Label: Melodiya Record Company Europe - MRCE - 080503 • Series: 2:1 • Format: CD Compilation 24Kt Gold Plated • Country: Germany • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Space Rock, Disco, Synth-pop
The Zodiac: Cosmic Sounds also known, less correctly, as either The Zodiac by Cosmic Sounds, or Cosmic Sounds by The Zodiac — the sleevenotes were unclear was a collaborative concept album on the theme of the signs of the Zodiac.
It has been variously described as "a wonderful period piece"  and "apt to inspire more giggle fits than stoned, pull-the-shades-down reveries" . The idea began in with Jac Holzmanthe head of Elektra Records, which had just gained major success with The Doors ' debut album. Holzman had the initial concept for the album, and hired Alex Hassileva member of The Limelitersto produce it.
Hassilev in turn brought in Mort Garsonwith whom he had just formed a production company, to write the music. Hassilev and Garson had planned to do a series of concepts following Cosmic Sounds. Garson wrote music for one of the other intended albums, The Seabut Rod McKuen, who was supposed to have been on the project, left and did his own version with Anita Kerr.
Garson brought together a mixture of musicians, most of whom were not credited on the album sleeve. Musician and electronic instrument collector Paul Beaverwho had done music Relentless (Call Out Research Hook) - Jinxed - Relentless for films, was chosen to perform on the Moog synthesizer on the album since he was one of the few people on the West Coast who knew how to set up and use the synthesizer at the time.
Bud Shanka top flute performer, and keyboardist Mike Melvoin were also used. Jacques Wilson wrote the album's Лазерная Иллюминация - Zodiac - Disco Alliance / Music In The Universeand folk singer Cyrus Faryar was chosen suggested by Hassilev to narrate over the album's exotic instrumentation.
The album was released in May The sleeve, by artist Abe Gurvin and art director William S. Harvey who had worked together at Nonesuch Recordsfeatured a florid psychedelic design. On the back, in large purple letters, were written the instructions: "Must be played in the dark". Read My Lips - Various - Italo Mega Dancer to music critic Richie Unterberger :.
Divided into 12 separate tracks, one for each astrological sign, it appeared just as both psychedelic rock and astrology itself were coming into vogue in the youthful counterculture. In some respects it was similar to other instrumental psychsploitation albums of the time, with a spacy yet tight groove that could have fit into the soundtrack of Sunset Strip documentaries, played in large measure by seasoned Los Angeles session musicians. In other respects, it was futuristic, embellished by some of the first Moog synthesizer ever heard on a commercial recording, an assortment of exotic percussive instruments, and sitar.
The arrangements were further decorated by haunting harpsichord and organ, along with standard mids Los Angeles rock guitar licks. For those who took the astrology as seriously as the music, there was the dramatic reading of narrator Cyrus Faryar, musing upon aspects of each astrological sign in a rich, deep voice without a hint of irony.
Garson collaborated with Wilson in on another concept album, The Wozard of Izon that occasion with producer Bernie Krause.
Paul Beaver later collaborated with Krause on several albums. Garson later recorded several further LPs on individual zodiac signs, and became best known for composing music for National Geographic programming, though he did not, as sometimes repeated, compose its theme song. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Categories : albums Psychedelic rock albums Spoken word albums Elektra Records albums Concept albums.
Psychedelic rock. Elektra Лазерная Иллюминация - Zodiac - Disco Alliance / Music In The Universe by Water Records.
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