Cosmic Sounds

Performers Zodiac

Water Music Records | June 25, 2002 | Compact Disc

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Includes liner notes by Richie Unterberger.
The dozen signs of the Zodiac are ruminated upon during the pseudo-psychedelic COSMIC SOUNDS, a concept album was issued in late 1967 on Elektra Records. COSMIC SOUNDS narrator Cyrus Faryar's other credits include proficiencies as a bouzouki player, bassist, guitarist, and sometimes vocalist for a plethora of diverse artists, namely Dave Guard & the Whiskeyhill Singers and the Modern Folk Quartet, as well as guest spots on albums by Mama Cass Elliot, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Buffalo Springfield, Fred Neil, and even the Firesign Theatre. Faryar animates Jacques Wilson's suitably antiquated '60s hippie prose, depicting the various characteristics unique to the 12 respective zodiac insignias. Backing Faryar's narration is a loosely corralled and completely unnamed aggregate of L.A. session all-stars and Wrecking Crew regulars: Carol Kaye (bass), Hal Blaine (drums), Bud Shank (bass flute), and Emil Richards (percussion)--who often performs several different instruments during the same song. Along with contributions from Moog synth guru Paul Beaver, the band churn out a series of ersatz rock melodies--the likes of which might have been as incidental fodder for an episode of DRAGNET or from any of the late-'60s hippie/biker flicks such as PSYCH-OUT or HELLS ANGELS ON WHEELS. The cinematic style comes via the talents of Julliard-trained pop composer/arranger/conductor Mort Garson--who may be best remembered for his collaborations with Doris Day, Glen Campbell, Rod McKuen, and Mel Torm'. SOUNDS is a definitive timepiece and nostalgic relic reflecting the heavy marketability in the counterculture youth movement of the late '60s. Taken at face value, it righteously succeeds.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 25, 2002

Genre: Psychedelic

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Water Music Records

UPC: 646315710229

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Cosmic Sounds

Performers Zodiac

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 25, 2002

Genre: Psychedelic

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Water Music Records

UPC: 646315710229


Title Track Time
1.Fire-Fighter, The - Zodiac (Aries) --
2.Voluptuary, The - Zodiac (Taurus) --
3.Cool Eye, The - Zodiac (Gemini) --
4.Moon Child, The - Zodiac (Cancer) --
5.Lord of Lights, The - Zodiac (Leo) --
6.Perpetual Perfectionist, The - Zodiac (Virgo) --
7.Flower Child, The - Zodiac (Libra) --
8.Passionate Herd, The - Zodiac (Scorpio) --
9.Versatile Daredevil, The - Zodiac (Sagittarius) --
10.Uncapricious Climber, The - Zodiac (Capricorn) --
11.Lover of Life, The - Zodiac (Aquarius) --
12.Peace Piper, The - Zodiac (Pisces) --

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Includes liner notes by Richie Unterberger.
The dozen signs of the Zodiac are ruminated upon during the pseudo-psychedelic COSMIC SOUNDS, a concept album was issued in late 1967 on Elektra Records. COSMIC SOUNDS narrator Cyrus Faryar's other credits include proficiencies as a bouzouki player, bassist, guitarist, and sometimes vocalist for a plethora of diverse artists, namely Dave Guard & the Whiskeyhill Singers and the Modern Folk Quartet, as well as guest spots on albums by Mama Cass Elliot, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Buffalo Springfield, Fred Neil, and even the Firesign Theatre. Faryar animates Jacques Wilson's suitably antiquated '60s hippie prose, depicting the various characteristics unique to the 12 respective zodiac insignias. Backing Faryar's narration is a loosely corralled and completely unnamed aggregate of L.A. session all-stars and Wrecking Crew regulars: Carol Kaye (bass), Hal Blaine (drums), Bud Shank (bass flute), and Emil Richards (percussion)--who often performs several different instruments during the same song. Along with contributions from Moog synth guru Paul Beaver, the band churn out a series of ersatz rock melodies--the likes of which might have been as incidental fodder for an episode of DRAGNET or from any of the late-'60s hippie/biker flicks such as PSYCH-OUT or HELLS ANGELS ON WHEELS. The cinematic style comes via the talents of Julliard-trained pop composer/arranger/conductor Mort Garson--who may be best remembered for his collaborations with Doris Day, Glen Campbell, Rod McKuen, and Mel Torm'. SOUNDS is a definitive timepiece and nostalgic relic reflecting the heavy marketability in the counterculture youth movement of the late '60s. Taken at face value, it righteously succeeds.
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