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70s hits featuring a polysynth? #2995697 06/24/19 11:35 PM
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What are some 70s hits featuring a polysynth? The earliest I can think of is Stevie Wonder and some of his songs from the 70s with TONTO and the GX-1. What are some other 70s hits featuring polysynth parts?


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Not a lot of polyphony going on until later in the 70's. Nevertheless, check out Gino Vannelli from 1974. This is one of the earlier ones that I remember.



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Here's a couple from late /70s.




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Birdland, of course (1977). Brass section is an Oberheim 4 Voice.



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Re: 70s hits featuring a polysynth? [Re: Music Bird] #2995712 06/25/19 01:24 AM
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Bob James used the Oberheim 4-voice polyphonic quite a lot in the late 70s.

https://www.discogs.com/search/?q=%22bob+james%22+oberheim&type=master&decade=1970





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Re: 70s hits featuring a polysynth? [Re: Music Bird] #2995737 06/25/19 04:03 AM
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Lido Shuffle, Boz Skaggs. Interlude near the end, either a poly or overdubbed mono synths (like 4+) predominant around 2:50.



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Re: 70s hits featuring a polysynth? [Re: Music Bird] #2995757 06/25/19 08:34 AM
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Did someone say "Polly Synth?"


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Originally Posted by Tom Williams
or overdubbed mono synths (like 4+)

I love that. Speaking of...

Billy Preston - You Are So Beautiul (1974)



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Lots of polysynth on the Stxy Grand Illusion album, Come Sail Away being an obvious example. ARP Omni, I think?


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Someone mentioned Autobahn, that had no polysynths other than possibly farfisa organ but that would be pushing the definition of synthesizer. All polyphonic parts were multitracked Minimoog iirc.

As for ones I know,

Abba - Summer Night City, GX-1


and I'm guessing Voulez-Vouz also had GX-1
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Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill, Prophet 5
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Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star, Prophet 5


I believe Kraftwerks' "The Man-Machine" had Korg PS and Polymoog

And, Jean Michel Jarre's Equinoxe album, RMI Keyboard Computer, Oberheim TVS, Yamaha CS-60


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Originally Posted by J. Dan
Lots of polysynth on the Stxy Grand Illusion album, Come Sail Away being an obvious example. ARP Omni, I think?


Grand Illusion was Hammond, Oberheim FVS, ARP String Ensemble, and ARP Odyssey. They did use the ARP ProSoloist on earlier albums and I'm pretty sure I hear it on the middle spacey section of "Come Sail Away". I don't think Dennis DeYoung used the Omni as he was pretty open about other ARP string machines sounding like crap compared to the String Ensemble.

Grand Illusion was my introduction to synthesizers as a teenager, that album blew my mind.

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UK's debut album of 1977 makes heavy use of the Yamaha CS-80 thanks to Eddie Jobson.

If you want a 70s hit using the CS-80, J Giels Band used it on "Come Back".

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Originally Posted by Bobadohshe


Actually:

1. This Ambrosia song was a hit in 1980, so technically it's an '80s hit, albeit a very early one.

2. There are no synths in this song, just a (very nice-sounding) Fender Rhodes, acoustic grand and a Hammond B-3.

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What about Foxys hits Hot Number and Get Off? They have some obvious synths on them.


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Originally Posted by elsongs
Actually:

1. This Ambrosia song was a hit in 1980, so technically it's an '80s hit, albeit a very early one.


Shoot!

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2. There are no synths in this song, just a (very nice-sounding) Fender Rhodes, acoustic grand and a Hammond B-3.


Start listening about 1/2 way through there sure as hell is.


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Originally Posted by Bobadohshe
Originally Posted by elsongs
Actually:

1. This Ambrosia song was a hit in 1980, so technically it's an '80s hit, albeit a very early one.


Shoot!

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2. There are no synths in this song, just a (very nice-sounding) Fender Rhodes, acoustic grand and a Hammond B-3.


Start listening about 1/2 way through there sure as hell is.


Definitely, probably an Oberheim. In the Keyboard interview with Christopher North he mentioned getting one. You can hear it distinctly during the crescendo into the 2nd chorus, and pretty obviously after the things Ill do for you in that chorus. Im fairly sure I hear it doubling the piano part at times too.


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Originally Posted by J. Dan
Lots of polysynth on the Stxy Grand Illusion album, Come Sail Away being an obvious example. ARP Omni, I think?


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Originally Posted by The Real MC
UK's debut album of 1977 makes heavy use of the Yamaha CS-80 thanks to Eddie Jobson.

If you want a 70s hit using the CS-80, J Giels Band used it on "Come Back".


Well the UK album was a hit for me!


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Probably Genesis' worst ever song - Rutherford said it took 10 minutes to write the lyrics - had ARP Quadra all over it............... yeuch.



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Originally Posted by Losendoskeys
Probably Genesis' worst ever song - Rutherford said it took 10 minutes to write the lyrics - had ARP Quadra all over it............... yeuch.



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Originally Posted by mate stubb
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Probably Genesis' worst ever song - Rutherford said it took 10 minutes to write the lyrics - had ARP Quadra all over it............... yeuch.



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Originally Posted by Losendoskeys
Probably Genesis' worst ever song - Rutherford said it took 10 minutes to write the lyrics - had ARP Quadra all over it............... yeuch.


Hey I like that song!


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Originally Posted by Synthoid
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Probably Genesis' worst ever song - Rutherford said it took 10 minutes to write the lyrics - had ARP Quadra all over it............... yeuch.


Hey I like that song!



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Originally Posted by mate stubb
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Probably Genesis' worst ever song - Rutherford said it took 10 minutes to write the lyrics - had ARP Quadra all over it............... yeuch.



Worse than I Can't Dance?

Cant it be both?


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Originally Posted by mate stubb
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Probably Genesis' worst ever song - Rutherford said it took 10 minutes to write the lyrics - had ARP Quadra all over it............... yeuch.



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Can't be as bad as the d-d-d-d-dance song "Invisible Touch"

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