Orchestra Luna

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Orchestra Luna
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Orchestra Luna at CBGB's in 1975 being filmed by Pat Ivers of Metropolis Video
Background information
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Genres Rock and roll
Years active 1974 to 1978

Orchestra Luna was an American rock and roll band of the 1970s who had two incarnations, the first producing a hard-to-categorize mixture of cabaret, Broadway musicals, and rock, and the second a somewhat more traditional mix of pop and rock. Rick Berlin, at the time using his birth name of Richard Kinscherf, composed most of their songs, sang, and played keyboards. Rick was the driving force of the band and is the only person who was a member in all the various lineups.

On their eponymous debut album Orchestra Luna, the band consisted of

  • Richard Kinscherf - Keyboards, Vocals
  • Lisa Kinscherf - Vocals
  • Liz Gallagher - Vocals
  • Scott Chambers - Bass, Vocals
  • Randy Roos - Guitars
  • Don Mulvaney - Drums, Percussion, Vocals

Peter Barrett - Narration, Vocals

The second major version of the band included

  • Richard Kinscherf - Keyboards, Vocals
  • Liz Gallagher - Vocals
  • Peter Barrett - Vocals
  • Karla DeVito - Vocals
  • Steven Paul Perry - Guitar
  • Chet Cahill - Bass
  • Bob Brandon - Keyboards
  • Ace Holleran - Drums (August, 1976 to May 1977)
  • Erik Engstrom - Drums (May, 1997 through early 1978)
  • Joe Petruzzelli - Drums (early 1978 to the end)

Luna (band)[edit]

Luna
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Genres Rock and Roll
Years active 1978 to 1980

After Orchestra Luna, some of its former members formed the band Luna as a new American rock and roll band. It was spearheaded by Rick Berlin from Orchestra Luna. In 1977, the band released the single "Hollywood" with B-side as "Dumb Love". Band members were:

  • Rick Berlin - Keyboards, Vocals
  • Steven Paul Perry - Guitar
  • Chet Cahill - Bass
  • Bob Brandon - Keyboards
  • Joe Petruzzelli - Drums

It disbanded after two years.

Discography[edit]

Orchestra Luna
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Studio album by Orchestra Luna
Released 1974
Recorded July and August, 1974
Genre pop
Length 45:44
Label Epic
Producer Jeffrey Lesser and Rupert Holmes
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Gnosis.net link

Orchestra Luna is the eponymous debut album by the American rock group Orchestra Luna. It was released in 1974 by Epic Records. The first incarnation of Orchestra Luna produced music often called a mixture of cabaret, Broadway musical, and rock, and that is clearly evident on this album. Composer/singer/pianist Rick Berlin is listed on the album under his birthname Richard Kinscherf. Kinscherf relates the story of his band in the booklet accompanying the 2007 CD reissue of the album by Market Square Records.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Richard Kinscherf, except where noted.

  1. "Were You Dancin' on Paper" (F. Reitano) – 3:34
  2. "Miss Pamela" – 3:17
  3. "Little Sam" – 3:12
  4. "Heart" (Richard Adler, Jerry Ross) – 5:54
  5. "Love Is Not Enough" – 6:25
  6. "Boy Scouts" – 2:24
  7. "Fay Wray" – 4:18
  8. "But One" – 3:02
  9. "Doris Dreams" – 11:53

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