I pretty much only post pedals/guitar gear but I’m also totally obsessed with analog synths and vintage keyboards in general. Now I’ve finally got space for them.
Here’s what’s up:
Rhodes mkii eighty eight - this one belongs to my wife. I pretty much forced her to buy it when she was still my girlfriend. It’s enormous and heavy but sounds perfect and I’ve slowly figured out how to keep it in shape.
Nord Electro - Also my wife’s because the Rhodes is too big and heavy to gig. I tend to use it for the mellowtron samples and occasionally organs.
Yamaha cs-01 - super simple battery powered analog synth (with digital oscillators). $10 at value village. Awesome pulse wave modulation and thick basses.
Moog/Realistic MG1- everything you need in a mono-synth as far as I’m concerned. $50 at a garage sale.
Korg Polysix - a birthday gift from my wife in our very early days. It was mad cheap. It’s awesome and pretty much used for pads/arpeggiators.
All three synths were made in 1981. The same year I was.
On this day in music history: December 14, 1979 - “London Calling” the third album by The Clash is released in the UK (US release is in January 1980). Produced by Guy Stevens and Mick Jones, it is recorded at Wessex Sound Studios in London from August - September and November 1979. The album demonstrates the bands’ ever widening musical influences and touch on numerous social issues affecting the UK at the time including unemployment, racial conflict and class inequality. The albums’ iconic cover artwork features a photo (taken by photographer Pennie Smith) of bassist Paul Simonon smashing his Fender Precision bass on stage at The Palladium in New York City. The title graphics on the cover pay homage to Elvis Presley’s 1956 debut album which also features the same typography design. The remnants of Simonon’s smashed bass are on display at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, OH. It spins off three singles including the classics “Train In Vain (Stand By Me)” (#23 Pop) and the title track. With “Train” being a last minute addition, initial pressings do not list the track on the back of the album or on the labels. Subsequent re-pressings correct this oversight. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 1999, with original double LP being reissued on 180 gram vinyl in 2013. “London Calling” peaks at number nine on the UK album chart, number twenty seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.