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Previously licensed to Astralwerks in the U.S., now re-released on its original label, Honest Jon's, with new and improved gatefold card wallet sleeve packaging. Poet, composer, street musician and cosmologist Moondog (Louis Thomas Hardin, 1916-1999) learned rhythm from American Indians and counterpoint from J.S. Bach. Many of his recordings feature instruments he built himself: trimba, yukh, tuji, oo. Sometimes you can hear in the background the streets of New York, where Moondog often slept. In addition, he was blind, due to an accident when he was 15. Sometime in the 1950s, fed up with being mistaken on the street for Christ (his regular busking spot was uptown on Sixth) Moondog put on a Viking costume, with spear and horned helmet; and he dressed like this until the late 1970s (by which time he was working with orchestras in Germany). Moondog's renown was extensive: Igor Stravinsky lobbied a judge on Moondog's behalf. Charlie Parker wanted to play with him, Julie Andrews DID play with him, and he was feted by the likes of Bob Dylan, Marlon Brando, and Steve Reich. Andy Warhol's mother designed one of his covers, and Weegee took photographs of him (included in the booklet). Janis Joplin covered him, Mr. Scruff owes him badly, and Antony and the Johnsons covers his songs. This is the first retrospective of Moondog's music -- 36 tracks from 1949-1995, most of them exceptionally rare, all of them miraculous.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Theme and Variations
  2. Down Is Up, for chamber ensemble
  3. Bumbo
  4. Big Cat, sextet
  5. Oo Debut, solo
  6. Lament 1 ("Bird's Lament")
  7. Moondog's Symphony 1 (Timberwolf)
  8. Moondog's Symphony 2 (Sagebrush)
  9. Rabbit Hop
  10. Rimshot
  11. Snaketime Rhythm
  12. Instrumental Round
  13. Double Bass Duo
  14. Why Spend a Dark Night With Me, for chamber ensemble
  15. All Is Loneliness, for chamber ensemble
  16. Snaketime Rhythm
  17. Dragon's Teeth
  18. Oboe Round
  19. Be a Hobo, for chamber ensemble
  20. Dog Trot, for saxophone ensemble & percussion
  21. Oasis
  22. Avenue of the Americas
  23. 2 W 46th Street
  24. Lullaby (2 W 46th Street)
  25. Fog On The Hudson (425 W 57th Street)
  26. Utsu
  27. On And Off The Beat
  28. Chant
  29. From One To Nine
  30. Improvisation In 4/4
  31. Enough About Human Rights!
  32. Viking, for celesta & percussion
  33. Rimshot
  34. Chaconne in G major
  35. Oasis
  36. Invocation

Product details

  • Audio CD (July 8, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Honest Jon's
  • ASIN: B001AR4K5I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,201 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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