Lucifer (Mort Garison)

Band members               Related acts

- Mort Garison -- keyboards, synthesizers



- none known





Genre: weird/bizarre

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Black Mass/Lucifer

Company: Uni

Catalog: 73111

Year: 1971

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: original inner sleeve with liner notes; minor ring and edge wear

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4617

Price: $50.00

Cost: $31.50


In spite of the goofy title which leaves one wondering whether the band's name was 'Black Mass' or 'Lucifer', 1971's "Black Mass/Lucifer" is actually a solo effort by synthesizer composer Mort Garson.  An all original and instrumental set composed on then state-of-the-art Moog synthesizers, it's kind of hard to decide whether Garson was trying to make an artistic statement about the dark arts, or was simply having fun showing off the technology's potential.  The set's attracted a significant cult following over the years (I don't think it's seen a CD reissue), but to be perfectly honest, it's hard to see what all the excitement's about since the early-1970s technology sounds rather quaint and dated today. That in turn diminishes the set's longstanding reputation as being sinister and forbidding.   Being stoned probably helps the ominous side a little bit.   Material such as the title track, 'Solomon's Ring' and 'Exorcism' is certainly interesting (in a time warp kind of fashion), but this stuff isn't atmospheric enough to make it on a video game soundtrack.   Elsewhere the title track sounds like it served as an inspiration for Michael Oldfield's "Tubular Bells", while 'The Rider of Aida (Voodoo)' sounds like a Kraftwerk outtake ...



All that bitching aside, it's still one of the better early-1970s synthesizer albums and I'll readily admit that it's a guilty pleasure that I occasionally slap on the turntable, if only to irritate some of the neighbors.

"Black Mass" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Solomon's Ring (instrumental)  (Mort Garson) - 3:20

2.) The Rider of Aida (Voodoo) (instrumental)  (Mort Garson) - 3:07

3.) Incubus (instrumental)  (Mort Garson) - 3:29

4.) Black Mass (instrumental)  (Mort Garson) - 3:39

5.) The Evil Eye (instrumental)  (Mort Garson) - 2:10


(side 2)
1.) Exorcism (instrumental)  (Mort Garson) - 3:45

2.) The Philosopher's Stone (instrumental)  (Mort Garson) - 3:27

3.) Voices of the Dead (The Medium()(instrumental)  (Mort Garson) - 2:05

4.) Witch Trial (instrumental)  (Mort Garson) - 3:27

5.) ESP (instrumental)  (Mort Garson) - 2:05




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