums like Gershon Kingsley's Music to Moog By, various other Kingsley albums, and albums from Frenchman Jean-Jacques Perrey (he also released a few albums with Kingsley as well). Not to mention Beaver & Krause. Pretty soon the Moog entered rock music. Simon & Garfunkle recorded "Save the Life of my Child" who I assume featured Paul Beaver on the Moog. The Beatles gave us Abbey Road in which several songs used the Moog. Then Emerson, Lake & Palmer really got serious with the Moog by going way overboard with Keith Emerson not only giving us the big Moog III-C, but several Minimoogs, and other assorted keyboards in his setup. But before that, some guy named Dick Hyman, who pioneered the use of the Lowrey organ released this album: Moog: The Electric Eclectics of Dick Hyman in 1969 on the ABC/Command label. The lunar module on the cover revealed that this album must have came out around the same time as the Apollo moon landing. Musically it's really cheesy, but that's what you expect from this kind of music. He also played the Lowrey organ. Although it's been a while since I heard this, the one stick out cut is "The Minotaur". Listen to this, and then listen to "Tank" off Emerson, Lake & Palmer's debut, and tell me that this particular cut did not have an influence on Keith Emerson's playing. A lot of the same synth sounds you hear on "The Minotaur", you hear on "Tank". Coicidence? While I don't say this album is a masterpiece, like many other Moog albums released from 1968-1972, this has its appeal and worth owning if you like this stuff.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Unforgetable Moog 18 Dec. 2007
By shanell papp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow I loved this album....I bought it on a whim at a garage sale (on tape) and it completed me. I listened to it all the time, got a portable tape player to play it for my friends....but some of them just didn't get it. At the time I was listening to Air and 1970's Boney M alot so this album was an excellent fit. I think you will like it if you love simple, fun and early electro music already. It is really a rare gem. Amazing
SYNTHESIZER MUSIC BEGINNINGS! 26 May 2013
By kmelvin7 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I BELIEVE DICK HYMAN TO BE THE "PIONEER", OR ONE OF THE VERY FIRST MUSICIANS TO EXPERIMENT IN SYNTHESIZER USE. "THE MINOTAUR" ON THIS CD IS INDICATIVE OF A VERY "SATISFYING SMILE" ON FIRST EXPERIENCING SOMETHING NEW, AND PLEASING.
MOOG 30 Sept. 2012
By Wil C - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Another missing album that I have searched for. Was over joyed to find this missing replacement. If you enjoy listening to the MOOG, then this is the album to get.
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