Switched on Rock, the 1969 album by The Moog Machine combines my love for early synthesizer records and obscure cover tunes and if I had to describe it in one word, that word would be: AMAZING.
I picked up a copy of this treasure at my favorite local record store for $1 last week and it does not disappoint.
Switched on Rock was released in 1969 by Columbia Records to capitalize off of the Switched on Bach synthesizer compilation from the previous year that ended up selling 500,000 copies. Although the late 60s brought us many synthesizer cover records, Switched on Rock is one of the most accessible and easiest to listen to.
The Moog Machine covers the most popular songs of the era, including The Band’s “The Weight”, The Zombies’ “Time of the Season” and The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin Jack Flash”. But perhaps the best known track off of this album is their cover of “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” from the musical HAIR, which has been sampled by Slum Village, The Beastie Boys, and most famously, The Avalanches.
Feel free to download a copy of “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In” from the album Switched on Rock by The Moog Machine. A gift from me to you.