Sonic History of Moog Instruments: Movement into Mainstream

1970    Terry Manning – Home Sweet Home LP

1970    Emerson, Lake, & Palmer – Emerson, Lake & Palmer LP
“Lucky Man” features a Moog solo recorded by Keith Emerson at the end of the song, and is one of the first songs to feature a synth as a prominent solo instrument.

1971    Jeff Haskell – Switched on Buck LP

1971    Leon Russell – Leon Russell and the Shelter People LP

1971    Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Pictures at an Exhibition LP

1971    Tonto’s Exploding Head Band – Zero Time LP
Tonto is an acronym for “The Original New Timbral Orchestra,” the world’s first (and still the largest) multitimbral polyphonic analog synthesizer, designed and constructed by Malcolm Cecil. Consisting of two Moog modular series III synths and various modules from other manufacturers, the Tonto is most frequently heard on the recordings of Stevie Wonder from this era.

1972    Giorgio – Son Of My Father LP

1972    Stevie Wonder – Music of My Mind LP

1972    Stevie Wonder – Talking Book LP

1973    Stevie Wonder – Innervisions LP

1973    Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds of Fire LP
Album features Jan Hammer on Moog Synthesizer.

1973    Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Co.
The Bob Moog Foundation is grateful to David Borden for donating the Mother Mallard’s Moog Modular to the Foundation for our archives.

1973    Yes – Tales from Topographic Oceans LP
One of the first albums to feature a MiniMoog.

1974    Kraftwerk – Autobahn LP

1974    Billy Joel – Streetlife Serenade LP

1975    Tangerine Dream – RubyconLP

1975    Gary Wright – The Dream Weaver
Gary used a MiniMoog for all the bass lines on this album.

1976    Electric Light Orchestra – A New World Record LP

1976    Jeff Beck – Wired LP
Jan Hammer plays the MiniMoog on this album.

1977    Donna Summer – I Remember Yesterday LP
The hit song “I Feel Love” featured a Moog synth bassline and became characteristic of the disco sound.

1977    Clara Rockmore – The Art of the Theremin (recorded 1977, released 1987)
Produced by Dr. Robert Moog

1977    Rush – A Farewell to Kings
Album utilized a Moog Taurus pedal and a MiniMoog.

1977    Parliament – Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome LP

1979    Tubeway Army – Replicas LP

To explore early recordings using Moog instruments click here.
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