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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Rato Perverso ( says:
If anyone knows where I can get a copy of this album on cd please e-mail me. Thanks! (04-07-2004)

Kevin Kissinger says:
I bought this album around 30 years ago and it is very entertaining. The album was recorded long before MIDI and computer based sequencing, thus, all the musical lines had to be synchronized by ear on multi-track tape. The album has numerous sections of difficult rubato rhythmns that must have taken untold hours to record. The album is a kind of tour-de-force of (mostly) unrefined Moog sounds recorded on a massive (for its day) number of tracks. The sheer variety of sounds becomes a bit crass at times -- as if introducing variety for the sake of variety. The musical renditions lack subtle nuance of expression ... however, this is a quirky and fun album. The crescendos and the coveted Moog bass sounds really shine in this album. (03-20-2004)

Arg ( says:
I just got a CLEAN copy of this on reel to reel today, original box. Amazing stuff. Has a Tomita-esque quality to it... but earlier. (01-21-2004)

Ein One Eyed Monster says:
It may suck the D, but these dudes have mad/crazy Moog skills. (12-24-2003)

Homer ( says:
LMAO...sounds like something from a Mario out for the Koopa shells!!! (11-13-2003)

Alan Barlow ( says:
Where can I get a digitally remastered copy?? on CD.

Cheers (10-13-2003)

Rob G. says:
FYI, Bolero also appears on a album with Leonard Bernstein conductiong Bolero as the other half. I have it on 8-Track with a 1978/1980 date.

Happy hunting. (10-05-2003)

dan carlson ( says:
I have CD-Rs of this classic for sale. I took a good LP copy and digitally removed surface noise (like pops and clicks), so it sounds clean and CD quality. Email me if you are interested.

BTW, Wendy (née Walter) Carlos performed Clockwork Orange. As far as i know, "Everything..." was Kazdin & Shepard's only LP. (09-23-2003)

pennydinawoods ( says:
This is not the guy that provided music for "A Clockwork Orange," is he? (09-18-2003)

Billy S. ( says:
Just got done burning my copy to CD after having not listened to it for several years. The best way to describe this album is as the musical equivalent of the first graphical word processors. Remember how cool it was to dress your MS Word 2.0 documents up with 500 snazzy fonts on a page, all different sizes? Well, just because somehing new and techy allows you to do something fancy looking/sounding doesn't mean you *should* do them all at once with recless abandon. And that's the story of the whole Moog LP craze, and this LP in particular. BUT... EYAWTHOTM*BWATAF has its moments of borderline obnoxiousness and the scent of cheese throughout, but a really close listen reveals that Kazdin and Shepard put a lot of care into the arranging, performance, and recording--it's not as flawless as Wendy Carlos would have done, but it's a few rungs up the ladder from cynical sewage like "Switched On Bacharach." One of the better entries from the Moog LP craze, IMO. (08-31-2003)

Rod Swanson ( says:
Can this be found any where on CD???

I need to replace this album. It was one of my favorites. (08-21-2003)

Rocky Segarra ( says:
I love this album does anybody know where i can get a CD please i really need to get my hands on this cd, or a good condition vinyl. thanks (08-04-2003)

Sam ( says:
uhh this music sux (07-26-2003)

Tim ( says:
This LP has excellent musical detail, and (aside from the great music) really shows off what a good LP playback system can do. Waiting for a mint/sealed copy to show up on Ebay (mine has a good bit of surface noise). (07-25-2003)

B. Ruiz ( says:
Can I get this albun on cd format or mp3? (07-20-2003)

Paul ( says:
An album truely ahead of it's time. I still have it on vinyl. Like many others, is there a CD? If not, does anyone have vinyl in good enough condition to be copied to CD? I wonder what ever became of the original master! (06-23-2003)

Steve ( says:
I loved this album and now my kids want to hear it all the time as well. The next generation seems to enjoy it as much as ours did. (06-10-2003)

Robbie says:
I stumbled on to this album in the public library when I was in high school and was totally blown away. A few years later I tried to get my own copy and found it to be out of print. Thank you for this great forum to honor a masterpiece! (06-10-2003)

Sak ( says:
I've had this one since high school (1970). I later worked at Radio Shack and sold a lot of sterios using it as demonstration music. The old vinyl still sounds good, but I would like to get my hands on a cd. Do they exist? (05-08-2003)

Jose A Jaquez ( says:
You are not going to believe how long I have been looking for this album.

We owned this vinyl (LP - 33RPM) back in the 70s, in the Dominican Republic. At that time we owned a Sony Quadraphonic system, with Bose Speakers and a DUAL turn table with a Diamond needle.

This album sounded like something really futuristic.

Where can I get the CD version of it?

Thanks. (05-06-2003)

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