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  • Audio CD (June 25, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1967
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Water
  • ASIN: B000066AUH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,438 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Aries - The Fire-Fighter
2. Taurus - The Voluptuary
3. Gemini - The Cool Eye
4. Cancer - The Moonchild
5. Leo - The Lord Of Lights
6. Virgo - The Perpetual Perfectionist
7. Libra - The Flower Child
8. Scorpio - The Passionate Hero
9. Sagittarius - The Versatile Daredevil
10. Capricorn - The Uncapricious Climber
11. Aquarius - The Lover Of Life
12. Pisces - The Perfect Piper

Editorial Reviews

Reissue of 1967 Elektra album of psychedelic mood music/spoken word. Featuring the first use of a Moog synthesizer on a commercial recording. 2002.

Customer Reviews

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I really love the flute, especially the use of echoey flute.
I'm so glad to see it back in print, I bought it again on CD, even though I still have two LPs and my own pirate CD.
Bob Hardy
And I was doing a pretty good job at it to, until this one particular album.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Cthulhu on August 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
YEEEE-HAAWWW!!! Some big record industry type finally got a clue and released "The Zodiac/Cosmic Sounds" on CD after I've been searching for over 20 years! What's next---world peace?

The same day I discovered the CD release of the Gina Bachauer/Sir John Gielgud collaboration on the Bertrand/Ravel work Gespard de la Nuit (from about the same time period I guess, musta been something in the air)! Do we now get hit by the asteroid?

I bought this album in 68 or 69, when it was still current, and have cherished it ever since. A roomate of mine at college turned me on to it. I replaced it once soon after, having melted it in the back seat car window. At some juncture I elected to "clean" the record with one of those "record cleaning" rags you picked up at a discount department store and, gee whiz, I musta added too much water (the package said to add water "when needed"). The result of which was that I added a thin "crust" (when it dried) to the grooves of that, and a significant number of other greatly loved record albums I owned. Luckily, my record collection wasn't that large in those days. They still played, albeit with a new background noise, and sometimes the gum gathered in the grooves, causing them to skip.

So this is, like, GREAT TIDINGS indeed, to me, man, to learn of its availability again. Hallelujah!! Another lp/CD I recommend along this line is Graham Bond's "Holy Magick" (luckily, also now available), for all you mystics out there. The first 3 Tyrannosaurus Rex lps, "U" and others by The Incredible String Band, early Donovan, the first 4 or 5 Caravan albums, "Mr.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By William Timothy Lukeman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'd nearly forgotten about this offbeat gem from the 1960s -- how wonderful to find it available on CD after so long! It's a perfect artifact of that time, reminding us that the willingness to be silly & ridiculous was a virtue then, as it encouraged creativity in totally unexpected directions. Ah, to take creative risks as naturally as breathing ... (A pity that attitude is frowned upon today.) Trippy, goofy fun, a vista of dazzling colors seen with the widest of star-filled eyes ... a world that can't revel in something like this psychedelic delight is all the poorer for it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Avram Jarek Fawcett on November 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Zodiac, the greatest semi-band in the world? This little piece of work is their only album together, though many of them had and would work together again in other stuff. Anyhoohas, the music is excellent, and the narration is...we, the narration is utterly 60s. It says "Must Be Played In The Dark" on the cover, and that's approporiate, but for the words, an additional "Must be Played While Stoned" would be nice. Cyrus Faryar has a cool voice, but Jac Wilson's words are so dated and sound so silly now that it sounds totally absurd. My dad laughs every time he hears the words, expecially "six men and six trees" on Taurus.

The Moog is hot stuff on this one. PaulBeaver blows off some sweet riffs. Emil Richards shows off fine percussive tricks, Hal Blaine shows fine drumming, finer than any of his session work. Carol Kaye has some fine bass goin' too. Bud Shank can creep you out with his flute work, Nobody knows the guitar players' names, which is sad, 'cause they give this a hot California acid rock feel that makes me wonder when Grace Slick will jump in. Wilson's poetry sounds pretty Jim Morrison also!


Leo-Lord Of Lights, this is the happiest song on the album. Real coo, guitar funk there!

Taurus-The Voluptuary: Heavy Metal synth blasts the opening riff into youe ears and some creepy flute keeps you goin.

Sagittarius-The Versatile Daredevil: Circus music gone mad. Swirling sythns tricks and Cyrus's slightly crazy vocals make this worthwhile

Capricorn-The Uncapricious Climber: More creepy flute and some exotic synth make this is cool little piece of ghost rock.

In my personal list of the Ten Best Rock Albums, this is right there at ten! Believe me, the narration is a bit silly, but the voice si cool and the music is top notch! This is one truly forgotten classic.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Breden on July 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In a time when most fans of the 60's and Elektra Records think only of the Doors, this album is one of a handful of standouts from that label and is among the first wave of releases that occurred when they went from a folk label to a progressive rock label. Other notable releases included Clear Light, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Love, all available on CD.
The Zodiac is a unique piece of late 60's psychedelia, a mixture of prose and electonic music best played on Halloween with candles and incense in the background. These 12 songs representing the signs of the Zodiac evoke powerful 35 year old memories to me and my contemporaries who enjoyed this album alongside other great Elektra releases, especially the Doors.
While I was proud to have a home rolled CD copy of this album from a mint, sealed LP, the quality of the CD is impeccable, revealing nuances of percussion and other instrumentation that I had not previously heard.
This album is a worthy addition to the libary of any serious aficionado of 60's rock. Until its release on CD, it was at the very top of my list of albums I most wanted to see released on CD.
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