Lacksman, Dan – S/T [Neon Green Vinyl 1973] – New LP
In the early-to-mid 1970s, Belgian recording engineer and synthesist Daniel Lacksman née Lanckmans recorded and released a series of pop music records, using early analog synthesizers as a central sonic element. Under an admittedly confusing array of names, Lacksman (who later founded the group Telex) created music that was equal parts innovation and ear-candy accessibility. Those often happy-go-lucky records gained some popularity throughout Europe, but their lasting influence can be heard in the music of Portishead, Massive Attack, The Moog Cookbook, and Air, not to mention among the lengthy list of 21st century artists who have sampled these recordings. Among those records, his 1973 self-titled album Dan Lacksman is probably the most unusual. Though Lacksman had already started recording instrumental albums (Flamenco Moog) and even had a European hit with “Coconut,” for Dan Lacksman he chose to play guitar and even sing along with his usual displays of keyboard wizardry. An early version of “Skylab” hints at the grand version to come on Tchip Tchip. Remastered from the original tapes by Lacksman himself; liner notes by Bill Kopp that include exclusive quotes from Lacksman and photos from his private archive.