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Death May Be Your Santa Claus

Second Hand Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (30 Jun 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: See for Miles
  • ASIN: B0000011C1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Death May Be Your Santa Claus
2. Hangin' On An Eyelid
3. Lucifer And The Egg
4. Somethin' You Got
5. Dip It Out Of The Bog Fred (Bonus Track)
6. Baby R U Anudda Monster (Bonus Track)
7. Cyclops
8. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
9. Revelations Ch.16, Vs. 9-12
10. Take To The Skies
11. Death May Be Your Santa Claus
12. Funeral

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
First released in the early seventies, this extraordinary work can now be seen at last for what it is - a ground-breaking masterpiece. At times funereal, at times intricately classical and at times almost hard rock, the whole explosion of keyboard-driven music is fuelled by Kenny Elliott's dextrous and versatile mellotron, Wurlitzer organ, piano and other keys. The background powerhouse rhythmn section is supplied by George Hart on bass and Kieran O'Connor on drums. Songs and instrumentals have a Hieronymous Bosch feel to them with a mixture of surrealism and tongue-in-cheek black humour. Tracks such as "Cyclops" are based on a Bach motif while "Something you've got" is almost a straight-ahead rocker. The final instrumental of the album is probably the high point among many - the main riff kicks in so hard that it makes you jump out of your seat and ends with a triumphant classical wall of chords against some quite extraordinary phased drums from Kieran, who must have had at least four hands to have played them and indicates a very jazz-influenced background and training. Really, there is not a dull moment on this album, even though one is bound to have favourites.
It has been compared to Pink Floyd elsewhere but this is misleading - even though both bands looked at the edge of reality and human experience, the sheer musical ability of Secondhand allowed them to explore much deeper.

This is a "must" for all those truly interested in the development of progressive and classical rock, although it is neither of these. In truth, it is really like nothing else you will hear again and is thoroughly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas comes early 25 Nov 2010
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The second album by the still incredibly young and talented Second Hand is a psychedelic masterpiece, though it has much more than psychedelia to recommend it. Made in 1971, it differs from its predecessor largely because the band had lost their guitarist. Whereas 'Reality' is a turbulent snarl of rock laced with wonderful melodies, this recording relies predominantly on Ken Elliott's ingenuity on organ. The constantly shifting rhythms are another feature, with the drummer making startling use of vibes, not usually a favoured tool of rock bands. Elliott, who was apparently the band's main visionary force, makes his music sound as if it's tearing its way from the bowels of the earth, his gothic organ swells often suggesting a Vincent Price horror film before being swallowed by a psychedelic blur. The title track and 'Cyclops' are the most effective examples of this.

Second Hand interrupt these performances, however, with more melodic material, notably 'Hangin' On An Eyelid' and the straight rock of 'Somethin' You Got'. One aspect of the album which some people may find off-putting is the vocal style, most of the songs being roared, snarled and growled rather than sung. For me, however, this fits in well. Of the three bonus tracks, 'Funeral' began early pressings of the LP before being removed. Though a good track, it was actually another artist's recording with Second Hand and an orchestra providing the backing, and doesn't quite fit in with the 'out there' nature of the album. 'Reality' is also recommended, although the production on that album is not brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Masterpiece sees the light of day again 24 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
First released in the early seventies, this extraordinary work can now be seen at last for what it is - a ground-breaking masterpiece. At times funereal, at times intricately classical and at times almost hard rock, the whole explosion of keyboard-driven music is fuelled by Kenny Elliott's dextrous and versatile mellotron, Wurlitzer organ, piano and other keys. The background powerhouse rhythmn section is supplied by George Hart on bass and Kieran O'Connor on drums. Songs and instrumentals have a Hieronymous Bosch feel to them with a mixture of surrealism and tongue-in-cheek black humour. Tracks such as "Cyclops" are based on a Bach motif while "Something you've got" is almost a straight-ahead rocker. The final instrumental of the album is probably the high point among many - the main riff kicks in so hard that it makes you jump out of your seat and ends with a triumphant classical wall of chords against some quite extraordinary phased drums from Kieran, who must have had at least four hands to have played them and indicates a very jazz-influenced background and training. Really, there is not a dull moment on this album, even though one is bound to have favourites.
It has been compared to Pink Floyd elsewhere but this is misleading - even though both bands looked at the edge of reality and human experience, the sheer musical ability of Secondhand allowed them to explore much deeper.
This is a "must" for all those truly interested in the development of progressive and classical rock, although it is neither of these. In truth, it is really like nothing else you will hear again and is thoroughly recommended.
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