Moondog: The German Years, 1977-1999

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
This deluxe double-disc box from Germany's Roof Music contains a collection of Louis Thomas Hardin's music recorded from 1977-1999 entitled The German Years as well as a second disc entitled The Last Concert, Mimi-Festival 1999. There are 44 pages of liner notes that lovingly put the complex music into as much perspective as possible, though it is up to the listener to diligently explore the lifework of this creative and unique individual. "High On a Rocky Ledge" could be John Cale in his sixth decade and is a highlight. This track and "Do Your Thing," "I'm This I'm That," and "Pygmy Pig" are culled from 1979's H'Art Songs album, one of seven different sources for the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
This deluxe double-disc box from Germany's Roof Music contains a collection of Louis Thomas Hardin's music recorded from 1977-1999 entitled The German Years as well as a second disc entitled The Last Concert, Mimi-Festival 1999. There are 44 pages of liner notes that lovingly put the complex music into as much perspective as possible, though it is up to the listener to diligently explore the lifework of this creative and unique individual. "High On a Rocky Ledge" could be John Cale in his sixth decade and is a highlight. This track and "Do Your Thing," "I'm This I'm That," and "Pygmy Pig" are culled from 1979's H'Art Songs album, one of seven different sources for the music on disc one. The performances are as delightfully diverse as the titles and keep one's attention as the parade of ideas unfolds. "Heimdall Fanfare" is a completely different outing from "Fujiyama 2 Lovesong," while "Do Your Thing" could certainly have found some kind of commercial success had some publisher gotten it into a film soundtrack -- or had Janis Joplin lived long enough to cover more of Moondog's compositions. The concert on disc two flows seamlessly from disc one and is so perfect that it sounds like a studio recording, except for the applause. Performed on August 1, 1999, five weeks before his passing on September 8 of that year, it is an amazing "bookend" to this compilation. Berthold Klostermann's 13-page biography is combined with a chronology, six pages on the music from the first CD, and a discussion of Moondog's work by the man himself, and there are other essays on the pages inside, making this a real treasure chest of photographs and information. The detailed liners along with the two-plus hours of listening housed in a beautiful hard cardboard package make for an extraordinary work of art.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • Label: Roof Music
  • EAN: 4015698493825
  • Catalog Number: 2433221

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lament 1 ("Bird's Lament") (2:02)
  2. 2 Pigmy Pig (3:16)
  3. 3 Viking, for celesta & percussion (2:57)
  4. 4 Dog Trot, for saxophone ensemble & percussion (2:24)
  5. 5 High on a Rocky Ledge (4:25)
  6. 6 Log in B, for organ (4:34)
  7. 7 Marimba Mondo 2, for marimba (5:47)
  8. 8 Paris, for chorus, saxophones & percussion (3:27)
  9. 9 In Vienna, for celesta & percussion (2:11)
  10. 10 EEC Lied (2:53)
  11. 11 Fujiyama 2, for narrator, unison chorus, unison koto and viola da gamba (4:57)
  12. 12 Heimdall Fanfare, for waldhorns & percussion (3:10)
  13. 13 To a Sea Horse, solo (1:17)
  14. 14 Single Foot, for 4 saxophones & percussion (1:55)
  15. 15 Do Your Thing (3:07)
  16. 16 Bumbo (3:08)
  17. 17 Dark Eyes, for strings & percussion (2:06)
  18. 18 Logrundr XII, for organ (2:33)
  19. 19 I'm This I'm That (3:47)
  20. 20 Frost Flower, for organ & percussion (1:45)
  21. 21 The Message (0:59)
  22. 22 Introduction & Overtone Continuum, for keyboard (2:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 No. 2 (2:18)
  2. 2 Carnival, for piano & percussion (1:48)
  3. 3 Elf Dance, for piano & percussion (2:18)
  4. 4 No. 4 (1:22)
  5. 5 Fiesta, for piano (2:00)
  6. 6 No. 3 (1:57)
  7. 7 Chaconne for piano in A minor (2:28)
  8. 8 3 Couplets (i) (0:32)
  9. 9 Prelude and Fugue for piano in A minor (4:19)
  10. 10 Book I. No. 3 (0:46)
  11. 11 Book I. No. 6 (0:45)
  12. 12 Book I. No. 7 (0:46)
  13. 13 Book I. No. 8 (1:45)
  14. 14 Book I. No. 10 (0:40)
  15. 15 Book I. No. 13 (0:36)
  16. 16 Book I. No. 14 (0:45)
  17. 17 Book I. No. 16 (0:45)
  18. 18 Book I. No. 18 (1:14)
  19. 19 Book I. No. 20 (0:55)
  20. 20 Book I. No. 25 (1:08)
  21. 21 Book II. No. 6 (0:59)
  22. 22 Book II. No. 9 (0:45)
  23. 23 Book II. No. 22 (0:52)
  24. 24 Book II. No. 23 (1:44)
  25. 25 To a Sea Horse, solo (1:31)
  26. 26 No. 1 (1:03)
  27. 27 No. 5 (1:16)
  28. 28 3 Couplets (ii) (0:33)
  29. 29 Book V. No. 9 (5:13)
  30. 30 1st Movement (2:54)
  31. 31 2nd Movement (3:34)
  32. 32 3rd Movement (2:29)
  33. 33 Santa Fé, for piano & percussion (2:28)
  34. 34 Barn Dance, for piano & percussion (2:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Moondog Primary Artist, Percussion, Celeste, Bass Drums, Keyboards, Leader, Vocals, Recitation, Vocal Ad-Libs
The Band Voices
Peter Hammill Voices
Danny Thompson Double Bass
Klaus König Viola
David Roach Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Dave Berry Double Bass
London Brass Ensemble
John Barclay Cornet
Pete Davis Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Richard Edwards Bass Trumpet
Andy Findon Baritone
Stuart Gordon Voices
Mattias Hellden Cello
Sebastian Öberg Cello
David Purser Bass Trumpet
Henry Schuman Oboe
Andy Scott Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Fritz Storfinger Organ, Piano
Louis Hardin Percussion, Bongos, Celeste, Bass Drums, Keyboards, Leader, Vocals, Voices
Andi Toma Guitar, Bass Saxophone, Vocals, Voices
Will Gregory Bass Saxophone
Bob Price Euphonium
Mark Bennett Cornet
Paul Clarvis Percussion, Bongos, Vocals, Snare Drums
Andy Fawbert Euphonium
Ann McAneney Flugelhorn
Al Thomas Voices
Timothy Lines Bass Clarinet
Nick Thompson Flugelhorn
Örjan Högberg Viola
Simon Haram Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Vocals, Timpani
Tim Holmes Tenor Saxophone
Götz Alsmann Banjo
Liam Noble Piano
Kyle Horch Soprano Saxophone
Tim Redpath Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Bradley Grant Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Vocals
Chris Caldwell Baritone Saxophone, Vocals, Baritone
Max Alsmann Vocals, Voices
Gareth Brady Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Double Bass
Rob Buckland Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Guy Carmichael Horn
Garham Cole Percussion, Timpani
Andrew Davis Voices
Gabor Gui Violin
Malte Heygster Celeste
Akbar Huck Vocals, Voices
Bertalan Ikrenyi Cello
Stefan Lakatos Percussion
Johannes Leis Alto, Bass, Piccolo, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jonas Lindgren Viola
Tina Kjebon Percussion
Nicola Meecham Piano
Anders Öberg Double Bass
Jon Rebbeck Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Baritone
Ludovik Sandrik Violin
Andrew Scott Tenor Saxophone
Peter Wendland Bass, Violin, Bass (Vocal), Tenor Saxophone, Tenor (Vocal), Viola Da Gamba
London Saxophonic Ensemble
Dominque Ponty Piano
Anders Öberg Double Bass
Nobuko Sugai Recitation
Jonas Lindren Viola
Graham Cole Percussion, Timpani
Nick Moss Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Wolfgang Schwering Organ
Christopher Wells Percussion, Timpani
Peter Harvey Bass Trombone
Chris Wells Percussion, Timpani, Snare Drums
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Author
Benny Goodman Author
Frank Zappa Author
Moondog Lyricist, Producer, Liner Notes
David Lord Engineering
Nick Robbins Engineer
Adam Skeaping Mastering
Louis Hardin Composer, Producer
Andi Toma Producer, Engineer
Glenn Tommey Engineering
Dirk Rudolph Cover Design
Daniel Caux Liner Notes
Pia Bohr translation, Liner Note Translation
Frank Burkamp Portrait Illustrations
Cutting Room Mastering
Arnd Esser Arranger, Mastering
Göran Freze Engineer
Peter Erik Hillenbach translation
Berthold Klostermann Liner Notes
Bernd Kowalzik Concept
Rüdiger Ladwig Concept
Friedbert Keuken Engineer
B.P. Olsson Engineer
Kenneth Ovesson Producer
Helmut Rohlfing Engineer, Engineering
Peter Wendland Contributor
Peter-Erik Hillenbach Liner Note Translation
John Harle Producer
Berthold Klosterman Liner Notes
B.P. Olsson Engineer
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