The Wozard of Iz

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The Wozard of Iz
Studio album by Mort Garson
Released 1968
Genre Electronic music
Length 35:05
Label A&M
Producer Bernard Krause

The Wozard of Iz is an electronic album written by Jacques Wilson with music composed and performed by Mort Garson. It parodies the movie The Wizard of Oz (1939), setting the characters in a stereotypical 1960s hippie mindset. Throughout the story, the main character, Dorothy, seeks out "where it's at".

The corrupted title appeared in print as early as August 18, 1907, in The Grand Rapids Herald, in an unsigned article titled "How the Wizard of Oz Spends His Vacation," which discussed the vacation homes and practices of author L. Frank Baum. Baum claimed that yokels would occasionally recognize him as the author of the novel, corrupting the title as they went.

The album was released the year following another collaboration between Garson and Wilson, The Zodiac: Cosmic Sounds, a concept album issued by Elektra Records.

Cast of characters[edit]

  • Dorothy - Suzie Jane Hokom[1]
  • Scared Crow - Barney Phillips
  • In-man - Jay Jasin
  • Lyin' Coward - Barney Phillips
  • Baddy Witch - Julie Haas
  • Goodie Witch - Jadine Vaughn
  • Narrator - Jacques Wilson

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Contrary to popular legend, Suzi(e) Jane Hokom is not a pseudonym for Nancy Sinatra (B. Moynihan, Boots Enterprises, Inc., personal communication, June 29, 2009). She was Lee Hazlewood's sometime girlfriend, and recorded both with him and as a solo singer.

Track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. Prologue - 3:05
  2. Leave the Driving to Us - 2:50
  3. Upset Strip - 2:25
  4. Never Follow the Yellow-Green Road - 2:40
  5. Thing-a-Ling (Scared Crow) - 2:21
  6. In-man - 1:28
  7. Man With the Word (Lyin' Coward) - 2:00
  8. They're Off to Find the Wozard - 1:40

Side Two[edit]

  1. Blue Poppy - 6:27
  2. I've Been Over the Rainbow - 2:10
  3. Big Sur - 3:20
  4. Killing of the Witch - 3:35
  5. Finale - 1:04

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