ARTIST: George Harrison
TITLE: Electronic Sound
YEAR RELEASED: 1969
CHART ACTION: #191
SINGLES: None – only 2 tracks on the thing
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Oh, hell no
LINEUP: George Harrison (and allegedly Bernie Krause)
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Area man buys synthesizer, records himself farting around on it.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: While my new Moog bloops and bleeps…
This is the sound of George Harrison and his brand new Moog (and maybe Bernie Krause demonstrating the capacity of the Moog to George) and him fiddling around with it. There’s no melody, no songs, just sound.
It sounds like what I would do if I got a new synthesizer. The difference is that in 1969 they could make only one sound at a time – so George overdubbed some of this. The only reason this was released on anything but for a demonstration is that it was a Beatle that did this. Otherwise it’s just a man playing with a new toy.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was the second LP released on Zapple – the Apple subsidiary for avant garde music (John & Yoko released the first one on Zapple with one of their ‘recordings’.). When Allen Klein became Beatles manager he shut that shit down, pronto.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. I don’t think we could take another track of this, really.
GRADE: D-: I don’t mind weird or odd sounds, but I do want some resemblance to a song, please.