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Manhattan Research Inc [Import]

Raymond Scott , Jim Henson , Dorothy Collins Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Raymond Scott, Jim Henson, Dorothy Collins
  • Composer: Raymond Scott
  • Audio CD (July 11, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Basta Records
  • ASIN: B00004SYD6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,509 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Manhattan Research, Inc. Copyright
2. Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (Instrumental, Take 4)
3. Bendix 1: 'The Tomorrow People'
4. Lightworks
5. The Bass-Line Generator
6. 'Don't Beat Your Wife Every Night!'
7. 'B.C. 1675' (The 'Gillette' Conga Drum Jingle)
8. Vim
9. Auto-Lite: Sta-Ful (Intrumental)
10. Sprite: 'Melonball Bounce' (Instrumental)
See all 36 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Ohio Plus
2. 'In The Hall Of The Mountain Queen'
3. General Motors: Futurama
4. 'Portofino' 2
5. 'The Wild Piece' (a.k.a. 'String Piece')
6. 'Take Me To Your Violin Teacher'
7. 'Ripples' (Original Soundtrack)
8. Cyclic Bit
9. 'Ripples' (Montage)
10. The Wing Thing
See all 33 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

The goofy chamber jazz of bandleader Raymond Scott lent itself perfectly to cartoon soundtracks ("Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals," anyone?), but, at heart, Scott was a serious composer. His electronic-music forays have been previously documented (the three volumes of Soothing Sounds for Baby), but nothing captures his diverse sound creations as well as Manhattan Research Inc. This previously unreleased two-CD collection features Scott's handmade electronics, top-secret creations he'd use to create ambient-sounding commercial jingles, as well as the odd soundtrack with budding filmmaker/Muppeter Jim Henson. Scott was impossibly ahead of his time: a snippet for "Baltimore Gas & Electric Co." could have been written by Terry Riley; "Limbo: The Organized Mind" is a hint at musique concrete; and 1960's "In the Hall of the Mountain Queen" could easily fit on an Aphex Twin disc. Gorgeous packaging, previously unreleased photos, and liner notes by Irwin Chusid, Robert Moog, and others make this a must for fans of electronic music. --Jason Verlinde

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Retro-Futurism at its Dreamiest! May 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
From listening to his massive output, Raymond Scott possessed a closetful of musical split personalities. This collection lovingly (not strong enough a word, but anyway...) compiles countless examples of Scott's electronic, experimental compositions and advertising pieces, all of which I can objectively say is mind-blowing. There's not a flabby moment on the set's two-plus hour's-worth of the man's (an infamously reclusive mad scientist of the modern age) largely unreleased work. The packaging alone is worth the already too-reasonable price. The only previous comparable release is the PET SOUNDS SESSIONS box set of a couple years back. Scott singlehandedly managed to make electronic avant garde experimentalism both joyously entertaining and psychologically penetrating. It's listenability is endless. God bless Basta Audi-Visuals for their devotion to an almost-forgotten genius!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars some quotes November 25, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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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!"
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Too widely known for his contributions to cartoons, this disc set lovingly adds the missing dimension of Scott as inventor, engineer and musical visionary. We find a great archive of early experiments and jingles, some composed and generated from self-created instruments, predating midi capabilities by at least 2 decades. An additional star should also be tacked on for Basta's extensive packaging! The liner-notes are presented in a very neat, 50's-text book form - complete with synopsis, interviews, memo's and photo's of Scott in his lab. If you are a music geek or just fan of predated electronica, you will not be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff November 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
During the 1950's and early 1960's, the electric guitar was about the only piece of electronic hardware that most folks of the day were aware of.
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Band Swing-Era Composer/Performer invents futuristic musical...
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 more
Published 1 month ago by R. Schaad
5.0 out of 5 stars Chock full of treasure
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 more
Published on August 15, 2011 by GB
5.0 out of 5 stars Raymons Scott created many futuristic commercials
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 more
Published on July 1, 2011 by Waialae Will
5.0 out of 5 stars A crucial body of work, by a genius. A true Father to the Son.
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 more
Published on September 19, 2010 by sean
5.0 out of 5 stars A look back at the future
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 more
Published on February 10, 2010 by Steve Lenius
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 star minus one star for the "cd killing" sleeves
Un hommage à la hauteur du savant fou derrière ce délire avant-gardiste. Oui, on parle de pub... Read more
Published on November 11, 2008 by Jean-Pierre Malo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Loads of info in the booklet (with photos and ads,etc),and more importantly....LOADS OF FUN LISTENING! Read more
Published on October 29, 2006 by Barry P. S.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Volume of the History of the Future of Music
This is absolutely necessary for anyone who regards himself or herself as an authority on matters of electronic and avant-garde music. Read more
Published on January 29, 2005 by Brendan Vox
5.0 out of 5 stars The Future Yesterday
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 more
Published on October 16, 2003 by D. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Raymond Scott History Lesson and Look to the Future
Could this man be from the future? He certainly pushed the envelope with ALL his music. From the musical madness generated by his small groups to the unusual music to sooth... Read more
Published on August 13, 2003 by Elwood Conway
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