Iron Leg Radio Show #39

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Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
The Cocktail Cabinet – Breathalyser (Page One)
Locomotive – Rudi’s In Love (Bell)
Earth Quake – I Get the Sweetest Feeling (A&M)
Harper and Rowe – Here Comes Yesterday Again (World Pacific)
Hal Blaine – Drums A Go Go (Dunhill)
Kim Fowley – Born to Be Wild (Imperial)
Wild Angels Promo

Bobby Sty – Incense and Peppermints (Hit Sounds)
Mike Landers – Hush (Hit Sounds)
Mike Landers – I Can See For Miles (Hit Sounds)
Mustang – Haight Ashbury Time (Somerset)
Mustang – The Acid Test (Somerset)
Soul Strings and a Funky Horn – Grazing In the Grass (Solid State)
Sam Wright Group – Green Onions (Curio)
Tommy Knight and the Knights – Tighten Up (Promenade)
Psych-Out Promo

Associated Soul Group – Are You Experienced (Contessa)
Electric Piano Playground – I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night (Bell)
Electric Piano Playground – Good Vibrations (Bell)
Electronic Concept Orchestra – Aquarius (Limelight)
Electric Indian – Storm Warning (UA)
Electric Tommy – Overture (Viva)
Marketts – Come to the Sunshine (World Pacific)
Stapleton-Morley Expression – Creeque Alley (Dunhill)
Stapleton-Morley Expression – 12:30 (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon) (Dunhill)
Stapleton-Morley Expression – San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) (Dunhill)
101 Strings – A Taste of Soul (Alshire)
The Trip Promo

JP Rags – Scruffety (World Pacific)
JP Rags – The Bells 0f St Barbara (World Pacific)
JP Rags – Still Life (World Pacific)
Karen Karsh – Wasn’t Born To Follow (Dunhill)
Karen Karsh – Musty Dusty (Dunhill)
Brady Bunch – I Just Want To Be Your Friend (Paramount)
The Collage – Would You Like To Go (Smash)
New Life – Canterbury Road (Epic)
Wild In the Streets Promo

 

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 39 – 222MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This time out I have a nice, long show for you, with more than two hours of sonic wonderment.

We get things off to a start with some groovy new arrivals, segue into two long sets looking at the various and sundry types of musical exploitation, and then some softer sounds to round out the show.

If this is your first taste, make sure to drop into the archive in the header and check out the previous 38 (?!?) episodes.

I think you’ll dig it.

See you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Return of the Au Go Go Mixes!

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Iron Leg Digital Trip Number Five – The Party

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1 Henry Mancini (The Party OST) – The Party (vocal) (RCA)
2 Keith Mansfield – Boogaloo (CBS)
3 Enoch Light – Over Under Sideways Down (Project 3)
4 Moe Koffman – Dr Swahili (Jubilee)
5 Mr Jamo – Shake What You Brought With You Pt1 (SSS Intl)
6 Dick Hyman – The Liquidators (Command)
7 Walter Wanderley – Kee Ka Roo (Verve)
8 Sweet Charity OST – The Pompeii Club (Rich Man’s Frug) (Decca)
9 John Philip Soul & his Stone Marching Band – That Memphis Thing (Pepper)
10 Andre Brasseur – The Duck (Palette)
11 Tony Newman – Soul Thing (Parrot)
12 Jimmy Caravan – Look Into the Flower (Vault)
13 Vic Mizzy (Don’t Make Waves OST) – Vox Box (MGM)
14 New London Rhythm & Blues Band – Soul Stream (Vocalion)
15 Dave Grusin (Candy OST) – Ascension to Virginity (ABC)
16 Henry Mancini (the Party OST) – The Party (instr) (RCA)

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Iron Leg Digital Trip #32 – A Not Unpleasing Splash of Colour

Playlist
Keith Mansfield – Soul Thing (Pronit)
101 Strings – Jesus Christ Superstar (edit) (Alshire)
Jimmy Smith – The Cat (45 edit) (Verve)
Enoch Light – C’Mon and Swim (Command)
Living Strings – Out and About (Camden)
Mariano and the Unbelievables – Sunshine Superman (Capitol)
Lady Nelson and the Lords – Soho Strut (Dunhill)
Louis Bellson – The Eel (Project 3)
Quincy Jones – Mohair Sam (Mercury)
Lloyd Green – Steel Blue (Chart)
Mike Sharpe – Spook A Lou (Liberty)
Dave Pike Set – You’ve Got the Feeling (Wagram)
Vic Mizzy – Daybreak In Malibu (MGM)
Andre Brasseur – Pow Pow (MFP)
Virtues – Meditation of the Soul (Andee)
Enoch Light – Bond Street (Project 3)
New London Rhythm and Blues Band – Soul Mate (Vocalion)
Freddie Scott and the Seven Steps – It’s Not Unusual (Marlin)
101 Strings – Spinning Wheel (Alshire)
Mohawks – Baby Hold On Pt2 (Cotillion)
Moe Koffman – Funky Monkey (Jubilee)
US Air Force Academy Falconaires – Day Tripper (USAFA)
Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare (KPM)

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Greetings all.

This week sees the return (by special request) of two of my favorite Iron Leg Digital Trip mixes, #5 and #32, aka The Au Go Go Mixes.

The yearly Funky16Corners Pledge Drive is underway, and since Iron Leg is an important part of the Funky16Corners Blogcasting Network, and depends on the same paid storage space in which to function, I thought it made sense to tie this blog in with the goings on at that (blog).

If you dig what we do here (or there,or in both places) fall by Funky16Corners, click on the Paypal button and drop a coin (or two) in the jukebox (as it were).

It will be greatly appreciated.

Iron Leg Digital Trips numbers 5 and 32 really do belong together, with the latter being intended as a sequel to the former.
They are my take on the Au Go Go vibe of the swinging 60s, with all manner of groovy stuff stitched together from soundtracks, library music, jazz, pop, soul, funk and kitsch.

You can read the original manifesto here.

So mix yourselves up a cocktail, pull down the ones and zeros and I’ll be back next week with some garage punk.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #35

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Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Artie Schroeck Implosion – Six O’Clock (Verve)
Bud Shank – Coconut Grove (World Pacific)
Sound Symposium – Darling Be Home Soon (Dot)
Tony Hatch – Black Is Black (WB)
George Tipton – Rainmaker (WB)
Pat Williams – Don’t Leave Me (Verve)
Billy Vaughn – Time of the Season (Dot)

Gary McFarland – Get Back (Skye)
Bobby Bryant – While My Guitar Gently Weeps (World Pacific Jazz)
Don Randi – Tomorrow Never Knows (Reprise)
Cal Tjader – Lady Madonna (Skye)
Count Basie – Come Together (Tiger)
Freddy McCoy – I Am a Walrus (Prestige)
Living Guitars – Baby You’re Rich Man (Camden)
Mike Melvoin – Paperback Writer (Liberty)

Electric Tommy – Amazing Journey (Viva)
Electric Tommy – Sparks (Viva)
Enoch Light and the Light Brigade – Over Under Sideways Down (Project 3)
Ronnie Aldrich – Ride My Seesaw (London)
Helmut Zacharias – Hurdy Gurdy Man (Capitol)
Mariano and the Unbeleivables – Sunshine Superman (Capitol)
Living Guitars – San Franciscan Nights (Camden)

Freddy McCoy – Pet Sounds (Prestige)
Liberace – Suite Judy Blue Eyes (WB)
Sound Symposium – America (Dot)
Paul Horn – Eight Miles High (RCA)
Living Guitars – Out and About (Camden)
Roger Coulam – Dizzy (Contour)
101 Strings – Spinning Wheel (Alshire)

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 35 – 191MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

I know I said last week that I would be posting some Dave Van Ronk stuff this week, but I forgot that I already had this month’s podcast in the can, so Dave and his pals will be along next week.

This month, the Iron Leg Radio Show is dedicated completely to instrumental covers of 60s pop and rock tunes from all ends of the instro spectrum. There are jazzers, easy listening, Moog, pop orchestras, you name it, there’s something here for everyone.

It is a groovy collection, and I hope you dig it.

See you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Two Servings of Electric Tommy

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Electric Tommy

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Listen/Download – Electric Tommy – Amazing Journey

Listen/Download – Electric Tommy – Sparks

Greetings all.

I thought I’d bring you something this week in which you might soak your ears.

A while back, I was taking myself a a stroll through a recently discovered Discogs store on-line, and grabbed a bunch of interesting looking (and best of all, CHEAP) stuff.

One of the discs I procured you see before you today, the throbbing Moog-fest known as ‘Electric Tommy’.

If the title isn’t self-explanatory enough for you, it should suffice to say that what you have here is a synthesized take on the tunes from the Who’s ‘Tommy’.

Brought to you by well-known Philly composer/arranger/guitarist  Joe Renzetti, and keyboardist Tony Luisi, ‘Electric Tommy’ was recorded and released in 1971 on Snuff Garrett’s Viva label.

As mentioned in this space before, while I’m not a Moog fanatic, I am always on the lookout for records like this, since when they are done well they are quite groovy, and when they are done not-so-well, they are still worth listening to, if only for comic relief.

Fortunately, ‘Electric Tommy’ is actually pretty cool.

The two tracks I bring you today are synthesizer versions of my two favorite tunes from ‘Tommy’, ‘Amazing Journey’ and ‘Sparks’, which also happen to run together on the original LP.

Though I dig the Who very much, I still have a hard time grappling with any rock musician willing calling anything they’ve done an “opera”.

Call it a suite, a song cycle, even a musical, but going from ‘I hope I die before I get old’ to “here’s my opera” in the space of a few short years is a little much.

That said, there were a lot good songs (some great) in ‘Tommy’, and for a variety of reasons – foremost their melodies – these two songs hold up quite well to this kind of treatment.

Some of the success has to do with the way the syths are used, i.e. more musically and less as a novelty, and Renzetti and Luisi were up to the task.

This is “head” music, in all senses of the word.

It should fit well should you become intoxicated and wish to feed something through your earholes into your cranium. There are enough swoops and swishes, wrapped in and around Townshend’s melodies to take your brain for a ride.

I would suggest listening to these tracks, especially ‘Sparks’ at fairly high volume to get the full effect. Renzetti and Luisi manage to approximate the power and texture of the rhythm guitar as well as finding some musicality in the sythesizers that many of their contemporaries could not.

Nothing earthshaking, but an interesting listen nonetheless.

I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all next week with a new episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #27

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Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw/Alan Parker – Action Scene (KPM)
The Daily Flash – Jack Of Diamonds (Parrot)
The Daily Flash – Queen Jane Approximately (Parrot)
WC Fields Memorial Electric String Band – Hippy Elevator Operator (HBR)
WC Fields Memorial Electric String Band – Don’t Lose The Girl (HBR)
Unrelated Segments – It’s Gonna Rain (Liberty)
Limey and the Yanks – Gather Your Things and Go (Loma)
The Knack – I’m Aware (Capitol)
The Gas Co – Blow Your Mind (Mirwood)
New Colony Six – I Lie Awake (Sentar)
The Cryan Shames – Ben Franklin’s Almanac (Destination)
Cryan Shames Record Ad

Cannibal and the Headhunters – Land of 1000 Dances (Rampart)
The Atlantics – Beaver Shot (Rampart)
Giant Crab – I Enjoy Being the Boy (UNI)
Giant Crab – Hi Ho Silver Lining (UNI)
The Action – Never Ever (Capitol)
3s a Crowd – Wasn’t It You (Dunhill)
Brewer and Shipley – Truly Right (A&M)
Clover – Wade In the Water (Liberty)
Eyes of Blue – Apache 69 (Mercury)
Carnation Instant Breakfast Spot

Micky Dolenz – Don’t Do It (Challenge)
Danny Hutton – Big Bright Eyes (HBR)
New Life – Canterbury Road (Epic) 
Bhagavad-Gita – Long Hair Soulful (Philips) 
Avant Garde – Yellow Beads (Columbia)
Avant Garde – Honey and Gall (Columbia) 
Electric Tommy – Amazing Journey (Viva)
Electric Tommy – Sparks (Viva) 
Sound Symposium – America (Dot)
Sound Symposium – Darling Be Home Soon (Dot)
Brenda Patterson – This Wheel’s On Fire (Epic)

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 27 – 185MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This month we have lots of groovy new arrivals in the crates, some of that groovy East LA stuff and a closing set with some moog/easy action as well.

Pay special attention to the demented square/brain melt of the Avant Garde, and the gospel meets the Avalon Ballroom ish of Clover, as well as the PNW garage folk of the Daily Flash, a long-time want list item satified.

All in all you get to stuff your ears with an hour and forty minutes worth of quality sounds, all jumping off of the wax and changing magically into the ones and zeros of your dreams.

I hope you dig it.

See you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #19

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Playlist

Intro/Action Scene – Hawkshaw/Mansfield (KPM)
Byrds – Bad Night at the Whiskey (Columbia)
Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll – Save Me (Polydor)
Captain Beefheart – Who Do You Think You’re Fooling (A&M)
Chris Farlowe – Out of Time (Immediate)
Chris Farlowe – Baby Make It Soon (Immediate)
The Coopers – Didn’t I (White Whale)
The Hassles – You Got Me Hummin’ (UA)
Standells – Why Did You Hurt Me (Tower)
The Yardbirds – No Excess Baggage (Epic)
Yardbirds – Great Shakes Commercial

Hardy Boys – Here Come the Hardys (RCA/Dunwich)
Tradewinds – Mind Excursion (Kama Sutra)
Small Circle of Friends – Kind of Wasted Without You (A&M)
Pleasure Faire – Morning Glory Days (UNI)
Puppet – Best Friend (Date)
James Griffin – Miracle Worker (Viva)
Fun and Games – Don’t Worry Baby (White Whale)
Free Design – Bubbles (Project 3)
Brian Hyland – The Joker Went Wild (Philips)
Grin – White Lies (Spindizzy)
Blades of Grass – I Love You Alice B Toklas (Jubilee)
I Love You Alice B Toklas Movie Promo

Beaver and Krause – People’s Park 45 (WB)
Ananda Shankar – Light My Fire (Reprise)
The Fire Escape – The Trip (GNP Crescendo)
Cher – Hey Joe (Imperial)
Holy Mackerel – Scorpio Red (Reprise)
Living Strings – San Francisco Nights (Camden)
Mickey Newbury – Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) (RCA)
Peggy Lipton – The Lady of the Lake (Ode)
Mars Bonfire – Lady Moonwalker (UNI)
Scott Walker – Mrs Murphy (Philips)
Terry Reid – Stay With Me (Epic)
Van Dyke Parks – Datsun Commercial

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 19 – 176MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

I hope all is well in your part of the world.

It’s time once again for the Iron Leg Radio Show, episode 19!

This time around we have a great one for you, with three long sets of very groovy music.

We get things started with a bunch of garage and other rock, roll on into a set of sunshine and lighter fare, and close things out with a long, trippy grouping of sounds.

As always, I hope you dig it, and I’ll be back next week with something cool.

Peace

Larry

 

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Easy Peasy, But Not Too Cheesy…

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Ron Frangipane

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Listen/Download – Ron Frangipane and His Orchestra – Venus

Listen/Download – Topanga Canyon Orchestra – Crimson and Clover

Greetings all.

I hope the new week finds you well.

I should start off by mentioning that you may have noticed that the graphics have disappeared from some of the old posts.

Thanks to having to change domains at extremely short notice, both Funky16Corners and Iron Leg suffered some interwebs damage last week.

The Iron Leg problems were much smaller, due to the fact that this is still a WordPress-hosted blog, so the basic framework and URL remained untouched, and only graphics and sound files (and the locations thereof) were affected.

I am restoring the links on the old content as time allows.

The tunes I bring you today are a couple of very tasty examples of late-60s, exploit-kitsch, in which mainstreamers applied their orchestral talents to the pop hits of the day.

Sometimes, the results were unfortunate, revealing the decided non-hipness of the creators in short order.

I have lots of both, since I am pathologically incapable of passing up stuff like this when I’m out digging.

Other times – the rarer ones – where the orchestrators in question were more talented (and hip) the music was quite groovy indeed.

The two tracks I bring you today are particularly nice examples of those rare moments when the pieces all fell into place, and the sounds were cool.

The first comes from a 1969 album by the Topanga Canyon Orchestra.

The guiding light in this case was an arranger named Norman Ratner (who also worked on Mark Eric’s epic album of Brian Wilson worship, as well as Don Grady’s Canterbury 45), and despite some very unhip saxophone in the beginning, their version of Tommy James and the Shondells’ ‘Crimson and Clover’ manages to get just a little bit far out, with some groovy a-go-go combo organ that sounds like it dropped right out of a movie soundtrack.

New York-based arranger Ron Frangipane (who did the orchestrations on John and Yoko’s ‘Sometime In New York City’) takes a slightly more substantial approach with his version of Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’.

The arrangement is a bit closer to the source material, and toward the end of the cut things get genuinely trippy with some crazy psychedelicization.

The Frangipane LP, ‘Rated X For Excitement’ actually has more bang for the buck, and can be found rather cheaply.

Ironically, the Topanga Canyon Orchestra LP, which only has a few interesting tracks tends to be much more expensive.

I hope you dig the sounds and I’ll be back next week with more.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #9

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Playlist

Hawkshaw/Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Brenda Lee – Is It True (Decca)
Nat Stuckey – Listen To the Band (RCA) Echoes In the Wind
Nat Stuckey – In the Year 2525 (RCA)
Fabulous Thunder – Jealous of You (Tight)
Dino Desi and Billy – I’m a Fool (Reprise) Lee Hazelwood
Dino Desi and Billy – The Rebel Kind (Reprise)
Pinking Canandy – Hello Hello (Uni)
Pinkiny Canandy – Mr Keiley’s Roof (Uni)
Pinkiny Canandy – Goodbye Goodbye (Uni)
The Knack – Time Waits For No One (Capitol)
The Knack – I’m Aware (Capitol)
Paul Revere & the Raiders – Pontiac Judge Commercial

Hub Kapp and the Wheels – Radio Spot
Hub Kapp and the Wheels – Sigh Cry Almost Die (Capitol)
Hub Kapp and the Wheels – Boney Moronie (Capitol)
Tom Northcott – 1941 (WB)
Tom Northcott – Blackberry Way (Uni)
Tom Northcott – Iron Pines (Uni)
Frankie Valli – The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore (Philips)
John Frangipani – Jingle Jangle (Mainstream)
Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters – Clouds (Both Sides Now) (Verve)
Carnation Instant Breakfast Commercial

Enoch Light and the Light Brigade – Over Under Sideways Down (Project 3)
Keith Mansfield – Boogaloo (Epic)
Sweet Charity OST – The Pompeii Club (Rich Mans Frug) (Decca)
Walter Wanderley – Kee-Ka-Roo (Verve)
Dave Grusin – Ascent To Virginity (ABC)
Mr Jamo – Shake What You Brought With You (SSS Intl)
Henry Mancini – The Theme From the Party (vocal) (RCA)

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 9 – 156MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome back for the ninth go-round in the Iron Leg Radio Show saga.

This time out we have all kinds of goodies for your earholes, including some unusual country-pop, beat, late-60s power pop, prime Canadian folk-rock and a long set of explosive now sound goodness.

If you haven’t yet picked up last month’s (or any of the other previous) episode on MP3, please do yourself a favor and grab it (them).

I hope you dig this episode, and I’ll see you all next week.

See you next Monday.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #5

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Playlist

Opening – Action Scene – Hawkshaw/Mansfield (KPM)

Pink Floyd – Candy and a Currant Bun (Harvest)
Los Bravos – Going Nowhere (Press)
Sagittarius – Another Time (Columbia)
Phyllis Brown – Another Time (Barnaby)
Ronnie Aldrich – Ride My See Saw (London)
The Syn – Grounded (Deram)
Terry Reid – Superlungs (Epic)
Beatles Yellow Submarine Promo

The Peddlers
Roy Phillips (organ, vocals), Trevor Morais (drums) and Tab Martin (bass)
Peddlers – What’ll I Do (45 version) (Philips)
Peddlers – On A Clear Day (Epic) From Three In a Cell
Peddlers –Pentathlon (CBS) From Freewheelers written by Keith Mansfield
Peddlers – Walk On the Wild Side (Philips) From Live at the Pickwick
Peddlers – I’m Coming Home (Epic) From Three In A Cell
Peddlers – Ain’t No Big Thing (CBS) From Freewheelers

Wildweeds – Someday Morning (Chess)
Klowns – Yellow Sunglasses (RCA)
Lee Mallory – Many Are the Times (Valiant)
Holy Mackerel – Scorpio Red (Reprise)
The Hardy Boys – I Can Hear The Grass Singin’ (RCA)
The Robbs – Bittersweet (Mercury)
Archies – Melody Hill (Calendar)
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – Smilin’ (Aquarius)
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – I’ll Blow You a Kiss In the Wind (Aquarius)
Cowsills – Milk Promo Spot

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 5 – 140MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to the fifth edition of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

I have some very groovy stuff lined up for you this month, including the usual psychedelic odds and sods, a nice set of sunshine pop and a set devoted to the sounds of one of my very favorite groups,  the Peddlers.

As always, I hope you dig the show, and I’ll be back next week with something else ear delicious.

Peace

Larry

 

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Two Tastes of Moog from the Electronic Concept Orchestra

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Moog and his monster.

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Listen/Download – Electronic Concept Orchestra – Rock Me

Listen/Download – Electronic Concept Orchestra – Grazing In the Grass

Greetings all.

I hope all is well in your part of the world, and that you all had a chance to pull down the ones and zeros on last week’s edition of the Iron Leg Radio Show. It has – as the previous three episodes – been moved to the ILRS Archive (see tab in blog header…).

The tune I bring you today is something unusual and cool that I grabbed recently.

While I’m always on the lookout for easy/kitsch stuff, especially when it treads (warily or not) into what we record people might describe as ‘legitimate’ territory, i.e. rock, psyche or even soul and funk.

I’ve found Enoch Light and his various and sundry offshoots to be a rich source of extra groovy sounds, from unusual takes on 60s rock to serviceably funky versions of James Brown tracks.

One segment of the easy/kitsch/exploit world that I’ve never been a huge fan of is Moog records.

Though I dig the Moog when used as an accent on rock (or other) records, I’ve always thought that as a featured instrument it lacked a certain musicality. It’s novelty in the space age 60s made it a favorite addition to soundtracks, but with rare exception (like Dick Hyman’s epic take on James Brown’s ‘Give It Up or Turn It Loose’) was it ever used to create anything I’d want to listen to more than once in an irony-free environment.

That said, when I do find Moog albums in the field, I grab them because first and foremost I am an inveterate vinyl junkie, and on the off chance that they might turn out to be worth a couple of bucks and could be flipped.

When I ‘Moog Groove’ by the Electronic Concept Orchestra I recognized it right away as something I’d seen listed in crate diggers ‘finds’ posts on a soul/funk board I frequent, and since the price was right I grabbed it, tossed it on the keeper stack and took it home.

Good thing too, since once I dropped the needle on the record (and took a look at the back cover) I realized that this was no ordinary Moog set.

First off, ‘Moog Groove’ was pleasing to the ears in a way that a lot of Moog albums aren’t, i.e. it was clearly recorded by musicians with a modicum of taste and enough skill with the synthesizer to apply it fairly tastefully, i.e. it never ended up sounding like a 23rd century robot orgy.

Secondly, while perusing the back cover I was very pleased indeed to discover that the drummer on the session was one of my favorites, that being Morris Jennings Jr., a longtime member of Ramsey Lewis’s band and a fixture on Cadet Records sessions in the 60s and 70s. Why he was practically the only musician mentioned on the album is a mystery. He wasn’t particularly well known, nor – though it has a couple of nice breaks on it – is the album a drummers tour de force.

I have found a reference that seems to indicate that there were other Cadet sessioners involved in the sessions, including keyboardist Eddie Higgins (who plays the Moog on the ECO’s records) and guitarist Phil Upchurch. This may indicate that these albums were recorded in Chicago, but I can’t say for sure.

What it does have going for it is a nice amalgamation of late 60s pop with the synthesizer worked into the mix as organically as possible.

The selection of covers is both appropriate (i.e. no country Moogification) and interesting.

The two tracks I bring you today are my favorites from the album.

You get to hear a nice take on Hugh Masekela’s ‘Grazing in the Grass’, with the Moog applied with an organists touch, as well as a cool take on Steppenwolf’s ‘Rock Me’. Both tunes also give you a taste of Jennings’ talents as a percussionist.

The Electronic Concept Orchestra released at least two other albums between 1969 and 1973.

I hope you dig the sounds, and I’ll be back next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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