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"The pieces of music on Raymond Scott's MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC., recorded in the 1950s and 60s, sound like nothing so much as the future."
-Peter Buck, R.E.M.
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"MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC. is a brilliant collection of Raymond Scott's difficult to find electronic work. I love the packaging, and the interviews are incredibly interesting and informative."
-Adrian Utley, PORTISHEAD
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''Listening to MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC. brought childhood flashbacks. As much as the Beatles, Brubeck, or Hendrix, TV and radio formed my musical mind. Raymond Scott wows me!''
-Pat Mastelotto, KING CRIMSON
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''I think MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC. is one of my favorite releases ever! And that's saying something, as I'm a complete music junkie.''
-Richard D. James, aka APHEX TWIN
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"Whaaaaat?? This is from the fifties and sixties? I'm trying to achieve something like this now! Raymond Scott belongs to the phalanx of unique people like Les Paul, Oscar Sala, and Leon Theremin, to whom we owe so much in developing our own musical identity today. MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC. is one of the best CD presentations I have ever had my hands on."
-Holger Czukay, CAN
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"MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC. is truly an inspiring album. Very well compiled and presented, it gives you a good look at Raymond Scott's great work which has left many repercussions in various fields relating to sound. Scientific, futuristic, novel, as well as humorous and dreamlike. Mad, but the kind of mad I aspire to be. Raymond Scott truly was ahead of his time."
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"The MANHATTAN RESEARCH INC. package is perfect, and the music is too perfect!"
-Konishi, PIZZICATO FIVE
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Meanwhile, a man named Raymond Scott was working in an other world. A world of sounds that had rarely ever been heard of before, mostly eletronic.
This is a compilation of Scott's work that in more than just one instance, dumbfounds the listener with the fact that these sounds were indeed created in the 50's and 60's. You get zapping spark plugs, ear shattering reverb effects, electric water splashes, and some amazing early uses of electronic music sequencing, to name a few of the many examples of sonic craftsmanship. Most of the tracks were used for commercials, which adds greatly to the enjoyment of the listener, especially if they are fans of vintage television. The compilation producers went to the nice trouble of including some commercial tracks in both isolated form and with the original voice work (not sure if that was intentional, but it is a nice feature). Jim Henson fans as well need to pay an ear or two to this, as Henson was a friend of Raymond Scott's and collaborated on several projects with Scott, most of which are in the compilation. There is also a jewelcase/book that is packed with scads of pictures and commentary. I'm trying not to sound like a commercial, but it's kind of hard, as this is a very nice collection. Heck, you even get a track where an announcer fumbles a line and claims he had a 'swamp in his throat'. It should be noted though that this collection would probably be of interest mainly to fans of pop culture, electronic music, and the like. Not exactly something one would play at a party, and definently not something one should play on a date...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All I can add to the reviews here (especially like the one with the pull quotes from various musicians) is that the powers that be have deemed us earthlings worthy of a follow-up... Read morePublished 17 months ago by R. Schaad
If you are after nice straight songs, bad choice. This is pieces composed for advertising and strange little ditties. Great entertainment and a wonderfull reflection of the times. Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by GB
Raymond Scott, the band leader who was never satisfied with the music his band could turn out, yet created many intriguing jazz compositions like Toy Trumpet, Powerhouse and Dinner... Read morePublished on July 1, 2011 by Waialae Will
Raymond Scott. If you ever watched Looney Tunes or Ren & Stimpy, then your fimiliar with Mr. Scott. If you have watched television within the past 40-50 years, you have heard... Read morePublished on September 19, 2010 by sean
My grandfather was a fan of Raymond Scott's quirky, idiosyncratic but charming music from the 30s and 40s ("Powerhouse," "Toy Trumpet," etc.), and I grew up watching Warner Bros. Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by Steve Lenius
Un hommage à la hauteur du savant fou derrière ce délire avant-gardiste. Oui, on parle de pub... Read morePublished on November 11, 2008 by Jean-Pierre Malo
Loads of info in the booklet (with photos and ads,etc),and more importantly....LOADS OF FUN LISTENING! Read morePublished on October 29, 2006 by Barry P. S.
This is absolutely necessary for anyone who regards himself or herself as an authority on matters of electronic and avant-garde music. Read morePublished on January 29, 2005 by Brendan Vox
This is more than 2 cds worth of the most charming, fun, electronically generated music you are ever likely to hear and a lot more. Read morePublished on October 16, 2003 by D. Stewart