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Heaven & Hell CD


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  • Audio CD (4 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B005ELZN0W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. When I Move 5:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tobacco Ash Sunday 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mary Roberta (Part I) 1:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Praying For Reprieve 6:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. How Do You Feel 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Heaven And Hell 5:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Quickenut 1:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Devil's Daughter 4:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mary Roberta (Part II) 1:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Melancholy Lady 5:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Don't Shoot Me Down 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Girl Of My Dreams 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mary Roberta (Part III) 2:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Tobacco Ash Sunday (7'' Version) 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. How Do You Feel (7'' Version) 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Heaven And Hell (7'' Version) 5:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Praying For Reprieve (7'' Version) 6:30£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Heaven & Hell was issued on Philips in 1969, on the back of an earlier single,'Tobacco Ash Sunday'. This Traffic-influenced song was written by Terry Stamp (later in Third World War and also a solo artist) and was recently covered by Paul Weller. Heaven & Hell has never officially been reissued on CD. Now Esoteric are proud to announce that the album has finally been re-mastered from the original tapes, and expanded with four mono mixes issued across two singles. For the first time, the sleeve-notes tell the story of this obscure protoprogressive rock band from Stevenage, Hertfordshire who emerged out of the remnants of the Freightliner Blues Band.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Golovanov Alexey on 26 Dec 2011
Format: Audio CD
Long-awaited first official re-issue of the sole existing album, recorded by short-lived Harsh Reality in 1969. Digitally remastered from original master-tapes - all 13 tracks from original album, plus 4 bonus tracks.Excellent well researched leaflet written by John Reed - in brief, another good work by Esoteric Records.
Harsh Reality was superb, very much underrated and underestimated psych/prog outfit signed to Philips; to my humble opinion very few could equal it and even less - to surpass. They played a heavy mix of prog and psychedelia (not unlike Procol Harum)and also build their distinctive sound around organ and fuzz guitar. Their first and only minor hit - "Tobacco Ash Sunday" - reminds very much "A Whiter Shade Of Pale". Lead vocalist Alan Greed (he also plays organ and piano) is often compared with Gary Brooker and Stevie Winwood - well, let's face the reality, he has powerful lungs and is much better - more in the mould of David Clayton-Thomas.
The album and the band were doomed from the beginning - total lack of proper promotion and mismanagement. Musical press lukewarm attitude towards new release also contributed to its failure - I am sure that very few of those parasites, self-styled musical critics, did ever listen to the album.
Listen to the samples, and buy it - it's for real. It's made by musicians who played music, and not instruments, it comes from the distant past when rock music was not only about money, when the bands were not formed through casting (well, few only), and when at least some executives had vision and passion of music (this knowledge is lost forever, replaced by degrees in accounting, marketing and business administration)
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By Hood2rush on 12 Mar 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is my husbands album in cd version, I am obviously biased in favour of the music but I reckon this is still a good listen and mr greed's voice is amazing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ivan rubinic on 8 July 2012
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H.REALITY su skupina koja me je zauvjek osvojila.Dugo nesto sli?no nisam ?uo!Po?to sam zaljubljenik u glazbu 60,70tih nemogu odoliti da za ovu izvanrednu skupinu ne napi?em pohvale koje zaslu?uju.ALAN GREED spada u vrhunske pjeva?e soul boje tona.Kasnije ga nisam zapazio u Running man,no i taj album je remek djelo.Pohvala esoteric rec.i amazonu koji su omogu?ili da brzo dodjem do ovog bisera!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Iconic psych/prog album, 1969 26 Dec 2011
By Golovanov Alexey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Long-awaited first official re-issue of the sole existing album, recorded by short-lived Harsh Reality in 1969. Digitally remastered from original master-tapes - all 13 tracks from original album, plus 4 bonus tracks.Excellent well researched leaflet written by John Reed - in brief, another excellent work by Esoteric Records.
Harsh Reality was superb, very much underrated and underestimated psych/prog outfit signed to Philips; to my humble opinion very few could equal it and even less - to surpass. They played a heavy mix of prog and psychedelia (not unlike Procol Harum)and also build their distinctive sound around organ and fuzz guitar. Their first and only minor hit - "Tobacco Ash Sunday" - reminds very much "A Whiter Shade Of Pale". Lead vocalist Alan Greed (he also plays organ and piano) is often compared with Gary Brooker and Stevie Winwood - well, let's face the reality, he has powerful lungs and is much better - more in the mould of David Clayton-Thomas.
The album and the band were doomed from the beginning - total lack of proper promotion and mismanagement. Musical press lukewarm attitude towards new release also contributed to its failure - I am sure that very few of those parasites, self-styled musical critics, did ever listen to the album.
Listen to the samples, and buy it - it's for real. It's made by musicians who played music, and not instruments, it comes from the distant past when rock music was not only about money, when the bands were not formed through casting (well, few only), and when at least some executives had vision and passion of music (this knowledge is lost forever, replaced by degrees in accounting, marketing and business administration)
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
great prog 31 Oct 2011
By Edward J. mccarthy Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
great british prog from 1969 just before the prog boom hit around 1971, this album cover alone was awsome for 1969 considering everything was so much more censored in them days compared to the last 30 years or so, this was a very interesting album for its time, you can hear the traffic similarities as well as a bit of kruatrock and a mix of canterbury in here, this remastered edition from esoteric has a few fantastic bonus tracks as well as a great booklet, ive had this on cd for years as a european boot but its nice to see this finally got its proper release, its well desrved, the remastering makes this opus sound so much better as well, i would not hold my breath for a viynl edition of this but with todays audiofile freaks you never know, i guess they will see how well this cd reissue sells first, this was without a doubt one of the better uk lps to come out in 1969.... great sleeve to considering its halloween...........
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