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Deviants/Mona - the Carnivorous Circus

Mick Farren, Deviants Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Essential
  • ASIN: B0000258U1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. C. W. Smith VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Mick Farren's growling Deviants imploded in Vancouver Canada in the autumn of 1969 leaving the uneven 'The Deviants #3' as their swansong.

The album opens with the swaggering comic book novelty of 'Billy The Monster' followed by the instrumental workout 'Broken Biscuits' that showcases what the wonderful Paul Rudolf would later contribute to the early Pink Fairies.

The cod folk psychedelic of ‘The People Suite’, again with a fab Rudolf solo, follows the excellent rocker ‘First Line’, and the slow blues burn of 'Rumbling B(l)ack Transit Blues'.

The low point of #3 begins with the incongruous nursery rhyme vocal of 'Death Of A Dream Machine’; the solid rock of 'Playtime' buoys the Lp but leads into the pointless 'George Does It With His Tongue' and 'The Junior Narco Rangers'.

The whimsy of 'Let's Drink to the people' leads into the albums closer an extended band workout, complete with a rather swinging Hammond organ, 'Metamorphosis Exploration'.

Farren's excellent 1st solo record (and last until 1978)'Mona, the Carnivorous Circus', was recorded in 1970 with Steve Took, Twink and a couple of members of Quatarmass.

It is a more frantic recording than 3# full of interesting ideas that revolve around two bookend versions of the old Bo Diddley tune and a kind of cut up and paste interview, thrash rock meets folk meets Stockhausen that is the manic opus 'The Carnivorous Circus' parts 1 & 2.

In the middle of this is a kick arse punk version of 'Summertime Blues'
Highly recommended for the mysteries of Mona although #3 does lose the CD 1 star.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deviants - '3' + Mick Farren - 'Mona The Carnivorous Circus' (Castle Music) 6 April 2004
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
'3' was the Deviants third and final lp, being originally released in 1969. Not QUITE as good as their 'Ptooff' album. " Billy The Monster & quot; shows off some wackiness from vocalist Mick Farren. Also liked & quot; First Line ", " People Suite " and the instrumental "Broken Biscuits". Good guitar work by Paul Rudolph is notable through out the entire record. I noticed that " Rumbling Transit Blues" reminded me SO much of the Pink Fairies. That's probably because '3' has future Fairies members Rudolph, bassist Duncan Anderson and drummer Russell Hunter on it. I didn't know that until now. A great slice of classic underground psychedelia with a punk-ish blues edge. Tagged onto this well assembled import disc is Mick Farren's 1970 solo effort 'Mona The Carnivorous Circus' which, if you ask me could be considered the Deviant's fourth lp. More off the wall humor is provided by Farren. I dug the fifteen minute epic "Carnivorous Circus Part 2" the best. Noticed that Farren has some other players backing him on 'Mona The...' like Pink Fairies drummer Twink and Steve Hammond on guitar. For all you die hard collectors out there, these two titles are available separately on Captain Trip, the Japanese label.
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