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Presenting Lothar & The Hand People

Lothar & the Hand PeopleAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 6, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Micro Werks
  • ASIN: B0035ECHLI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Machines
2. This Is It
3. This May Be Goodbye
4. That s Another Story
5. Kids Are Little People
6. Ha (Ho)
7. Sex And Violence
8. Bye Bye Love
9. Milkweed Love
10. Yout Won t Be Lonely
11. Woody Woodpecker
12. It Comes On Anyhow
13. Paul, In Love
14. BONUS TRACKS: Rose Colored Glasses*
15. Nobody Knows*
16. The Music Never Stops*

Editorial Reviews

What would synthesizer music be without the influential 5-piece band, Lothar and the Hand People? The answer: nothing. This late 60 s band, distinguished by their use of the Theremin and MOOG synthesizer, influenced later generations of spacey and psychedelic music to come. 'Presenting... Lothar and the Hand People' is the debut album from the natives of Denver, Colorado and consists of 13 sensational tunes that are cheery, toe tapping and provide inter-galactic-sounding fun. Just grab a copy of 'Forbidden Planet' together with this record and you ll be sure to be the most spacey kid on the block!

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic late-60's electronic rock/psychedelica November 9, 1998
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This is classic late-60's electronic rock/psychedelica from a group whose rise to minor stardom was as meteoric as its plunge into (undeserved) obscurity. 'Lothar' is a Theremin, one of the first electronic instruments and a staple of bad 50's sci-fi movie scores. Anyone who's ever seen one played will understand the 'Hand People'. Aside from Lothar's contributions, there's some outstanding lead and bass guitar. The music is protopunk meets early industrial music, with a healthy dose of humor. The first track, 'Machines', was two decades ahead of its time: I vividly recall the discomfort it caused on American Bandstand when kids accustomed to Boddy Sherman tried to "dance to it". On the other hand, 'Bye Bye Love' is a tremendous cover of the Everly Brothers tune. Be sure to wear your headphones, or you'll miss half the fun.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow August 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The other reviewers don't lie. This is truly an amazing album.

Lothar and the Hand People first came to my knowledge through an archived WFMU show in which the DJ played "It Comes On Anyhow", one of the best pieces of musique concrete I have ever heard, especially from a rock band - it is way better than the Beatles' "Revolution No. 9." Apparently it was later sampled by Crystal Method.

So I went to the CD store and found this CD, put it in and was blown away by its sheer awesomeness. With the exception of one or two songs, the album invokes everything great about the 1960s, but also foresees the future. "Machines" is definitely my favorite, with its clanging percussion and Moog lines nearly formulating into easily one of the coolest songs from the 60s. Songs about machines taking over the earth are cool in general, I guess, but my bet would be this is one of the first. Not to mention that Lothar were one of the first rock bands to use both a Moog and a theremin.

"This May Be Goodbye", "Every Single Word" and "Ha (Ho)" remind me of mid-period Beatles, both in songwriting and innovativeness. "L-O-V-E (Ask for It By Name)" sounds dated, but in that catchily classic way - how this escapes the oldies stations I have no clue. "Rose Colored Glasses" is a gorgeous, lush ballad that calls to mind Love. "Sex and Violence" sounds like Beefheart's Magic Band with Lou Reed and the Beatles guesting on vocals. "Woody Woodpecker" is humorous. "Kids are Little People" is catchily Zappaesque. The gorgeous theremin piece "Paul, In Love" predates Eno's ambient music by nearly a decade.

One could make a convincing argument that Lothar sounds like Frank Zappa fronting the Olivia Tremor Control, a modern Beatlesque pop band utilizing electronics and tape experiments.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another of My Top Ten March 23, 2004
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This is another example of buying an album because of the cover. Five freaky looking guys, what mystery music would it contain? I love this album, quite surprised when I first listened to it. This is the album that started my obsession with electronic music and led to the building of my first Theremin. From there it went to analog synthesizers, mainly thanks to PAIA and Electronotes.

The album is a potpourri of weird songs and sounds. I especially like "Milkweed Love" with the multiple synthesizer (bumblebee) riff. And "Machines" is quite catchy even if those dweebs on American Bandstand hated it during their rate-a-record segment. The trippy "It Comes on Anyhow" is the perfect song to lay back with some incense going and stare at a black light poster. Ah, the good ole' days! "Paul In Love" is a great use of the Theremin.

At first I thought some of the songs seemed out of place, but that is just part of the freaky fun with this record. It is a psychedelic/electronic hodgepodge and as a collective effort, is a real gem. The extra tracks they threw on this CD version don't seen to fit the original album but are a nice touch (now that I've listened to the CD at least 50 times, I'm sort of used to them). If you want to hear a real slice of sixties psychedelia from what should have been a much bigger band, seek this out. It is an electronic musicians dream.

This next half is a review for Space Hymn, dated July 2008. When I tried to submit it to the album with Space Hymn on it, the system would not allow it because this album is tacked on to the other one and they do not allow two reviews on the same product! This isn't the same product, but I don't know another way around it right now, so here is the review of their second album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids are Little People August 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Lothar is a great group for a number of reasons. Besides the fine songwriting and playing, they mix together well, and the theremin (Lothar) is used in an interesting and unusual way. Another thing that makes them so good is that they never take themselves too seriously; they have a wonderful sense of humor, which at the time was remarkable for all the pretentions with many of the bands then (as now). I wholeheartedly encourage people to pursue them. Notice that on the 1st album three songs were taken out from a re-issue: The Woody Woodpecker Song, For Paul in Love, and Kids are Little People.
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4.0 out of 5 stars YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN EM LIVE!!! September 23, 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lothar & Hand People
A blast from my past - great!
Published 1 month ago by Steven C. Waldo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
They started it.
Published 1 month ago by john fischbach
5.0 out of 5 stars Lothar & The Hand People highly recommend
A 5 star classic! Rose Colored glasses (the Bonus track) I am not sure if it's on the original LP or not but the song, is... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Randall E Pillion
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird
Just as I remember 40 years ago. Were we really that weird? Younger people might not understand some of this album, and I can't say as I blame them . Read more
Published 20 months ago by Donald M. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unsung Pioneers of Progressive Electronic Rock
I agree with other reviewers here that this band is criminally overlooked, so much so that I myself took a long time before investigating them, thinking them to be just another... Read more
Published on February 18, 2012 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Phantasmagorial NYC Underground Electro-Freak Rock
Here's a band that was always underrated, is still underrated, yet has never been forgotten. LOTHAR AND THE HAND PEOPLE is a smash up of every major NYC psychedelic music style... Read more
Published on August 12, 2010 by W. T. Hoffman
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice buncha misfits, these...
"Bye Bye Love" with a Moog??? Now me dreams are coming true!A fairly genteel brand of loping country rock, like the Grateful Dead if they could sing and had a real rhythm section,... Read more
Published on July 31, 2010 by Ralph and Martha Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars the classic Lothar and The Hand People on original Capitol vinyl!
Thus was quite an inventive LP back in the day.
Lothar and the Hand People recorded two LPs back on the 60's for Capitol records, this review is for their debut from... Read more
Published on December 28, 2003 by Jason P. Pumphrey
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