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LP 260: Mort Garson – Mother Earth’s Plantasia (Homewood, 1976)

19 Jul

Side 1
01 Plantasia
02 Symphony For A Spider Plant
03 Baby’s Tears Blues
04 Ode To An African Violet
05 Concerto For Philodendron & Pothos

Side 2
06 Rhapsody In Green
07 Swingin’ Spathiphyllums
08 You Don’t Have To Walk A Begonia
09 A Mellow Mood For Maidenhair
10 Music To Soothe The Savage Snake Plant

Mort Garson’s final album is probably his strangest in a long line of weird but wonderful LPs. Mother Earth’s Plantasia was released on the Homewood label just as the long hot summer of 1976 was coming to a close. If you were living in southern California and were lucky enough to purchase a Simmons’ mattress from one of their local stores then you may have been given a free copy of this album with your bedding.

The premise is “Warm earth music for plants and the people who love them”. The title track is a forlorn and evocative soundscape of shimmering melodies while Baby’s Tears Blues would make the perfect soundtrack for a child’s monitor – all tinny synths and bonkers keyboards. Ode To An African Violet is more minimal in delivery with a moody refrain pulsating under a delightful arrangement. Think of Warp records and Plone.

The second side of the LP finishes very strongly with the edgy melancholia of A Mellow Mood For Maidenhair before the downbeat strains of Music To Soothe The Savage Snake Plant come crashing in. All of this madness is accompanied by a very detailed and descriptive plant care booklet which makes for compelling reading.

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