Friday, January 12, 2018

Mort Garson - 1969 - Signs Of The Zodiac

Mort Garson
1969
Signs Of The Zodiac




Signs Of The Zodiac, Aries


01. I Know You Aries (1:47)
02. Aries At Work (1:53)
03. Planetary Motivations (2:07)
04. Where Was Your Moon? (6:44)
05. Aries - Numbers, Gems and Colors (3:53)
06. In Love, Aries? (2:40)
07. The Four Seasons of Aries (3:46)
08. Those Who Knew (3:14)

Signs Of The Zodiac, Taurus


01. I Know You Taurus (1:47)
02. Taurus at Work (2:07)
03. Planetary Motivations (1:53)
04. Where Was Your Moon? (6:44)
05. Taurus - Numbers, Gems and Colors (3:50)
06. In Love, Taurus? (2:40)
07. The Four Seasons of Taurus (3:46)
08. Those Who Knew (3:14)

Signs Of The Zodiac, Gemini


01. I Know You Gemini (1:47)
02. Gemini at Work (2:07)
03. Planetary Motivations (1:53)
04. Where Was Your Moon (6:44)
05. Gemini - Numbers, Gems and Colors (3:50)
06. In Love, Gemini? (2:40)
07. The Four Seasons of Gemini (3:46)
08. Those Who Knew (3:14)

Signs Of The Zodiac, Cancer


01. I Know You Cancer (1:47)
02. Cancer at Work (2:07)
03. Planetary Motivations (1:53)
04. Where Was Your Moon? (6:44)
05. Cancer - Numbers, Gems and Colors (3:50)
06. In Love, Cancer? (2:40)
07. The Four Seasons of Cancer (3:46)
08. Those Who Knew (3:14)

Signs Of The Zodiac, Leo


01. I Know You Leo (1:47)
02. Leo At Work (2:07)
03. Planetary Motivations (1:53)
04. What Was Your Moon? (6:44)
05. Leo - Numers, Gems and Colors (3:50)
06. In Love, Leo? (2:40)
07. The Four Seasons of Leo (3:46)
08. Those Who Knew (3:14)

Signs Of The Zodiac, Virgo


01. I Know You, Virgo (1:47)
02, Virgo at Work (2:07)
03. Planetary Motivations (1:53)
04. What Was Your Moon? (6:44)
05. Virgo - Numbers, Gems and Colors (3:50)
06. In Love, Virgo? (2:40)
07. The Four Seasons of Virgo (3:46)
08. Those Who Know (3:14)

Signs Of The Zodiac, Libra


01. I Know You Libra (1:47)
02. Libra at Work (2:07)
03. Planetary Motivations (1:53)
04. Where Was Your Moon? (6:44)
05. Libra - Numbers, Gems and Colors (3:50)
06. In Love, Libra? (2:40)
07. The Four Seasons of Libra (3:46)
08. Those Who Knew (3:14)

Signs Of The Zodiac, Scorpio


01. I Know You Scorpio (1:47)
02. Scorpio at Work (2:07)
03. Planetary Motivations (1:53)
04. Where Was Your Moon? (6:44)
05. Scorpio - Numbers, Gems and Colors (3:50)
06. In Love, Scorpio? (2:40)
07. The Four Seasons of Scorpio (3:46)
08. Those Who Knew (3:14)

Signs Of The Zodiac, Sagittarius


01. I Know You Sagittarius (1:47)
02. Sagittarius at Work (2:07)
03. Planetary Motivations (1:53)
04. Where Was Your Moon? (6:44)
05. Sagittarius - Numbers, Gems and Colors (3:50)
06. In Love, Sagittarius? (2:40)
07. The Four Seasons of Sagittarius (3:46)
08. Those Who Knew (3:14)

Signs Of The Zodiac, Capricorn


01. I Know You Capricorn (1:47)
02. Capricorn at Work (2:07)
03. Planetary Motivations (1:53)
04. Where Was Your Moon? (6:44)
05. Capricorn - Numbers, Gems and Colors (3:50)
06. In Love, Capricorn? (2:40)
07. The Four Seasons of Capricorn (3:46)
08. Those Who Knew (3:14)

Signs Of The Zodiac, Aquarius


01. I Know You Aquarius (1:47)
02. Aquarius at Work (2:07)
03. Planetary Motivations (1:53)
04. Where Was Your Moon? (6:44)
05. Aquarius - Numbers, Gems and Colors (3:50)
06. In Love, Aquarius? (2:40)
07. The Four Seasons of Aquarius (3:46)
08. Those Who Knew (3:14)

Signs Of The Zodiac, Pisces


01. I Know You Pisces (1:47)
02. Pisces at Work (2:07)
03. Planetary Motivations (1:53)
04. Where Was Your Moon? (6:44)
05. Pisces - Numbers, Gems and Colors (3:50)
06. In Love, Pisces? (2:40)
07. The Four Seasons of Pisces (3:46)
08. Those Who Knew (3:14)


- Mort Garson / Moog synthesizer
- Nancy Priddy / Narration
- John Erwin / Narration
- Michael Bell / Narration

Mastered At – RCA Studios, Toronto
Manufactured By – Quality Records Limited
Distributed By – Quality Records Limited
Published By – Almo Music Corp.
Published By – Emanay Music



Morton S. "Mort" Garson (20 July 1924 – 4 January 2008) was a Canadian-born composer, arranger, songwriter, and pioneer of electronic music. He is best known for his albums in the 1960s and 1970s that were among the first to feature Moog synthesizers. He also co-wrote several hit songs, including "Our Day Will Come", a hit for Ruby and the Romantics. According to Allmusic, "Mort Garson boasts one of the most unique and outright bizarre resumés in popular music, spanning from easy listening to occult -influenced space-age electronic pop. 

In the late 1960s, Garson became one of the first arrangers and composers to work with the newly available Moog synthesizer, and his electronic albums from the period are now highly prized among collectors and exotica fans. A suite of Garson compositions with words by Jacques Wilson, released on Elektra Records, The Zodiac : Cosmic Sounds - Celestial Counterpoint with Words and Music includes tracks for each of the 12 signs of the zodiac. While Garson was writing the music, he was introduced to Robert Moog and decided to incorporate his invention into the album. The recording features Paul Beaver on a variety of electronic instruments with voice-overs by Cyrus Faryar. Released in late 1967, it was the first album recorded on the West Coast to make use of the Moog synthesizer. Also in 1967, he arranged the obscure single "See The Cheetah", credited to the Big Game Hunters. 

Another Moog album, Electronic Hair Pieces, covered songs from the hippie-influenced musical, Hair. The mod album cover art for Electronic Hair Pieces featured a model with a wired-up skull; liner notes were provided by Tom Smothers of the Smothers Brothers. Another album, The Wozard of Iz, a psychedelic satire based on The Wizard of Oz, also with words by Jacques Wilson, featured Bernie Krause providing environmental sound effects and Suzie Jane Hokom voicing Dorothy. (The widely repeated claim that Suzie Jane Hokom is a pseudonym for Nancy Sinatra is untrue.) 

Following the success of the original Zodiac LP, Garson went on to compose and arrange a 12 album series of zodiac albums for A&M Records, one album for each sign. Like Zodiac, each album contained original tunes with heavy use of electronics. In 1971, he composed an entirely instrumental electronic Black Mass album, released on Uni Records under the pseudonym Lucifer, that again featured the Moog. Jason Alkeny at Allmusic describes the Black Mass album as "undoubtedly... his masterpiece". Garson also released, in 1972, a record of music-and-moans to capitalize on the best-seller at the time, The Sensuous Woman by "Z". In 1974, he composed the electronic music score for the 18th Annual Grammy Award winning Best Children's Recording of The Little Prince narrated by Richard Burton. The following year, he released an album titled Ataraxia: The Unexplained designed to accompany meditations to the mantra of the listener's choice. Mother Earth's Plantasia, which was released in 1976, was a series of Moog compositions to be played for growing plants. It has recently resurfaced online and become a posthumous cult hit.

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