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Act One [CD]

Beggars Opera Audio CD
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Beggars Opera were a six piece classical, progressive rock band from Glasgow, Scotland who formed in 1969. Signed to Vertigo Records, they were a furiously hard working band who toured extensively in the late 60’s through to mid 70’s with, apart from the highlights of touring for a decade with practically no stopping, they were part of the Speyer Festival Germany – The Great ... Read more in Amazon's Beggars Opera Store

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  • Audio CD (2 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B00029KZO0
  • Other Editions: Paperback  |  Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5. Light Cavalry
6. Sarabande (Bonus Track)
7. Think (Bonus Track)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic opener 29 Jun 2008
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By 1970 bands such as Deep Purple, Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin to name a few, who had started out on the underground circuit, had moved on to the big city halls and regular album chart successes. Other bands like Rare Bird, Savoy Brown, Steamhammer etc would carry on playing the club and college circuit with occasional support bookings to the big boys, Beggars Opera unfortunately for them came under the latter catagory. For those of you who were not familiar with the music at the time, DON'T be fooled into thinking that their music is in any way sub-standard, in fact more often than not it is as good as or better. My only explanation for the failure of some of these bands to reach the heights revolves around their perceived position on their record company's pecking order, I suppose there must have been a limited amount of funding for promotion etc.

To give you a clue as to the high esteem in which this album was held, five of us worked together as apprentices, and ours was a collective record collection (concerts took priority), this and Tull's Stand up were the only duplications, nuff said.

As debut albums go, this is up there with the best of them. I assume that the band had been together for some time prior to getting a recording contract as their playing is so tight and accomplished. A previous reviewer linked them with E.L.P, however Emerson in his "Nice" days had started off with psychedelic music before introducing classical influences into his music, the Beggars appear to have bit the bullet and started their recording career with a 5 track album, 4 of which are classically inclined.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still just as fresh now... 30 Jan 2008
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I was given a vinyl LP copy of Act One by the bass guitarist, Marshall Erskine when it first came out, and have just ordered the CD. This album is still ahead of it's time even now, and I have great delight in listening to it regularly. You simply do not tire of the amazing harmonies together with the exceptional voice of Martin Griffiths.
I was very lucky to have been friends with them especially whilst at Eastwood High School.
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Very interesting comments regarding the Beggars Opera first LP. I was lucky enough to see the group 4 times in the period 71 - 73 (I lived in Scotland, near Edinburgh at the time) and I was amazed that they did not receive the recognition they deserved. They were great live and their first 3 LPs were a joy to listen to.
Their 4th LP (Get You Dog Off Me) was somewhat different in style - the singer had changed. However, I enjoyed Dog - but it was obvious that the group had changed their style in an attempt, I think, to make it "bigger" and, perhaps, to be noticed in the American market - were the big money was..
The sound of the organ and mellotron was a joy to hear - Act One containing some absolutely outstanding Hammond B 3 work from Alan Park.
Re the question Why did they not make it to the "big time"? Remember, at that time (very early 70's) there was just so much music around - new groups coming and going/members leaving to form other groups/etc. In addition the "majors" at the time (e.g. D Purple/J Tull/P Floyd/LZ/U Heep/Yes/etc) just became bigger and bigger, and attracted all the attention and sales. Thus, I think, the music of Beggars Opera was lost in mist of an exceptional period of time for great music. As mentioned above, their style changed with the 4th LP (Dog) in 1973 but it failed to attract the attention of the LP buying masses of 16-20 year olds and then they were gone. However, as an example of the standard of music produced, let us remember that Beggars Opera produced 4 great LP's during the period 1970 - 1973: an outstanding achievement.
Incidentally, my copy of Act One includes their first 45 single - Sarabande - which appears to sound like it is an extract from Passacaglia - brilliant wah-wah effects on the guitar and Hammond.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical Gas. 14 July 2007
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Saw this band several times in the 70s.If you like rock with a classical touch this is the album to buy,this in my opinion is their best album.Shades of Emerson,Lake and Palmer only better.Their later albums went all poppy and lost the classical element.Had this album in vinyl,cassette,and now cd,one of my all time favourites.
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