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Mort Garson - Mother Earth's Plantasia Green Starburst Vinyl Edition
Tracklist
A1Plantasia
A2Symphony For A Spider Plant
A3Baby's Tears Blues
A4Ode To An African Violet
A5Concerto For Phildendron & Pathos
B1Rhapsody In Green
B2Swingin Spathiphyllums
B3You Don't Have To Walk A Begonia
B4A Mellow Mood For Maidenhair
B5Music To Soothe The Savage Snake Plant

Mort Garson
Mother Earth's Plantasia Green Starburst Vinyl Edition

Sacred Bones | Item No: 699521
Vinyl LP | 1976 / Reissue | New
22,99 €
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If you purchased a snake plant, asparagus fern, peace lily, or what have you from Mother Earth on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles (or bought a Simmons mattress from Sears), you also took home Plantasia, an album recorded especially for plants. Subtitled “warm earth music for plants…and the people that love them,” it was full of bucolic, charming, stoner-friendly, decidedly unscientific tunes enacted on the new-fangled device called the Moog. Plants date back to the dawn of time, but apparently, they loved the Moog, never mind that the synthesizer had been on the market for just a few years. Most of all, the plants loved the ditties made by composer Mort Garson.
Few characters in early electronic music can be both fearless pioneers and cheesy trend-chasers, but Garson embraced both extremes, and has been unheralded as a result. When one writer rhetorically asked: “How was Garson’s music so ubiquitous while the man remained so under the radar?” the answer was simple. Well before Brian Eno did it, Garson was making discreet music, both the man and his music as inconspicuous as a Chlorophytum comosum. Julliard-educated and active as a session player in the post-war era, Garson wrote lounge hits, scored plush arrangements for Doris Day, and garlanded weeping countrypolitan strings around Glen Campbell’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” He could render the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel alike into easy listening and also dreamed up his own ditties. “An idear” as Garson himself would drawl it out. “I live with it, I walk it, I sing it.”
But as his daughter Day Darmet recalls: “When my dad found the synthesizer, he realized he didn’t want to do pop music anymore.” Garson encountered Robert Moog and his new device at the Audio Engineering Society’s West Coast convention in 1967 and immediately began tinkering with the device. With the Moog, those idears could be transformed.
“My mom had a lot of plants,” Darmet says. “She didn’t believe in organized religion, she believed the earth was the best thing in the whole world. Whatever created us was incredible.” And she also knew when her husband had a good song, shouting from another room when she heard him humming a good idear. Novel as it might seem, Plantasia is simply full of good tunes.
Hearing Plantasia in the 21st century, it seems less an ode to our photosynthesizing friends by Garson and more an homage to his wife, the one with the green thumb that made everything flower around him. “My dad would be totally pleased to know that people are really interested in this music that had no popularity at the time,” Darmet says of Plantasia's new renaissance. “He would be fascinated by the fact that people are finally understanding and appreciating this part of his musical career that he got no admiration for back then.” Garson seems to be everywhere again, even if he’s not really noticed, just like a houseplant.
Item Details
Item No:699521
Artist:Mort Garson
Titel:Mother Earth's Plantasia Green Starburst Vinyl Edition
Label:Sacred Bones
Format:Vinyl LP, Vinyl, LP
Pressing:Reissue
Release Date:1976
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Style:Downbeat / Electronica / Leftfield
Available since:21.11.2019
Condition:New
Price:22,99 €
Weight:250g (plus 250g Packaging)
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