Cosmic Sounds Review

artist: The Zodiac date: 07/30/2005 category: compact discs
The Zodiac: Cosmic Sounds
Released: Jun 25, 2002
Label: Water
Genre: Rock
Styles: Psychedelic
Number Of Tracks: 12
Cosmic Sounds is a definitive timepiece and nostalgic relic reflecting the heavy marketability in the so-called "counterculture" youth movement of the late '60s.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 4
 Overall Impression: 1
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overall: 5
Cosmic Sounds Reviewed by: Avram Fawcett, on july 30, 2005
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Sound: The music on this album is pure psychedelia. It was written by Mort Garson, a composer who also wrote the National Geographic theme. A lot of it sounds like California acid rock. Sitars and other exotic instruments add a big of raga rock touch to it, while the Moog synths add a sort of electronic feel. It's not much different from any other hardcore psychedelic group's wildest workouts, except for the narration which really dates the album. It's sort of like Orson Welle's narration on The Alan Parsons Porject's debut album. The sound quality is pretty good, Elektra still wasn't quite on top, but it's pretty good. Better than The Door's first album. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics are narrated by Cyrus Faryar and written by a dude named Jacques Wilson. They're about the different signs of the horrorscope. It's full of almost nonsensical imagery of the magical figures of the zodiac mythos. But it's too silly, definately dope smokin' stuff. If it weren't for Cyrus's voice, the album would suffer greatly because of this. // 4

Overall Impression: The Zodiac were a makeshift "band" comprised of session kings like drummer Hal Blaine, obscure electronic geniuses like Moog synth artist Paul Beaver, and unsung folk heroes like sexy voiced narrator Cyrus Faryar (he played on Donovan's Sunshine Superman album). This motley crew of behind the scene heroes crafted together a remarkbable psychedelic gem that has been unfairly forgotten. The names of the guitarists are also unknown, but they are remarkable whoever they are. The album fits best when you're alone late at night, with the lights out. As the back cover reads Must Be Played In The Dark. // 1

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