Mother Earth's Plantasia

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Mother Earth's Plantasia
Mother Earths Plantasia Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released1976
StudioPatchcord Productions, Hollywood, California[1]
GenreElectronic, experimental, ambient
Length30:55
LabelHomewood Records
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic78/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[3]
Pitchfork7.2/10[4]
The Quietus[5]

Mother Earth's Plantasia (subtitled "warm earth music for plants and the people who love them"), commonly referred to as simply Plantasia, is an electronic album by Mort Garson first released in 1976. The music on it was composed specifically for plants to listen to.[6] The album had a very limited distribution upon release, only being available to people who bought a houseplant from a store called Mother Earth on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles or those who purchased a Simmons mattress from a Sears outlet, both of which came with the record.[6] As a result, the album failed to attain widespread popularity around the time of its release. However, it has since gained a cult following as an early work of electronic music.[7] Garson used a Moog synthesizer to compose the album.[6]

In March 2019, Sacred Bones Records announced that they were officially reissuing the album.[7] The reissue is available on music streaming services and was released on vinyl and CD as well on June 21, 2019.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Plantasia"3:21
2."Symphony for a Spider Plant"2:41
3."Baby's Tears Blues"3:03
4."Ode to an African Violet"4:03
5."Concerto for Philodendron & Pothos"3:09
Side two
No.TitleLength
6."Rhapsody in Green"3:28
7."Swingin' Spathiphyllums"2:59
8."You Don't Have to Walk a Begonia"2:31
9."A Mellow Mood for Maidenhair"2:17
10."Music to Soothe the Savage Snake Plant"3:23

Personnel[edit]

Legacy[edit]

Angie Martoccio, writing for Rolling Stone in 2019, described Mother Earth's Plantasia as Garson's magnum opus.[8] Stephen M. Deusner, writing for Pitchfork, described it as perhaps Garson's "most beloved album, at least among crate-diggers and record collectors."[4]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[9]
6
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[10]
8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mother Earth's Plantasia (back cover of LP), Hollywood, CA: Homewood Records, 1976
  2. ^ "Metacritic Review". Metacritic. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. "AllMusic Review". AllMusic. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Deusner, Stephen (July 6, 2019). "Pitchfork Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  5. ^ Coney, Brian (June 26, 2019). "The Quietus Review". The Quietus. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d "Mort Garson: Mother Earth's Plantasia". Sacred Bones Records. Sacred Bones Records. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Mother Earth's Plantasia Gets First Official Vinyl Reissue". Pitchfork. Condé Nast. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  8. ^ Martoccio, Angie (2019-12-12). "Revisiting the Weird World of Seventies Plant Music". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2021-05-18. Retrieved 2021-05-18.
  9. ^ "Independent Albums". Billboard. July 6, 2019. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  10. ^ "EDM Music & Dance Albums Chart". Billboard. July 6, 2019. Retrieved July 13, 2019.