One dollar record of the day of the day!

So there’s a few actual record stores left here in town that i try to go dig for vinyl in with some frequency.  I love them because they have GIANT piles of records for cheap.  I can often get as many records as i can fit in my bag for 1$ each!  Awesome.

So on my last dig i came across a rare gem from synthesizer history.  It’s a record by SynergyLarry Fast ) called Cords.  Larry Fast worked with Peter Gabriel on his first album ( Peter Gabriel ST ) and up until 1986.  Kate Bush on Never For Ever, and even Carl Sagan‘s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage!

Whats fun about this album is it bridges the gap between the lush visual soundscapes i enjoy from Vangelis and the focused stand alone strength of discreet compositions.  It’s hard to believe while listening to this record that it was done on an 8 track in a side room of a house!

As to the synthesizer list, it’s long and sweet.  There’s a Moog modular, Moog Polymoog ( one of the 6 prototypes built ), Paia kits, Oberheim DS-2 sequencer, Micromoog, etc.  I’ve never used a DS-2 sequencer but it looks like a similar idea to the old Roland MC4/MC8 idea where you step in an composition ( two tracks in this case ) and you can play one or the other back to an external clock…

One last thing, the credit of  “Finally guitars…Sort of” on the back cover is funny.  Apparently the first two Synergy records said something to the effect of ” No guitars were used in the making of this album. ”  It was a response to bands like Boston ( halfway down right above the credits ) and Queen ( halfway into first paragraph ) attacking the use of synthesizers in rock music that was becoming more prevalent in the mid to late 70’s

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Here’s one of my personal stand out tracks from Cords.  Be patient and be psyched when it starts kicking ( It’s not my youtube video ):

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There’s a ton of info on the Synergy site Here.  It’s days worth of digging and i’ve already listened through both sides of this vinyl twice writing this post.  I am also a fan of the JH series tape machines.  They are/were total workhorses.  Tougher sounding than the Otari MTR machines and less cold than the Studer 80 series machines.  A little more rock over all.  At 15 ips they could be pretty noisy but at 30 they performed pretty well on delicate recordings.

So awesome for 1978.

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