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May 27, 2007

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andrewTee

Dude, that was volume 2 if you can believe it. I heard the first album (The Velvet Gentleman, 1968) by Camerata CCO first and loved that, was never as fond of the followup, too choppy and uneven. The first album has all the hits like Trois Gymnopedies and that song for the dessicated embryos.

Link to an old eBay auction with picture of the cover and a track listing:

http://cgi.ebay.com/MUSIC-OF-ERIK-SATIE-VELVET-GENTLEMAN-1968-STEREO-LP_W0QQitemZ230131987648QQcmdZViewItem

Lukas

Actually, I think it is volume 3. The sleeve notes mention two other albums, The Velvet Gentleman (Deram DES 18036), and Through a Looking Glass (Deram DES 18052). They don't seem to be on eBay or Soulseek right now, but if I can find them, I'll post them, too. I know, I am a sucker for stoned hippies with Moogs.

MDCLXVI

"stoned hippies" hence the 4:20 posting.

lydia

Through A Looking Glass is an album of orchestral arrangement of his piano pieces. I used to listen to my mother's copy of it as a kid.

Vic Perry

Hmmm, given that Erik Satie is my hero, I shouldn't be enjoying this. But I do. It doesn't sound like stoned hippies though. It sounds like Satie scoring Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade. Which would be worth getting stoned for.

scoot

I am eternally grateful--I've been looking for replacement copies of my old "Velvet Gentleman" album (I had a two-lp version I found in some out-of-the-way place long ago), but until now record store and Internet searches have been fruitless. Now I look forward to the music and these generous notes!

milton parker

thanks so much for transferring this -- can't believe it's not on CD yet, it's an amazing album. you really can believe that they channeled the man for this, he's there.

definitely the best of the three Camerata Satie albums, though the other two are worth hearing if you like this one. the extra production & modernized sound effects on the version of "Parade" are scary fun.

Dale Houstman

Man, I bought this as an LP way back when. Still have it. I had heard some Satie on the radio and went searching for the music in some record stores (like dinosaurs with vinyl disks), and was very surprised to discover how different it all sounded on this record. But it is a good listen still. So many of the Satie collections appear to dissolve his frenetic humor in sincere appreciation of his music, and this record is about the only one that truly captures his Dada heart. Thanks for the posting...

jorge stretcher

magnifico. já conhecia pois tinha gravado em cassete.

Geoff Davis

Hi all, I have recorded some electronic Satie pieces. They are online at

http://www.recotist.com

under the name Emperors. Also there is a video for one at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKKlBR-5R1Y


Lorraine Liyanage

Thanks for the info, I really enjoyed reading this article. Satie is one of my favourite composers and I love playing his music!

Larry Shackley

I remember getting the first of these Satie albums as a Christmas present. I only knew the "Gymnopedies" at that time, so I was blown away by "Parade." I didn't realize that Satie had actually called for all those sound effects; I assumed they had been added by the "stoned hippies." I eventually bought the two sequels, which I also enjoyed but not as much. If you ever track down the others in this series and post them, I would love to know about it! Thanks for the MP3s.

Bill Davis

Thanks for this. I actually prefer "The Velvet Gentleman"; no annoying talking. When I bought "Electronic Spirit" the first thing I did was edit out the dialogue, keeping only the music on a homemade cassette. My first exposure to this series was an 8-track tape, of all things, of "Velvet Gentleman." I used to make out with my girlfriend while it played on the cheap stereo, circa 1976. Later picked it up on LP (special order) before it went out of print. I still have it. One of these days, I'll actually convert it to CD or MP3s - it has minimal ticks, pops and other surface noises. I know, because seeing this blog post lit a fire under my butt to go dig it out and listen to it.

Peter Schaffter

Wow! Finally got it again! Thanks a billion.

I used to have all three Camerata albums. All three were wonderfully true to the spirit of Satie--so much so that when I later attacked the music myself, I had a hard time capturing the magic of the LPs. (And that's saying something; Satie wrote incredibly well for the piano.)

I'm particularly fond of the first two. I actually prefer the Camerata arrangement of the 1st Gymn. on "Looking Glass" to Debussy's, and Parade was terrific. When the Moog was introduced on "Velvet", the thing that impressed me was how appropriate the choice of timbres for the pieces it was used on. Ditto for "Electronic Spirit". Quite unlike the total disregard Tomita showed for the colours of Debussy's music on that awful album, "Snowflakes Are Dancing".

g-bro

This Satie stuff is great! Long live stoned hippies!
I'd heard and fallen for the Velvet Gentlemen back in 1971 when I went to college, so this is a real treat. But the real reason I had to write is that I got sidetracked on the "Guitar Face" page.
(my fave: http://blog.wfmu.org/photos/guitar_face/face14.html)
But conspicuously absent is my all-time favourite guitar-face, found on a Muddy Waters album (King Bee?). I'll have to scan/submit it... look for it soon here http://papamint.com/other/muddyguitarface.jpg
cheers
gareth

Ellenburstyn

Thanks for the info, I really enjoyed reading this article. Satie is one of my favourite composers and I love playing his music!


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maryann

I assumed they had been added by the "stoned hippies." I eventually bought the two sequels, which I also enjoyed but not as much. When the Moog was introduced on "Velvet", the thing that impressed me was how appropriate the choice of timbres for the pieces it was used on.


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DougH

Just came across "The Velvet Gentleman" here http://rs243.rapidshare.com/files/198066021/savente.rar

Steve Engler

Thanks much for sharing the Satie album, also thanks to the last comment I now have a nice copy of Velvet Gentleman as well, merci!

C-Scan

^^Thanks much for the link!!!

Jandy

This thread made me smile. I own both Electronic Spirit and Velvet Gentleman - two of my early 'adult' purchases in the 70s. Forty years later Electronic Spirit remains one of my all time favorite albums - one guaranteed to put a smile on my face and a bounce in my soul - would certainly make my "10 to take on a desert island list." And I like the dialogue - it adds a little 'quirkiness' that I love!

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