Great news: Mother Earth's Plantasia, an ultra-rare 1976 album by the phenomenal composer and Moog synthesizer master Mort Garson, is finally getting a legit vinyl reissue by New York label Sacred Bones on June 21 (digital copies are available now).
Garson—who also composed music for Elektra and A&M's trendy late-'60s Zodiac series of LPs—supposedly created Plantasia with the goal to help plants realize their full growth potential. It was initially sold only at Mother Earth plant shop and Sears, which gave it away with purchases of Simmons mattresses (seriously). Whatever the case, Plantasia is a wonderfully whimsical piece of electronic music, and worth owning regardless of your interest in botany. Subtitled “warm earth music for plants…and the people that love them,” the record abounds with enchanting, delicate melodies, tantalizing textures, and subliminal rhythms that will get your flora's roots dancing up a storm. Garson's Moog certainly had green circuits.
Original copies of Plantasia had become so hard to find and so expensive (Discogs lists copies going for $325-$600) that two filmmakers decided to make a documentary about their epic search to find one in the wild. They had the audacity to launch a Kickstarter to fund it, and actually surpassed their $9,000 goal.
Now that an official re-release is happening (in conjunction with Discogs, oddly enough), the mystique and allure of their film seem diminished. But being the Garson fanatic that I am, I'll probably see the film anyway—if it actually gets completed. And I'll buy this new reissue, even though I already own a grey-area re-release. That's how strong my Garson love is.
2. Symphony For A Spider Plant
3. Baby's Tears Blues
4. Ode To An African Violet
5. Concerto For Philodendron And Pothos
6. Rhapsody In Green
7. Swingin' Spathiphyllums
8. You Don't Have To Walk A Begonia
9. A Mellow Mood For Maidenhair
10. Music To Soothe The Savage Snake Plant