Elka Elkatone 700

OK – in line with the previous post – another totally out of the court post for yah.   You see yesterday morning I managed to score one of these amp/speaker combos – a classic from the 80s – link to thrifty vinyl you ask ??

Well you see this babe contains a 100 watt treble horn and 100 watt bass horn – both driven by loud-as-frig amps – now you see these horns are Leslie-style spinners – revolving – giving that classic Hammond-a-ramma phased effect – so plug in your hammond-esque keyboard – or noise-generator of choice and wig-out …

Normal service will be resumed once I stop annoying the neighbors/wife/kids ..

Published in: on June 27, 2010 at 10:55 am  Comments (1)  
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Brass Strings and Beautiful Things

A selection of stuff from the awesome Telefunken label – picked it up for the Klaus Wunderlich track due to the use of a Moog – all the other numerous Wunderlich Lps I own (and there are far too many) – all have him tinkling along on standard organ – this one sees him laying down some phat-moog-bass before sprikling it with drums and organ – niiicceee,

The rest of the LP is to put it mildly a very mixed bag – including a rather creepy ‘Greensleeves’ where for some unkown reason the bass player thinks it is funk-track whilst everyone else sticks to smulch !!

Also contains a couple rather pitiful Beatles covers – but a rather rousing ‘ Day by Day’ (orchestral-stylee).. !!

Published in: on June 24, 2010 at 4:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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The Sensational Organ Sound of Klaus Wunderlich

No semi-naked gals adorning this one – no sir – this is the real deal – old Klaus is given 4 sides to show just what he is capable of – hit it baby – make me swing !!

So what do we get on this double-LP from 1978 – again on the forceful Telefunken label…

Side 1 – Wunderlich Live
Using nothing more than his bare-hands and a well greased and expertly programmed Hammond – he woos the crowd – cheering, dribblingm and maybe even moshing – into submission with a batch of favorties from the sublime ‘Mull of Kintyre’ through to the stomping-disco-joy that is ‘Disco-Time’ …  oh how they rocked back in the day ..

Side 2 – Wunderlich Pops
Freed from the constraints of live-playing to screaming hoards – and locked away with a studio full of electronic-gizmos – Klaus lays down contempory hits of the day to fine grooving (pulsating even) rhythms – ‘Sir Duke’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Ma Baker’ and a stonking ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ utilizing a clever use of Wah-Wah pedal lays bare the Hammond in all its cheese-n-biscuit glory…

Side 3 – Wunderlich International
A blistering trawl through a selection of styles ranging from uptempo Latin, Swing, Big Band and Smooch (if there is such a thing) – every bachelor pad should have this side – by law !!

Side 4 – Wunderlich Sounds
This is where the fun begins – combining the (lets face it here) rather limited tonal capabilities of the Hammond – with the untamed savagery of a Moog Modular – Klaus at times seems to struggle to control the wisps, farts, burps and blips of white/pink/filtered/distorted and just plain daft Moogisms.  Some very cool and damn funny bits here – which make the whole thing a total joy to these ears ..    For sure he is no Tangerine Dream imitator on this – but forcing electronic experimentation upon the easy-listening masse of 1978 deserves a loud letting of white-noise hiss at the very least – another classic no less !!

Published in: on November 20, 2009 at 9:11 pm  Comments (2)  
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Don Reeve’s Non-Stop DOUBLE HAMMOND Goes Around The World

Yikes – that’s what I thought – and indeed that is exactly why I bought this cheese-cake of a disk during my short holiday in that Mecca of middle-of-road-mayhem that is Ross-on-Wye.  Lets face it now – if you had a grin like that – would you let it be used on your LP – not once mind – oh no – but using state of the art 1975 technology – see how they have cleverly managed to get it on there twice .

Surprisingly this is not anywhere near as bad as you might expect from the sleeve – as our man Don, utilising the latest double-tracking technologies – and a full bass-n-drum backing band – sends you on a whirlwind journey around the world – no doubt learnt during those lonely months entertaining P&O Liner passengers and the like …

Another fine release from the mighty powerhouse that is MFP.

Published in: on November 20, 2009 at 8:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Hi-Flying Hammond – Keith Beckingham

Come on up – and fly the skies – simply slap those beauties along with a well-tuned Hammond onto the wing – and soar away – in a flashing of footsteps to that crazy-Hammond sound.  

before all that rock-debauchery of the late-60s/70s – seems the real-rock-n-rollers with a bevvie of gals at every airport – were the Hammond-Masters – making them drool and drop at your feet with such classics as ‘Swing Wing Latin Hammond’, ‘Passport to Pleasure’, and not forgetting ‘Aerobatics on the Champagne Flight’.

This is actually the precursor of the modern sample-disc – as it comes with the following accompanying brochure – allowing you to recreate all the sounds for yourself – on your very own Hammond.

In addition to this important set of instructions – there are also 3 sample LPs of pure drum rhythms – allowing you to improvise along to.

And… let us not forget – that also available on the Ad-Rythm label is: ‘Mellow Fruitfulness – A Whiter Shade of Pale. 

Time for further crate digging me thinks – a timeless classic !!

Published in: on November 20, 2009 at 2:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Klaus Wunderlich – Hits Again

Another platter by the mighty Mr. Wunderlich on the equally mighty Telefunken label – this one being pushed  in 1971.

Now as my knowledgeable partner has previously pointed out Klaus is indeed a wizard of both technique and production.  I am more fond of his later discs that dabble with sometimes strange sounding Moog effects.  This probably due to the year and the fact it contains ‘Hits’ of the period – is alas a pretty dissapointing listen – lets face it – there really is nothing that exciting about a run through of classics such as ‘Chirpy Chirp Cheep Cheep’, ‘Knock Three Times’ etc etc – alas – the sleeve is what obviously grabbed my eye – and who wouldn’t want to grab this one for a mere 25 new english pennies !!

Published in: on November 20, 2009 at 4:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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Hammond Goes Bossa

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Following on from another previous post, this week I discovered a second album by Hammond maestro Danny Hodgson…and what a scorcher it is! Wheras the other album had a somewhat thrown-together feel, with Danny backed by a basic rhythm section, this is a full-blown easy listening extravaganza, arranged by one Pete Smith, featuring full backing band plus strings and all manner of persuasive percussion instruments.  Best of all, this is one of those records that looks to me like it’s never been played, resulting in a super-clean, crackle-free listening experience that totally belies it’s 35 years of age.

Danny (photographed on the sleeve performing at the Circus Tavern, Purfleet) avoids the usual latin repertoire, preferring to adapt popular tunes from the likes of Burt Bacharach, Paul Simon and George Harrison.  Still, I find the choice of cover-girl somewhat curious. Surely the obvious choice here would be a lady of Latin ancestry, rather than African. Makes me think that whoever at Contour Records chose the sleeve image (with a brief to come up with someone ‘exotic’) didn’t have the slightest clue what they were doing.

Published in: on November 3, 2009 at 6:32 pm  Comments (2)  
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Hammond Excitement – Brian Dee

Hammond Excitement - Brain Dee

A surprisingly cool-sounding Hammond collection, played by Brian back in 1975.  Some nice covers, some quite funky even – this being due to a quite excellent un-name-checked session drummer – who drives things along in fine fashion.  At times it heads in the cheesy-pre-sets direction – but on Misty and Light My Fire – the arrangements drag the LP back from bottomless pits that most of these Hammond collection wallow in.

The cover being an acid-fried picture of semi-nakedness is of course completely fine !

Published in: on October 22, 2009 at 5:52 pm  Comments (1)  
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All Hail Klaus!!

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Can’t believe this blog has reached it’s third month of existence without yet mentioning German keyboard legend Klaus Wunderlich. I have a couple of older relatives (one of whom is himself a semi-pro organist) who revere Klaus as some sort of God. The thing you have to realise is that this guy set a benchmark for technical excellence (both as performer and engineer) which, to the best of my knowledge, has yet to be equalled, let alone surpassed.

Of course, not all of Klaus’ albums are equal. I generally look out for the original German issues on the Telefunken label. And, although he is best known as an organist, Klaus also dabbled with a giant Moog modular synthesiser, most notably on the Sound 2000 series, but also on this one called (deep breath) ‘Uraltedelschulzensynthesizergags’, which also clearly demonstrates Klaus’ natural technical abilities as he expertly wields the patch cords, coaxing all manner of strange tones from the Moog, proving not only his mastery of the instrument, but also a roving creative spirit far in advance of any other artist in this field.

And the synthesized bird-calls on “Canari-Cha-Cha” would probably even impress my bird-song loving colleague.

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The Incomparable Alan Haven

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Words fail me…

Published in: on October 3, 2009 at 9:58 am  Comments (1)  
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