The Zodiac ‎– Cosmic Sounds

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EKL-4009 The Zodiac Cosmic Sounds(LP, Album, Mono) Elektra EKL-4009 US 1967 Vendre cette version
EKM 84009 The Zodiac Cosmic Sounds(8-Trk, S/Sided, Album) Elektra EKM 84009 US 1967 Vendre cette version
EKS 74009 The Zodiac Cosmic Sounds(LP, Album) Elektra EKS 74009 US 1967 Vendre cette version
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EKS-74009 The Zodiac Cosmic Sounds(LP, Album, Abb) Elektra EKS-74009 US 1967 Vendre cette version
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EKL-4009 The Zodiac Cosmic Sounds(LP, Album, Mono) Elektra EKL-4009 UK 1967 Vendre cette version
EKS 74 009, EKS-74 009 The Zodiac Cosmic Sounds(LP, Album) Elektra, Elektra EKS 74 009, EKS-74 009 Germany 1968 Vendre cette version
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EKS-74009 The Zodiac Cosmic Sounds(LP, Album, RP) Elektra EKS-74009 US 1969 Vendre cette version
EKS-74009 The Zodiac Cosmic Sounds(LP, Album, RE, But) Elektra EKS-74009 UK 1971 Vendre cette version
WATER 102 The Zodiac Cosmic Sounds(CD, Album, RE) Water WATER 102 US 2002 Vendre cette version
EKL-4009, PPAN EKS74009 The Zodiac Cosmic Sounds(LP, Album, RE) Elektra, Pure Pleasure Records EKL-4009, PPAN EKS74009 UK 2016 Vendre cette version
WACMEM333CD The Zodiac Cosmic Sounds(CD, Album, RE) Él WACMEM333CD UK 2017 Vendre cette version
081227937874 The Zodiac Cosmic Sounds(LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, Glo) Elektra 081227937874 UK & Europe 2017 Vendre cette version
R1-4009 The Zodiac Cosmic Sounds(LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, S/Edition, Glo) Elektra R1-4009 US 2017 Vendre cette version
ODRS98034 The Zodiac Cosmic Sounds(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Pap) Oldays Records ODRS98034 Japan 2018 Vendre cette version
FID 32 The Zodiac Cosmic Sounds(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) FID Sound FID 32 Unknown Vendre cette version
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Skambankaren

Skambankaren

14 juillet 2019
en référence à Cosmic Sounds, LP, Album, RE, EKS-74009
Is this supposed to be a UK vinyl in a US jacket?
pingpongpete1

pingpongpete1

29 janvier 2018
en référence à Cosmic Sounds, LP, Album, Mono, EKL-4009
The mono version was also manufactured by Polydor in the UK. Still called EKL-4009, and with runout numbers EKL 4009A (A) and EKL 4009B (A)
giantleech

giantleech

22 décembre 2017
en référence à Cosmic Sounds, LP, Album, RE, EKL-4009, PPAN EKS74009
Front and back cover artwork indicate that this is a STEREO pressing. Can this be confirmed? The Discogs listing here states MONO, and that might not be correct.
DrewMeyer

DrewMeyer

29 septembre 2017
en référence à Cosmic Sounds, LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, S/Edition, Glo, R1-4009
I agree with MEllODrOnE, sound quality is fantastic. I was a little disappointed they didn't use a tip-on jacket for this release though like all the other albums from this series
MEllODrOnE

MEllODrOnE

5 août 2017
en référence à Cosmic Sounds, LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, S/Edition, Glo, R1-4009

I was skeptical at first to pick this up because of the whole glow in the dark thing, but godddammit this actually sounds pretty damn good. Noise floor is kinda high, I can hear some tape hiss in the background and there is light surface noise throughout the recording. Thing is, the mastering is really well done to where the music: voice and induvidual instruments, sound very crisp and clear and on point and shine through into the foreground. The sounds are very well defined, full and punchy. This is overall a great reissue, with some very, very minor noise hear and there that sounds like it part of the recording so you can't really do much about that. Otherwise, bright and delightful. And for less than $20, I would definitely reccomend, the price tag will forgo the little imperfections.
MEllODrOnE

MEllODrOnE

1 août 2017
en référence à Cosmic Sounds, LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, Glo, 081227937874
Really would like to know how this sounds skeptical about the glow in the dark thing
aquagak

aquagak

1 mars 2017
en référence à Cosmic Sounds, CD, Album, RE, WATER 102
super tasty sounds here:) .
iconan

iconan

18 janvier 2017
en référence à Cosmic Sounds, LP, Album, Mono, EKL-4009
The Zodiac - Cosmic Sounds - a Concept Album 1967 - The idea began in 1967 with Jac Holzman,and hired Alex Hassilev, a member of The Limeliters, to produce it. Hassilev in turn brought in Mort Garson, to write the music. With its traditional rock instruments alongside early synths and electronics, exotic percussion, sitars, harpsichords, bells and other effects. The Zodiac is not really a band, per se, but a gathering of some of the hottest session musicians of the time. The music is all instrumental, but backs periodic,poetic recitations by Cyrus Faryar, as he goes through each of the twelve signs of the zodiac,giving each one a character to represent it. Personnel: Cyrus Faryar – narration - Paul Beaver – Moog and other electronic instruments - Emil Richards – exotic percussion - Bud Shank – bass flute - Hal Blaine – drums - Carol Kaye – bass guitar - Mike Melvoin – keyboards - Produced by Alex Hassilev - Music written by Mort Garson - - -.-.-.-. om hari om ..... ॐ
jdank.firth

jdank.firth

16 janvier 2015
edité over 4 years ago
en référence à Cosmic Sounds, LP, Album, Mono, EKL-4009

What a strange recording! It has a lot of psych elements and the spoken word really ties it together. Reminds me of Aphrodite's Child. 4/5
progfan97402

progfan97402

8 septembre 2011
edité over 7 years ago
en référence à Cosmic Sounds, LP, Album, Mono, EKL-4009
This is truly a great album, as far as I'm concerned. Many people might dislike the narration from Cyrus Faryar, the subject matter, or perhaps the psychedelic rock (which was just shortly before Sgt. Pepper). Anyways, Elektra put out an album inspired by the Zodiac with the help of LA session musicians and had it released in May 1967 (not November, as popularly believed, read on). The label on the LP reads: "This recording was published in May 1967", and a May 20, 1967 issue of Billboard was already advertising the album, with further mentions in a June 10 and July 8 issues (the July 8 issue has the album mentioned in the "New Action Albums" section which is a short section on albums that hadn't entered the Billboard charts but reported getting strong sales action by record dealers).

Most of these musicians involved has appeared on many major hits from major L.A. acts of the time, The Beach Boys, the Byrds, the Association, the Monkees, the Mamas and the Papas, just about any L.A. group that emphasized vocal harmonies. They were Carol Kaye, Hal Blaine, Bud Shank, as well as Paul Beaver and Cyrus Faryar. Mort Garson helped in the writing (he also recorded a 12 LP set of the zodiac himself called Signs of the Zodiac in 1969 on A&M, each sign sold separately). The instruments included the usual rock setup of guitar, bass, and drums, plus flute, sitar, Moog, electric harpsichord, and Hammond organ. Narration reminds me of Jim Morrison, I guess intentional given the massive success Elektra had with The Doors. Although I don't know a whole lot about Cyrus Faryar, he was apparently involved in the folk scene.

It seems like the British caught on to this album (it did receive a UK release). The Scottish band Writing on the Wall covered "Aries" in a Black Sabbath/Crazy World of Arthur Brown manner on their album The Power of the Picts (1969), and East of Eden borrowed "Taurus" for their "In the Stable of the Sphinx" off their album Mercator Projected (1969). Also Justin Hayward stated this album had a big impact on the Moody Blues as they were recording Days of Future Passed, another proof that Cosmic Sounds was released earlier than November 1967, as Days of Future Passed was recorded in October 1967 (and released the following month). The spoken dialog was probably what inspired the Moody Blues to do the same (it was Mike Pinder, not Graeme Edge who recited the poetry, even though it was Graeme Edge who wrote them).

What I love is the combination of psychedelia, world music, and synthesizer, all this shortly before the release of Sgt. Pepper. I doubt even if Sgt. Pepper was never released, that Cosmic Sounds would take the world by storm as many detractors thought of it as a dated relic (if not the rock music part, many felt the astrological subject matter was what dated it the most). The psychedelic rock seems pretty much of its time, but I really love the non-commercial approach these musicians did here (given the very commercial approach they did on those hit records they played on). The electronics are often ahead of its time, some of it downright ambient. The Moog was never used here to show it off like an Emerson, Lake & Palmer album, it was used for embellishment much like on the Beatles' Abbey Road. Plus the world music influence really trips me out, especially the flute found on "Virgo" (sounds like Paul Horn's Inside the Taj Mahal backed by a psychedelic band). Since I wasn't alive in 1967, I don't have any problem with whatever aspect of it being dated. I really find this an underrated album, but is one of my favorites from the late 1960s.