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The granddaddy of the outer space exotica boom, Les Baxter's Music Out of the Moon remains a landmark by any measure — the best-selling theremin record of all time, its celestial arrangements, wordless vocals, and idiosyncratic instrumentation established the template for dozens of space age pop records to follow, effectively defining the perception of what music from the cosmos would (or at least should) sound like. Employing a cellist, French horn player, and rhythm section alongside theremin maestro Dr. Samuel Hoffman, Baxter and composer Harry Revel capture a wonder and beauty beyond the ken of human experience. Though assembled from organic, earthbound elements, Music Out of the Moon delivers fully on the experience its title promises, transmitting lunar melodies to the hi-fis of suburban America.

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Composer Harry Revel is best known for his songwriting partnership with lyricist Mack Gordon, which produced a string of hits for the stage and screen during the ‘30s. Thanks to his later attempts at "therapeutic" composition, Revel was also an unlikely pioneer of space age pop, especially in his early use of the theremin. Revel was born December 21, 1905, in London, and began playing piano at age nine; as a youth, he studied classical music at the Guildhall School of Music and in Austria and Germany....
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