Thursday, September 19, 2013

Halloween in Space, Part 2!!

I first posted this delightful EP for Halloween 2009 (at my other blog).  Here's the essay I wrote for it:

My copy of Found Sound from Outer Space came with a pile of 45s from eBay, and I was expecting campy sounds. I mean, it had to be campy--the Wurlitzer 4037 Organ with a built-in synthesizer (Orbit III) and tracks like Spinning Wheel and Aquarius.

And it is. It's also expertly arranged and brilliantly performed. The first question that came into my mind as I listened to these numbers: "Who is Glenn Derringer?"

So far, I've discovered that he was a child prodigy on the accordion, a la Dominic Frontiere. He made a 1956 LP for ABC-Paramount called Young Ideas--at the time, he was a performer on the Mickey Mouse Club. Plus a 1957 ABC LP called Accent on Youth. And a bunch of albums for Wurlitzer.

And he is or was the president of Kustom. Well, I knew he was somebody, as they say. And he is. So nice to see the ultra-talented succeed.

The perfect background for a space-music Halloween (and who doesn't want a space-music Halloween?). The music is great fun, and this guy is good. Scary-good. And scary fits with Halloween. My favorite? If I had to pick, it would be the beautifully Bach-style arrangement of Walter Donaldson's Love Me or Love Me.

No year, but we can guess 1969/70.

That was my 2009 essay.  Listening to these tracks again four years later, I really appreciate the vintage synth sound.  It reminds me of my late, great Korg Poly-800 synthesizer.  And Derringer's keyboard technique, as before, has me weeping with envy!   To the spacey sounds: Found Sound from Outer Space


AQUARIUS (MacDermot, Rado, Ragni)
LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME (Kahn, Donaldson) 
THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA (Jobim, Gimbel, DeMoraes) 

Found Sound from Outer Space; Glenn Derringer, Wurlitzer 4037 Organ, w. Orbit III synthesizer.

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