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The ZodiacCosmic Sounds

Label:Elektra – EKL-4009
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono
Country:US
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Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Psychedelic Rock, Experimental

Tracklist

A1Aries - The Fire-Fighter3:17
A2Taurus - The Voluptuary3:38
A3Gemini - The Cool Eye2:50
A4Cancer - The Moon Child3:27
A5Leo - The Lord Of Lights2:30
A6Virgo - The Perpetual Perfectionist3:05
B1Libra - The Flower Child3:28
B2Scorpio - The Passionate Hero2:51
B3Sagittarius - The Versatile Daredevil2:06
B4Capricorn - The Uncapricious Climber3:30
B5Aquarius - The Lover Of Life3:45
B6Pisces - The Peace Piper3:19
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"Must be played in the dark"

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 (etched)): EKL 4009A (A)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 (etched)): EKL 4009B (A)

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Harold-Holt's avatar
Harold-Holt
Hi I have a copy from New Zealand with the same matrix - Stereo EKS-74009 Flapback cover - Lithoed in New Zealand top left rear cover.
Sephiroth_X's avatar
Sephiroth_X
Funny I truly don´t like St Pepper but I can listen this masterpiece any day, beautiful work of art. Funny enough was made the same year than the doors album "the doors" on the same record label Elektra, the narrator voice is a bit similar to Jim Morrison as well! 100% recommended even if sounds dated is a nice document of the time and truly transports you to a special era in music and consciousness.
pingpongpete1's avatar
pingpongpete1
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)
iconan's avatar
iconan
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's avatar
jdank.firth
Edited 7 years ago
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's avatar
progfan97402
Edited 10 years ago
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.
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esSBee
The astro-speak deep voiceover may be difficult for many to handle, but for anyone wishing to dismiss the music, they should first consider it has been sampled and drawn on for inspiration by electronica psychedelicists Broadcast, as well as one or two other contemporaries. But even without those credentials, any accomplished musician listening past the words to the music will know it is far from 'thin'. In fact, if Elektra were to release a sessions mix of this album, sans voice, it would skyrocket to paramount cult status in no time. Mort Garson never did anything so sophisticated before or after this.