Geeked Out Gershwin

:: Rhapsody In Blue ::

:: I Got Rhythm ::

:: Porgy And Bess Introduction And Opening Scene 1/Summertime ::

:: My Man's Gone Now ::

:: It Ain't Necessarily So ::

:: Clara, Clara ::

:: Crown's Killing ::

This album certainly looks innocuous enough; you almost might never expect there to be anything interesting about it at all just by looking at the cover, unless you thought the afroed man on the cover was Dr. Who. Fortunately I had been seriously grooving on Gershon Kingsley's double CD collection God Is A Moog recently, so I knew better than to pass this up.

Side A is mostly eaten up by the famous-to-even-people-who-don't-know-its-name-but-have-seen-a-United-Airlines-Commercial-in-the-last-fifteen-years classical piece, Rhapsody In Blue. The remaining pittance is an extremely short and percussive take on another Gershwin biggie, I Got Rhythm. On these two tracks, Kingsley is accompanied by Leonid Hambro, a Juilliard-trained pianist and avowed athiest who just died last year.

Side B is the real prize. Selections from Porgy & Bess are wrung through Kingsley's wacky Moog mill, with funky ring modulations, spaced-out wave oscillations and analog flutters that give these numbers a decidely non-showtune flavor. Sounds more like the music to an interpretive dance routine on Buck Rogers. I have to admit being pretty unfamiliar with the musical's songs, but I sure like the results here.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007 3:35:00 AM

this is great..... a samplers heaven! more of the same if you have any. thanks alot    

Thursday, March 01, 2007 3:23:00 PM

Haven`t heard it yet, thanks for posting rare record!
I have two questions:
1. What the year of recording?
2. Is there name of cover painter mentioned in staff? Any additional information featured there?


Thursday, March 01, 2007 4:31:00 PM

From what I can gather, this was from 1971, as it was recorded at The Record Plant in NYC in the fall of 1970. No info on the cover artist.    

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 3:10:00 PM

Thank you, thank you and... thank you.
Never heard of it (shame on me).    

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 3:12:00 PM

Wiel, you've given me some great Moog stuff off your blog, you are more than welcome.    

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 9:17:00 AM

Grrrrrreat! I copied this LP in poor mono to a poor tape in early 70' without knowing its name (well, some Gershwin). Since that time I've been hoping to get the masterwork in (near) hi-fi quality. Only today it happened. Many thanks!!!    

Sunday, July 15, 2007 1:03:00 PM

The links are inop + generate errors    

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 2:37:00 PM

I have sent emails to the contacts:

[Contact One of Us]
Mike (at) recordrobot(dot)com Phil (at) recordrobot(dot)com Tony (at) recordrobot(dot)com

stating the links are inop, but no response or activity.    

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