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ARTIST
TITLE
Cosmic Sounds
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
WATER 102CD WATER 102CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
7/1/2002

"This collectively-hatched concept album (originally released by Elektra in 1967) matched psychedelic mood music with spoken prose and all manner of percussive, exotic and electronic instrumentation. Divided into 12 separate tracks, one for each astrological sign, this 'celestial counterpoint with words and music' (as the subtitle boasted) 'must be played in the dark' (as the back sleeve instructed in capital purple letters). The album, conceived by Elektra founder and president Jac Holzman, was produced by Alex Hassilev. And while Cyrus Faryar deep-voiced the spoken astrological narrative written by Jacques Wilson, Mort Garson assembled the group of musicians including Paul Beaver and percussionist Emil Richards. Its spacy yet tight groove could have fit The Zodiac tracks into the soundtrack of 1966 Sunset Strip documentaries but, in other respects, the album 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 mid-1960s Los Angeles rock guitar licks. The cover, complete with psychedelic illustration of the twelve signs set on a black background with hand drawn groovy letters, was eye-catching even by Elektra's own high standards. Available on CD for the first time."