Jaded with your current tunes? Saxophonist and composer Cannonball Adderley’s Soul Zodiac and the follow-up Love, Sex, and the Zodiac are sensational. They both blend psychedelic jive with smooth patter Seventies (Neptune in Sagittarius) astro-talk but the second album has the hilarious song titles: Examples: Aries: Damn Right, Taurus: Wampus Cat and Pisces: Allison’s Trip.
They’re voiced by Rick Holmes, a Los Angeles Dj and astro-obsessive whose hot takes on people’s signs and proclivities won him a cult audience. A bit player in Valley of the Dolls and The Bill Cosby Show, he went on the record about his bad vibes on Bill decades before he was sprung. He had Sun, Mercury, Mars, and Uranus conjunct in Taurus, the ultimate line up for a psychedelic radio personality and voice-over artist.
“You Don’t Decide You’re Hip, It Just Happens That Way” – Cannonball Adderley
The spoken-word component of Soul Zodiac was Grammy award-nominated, pretty good going for an album with lines like “Beware of Gemini, beware of Gemini,” repeated over and over. Some of the lines are hokie or nuts – “Pisces can never be by themselves, because of their dreams…they are chickens of the sea…” but the narration is so cool and the music? Amazing.
Cannonball Adderley was an influential musician, a pioneer of “soul-jazz and hard bop” and contemporary of Miles Davis. Mercy, Mercy Mercy was his biggest hit – it was used to brilliant effect in the soundtrack for Wolf of Wall Street.
He was a Mars in Gemini guy, with that mercurial Mars exact square his Virgo Sun. Each sign gets a different style of music to back the talking. It’s genius. I could see it as the sonic styling for a fantastic fashion show. But only Soul Zodiac is available! I want to hear Love, Sex, and the Zodiac – see below for the tracklists. Has anyone got this?