The plastic cow goes Moooooog

I came across this album cover the other day and thought that I’d share. This was one of the many, many Moog-themed albums that were released in the 70’s – most had pretty vibey album covers.

“Hey, man, I’d like to hear a little more of that phased rubber band.”

That’s just one of the comments that went down at the time this album was recorded. Because “The Plastic Cow Goes MOOOOOOg” is a pioneer effort in many ways, an entirely new language had to be created for its production. According to composer/arranger/performer Mike Melvoin, “The public misconception of the Moog synthesizer, in my opinion, is that it’s a bloodless, body-less sound-producing machine. This came to be the case because so many Moog albums, in the past, have relied on Moog effects rather than communicative musicianship for their foundations. This album is based on musicianship, performances, and repertoire more than effects. I think it’s the first pop electronic album with a soul. It’s a very human electronic album.”

The Plastic Cow goes Mooog was recorded by the late Mike Melvoin – perhaps not his biggest acheivevent,  since he also played on Good Vibrations, and on recordings  for Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, John Lennon, Jackson Five, Tom Waits, and Barbra Streisand, as well as playing with jazz greats like Leroy Vinnegar, Peggy Lee and Joe Williams.

Here’s one of the songs from the album – you be the judge.

Also on the album is a pretty kooky version of Creme’s Sunshine of your Love.  This album is getting pretty tough to find these days – I saw a cassette version of the album on Amazon for $99.

So, here’s an incomplete list of Moog-themed (and other synth-themed) albums that were released.  I’d love to compile a full list. along with album covers – if you know of any not in this list, please leave them in the comments.

Wendy Carlos/Switched-On Bach Boxed Set
Perrey & Kingsley/The Essential Perrey & Kingsley (The In Sound From Way Out + Kaleidoscopic Vibrations)
Jean-Jacques Perrey/Musique Electronique Du Cosmos
Jean-Jacques Perrey/Moog Indigo/The Amazing Electronic Pop Sounds Of Jean Jacques Perrey
Jean-Jacques Perrey & Dana Countryman/The Happy Electropop Music Machine!
Jean-Jacques Perrey & Dana Countryman/Destination Space
Jean-Jacques Perrey & David Chazam/Eclektronics
Gershon Kingsley/First Moog Quartet
Gershon Kingsley/God Is A Moog – The Electronic Prayers Of Gershon Kingsley
Gershon Kingsley/Music To Moog By
Keith Droste/Big Band Moog
The Frank David Selection/Blues & Electronics
Fresh Cream/Classic Moog
Synthesizers Unlimited/Electric Bazaar
Martin Denny/Exotic Moog
Dan Lacksman Association/Flamenco Moog
Nino Nardini/Funny Moogy
Mort Garson/Ataraxia -The Unexplained
Mort Garson/Electronic Hair Pieces
Mort Garson/Mother Earth’s Plantasia: Warm Earth Music For Plants… And The People Who Love Them
Mort Garson/The Wozard Of Iz
Mort Garson/Zodiac Cosmic Sounds
Lucifer/Black Mass
The Happy Moog/The Happy Moog
The Mocha Beans/In The Moog
A. Kazdin & T.Z. Shepard/The Mighty Moog
Dick Hyman/Moog – The Electric Eclectics Of Dick Hyman
Dick Hyman/The Age Of Electronicus
Dick Hyman/Electrodynamics
Dick Hyman/The Man from O.R.G.A.N.
Dick Hyman & Mary Mayo/Moon Gas
Robin Workman/Moog and Guitars Play Abba
Mike Batt/Moog At The Movies
The Moog Cookbook/The Moog Cookbook
The Moog Cookbook/”Ye Olde Spacebande” Plays The Classic Rock Hits
The Electronic Concept Orchestra/Moog Groove
Caldara/A Moog Mass
Rick Powell/Switched-On-Country
Marty Gold/Moog Plays The Beatles
Les Baxter/Moog Rock
Gnesta-Kalle “And His Moogmen”/Ny-Gammal Kultis
Alamooga Esinlenmeler (Metin Alatlı)/Sentetik Oyun Havaları
The Boneschi Electronic Combo/Sounds electronic
Enoch Light/Spaced Out
The Electric Moog Orchestra/Star Wars
Christopher Scott/Switched On Bacharach
Christopher Scott/More Switched On Bacharach
Gil Trythall/Country Moog – Switched On Nashville
Gil Trythall/Nashville Gold – Switched On Moog
The Moog Machine/Switched-On Rock
Mike Batt/Ye Olde Moog
Joop Stokkermans/The Magic of the ARP-Synthesizer
Eden Electronic Ensemble/Plugged In Joplin
The Delta Merchant/Switched on Blues
Giampiero Boneschi/Cybernetic Circus
Mike Hankinson/The Unusual Classical Synthesizer
Elias Rahbani/Mosaic Of The Orient
Bruce Haack/The Electric Lucifer
Bruno Spoerri/Iischalte (Switched-on Switzerland)