Offered for sale is a copy of Martin Denny’s hard to find electronic instrumental LP, Exotic Moog.
About this copy: This copy of Exotic Moog is an original U.S. pressing of the 1969 LP on the Liberty label.
The cover is VG, with slight ring wear and moderate edge and corner wear.
The disc is VG+ with a couple of light marks on each side. It’s a fairly clean disc that plays well.
A nice copy of an amusing and quite scarce instrumental LP.
Background: Martin Denny more or less created the popular exotica movement in the mid-1950s, combining his band of piano and vibes with exotic animal noises and bird calls. Riding on the success of instrumental hits such as “Quiet Village,” Denny released a string of pleasant instrumental records throughout the 1950s and 1960s for Liberty Records. Sales of many of these albums were helped by the cover art, which often featured model Sandy Warner.
Denny’s final album for Liberty was Exotic Moog, released in 1969. This album was a departure for him, as he abandoned all conventional instrumentation for the then-new Moog synthesizer, reworking some older tunes, including “Quiet Village,” and adding in some tunes that were then currently popular.
The resulting album is interesting, unusual, and quite rare; it’s probably Denny’s most difficult album to find.
Exotic Moog is the glittering grail for both Martin Denny collectors and Moog fans. There really is nothing else like it, and the LP is very much in short supply. The Moog in this case is one of the earliest synthesizers, which is more like a wondrously imaginative computer from a 1950s science fiction film than the more “realistic” synthesizers of today. Fortunately, the exceptional Exotic Moog ranks highly musically, almost on a par with the incredible work of Moog pioneer Jean Jacques Perry. Get this oddity if you can.
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