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Re: Earliest Minimoog recordings

Post by gfriden » Sat Aug 23, 2008 11:36 am

Uriah Heep 'July Morning' on the Look at Yourself album (1971). Played by Manfred Mann.
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Re: Earliest Minimoog recordings

Post by Micke » Sat Aug 23, 2008 6:41 pm

V301H wrote:Mike Pinder of The Moody Blues says he received Minimoog serial numbers 002 and 003. According to Mike, Stevie Wonder received 001. Pinder first used his Minimoogs on The Moody Blues' "A Question of Balance" from 1970. He also had one of the first modular Moogs in England which was first used on their 1968 "In Search of the Lost Chord" recording. It was also used on "On the Threshold of a Dream" and "To Our Children's Children's Children" both from 1969.
That's interesting, but unless Mike Pinder had access to one of the prototypes, I strongly doubt he used a Minimoog
"A Question Of Balance", it's simply too early for that. I mean, the album was recorded in June 1970 more than half a year
before Minimoog's #002 and #003 were sold.

I just read on a Moody Blues forum that he's supposed to have used the two mini's on "How Is It (We Are Here)" from AQOB, but that can't be true considering the song was recorded in June 1970.

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Re: Earliest Minimoog recordings

Post by Micke » Sat Aug 23, 2008 6:56 pm

monolith wrote:The Mahavishnu Orchestra's 2nd album 'Birds Of Fire' has minimoog. It was recorded in August 1972.
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Koa wrote:Salem Mass - Witch Burning (1971)
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Jim Klahr - Keyboards, Minimoog sn #1023
gfriden wrote:Uriah Heep 'July Morning' on the Look at Yourself album (1971). Played by Manfred Mann.
Thanks for pointing those out :) I've never heard of Salem Mass before!

I'll add 'em to the list
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Re: Earliest Minimoog recordings

Post by xpander » Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:28 pm

as a sidenote, i've met more than a few musicians who refer to any moog as a minimoog.

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Re: Earliest Minimoog recordings

Post by cornutt » Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:41 am

Micke wrote: That's interesting, but unless Mike Pinder had access to one of the prototypes, I strongly doubt he used a Minimoog
"A Question Of Balance", it's simply too early for that. I mean, the album was recorded in June 1970 more than half a year
before Minimoog's #002 and #003 were sold.
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The really interesting thing about all this is that, according to the list on Moog Archives, production serial numbers started with #1000. And the first one was shipped to Walter Sear, who probably used it on a movie soundtrack before any production Mini had a chance to appear on an album.

Then again, Pinder might very well have had use of one of the prototypes.
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Re: Earliest Minimoog recordings

Post by cornutt » Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:43 am

Also: Didn't Tony Kaye use a Mini on Yes' "Yours is No Disgrace", recorded in 1970?
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Re: Earliest Minimoog recordings

Post by tim gueguen » Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:43 am

Yeah, that was the case.
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Re: Earliest Minimoog recordings

Post by Syn303 » Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:51 am

Jethro Tull's Passion Play used a lot of Minimoog "The Forest Dance Parts I & II" as well as the "Overseer Overture" and other parts of the album. But of course this is 1973 this one came from, so not pre-73.
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Re: Earliest Minimoog recordings

Post by seamonkey » Sun Aug 24, 2008 1:56 pm

One of my favorite prog bands from Italy PFM used a minimoog on their first album Per un amico or Photos of Ghosts(1972) as it was known here in the states.
Also Richand Tandy of ELO used a minimoog when he joined them in 72 for their tour of ELO (their first album), he later used it in ELOll(1973).
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Re: Earliest Minimoog recordings

Post by V301H » Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:58 pm

A couple of months ago I posted a question to Mike Pinder on his website regarding his use of a modular Moog for sound effects on the records preceding A Question of Balance and then his shift to melodic parts on this record. Here is his reply:

"I did use the 'big rig' moog initially. But when the mini-moog came along it was more to my liking and I gave away the big rig to a dear friend of mine who needed some help. I got the 2nd and 3rd mini moog built. 002 and 003. Stevie got 001."

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I take this as an indication that Mike did not care to pursue modular synthesis and went to the easier to use Mini. There is definitely Moog on A Question of Balance playing melodic lines and Mike seems to be saying that it is the Mini.
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Re: Earliest Minimoog recordings

Post by Micke » Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:17 pm

seamonkey wrote:
Also Richand Tandy of ELO used a minimoog when he joined them in 72 for their tour of ELO (their first album), he later used it in ELOll(1973).
That's right. ELO II was recorded in May-October 1972 so I'll add it to the list.
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Re: Earliest Minimoog recordings

Post by Syn303 » Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:28 pm

V301H wrote: "I did use the 'big rig' moog initially. But when the mini-moog came along it was more to my liking and I gave away the big rig to a dear friend of mine."
Now that is interesting because Chris Franke of Tangerine Dream mentioned he acquired a second moog modular from the moody blues in the early 70's.
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Re: Earliest Minimoog recordings

Post by V301H » Mon Aug 25, 2008 9:04 pm

Chris Franke actually acquired the modular that once belonged to The Moody Blues rather than directly from them. Apparently he bought it from Mike Pinder's "dear friend" or possibly it passed through other hands prior to his acquisition. It was said to have very unstable oscillators which is why the Moodies didn't like it and only used it for incidental sound effects.
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Re: Earliest Minimoog recordings

Post by elmacaco » Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:50 am

Sun Ra Nuits de la Fondation Maeght, Vol. 1 & 2

Live in France 1970, Minimoog model B I believe.

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Re: Earliest Minimoog recordings

Post by mpa1104 » Tue Aug 26, 2008 7:36 am

Koa wrote:
cornutt wrote:Also: Didn't Tony Kaye use a Mini on Yes' "Yours is No Disgrace", recorded in 1970?
Wasn't he booted out of Yes because he didn't want to use synthesizers?
It's not quite that cut and dried but it's more or less the case. I also vaguely recall reading somewhere that it may have been Jon (Anderson) playing the Moog in Yours Is No Disgrace. That said, there I'm sure I've seen an early photo of Tony Kaye at his Hammond with a Mini on top, so who knows? I certainly don't! :)

Interesting to read just now of a use of the Model B - I guess someone would have had it (naturally, it had to be Sun Ra! :lol: )
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