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

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Dalia ( says:
I am a great fan of the band AIR and found this version by acicnedt but I think this is real fun to watch the guy on the keyboard is shining more then the sun pure 70s material I don't know why they can't make stuff like this nowadays everything so artificial the ppl in this vid look they're having lots of fun (05-18-2012)

Fritz Wonnacott says:

Just in case you want to download all 4 tracks, they were "ripped" from a reel-to-reel version of the album. Remember reel-to-reel? No track noise to speak of and definitely no pops and clicks, even on the softer passages of "Bolero".

Well worth the download and in AIFF format to boot! (07-06-2011)

mark ( says:
I love electronic music & prog rock, so of course I have this album, that I bought at a record show....cheesy....but i love cheese...heh!! (12-04-2010)

Jeff Carlisle ( says:
I'm looking for a digital copy of this album. Anyone know how i can get one? (11-11-2010)

muz ( says:
My father had this Record , i remember the name & cover from the 70s when dad would put it on , havnt seen or heard of it for so long thought i must have been dreaming about a record of this name , now will serch for my own copy.... (08-28-2010)

Peter Hyde ( says:
Like a few of you, I cleared out my LPs, but I had this disc transcribed to CD. It's now on my PC, so anyone who wants a copy is welcome. Not up to original, but a memory at least! (07-26-2010)

Bent Ears Audio Laboratories ( says:
I actually have this vinyl but don't have a TT to play it on! I originally bought it new back in the day and lost it over the years. I recently located it on EBay and won the bid. I know... sooner or later... I'll find a TT (even a loan would do gol darnit!) so I can run it into my computer and save it as a WAV file!

Great album, BTW. Analog synths are the best. (06-15-2010)

Amy ( says:
Just came across your website's an interesting thing that caught my ear about 10 years ago--The band "Los Amigos Invisibles" samples this version of Carmen on their song "Ultrafunk." (Unless my ears are wrong and I don't know it.)

This is such an obscure album (that I have permanently imprinted on my brain from listening to it obsessively as a kid), and it really caught my attention.

Listen from 0-30s. If I'm wrong, I'll feel like a putz!

Thanks to Beth for the MP3's as well! (06-06-2010)

Ben ( says:
Beth - thankyou so much for taking the time to make available a much-loved album from my youth that I thought I would never hear again. Back then I just had a terrible mono copy on a cassette from a school friend. He had recorded his father's copy, but didn't know what it was called. He could only remember that there was a "funny little red man" with two right hands on the cover! (We were both only ten or eleven.) I grew up thinking it must have been by Tomita, and so could never find it. Hearing it again in high quality and stereo is an absolute thrill. Thanks again. (01-26-2010)

Kevin Austin ( says:
i have always been impressed by this recording. For me it is the Chabrier Espana which is the golden moment here. The Bolero is neat and well-known, but I find that the Chabrier is a rather inspired piece of work. Having done some multi-channel realizations myself, I am aware of the technical and musical complexity of creating an "effective" transcription. (09-17-2009)

Robert Scalise ( says:
Francik thank you so much. I lost my copy of a Reel-to-reel version of this recording during a move several years ago.

also, may I direct you attention to a recording called by a modern synthesizer wiz by the name of Amin Bhatia who's current CD -Virtuality has a new version called Bolero Electronica. while the album is technically impressive (it uses vintage synthesizers from the Cantos Foundation Synthesizer Museum as well as several from personal collections and each section of Bolero used the instruments like the moog from the 1960's to the present computer based systems. It's unbelievable! Please check it out.
There are MP3 clips there. (07-20-2009)

Ernest T. Spoon ( says:
Corny, but cool! (07-14-2009)

Jeff Polen says:
Thanks Beth. I grew up on this album and i actually have my parents Vinyl of this. I was going to try to capture it and save it, but you saved me a ton of time and I appreciate that. I forgot how cool this album was. Nothing compares. Thanks again. (06-30-2009)

Beth ( says:
This album is awesome! I have the 4 songs as 320kb MP3s if you are looking for a copy.


Dan ( says:
Hard to believe that I never heard this record given how much I am into '70s prog and anologue synths in general. If anyone has an excellent cd transfer of it and a kind heart I would be happy to cover expenses for a copy. Thanks. Dan (04-20-2009)

Jose Fritz ( says:
My copy came from a thrift store, but the sticker on the back tells me the previous owner was David Green of Brockton, MA. (03-15-2009)

Michael Evans ( says:
I use to have this record, but cleared everthing out when CD's were introduced. It was a superb record and I have always regretted losing it.
Has it been reproduced on CD, if so can some tell me where it can be bought, or let me know its' reference number?
Thanks (11-21-2008)

Dave ten Haaf ( says:
I would really love to get a copy of these songs. If anyone can help, please drop me an email 11/17/08 (11-17-2008)

Flotsam says:
My sister and I listened to this album frequently when we were young - I loved Bolero; still do. I now own many versions of Bolero, and my musical tastes have certainly matured, but I would love to get a copy of this great old album. (11-03-2008)

haywood jablomy says:
Walter/Wendy Carlos was much better at this kind of thing. (07-17-2008)

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