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lothar and the hand people

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“Presenting …”, the debut album by Lothar and the Hand People (Capitol 1968) was produced by Robert Margouleff (of Tonto’s Expanding Head Band). It has been rereleased by One Way in 1994 (6 bonus tracks) and by Microwerks in 2010 (3 bonus tracks). Most of the album had already been reissued via the “This Is It, Machines” compilation on See for Miles (1991).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lothar_and_the_Hand_People
http://myspace.com/lotharandthehandpeople
http://ccmusic.com/item.cfm?itemid=MIW101063
http://ccmusic.com/room.cfm?id=208
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Micro-Werks/111358362034

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tonto & the loan arrangers

Received opinion has it that “My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts” (Brian Eno – David Byrne, 1981) was the first album to mix electronica and samples from ethnic music (and tv preachers, etc.), and that only “Persian love” (1979) by Holger Czukay – http://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/review/1717/ – predated its unique vision. Indeed, “My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts” was groundbreaking, pioneering, (multiple) era defining. It’s a landmark album in popular culture. See also:

http://www.bush-of-ghosts.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Life_in_the_Bush_of_Ghosts_(album)

http://www.orionbooks.co.uk/HB-39318/on-some-faraway-beach.htm

 

Well, “Riversong” by Robert Margouleff & Malcolm Cecil, off their lp “Tonto’s Expanding Head Band” (1971, aka “Zero Time” by Tonto’s Expanding Head Band) is another track which predated Byrne & Eno’s vision. Obviously, one can always find an earlier track that bears resemblance or pioneers one detail or other. Nitpicking is not the name of the game here. But what you can hear here clearly sets the scene … even if the vocals aren’t sampled.

 

 

More on Cecil, Margouleff and Tonto here; do check their work with Stevie Wonder!

http://www.tontosexpandingheadband.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonto’s_Expanding_Head_Band

http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2009/06/26/tonto-stevie-wonder/

http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2007/02/28/tonto-the-original-new-timbral-o…

http://orpheusrecords.blogspot.com/2007/11/tontos-expanding-head-band-synthes…

http://overdoseoffingalcocoa.blogspot.com/2007/03/tontos-expanding-head-band….

http://www.serge-fans.com/tonto.html