Moondog / Moondog 2

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
In the early 1990s, Sony did issue a CD which combined the two albums they made in 1969 and 1971 with "classicist at heart" street musician Louis Hardin, better known as Moondog. The Sony reissue arrived at a time when interest in Moondog was at an all-time low, as he had lived in Germany for two decades and his popular first Columbia album had been out of print for nearly half that time; while his second album was so obscure it barely survived its initial release. This BGO Records reissue of same, Moondog/Moondog 2 debuted in England literally on the heels of news of Hardin's passing in 1999, and it is hard not to fault them for cashing in on stakes made liquid by the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
In the early 1990s, Sony did issue a CD which combined the two albums they made in 1969 and 1971 with "classicist at heart" street musician Louis Hardin, better known as Moondog. The Sony reissue arrived at a time when interest in Moondog was at an all-time low, as he had lived in Germany for two decades and his popular first Columbia album had been out of print for nearly half that time; while his second album was so obscure it barely survived its initial release. This BGO Records reissue of same, Moondog/Moondog 2 debuted in England literally on the heels of news of Hardin's passing in 1999, and it is hard not to fault them for cashing in on stakes made liquid by the ever-unpredictable vicissitudes of the grim reaper. On the other hand, it is nice to have these two recordings available again, and as both albums were short to start with, both made for CBS, and both produced by James William Guercio, it is only natural that they should be combined onto one CD. The first LP, Moondog, features Moondog jamming with some of the top-flight studio musicians in New York on his own charts in an ambitiously scored bag reminiscent of a forgotten Epic LP from the '50s, Moondog and His Friends -- difficult to reissue as, like its successors, it's really, really short. The second, the inaccurately titled Moondog 2, consists of 26 canons drawn from his first two collections of 100 canons each, composed in the '50s and '60s and printed up in editions Hardin sold hand to hand on the street. These are performed by a small group led by Hardin and include then-wife June Hardin, a small band of period instrument musicians, and Guercio himself pitching in with the percussion. The vast majority of critical notices you may read on these two albums favor the better selling Moondog over Moondog 2, but present company tends toward Moondog 2. It seems to epitomize Hardin's recorded work in regard to his "Art of the Canon," and serves to summarize this particular period in Hardin's development, given the dearth of any live recordings from this time. One aspect of Hardin's work for CBS that is intriguing is how well he and Guercio utilized the resources on hand at Columbia and how the Moondog fit into the CBS of the time. Some of the things on Moondog 2 are not terribly far away musically from what quirky pop groups like Matching Mole and Gentle Giant were recording on contemporary CBS albums that sold equally poorly, and at times Hardin's voice sounds coincidentally a little like Robert Wyatt's. Of course, in hindsight we recognize how great all of this stuff is, whereas in its time a lot of it went unrecognized by critics and public alike as the hippie-driven music scene gave way to the Nixon era. For many listeners, the first Moondog CBS album is his defining statement, even as what came before, and after, broaden the picture of Hardin's output considerably. To have a package like Moondog/Moondog 2 available is almost too good to be true, as it both delivers the basic goods on Hardin and opens the door to a broader appreciation of the truly special circumstance that was Moondog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2002
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261205100
  • Catalog Number: 510
  • Sales rank: 20,844

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Theme (2:35)
  2. 2 Stamping Ground, in D minor (2:39)
  3. 3 Symphonique No.3 ("Ode to Venus") (5:53)
  4. 4 Symphonique No.6 ("Good for Goodie") (2:48)
  5. 5 Minisym No.1 (5:58)
  6. 6 Lament 1 ("Bird's Lament") (1:44)
  7. 7 Witch of Endor (6:31)
  8. 8 Symphonique No.1 ("Portrait of a Monarch") (2:38)
  9. 9 Bells Are Ringing, for chamber ensemble (1:21)
  10. 10 Voices of Spring, for chamber ensemble (1:50)
  11. 11 What's The Most Exciting Thing, for chamber ensemble (2:35)
  12. 12 All Is Loneliness, for chamber ensemble (1:18)
  13. 13 My Tiny Butterfly, for chamber ensemble (1:14)
  14. 14 Why Spend a Dark Night With Me, for chamber ensemble (1:12)
  15. 15 Coffee Beans, for chamber ensemble (2:14)
  16. 16 Down Is Up, for chamber ensemble (1:09)
  17. 17 Be a Hobo, for chamber ensemble (1:12)
  18. 18 Remember, for chamber ensemble (1:55)
  19. 19 I Love You, for chamber ensemble (1:12)
  20. 20 Nero's Expedition, for chamber ensemble (1:56)
  21. 21 No, The Wheel Was Never Invented, for chamber ensemble (1:20)
  22. 22 With My Wealth, for chamber ensemble (1:38)
  23. 23 This Student of Life, for chamber ensemble (1:26)
  24. 24 Some Trust All, for chamber ensemble (1:31)
  25. 25 Wine, Women and Song, for chamber ensemble (2:24)
  26. 26 Sadness, for chamber ensemble (1:25)
  27. 27 Maybe, for chamber ensemble (2:07)
  28. 28 Each Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow, for chamber ensemble (1:39)
  29. 29 Imagine, for chamber ensemble (2:19)
  30. 30 You The Vandal, for chamber ensemble (2:11)
  31. 31 Trees against the sky, fields of plenty, rivers to the sea: this, and m (1:22)
  32. 32 Behold, for chamber ensemble (1:29)
  33. 33 Sparrow, for chamber ensemble (1:42)
  34. 34 Pastoral, for chamber ensemble (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Moondog Primary Artist, Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Phil Bodner Clarinet
Hubert Laws Piccolo
Buddy Morrow Trombone
Joe Wilder Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dave Carey Percussion
George Duvivier Bass
Jimmy Abato Clarinet
Ray Alonge French Horn
George Berg Bassoon
Richard Berg French Horn
Melvin Broiles Trumpet
Alfred Brown Bass
James Buffington French Horn
Don Butterfield Tuba
Allan Dean Trumpet
Bill Elton Tenor Tuba
Paul Faulise Bass Trombone
Paul Gershman Violin
James William Guercio Percussion
Jack Jennings Percussion
Harold Jones Piccolo
Joyce Kelley Bassoon
Jack Knitzer Bassoon
Donald MacCourt Bassoon
Charles McCracken Cello
Raoul Poliakin Viola, Tenor (Vocal)
George Ricci Cello
Aaron Rosand Violin
Bobby Rosengarden Percussion
Henry Schuman English Horn
David Schwartz Viola
Charles Small Trombone
Bill Stanley Tuba, Tenor Tuba
Tony Studd Trombone
Brooks Tillotson French Horn
Harold Bennett Flute
Irving Horowitz English Horn
Wally Kane Bassoon, Baritone Saxophone
Eugene Becker Viola, Tenor (Vocal)
Ernie Bright Bass Clarinet
Alan Dean Trumpet
Phil Giardina Tuba
Louis Hardin Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Elayne Jones Percussion
Andrew Lolya Flute
Don Macourt Bassoon
Danny Repole Bass Trumpet
George Silfies Clarinet
John Swallow Tenor Tuba
Emanuel Vardi Viola
Teddy Weiss Trumpet
Kay Jaffee Piano, Harpsichord, Recorder, Virginal
Michael Jaffee Guitar, Recorder
Theodore Weis Trumpet
Technical Credits
James William Guercio Producer
Moondog Composer
Arthur Kendy Engineer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Alan Clayson Liner Notes
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  • Posted April 2, 2014

    Such beautiful music.

    Such beautiful music.

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