Here we have a LIMITED PRESS LP (200 COPIES ONLY) released in 1976 by
multi-talented 700 West producer (and all around nice guy) Maurice "Moe" J.
Whittemore Jr. entitled "Mo - First Album".
This album is on (what else?) 700
West Records (catalog number 760704 STEREO). 700 West Studios & Moe
Whittemore are from the heart of the midwest, Indianapolis, Indiana (New
Palestine to be exact) and have been recognized the world over for such projects
as ZERFAS (a 1973 psych monster), PRIMEVIL (a hardrock guitar driven
classic) MODLIN/SCOTT, AMNESTY (soul/funk), BUCCANEER,
MICHAEL HENDERSON and many more too numerous to mention!
This is a
tuff album to find, and even tougher to define musically... but 'll try! It really
has to be heard to be believed! First off, Moe pressed this limited edition lp as
"A Collection Of Publisher's Demos" as he calls it... and oh my brother... is it
all around the board!! All material is credited to M. Whittemore as
writer/composer. Moe plays all keyboads on the LP, including a home-built
synthesizer that'll mess up your mind, electric oboe, and we're also treated to
Moe's vocal styings as well... shades of Robert Wyatt definitely come to mind
when Moe takes lead vocal!!
We are also treated to a cool R&B flavored track
entitled "Make A Little Wine" (one of Moe's hobbies - to the delight of most
everyone who had the privilege of gracing the 700 West studios through the
years) featuring the ZERFAS brothers, David & Herman on drums & lead
vocals respectively. By the way, the open drum break that starts the track off is
to die for! Another fun note is that all cover art is credited to Mookie, Goog,
Busk & Boo (Moe's then young children), and in turn, all Moe's children are
then credited to his wife Betty (nice touch, Moe!). Get ready for everything
from avant-garde electronica to a soul/funk-psych freakout, and all points in
final bid: $122.50