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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Mort Garson - The Wozard of Iz: An Electronic Odyssey

One of the strangest albums I have ever had the pleasure of listening toSome of you may or may not be familiar with the late Mort Garson. He recently passed away in January of this year. Garson was perhaps best remembered as a pioneer of electronic music using Moog synthesizers. Although his electronic albums are considered his greatest output, he was also an accomplished composer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, and pianist.

In 1967 Garson started working on The Zodiac: Cosmic Sounds. This would be the first of many electronic psychedelic masterpieces. In 1968 Garson collaborated with Jacques Wilson to create one of the trippiest albums ever released. The album was written by Wilson, with Garson composing the music. The Wozard of Iz was far from Garson's most polished effort, but it does stand out as being one of his most creative works, and certainly the strangest album he ever worked on. In fact I would dare say that it is one of the strangest albums I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Basically it parodies The Wizard of Oz, with the character's names remaining the same, yet with their adventures taking place in a modern day (modern at the time of release) setting. It is a deliberate jab at the typical lifestyle lived by many americans during the 1960's. In this alternate-oz, Dorothy takes a "trip" and discovers a a better life free from the pressures of society. During the course of the album, the lyrics are at times brilliant, silly, disturbing, and nonsensical, however they are always complimentary of the music that accompanies them. If you are fan of electronic, psychedelic, or just insanely weird music, then you won't want to miss out on this.

Year of Release: 1968
Label: A&M Records
Genre: Electronic/Psychedelic
Bitrate: 256kbps

Track List:
1. Prologue
2. Leave the Driving to Us
3. Upset Strip
4. Never Follow the Yellow-Green Road
5. Thing-a-Ling (Scared Crow)
6. In-man
7. Man With the Word (Lyin' Coward)
8. They're Off to Find the Wozard
9. Blue Poppy
10. I've Been Over the Rainbow
11. Big Sur
12. Killing of the Witch
13. Finale

Download: Mort Garson - The Wozard of Iz (ifile)
Download Mirror: Mort Garson - The Wozard of Iz (MegaUpload)
File Size: 65MB


Zer0_II said...

I'm not sure if the file is down, or if there is a problem with the host, but I noticed that I'm receiving a "page unavailable" when trying to access the download link. If any of you managed to download this, and could re-upload it for me, I would be most greatful.

grapepowder said...

I dled it fine yesterday, although i moved it off my comp already. I'm dling again now and will reup it for you. Any preference for upload site?

grapepowder said...


Matt said...

I've got your back, zer0_ii...
Gimme a bit to upload it and I'll get you a link back in a bit.

Zer0_II said...

The original link appears to be working now, so I assume that the host was down. It never hurts to have a download mirror. Thanks you providing one grapepowder, and to you Matt for the offer. I'll add the additional link to my post.

Matt said...

Hrm... I tried uploading my copy of the file to ifile.it, the upload completes, but the file does not show up in my list of uploaded files...
Could it be that since you have the file uploaded with the same name, ifile.it doesn't accept my upload, or won't let another file of the same size, with the same name, be hosted on their site?
I'm not expecting you to know or answer this. I just wanted to let you know I wasn't trying to leave you hanging.
Glad that grapepowder is on the job!

Glenn said...

http://ifile.it/dl doesn't work. MegaUpload does, though. Could you upload the Cosmic Travellers to MegaUpload?

Zer0_II said...

To be honest Matt I'm not sure. Your theory makes sense as to why ifile.it isn't accepting your upload. If you still want to upload it, you could just try changing the file name.

Anonymous said...

heard a lot about this.....looking forward to listening...thank you.

Anonymous said...

Gonna listen to this tonight.I love Garson's "Black Mass".
Cheers,dude.Great stuff here.
Got "Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas" yesterday,Listened to in car today-I was howling with laughter.Thanks