Moondog: The Viking Of Sixth Avenue (Vinyl 2xLP)

Moondog: The Viking Of Sixth Avenue (Vinyl 2xLP)

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Moondog learned rhythm from American Indians and counterpoint from J.S. Bach. Many of his recordings feature instruments he built himself: trimba, yukh, tuji, oo. Sometimes you can hear in the background the streets of New York, where Moondog often slept rough (even though blind, since an accident when he was 15).

Sometime in the 1950s, fed up with being mistaken on the street for Christ — his regular busking spot was uptown on Sixth — Moondog put on a Viking costume, with spear and horned helmet; and he dressed like this till the late 1970s (by which time he was working with orchestras in Germany).

Igor Stravinsky lobbied a judge on Moondog’s behalf. Charlie Parker wanted to play with him (Julie Andrews did play with him), and he was feted by Bob Dylan, Marlon Brando, Steve Reich. Andy Warhol’s mum designed one of his covers, and Weegee took photographs of him (included in the booklet). Janis Joplin covered him, Mr Scruff owes him badly, and Antony And The Johnsons does him live.

This is the first retrospective of Moondog’s music — thirty-six tracks from 1949 to 1995, most of them exceptionally rare and reissued now for the first time, all of them miraculous.

  1. Theme And Variations
  2. Down Is Up
  3. Bumbo
  4. Big Cat
  5. Oo Debut
  6. Lament 1 'Bird's Lament'
  7. Moondog's Symphony 1 (Timberwolf)
  8. Moondog's Symphony 2 (Sagebrush)
  9. Rabbit Hop
  10. Rimshot
  11. Snaketime Rhythm
  12. Instrumental Round
  13. Double Bass Duo
  14. Why Spend The Dark Night With You
  15. All Is Loneliness
  16. Snaketime Rhythm
  17. Dragon's Teeth
  18. Oboe Round
  19. Be A Hobo
  20. Dog Trot
  21. Oasis
  22. Avenue Of The Americas
  23. 2 W 46th Street
  24. Lullaby (2 W 46th Street)
  25. Fog On The Hudson (425 W 57th Street)
  26. Utsu
  27. On And Off The Beat
  28. Chant
  29. From One To Nine
  30. Improvisation In 4/4
  31. Enough About Human Rights!
  32. Viking 1
  33. Rimshot
  34. Chaconne In G Major
  35. Oasis
  36. Invocation

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