Bruce Haack / Miss Nelson

The Way Out Record for Children

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After a three-year drought of Dimension 5 releases, Bruce Haack, Esther Nelson, and Ted Pandel returned in 1968 with The Way Out Record for Children. This album found the threesome edging toward the acid rock-influenced direction they explored on later releases like Electric Lucifer, but also included activity and story-songs like the ones on the Dance Sing and Listen series. As with those records, The Way Out Record for Children features an "Introduction" to the Dimension 5 gang, and movement songs like "Medieval Dancing." "School for Robots," an ear-body coordination game, features robotic vocals created by Haack speaking in a monotone and tapping his Adam's apple; this low-budget innovation is just another manifestation of his practical but innovative approach. The song also reflects Haack's silly sense of humor in puns like "Greetings, fellow robots. I hope oil goes well with you...Here is your robot music. Do not rust until you can dance to it." Electronic experimentation is apparent on the instrumental "Rubberbands," which mixes a bouncy, almost random synth melody with the elastic boing of a Jew's harp. The Way Out Record also features artwork by Haack's friend and manager Chris Kachulis, who contributes vocals on a few songs as well.

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