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Moondog

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This new release from Honest Jon's is the first overview of Moondog's amazing artistic life - including recordings spanning from 1949 till 1995, with numerous 78s and various other vanished records revived for the first time (not to mention a couple of Weegee photographs!). Though the compilation is rooted in the decades Moondog regularly lived rough in New York City, performing on street corners - 'the Viking Of Sixth Avenue' - at the same time it lays the music's claim to the future. It makes vivid sense of his inspiration of fans from Igor Stravinsky to Bob Dylan, Mr Scruff to Frank Zappa, Charlie Parker to Elvis Costello, Janis Joplin to Anthony And The Johnsons. As Moondog put it himself in 1989 - 'I still love horned helmets and swords and spears. I like to feel that I'm loyal to my past. I wouldn't want to be on the street anymore. But, you know, that led to a lot of things.' 2006.

1. Theme And Variations
2. Down Is Up
3. Bumbo
4. Big Cat
5. Oo Debut
6. Lament 1 'Bird's Lament'
7. Moondog's Symphony 1
8. Moondog's Symphony 2
9. Rabbit Hop
10. Rimshot
11. Snaketime Rhythm
12. Instrumental Round
13. Double Bass Duo
14. Why Spend The Dark Night With You?
15. All Is Loneliness
16. Snaketime Rhythm
17. Dragon's Teeth
18. Oboe Round
19. Be A Hobo
20. Dog Trot
See all 36 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 7, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B000A2ESG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Alexis on September 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a very good place to start with Moondog's music. I disagree entirely with the previous reviewer as to the quality of the performances. Here, "Bird's Lament" is more dynamic, faster paced and, as with most of this cd, a lot of fun. If you can't find anything to like on this disc (for instance, "Theme and Variation" or "Chaconne in G" or the lovely "Fog on the Hudson"), it may just be that the man's music is not for you.

The work here consists mostly of miniatures from a musician who began life as a percussionist and it shows: his sense of rhythm is fantastic. I've heard it said that Moondog's work prefigures the minimalism of Terry Riley or Steve Reich, but it's less formally rigorous and much more playful: a sudden burst of melody, great counterpoint (his debt to Bach is even more obvious on some of the other discs available), eccentric use of voice, and even traditional songs.

The music is odd and familiar at the same time. It deserves to be more widely known.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth P. Spreemann Jr. on July 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is the only Moondog recording I own so far. I plan to get more . I've heard his name mentioned time and time again in relation to many other artists I listen to. I thoroughly enjoy this recording. It reminds me of the the tapes of experiments I've done over the years - little snippets of ideas. This is happy music from a man sincere enough about what he was doing to do without a lot of comforts for a long time. That sort of dedication I feel deserves at least 4 stars. This might not be his classic set of recordings, I have yet to find out for sure, but it's a good one. I don't regret buying this it in the least.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By feistycuffs on March 13, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm new to Moondog, only being familiar with a couple of tracks heard on the radio. But I was captivated by the sound, and wanted to hear more, and also find out more about this unique composer.

I won't attempt a detailed review, but suffice to say there is a great variety of sounds and moods, including accessible, warm jazz sounds, and more primal beats. There also seems to be a lot of music for your buck - so plenty to get in to. Love it! And looking forward to my next Moondog purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Explorer on October 5, 2012
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I have been fascinated with the sound arrangements. I consider Moon dog to have more to offer sound wise in his compositions than John Cage or Stockhausen. Also the arrangement of sounds are superior. Although Stockhausen is interesting to listen to, Moon dogs arrangements invite improvisation and start the music imagination to begin and to add to his musical ideas. I want to learn his music and to play with it.
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