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Moog!

Claude Denjean demonstrates his Moog skills on this Phase 4 Stereo Spectacular.

Some guys take a traditional record, throw in a few notes from their Moog Synthesizer, and call it a Moog album. Not Claude Denjean. The Moog takes center stage in this 1970 London Records release, in all its raw beauty.

Electronic music never quite "made it" into mainstream culture -- that's probably because it took so much work to produce these albums. For all its wizardry, the mainframe-sized Moog could only produce one sound at a time. Artists like Claude Denjean recorded track after track, probably sitting up late into the night hunched over Moog keyboards and sixteen-track tape machines.

Sounds like these might seem ordinary in today's world of digital sound manipulation, but I try to imagine how radical and exciting the Moog must have seemed in the 60's and 70's before everyone had MIDI cards and polyphonic Korg synthesizers.

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Songs:

Proud Mary (MP3) You can almost hear the Moog mouthing the words... wah weft wha wha whob whin wha whitty... ok maybe not.
Sugar, Sugar (MP3) Claude knows how to make your life so sweet... yeah!
Venus (MP3) A heavy-handed Moog version of the classic tune.

See Also: Everything You Always Wanted to Hear on the Moog, Music To Moog By

Your Comments:

Jan de Bloois (video_holiday@mac.com) says:
A schoolfriend of my had this record in (I think) 1970. In the years thereafter I bought Switched on Back 1 and 2, The Weltempered Synthesizer, a similar kind of album of Hans Wurman, and of course Vangelis, Tomita, Kitaro......I still have al those vinyl record, in very good condition. Once in a while I make a CD of them, using Audacity, and remove the clicks with ClickRepair. Great to listen to in my car, for my wife doesn't like this music. I am also a Mellotron fan. (11-12-2009)

kingstonp (shoes@telkomsa.net) says:
I bought EYAWTHOTM many, many years ago. It sold me on Moog music. I have a newer copy LP. I have S-OB, The Clockwork Orange & The Moog Strikes Bach etc. All on LP. Would love to source MP3 of The Mood Strikes bach. (10-08-2009)

myke Deane (mykesurfer40@gmail.com) says:
i've had the lp since the late 80s when a lot of stores were ridding themselves of unwanted vinyl prior to the cd-ification of their catalogues, and i remember being struck by how such an OLD album (1970, i think) could sound just like a Nintendo video game soundtrack! it's a great, odd little gem of an lp..nice to know other people out there appreciate it too! (08-07-2009)

Norm Card (vzeuride@verizon.net) says:
Mrs. Miller is holding what appears to be a Shure mic. But it could be a part of the Tin Man! :-)
I have a MOOG guitar. Also Walter Carlos' "Switched-on Bach". Anything MOOG is kool, also Theremins! (07-14-2009)

graham says:
I'm a pro piano player/keyboardist and had these albums in my teens. Great stuff. Moon river in 5/4 and Wave were 2 of my favourites. He was a very clever musician and it was so good to hear proper music come out of a synth, he must have been the first to do something like this. (06-27-2009)

Sleazy P. (riptorn311@yahoo.com) says:
I have this on c.d. I dont remember where I got it but I liked the vinyl so much i did a massive hunt and eventually found it. :) My e-mail is included so if your looking hit me up! (04-24-2009)

Peter (pbzync53@hotmail.com) says:
Hi, Im Peter in Sweden, hope I still have the MOOG album somewere in my LP collection, dot want to dig in it, but I wonder if it is recorded on CD, have seek for it but no hit, enyone know ??? (03-28-2009)

Steve Hiscock (sillysandwich@hotmail.com) says:
Hiya good people. I am really trying to find the Claude Denjean album mentioned in a few posts here the Phase four spectacular. I used to listen to my old mans vinyl copy. Would love to here it again. Found this whilst I wait in anticipation. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=i6bPWJVg0HY

Thanks people. PS: the links dating back from 2006 do not seem to work in here! (12-10-2008)

Jan says:
Just wondering if this board is still taking comments :-) Gotta love Claude Denjean! (08-12-2008)

SALOMON (SAGA411@HOTMAIL.COM) says:
SOY FANATICO DE CLAUDE DENJEAN, SI ALGUIEN PUEDE SALVAR ESTA ALMA DEL PURGATORIO, POR FAVOR ENVIENME ALGUN LINK DONDE PUEDA BAJAR SUS TEMAS.
YO SOLO TENGO EL LONG PLAY ORIGINAL DEL ALBUM "PHASE 4 STEREO SPECTACULAR".
GRACIAS SALOMON GARCIA
CUSCO PERU (09-01-2007)

middlesex_wrestling team (thespecialsurprise@hotmail.com) says:
this LP is great...its actually in a mahagony frame on my wall now! amongst many other of my favorite records. MOOG ROOLS! (07-25-2007)

sammy2fish says:
Well, I've been trying to get Claude Denjean bigtime. Remember listening to him going home from work outside Edmonton, Alberta, back in 1973. Just bought the "Open Circut" lp through eBay... through LP Canadian Electronic. (06-12-2007)

Albert13666 (alberto13_666@hotmail.com) says:
Este gran album del gran maestro Claude Denjean es muy bueno y refrescante para los buenos oidos q aprecian la musica instrumental ligera, ps su organo relaja bien, refresca la mente, ps este disco que gracias a dios lo pude conseguir me parecio alegre, divertido y fantastico, sin duda la buena musica nunca pasa de moda, y asi es, MOOG, es sin duda uno de los mejores discos de organo instrumental de los 70s que refresca la mente y alivia el alma a quienes los escuchen, se los recomiendo a todos(as) escucharlo ya sea en LP o en CD, suerte... (04-04-2007)

Mark (drmidi@optonline.net) says:
The real MOOG "kick-off" LPs for me were the Walter (Wendy) Carlos albums (Switched-On Bach, The Well-Tempered Synthesizer, A Clockwork Orange soundtrack), but also a rare LP by Dick Hyman called "MOOG", another rather archaic release of early compositions on the MOOG synth, but what is interesting about this record is that some of the material was used on WABC's "LOVE" program in the late 60's which was to be an automated computer-controlled programming of songs played on that New York City radio station, and that's where I first hear the Moog material and then contacted the station to find out where this music came from. I later met Dick Hyman at a recording session in Manhattan during a Budwiser commercial on which he played the piano and Nancy Wilson did the singing. WOW! They came into the studio, sat down at the mic and keys, and in 5 minutes, it was all over, done, finito! in just one take. Real pros at work and amazing to watch then do it! (03-09-2007)

sliou71 says:
Superbe disque! Je me vante mais je l,ai en double!!! Made in france 1970's LP (11-30-2006)

Andy M says:
I spun this lp as a kid, shaking the house when my parents were gone. The bass tracks are great, I remember loving "house of the risin sun" and "come together" in particular.

I found a downloadable copy of the whole album here:

http://s22.quicksharing.com/v/6911028/Claude_Denjean_Moog_.zip.html (11-16-2006)

Martin Leal (m_leal@hotmail.com) says:
Hola mis amigos

Muchas gracias por el envio de la recopilacion de "moog" Claude Denjean and the Moog Synthesizer.

Martin Leal
m_leal@hotmail.com, mlealh2004@yahoo.com

(11-10-2006)

J. Cramer (jaybon@mchsi.com) says:
Hey everyone! I used to listen to Claude's version of The House of The Rising Sun on the radio station The Mighty 1090 KAAY Little Rock Ark in the early to mid 70's. That song was the theme song to Beaker Street which was their program for album oriented rock. I thought that was the most awesome song there was at the time. I looked for that song for years! I finally found it. (11-06-2006)

Lost Turntable says:
I have recently posted The Happy Moog on my MP3 blog to download. It's a vinyl rip but is pretty high quality, probably the best you'll find until the album comes out on CD anyways.

http://lostturntable.blogspot.com/2006/10/okay-i-promised-id-be-back-with-some.html

Enjoy. (10-20-2006)

Kalynn (chlorine_dream_@hotmail.com) says:
Anyone who has found a copy of 'Happy Moog' or has the track "March of the Martians" from it.. please let me know. I am trying to get my hands on a copy of that song - preferrably mp3! Thanks! (09-18-2006)





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