Welcome to the Moodmakers' (1978) Sounds page

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A little bit of History:

In 1978, when I was in high-school, I played the piano in a 3-man band, and before we split for college, we decided to make a recording. We recorded a bunch of music pieces from our repertoire. I was a lot into Jazz (inspired by Oscar Peterson), and Ragtime (Scott Joplin and others). But we also did play other pieces. We got access for free to a professional sound recording studio, our band was called the Moodmakers. We were able to have free access to this pro  recording studio because they had just acquired a new mixing table and needed various sources of sounds and noises in order to experiment with all those new glittery switches, sliders, buttons, toggles and switcheroos... we essentially came in for over 2 months, once a week, to make noise! We didn't quite know how much they recorded. Nor did we realize that our guitarist came back regularly to record extra voices, more guitars, xylophons and kazoos, and in some cases made extra percussion noises with his lips and tongue.... I was starting to think he knew how to speak the language of the Maasai or something similar with those fascinatingly difficult clickety sounds... in some of the recordings we turned out sounding like an 8-person orchestra :-)

Here's who we were:

And last but certainly not least, the sound engineer from the studio was Tommi Buser. Thanks Tommi!


Now Then...

Here are the recorded pieces. 


1.
Wildcat Blues, take 1
2.
Lady be Good - Gershwin
3.
I will (Beatles)
4.
Moonriver
5.
"Tijuana Taxi" by Herb Alpert
6.
Hello Dolly
7.
Ballade pour Adeline, by Richard Clayderman
8.
Massachusetts
9.
Adaptation from Johann Sebastian Bach's "PRÄLUDIUM NR. 1 C-DUR"
10.
Theme from Love Story
11.
Country Roads, Take me home... - country
12.
Old Piano (that is one of our few originals, most of everything else are covers)
13.
Oh Darling
14.
Two Sleepy People (Oscar Peterson was my Jazz hero at the time)
15.
I got rythm, I got music (Gershwin)
16.
Georgia on my Mind (again based on Oscar Peterson's interpretation)
17.
Rag time! this one is Contentment Rag, by Joseph Lamb (I played a lot of Scott Joplin too)
18.
Dedicated Follower of Fashion
19.
Margritli, I lieb di  (Swiss German!!!!! gotta love it!)
20.
My Way
21.
Embraceable You (Gershwin)
22.
That's it (or: the end)  -  just a 2-3-second short :-)

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