For years it seemed that no really new
instrumental sounds were being discovered
for the world of pop music (except perhaps the "wa-wa" pedal)and then it
happened. Within the past year electronic music has exploded upon the scene. After
more than fifteen years of development and experimentation mostly in abstract
avant-garde serious music, electronic music has finally been applied to songs that
really set a groove.
This exciting development hasn't happened automatically.
Only within the past
several years have there been electronic music instruments that are compact enough
to be used in a recording studio. At present, of the available instruments, the Moog
Synthesizer is gaining the greatest use (in the background on the front cover).
Developed by Robert Moog, it has been used for effects on rock records for quite a
while. Now with the creation of the Electronic Concept Orchestra it becomes a pop
instrument of amazing versatility. By electronically producing tones with an infinite
variety of frequency characteristics, the "Moog," through the technique of
recording, can create a whole range of entirely new musical colors.
The Electronic Concept Orchestra was formed to create a
musical approach to pop
and rock music that is as fresh as Walter Carlos' efforts in the classical area with
"Switched On Bach." Although many "spaced-out" effects can be created
electronic music, we, have made an effort to put melody, music, and "good vibes"
first and novelty gimmicks second. To that end, the efforts of Eddie Higgins as
performer and arranger have been invaluable. Well known as a jazz pianist, Eddie
has entered the world of electronic music with a real feeling for the fusion of the
pop and electronic fields.
So here is the Electronic Concept Orchestra and its
"Moog Groove." With thanks to
The Beatles, Donovan, Joni Mitchell, Joe Cocker, Michel LeGrand and many others
for bringing these great songs to our attention, we hope that you dig these sounds
where you can feel it. Relax, loosen up, and get into the "Moog Groove"!
- R. M.
Sometimes magic happens in a recording studio. It happened
on this album. From
the moment that drummer, Morris Jennings, walked into the studio, set up his drums,
and started to play, we all knew we were into something special. As a result, most
of the instrumental backgrounds were "one take" affairs. A good performance,
good food, is fine, but that really exceptional performance (just laying it down right)
is like a gourmet meal and Morris is a terrific "cook"!