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Album Review

After achieving notoriety with their self-titled album in 1995, the duo known as the Moog Cookbook decided to follow it up with a set of classic rock hits. And the results on Ye Olde Space Bande are just as good as their humorous debut. It's hard to imagine a synthesized makeover of songs by such hard rock/heavy metal artists as Kiss, Van Halen, and Ted Nugent, but the duo somehow finds a way of transcribing these favorites. A unique host of special guest rockers, both old and new, are present (Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh, the MC5's Wayne Kramer, the Go-Go's' Charlotte Caffey, and the Eels' 'E', among others), who help add to the inspired, party-like atmosphere. All ten tracks are great, but the best are a space-age funk version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" (with the middle breakdown section containing snippets of the Who, Pink Floyd, and others) and a patriotic version of Kiss' "Rock and Roll All Nite." Also included is a techno makeover of Boston's "More Than a Feeling" and a roboticized take on Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love." Highly recommended.

Customer Reviews

These guys are great!

Cheesy as I'll get out, but still enjoyable. Its more enjoyable for those who understand, play, and.or enjoy synthesizers. If you know these classic tunes, you can appreciate there unique approach and utter complete mastery of the Moog synthesizers! Check out there first self-titled album if you like The Moog Cookbook


well... how do i put this into words... ...

Absolutely perfect (for the intention)

OK, first, I'm a big synth geek from the 80's, so I TOTALLY get into the equipment aspect of this alone, even if I never cared for the original material much. This album is incredible...even if you see it as cheesy, it's like listening to WAY overdone Muzak versions of the songs in a FAR more interesting way that Muzak could ever do. I don't understand the use of real-sounding drums in a few songs, but it's easily forgiveable considering the whole work. AS a synth geek, I can also really appreciate the work that went into this (these old synths don't stay in tune well)...not nearly as 'luxurious' as something like Synergy using the same type of equipment, but definitely took some work to do what they did. I only wish they did more than 2 albums! :-(


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

After hearing their rich and textured songs, it's hard to believe that the Moog Cookbook is only a duo (comprised of Roger Manning and Brian Kehew). Manning first came to the public's attention as part of the sadly ignored retro-rockers Jellyfish, who released a pair of critically acclaimed albums, then split up in 1994. Manning then formed two new bands, Imperial Drag and the Moog Cookbook, who couldn't have been more different from each other. Imperial Drag was an excursion into early-'70s glam...
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