Saturday, February 7, 2009

Synergy ST

Beginning with the 1975 landmark Electronic Realizations for Rock Orchestra, Synergy explored the possibilities inherent in synthesizer/sequencer technology and digital-studio production techniques, resulting in some of the most inventive electronic music of the 1970s. It was mostly the work of synthesizer expert Larry Fast, who also brought electronics to the mainstream by coordinating synthesized passages for dozens of pop acts during the 1970s and '80s, including Yes, Peter Gabriel, Meatloaf, John Denver, Barbra Streisand, Hall & Oates, Kate Bush, Foreigner and Randy Newman.

Recording as Synergy, Fast debuted in 1975 with Electronic Realizations for Rock Orchestra. The album became a surprise favorite with progressive radio, and was hailed by synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog as the most important recording to date using his Moog synthesizer. Soon after the album's release, Fast was introduced to Peter Gabriel, who had recently left Genesis and was about to begin his solo career; Gabriel recruited Larry Fast to take care of synthesized effects for his first three LPs (each were self-titled). Gabriel's success with the singles "Shock the Monkey," "Biko" and "Games Without Frontiers" gave Fast a growing reputation as the man to hire for that contemporary sound; even while he recorded three new Synergy LPs during the late '70s, Fast worked with a variety of artists and appeared on tour with Gabriel. He also provided the score for the original planetarium light-show known as Laserium, and moved into film work (About Last Night, Planes, Trains and Automobiles) during the 1980s.

Still holds up well today. Slaughter on Tenth Avanue is a fave of The Ventures and has been covered by them many times. This electronic version is equally thrilling in its own sci-fi kind of way. If you like synthesizer electronic rock – check it out. You might find something good.

Legacy 2. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue - Synergy, Rodgers, Richard 3. Classical Gas 4. Synergy 5. Relay Breakdown 6. Warriors


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