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  • Audio CD (13 Oct. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Castle
  • ASIN: B0000C83Z5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Internal Messenger
2. Space Plucks
3. Galactic Zoo
4. Metal Monster
5. Simple Man
6. Night Of The Pigs
7. Sunrise
8. Trouble
9. Brains
10. Galactic Zoo - Space Plucks - Galactic Zoo
11. Creep
12. Creation
13. Gypsy Escape
14. No Time

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert J. Fawcett on 30 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Following the No 1 album 'Crazy World Of...' Arthur Brown lay low for a while, before returning with this eccentric and at times thrilling non-pompous prog classic. It's not Hammond driven as his first album was, and has a full rock line up, adding guitars and more outlandish keyboard sounds to the mix. From the first moments, when a preacher is heckled with shouts of 'Foam Rubber!' there is swirling mysticism, avant garde noise, impassioned blues, bizarre narratives (familiar from the earlier album), and some ferociously convincing instrumental. It's very different to his famous debut, but if you are craving a second dose of the God Of Hellfire this is certainly, of all his subsequent albums, the best contender...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I strongly recommend this album to anyone that's enjoyed the more adventurous and less twee end of British prog rock. It flows seamlessly (most tracks segue) through many moods, from apocalyptic to playful and often makes noises not common in rock records at the time. Arthur's incredible vocal range and operatic tone are all present and correct and the lyrics range from fascinating to bizarre. Highlights include the hard-rocking Internal Messenger, the plangent Space Plucks, the intense ballad Sunrise and the superb instrumental Gypsy Escape but it's all good. Big-ups for the excellent guitarist Andy Dalby and organist Goodge Harris are in order.
If you've enjoyed The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown you need this too, it's his other great record - don't be put off by the lack of hits.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jesper Stenaae on 18 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Yeah, everything freewheelinfrankie said is absolutely true - this is indeed something else - an old friend introduced me to this album in vinyl in 1972 and I spent my next 30 years looking for it on CD - imagine my relief when I found it reprinted about 4 years ago... don't hesitate - buy it now and let your ears feast on the greatest rock-singer ever born - this man's voice is just incredible - and the music is fantastic - these people were 20 years ahead of their time... - I was fortunate enough to see the band live back in the good ole days... - and even if Fire etc. was pretty good, this album will always be the pinnachle of Arthur's and Kingdom Come's career - waste no more time - buy it now and be happy for ever after, because you have just secured a totally underrated masterpiece for yourself... - lots of love, a Danish fan...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Arthur Brown-Galactic Zoo 3 Nov. 2003
By Will K. Twork - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When this LP released in 1971 I was into bands that weren't very mainstream. As a matter of fact, I bought "Captian Beyond's" first LP the same day I think.
Anyway, having seen "The Crazy Wourld of Arthur Brown" live in Detroit in the late 1960's pretty much wet my appitite for his voice/music. Even Atomic Rooster (featuring Vincent Crane and Carl Palmer from the original CWAB band) were a great (also underrated) band. But this LP really hit me hard. From start to finish (including a pre-recorded record player needle (remember record players?)complete with ungrounded hum and needle contact with the record just before the end of side two were just way too cool compared to anything else out there at the time.
Arthur Brown has one of the best voices in rock. He's still a very underrated vocalist and song writer. Check out last year's "Tantric Lover" and you'll see what I mean.
If you like the obscure, you'll love this album. Buy the CD now, before it's out of print again....
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Incredible prog from the guy that gave us "Fire" 17 Oct. 2003
By BENJAMIN MILER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you thought The Crazy World of Arthur Brown album from 1968 (the one that had the hit "Fire") was great, wait until you hear Galactic Zoo Dossier! Arthur Brown had some problems keeping The Crazy World of Arthur Brown together, and there were two albums recorded in 1969 and 1970 that never surfaced until more recently (that is Strangelands and Kingdom Come's Jam). But he finally got things together and assembled Kingdom Come (absolutely no relation to the American heavy metal band), with him on vocals, Andy Dalby on guitars, Michael "Goodge" Harris on organ, Julian Paul Brown on VCS-3 synthesizer, Desmon Fisher on bass, and Martin "Slim" Steer on drums. Galactic Zoo Dossier was originally released in 1971 on Polydor, and the original LP came with a poster that had lyrics to all the songs. "Internal Messenger", the opening cut, shows that this stuff is even wilder than The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. "Goodge" Harris does his best he can to follow in Vincent Crane's footsteps, and Andy Dalby gives us just as equally wild guitar work. The next song is the more mellow, but spooky "Space Plucks", the organ work is especially worth mentioning. There are a couple of twisted numbers like "Metal Monster" and "Night of the Pigs" before going in to a mellow, somewhat acoustic number "Simple Man". "Sunset" is a somewhat bluesy number demonstrating the wild vocals of Arthur Brown himself. "Trouble" is different, because it's a rather acoustic, folky number sung by Andy Dalby, rather than Brown, and it was all written by Dalby himself. The lyrics here seem to be more hippie-oriented than the rest of the album. There are a couple of really off the wall experimental pieces here like "Creep" and "Creation", as well as an ELP-like instrumental piece called "Gypsy Escape". "No Time" brings you somewhat back to earth, after all the wild experiments, and you get to hear Arthur Brown singing again. None of the three albums Arthur Brown did with Kingdom Come sound alike, but this is truly Brown's Kingdom Come at the most raw and aggressive. If you like Arthur Brown, and prog rock in general, this album is a must!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Genius at Work! 21 Feb. 2010
By ProggaWogga - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In this day and age, Arthur Brown is almost totally unknown here in the US. During the age of the Fillmore East (1967-8), Arthur and his band played frequent shows there. He had a fairly big hit "Fire" which came from an album (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown) in which one whole side was devoted to the explorations of Fire and various religious themes. The album was a true classic.

This album was the follow-up to "Crazy World". Arthur continues his explorations of Religious themes, and you just know you are on to something when the first side starts with a clergyman preaching and Arthur and the band respond by serving up the jeers and catcalls. In a profound moment, as the clergyman makes his assertions about the Lord, Arthur yells out "Foam rubber, foam rubber!"

This is very intense music. There are moments of brash acid rock in which Arthur nearly sings his voice out (literally right to the edge of hoarseness), and there are moments of subtle beauty when Arthur uses his divinely expressive instrument to literally sing his heart out. There can be no doubt: Arthur is on a personal quest for meaning and the music reflects all the highs and lows that such a quest might entail. Thus, Internal Messenger - a true classic. Just as good, Space Plucks, is slow, relatively quiet, and fragile. The words are truly poetic and perhaps redemptive purely in terms of the beauty of their metaphor. The band slips back into "Space Plucks" at the end of the song "Sunrise" - it's a profound, subtle moment on the LP. There are plenty of musical highlights and the muscianship is top notch throughout.

There are plenty of clips on U tube of Arthur and the band on this release playing Internal Messenger and other cuts from this cd. The performances are otherworldly. A close approximation would be Frank Zappa in that anything goes here, but Zappa is more humorous, whereas Arthur mixes his humor and pathos in equal amounts. But definitely some of the same sense of astounding creativity and "throw out the rule book" applies here. Arthur says it himself on Messenger "Opened up to new directions, everything both right and wrong!"

I consider Arthur Brown to be one of the true innovators in Rock music who created 3 absolutely classic albums, all 3 of which are uniquely original. Except for Brown's voice, all 3 of these are unique and don't sound similar at all. The musical styles are not similar. Nor do they sound like anybody else. The albums: Crazy World, Tantric Lover, and "Journey" the album that would end the triology of Kingdom Come albums. All 3 are worth owning - which is also the case with Galactic Zoo.

This guy is a genius...and what a voice! And nobody even seems to know about him.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Arthur wants your brains! 3 Jun. 2007
By geezer-h - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Arthur Brown never achieved the type of status in the rock cannons of, say, Alice Cooper (an obvious connection) as most people still only remember him for that sole hit in '68. After listening to this, you'll probably be finding yourself thinking how unfair this is at the same time realizing that the music presented by Arthur and Kingdom Come was WAY too out there to find any mainstream success circa '71 (or today for that matter). It's a shame because Arthur Brown is in possession of simply one of the greatest voices in rock ever. How great it is to hear Arthur let rip, especially today, where humorlessly bored deadpan drones pass for vocals. The music reflects the dynamics of his vocals, ranging from brutally loud, bassy hard rock/metal (INTERNAL MESSENGER) to intimately quiet moments (SIMPLE MAN) to the hilariously demented (BRAINS). The music tends to be somewhat doomy and the eclectic nature of it might be somewhat confusing, but it still stands as an extraordinarily well composed hard rock/prog album bar none, the likes of which you'll never hear again and one that could never exist in today's world of overly slick, digitized production.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Captures "the terror of the age" 24 Feb. 2007
By Jeffrey J.Park - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This 1971 release by Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come is intense...overwhelmingly so in fact and maybe a little bit scary too. The music on Galactic Zoo Dossier is a heady brew of apocalyptic hard rock played at crushing volumes, progressive rock, the European avant-garde, jazz, psychedelic rock, a little classical, and a smidge of the blues. At times, the pieces sound as if they are careening out of control, only to regain solid footing in the blink of an eye. For those folks that are familiar with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (I recall listening to "Fire" on my father's reel to reel tape player as a kid sometime in the mid/late 1970s), this album should prove to be a real treat. As a progressive/psychedelic rock fan, it appealed to me on a number of levels.

The musicians on this debut album include Arthur Brown (vocals); Julian Brown (VCS3 synthesizer); Andrew Dalby (lead electric guitar; acoustic guitar; and vocals); Desmond Fisher (electric bass guitar); Michael Harris (piano and Hammond organ); and the thunderous Martin Steer (drums and percussion). The group is comprised of excellent musicians that are capable of some fairly intricate and proggy ensemble work on one hand and positively blistering acid rock jams on the other. They are also capable of quoting from a broad range of non-rock musical styles (jazz, classical etc). Arthur Brown of course probably has the most distinct vocal style in all of rock and his very theatrical, "heavy metallish" vocal style really makes this music work for me - especially when he lets one of his trademark screams loose. Another favorite is the Hammond organ work of Michael Harris - he can rip right along with some of the greats and also gets a very churchy sounding tone - in general, he is an excellent player that covers everything from Jon Lord to Brian Auger to Keith Emerson. Andy Dalby is also worth mentioning and his guitar playing really adds to the "hair-raising" property of the music - he seems to favor a heavily distorted tone, but also uses cleaner tones on occasion.

The tunes themselves are all over the place and range from chaotic, avant-garde passages, through electrifying acid-rock jams and proggy workouts, to quieter pieces with classical overtures and in one extremely brief instance, folk-rock. In amongst this are bits and pieces of electronic manipulation and various studio effects. In spite of the mixture of disparate styles, there is great continuity to the album and all of the pieces flow together nicely into one lengthy song-cycle suite of sorts.

This remastered version by Sanctuary/Castle features excellent sound quality, loads of liner notes, and photos of Arthur Brown and the Band along with a few bonus tracks.

All in all, this album is very highly recommended to fans of hard psychedelic rock and open-minded prog fans. Other albums that might also prove to be enjoyable include Camembert Electrique (Gong, 1971) and In Search of Space (Hawkwind, 1971).
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