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Klaatu / Hope Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (6 Dec. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: BGO Records
  • ASIN: B000056H49
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

1976 and 1977 albums from Canadian band Klaatu, originally released on Capitol Records. Their big hit was 'Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft' which was an even bigger hit single for the Carpenters, whose version reached the UK Top 10 and the US Top 40. The story goes (according to the official Klaatu website) that The Beatles recorded an album in 1966 which was to be the follow up to 'Revolver', but the master tapes had been lost. This was also the time when Paul McCartney had supposedly died in a car crash, so the remaining trio recruited McCartney lookalike Billy Shears, and with him recorded the 'Sergeant Pepper' album. In 1975 – it says here – the tapes were rediscovered and Lennon, Harrison, Starr and Shears decided to release the album as a tribute to their dead bass player. And if you believe that… The thing was that the Klaatu project was anonymous, with no names on the sleeve or the record, so there were many theories about who it was. The fact that it was a record company hype, designed to produce maximum publicity for an unknown act, only became clear later. Another thing which apparently made many American Beatles fanatics wonder if there could be any truth in the rumour was that the first Klaatu album was released by Capitol, the label on which Beatles records were released in America. Added to that, the songs were published by a company called Klaatoons (could be a Beatle joke) and this company was attached to CAPC, the Canadian copyright association. There had been a rumour circulating that John Lennon was going to move to Toronto to escape from the attentions of the US government, so the idea wasn't completely off the wall.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
This reweiw is based on the '92 cd version of the albums "Klaatu" (1976) and "Hope" (1977). This strange cross between The Beatles, Pink Floyd and others is listening music in the purest form. Being a huge fan of The Beatles, it's a delight to hear songs like "Calling Occupants...", "Hope" and the 3-part piece "The Loneliest Of Creatures/Prelude/So Said The Lighthouse Keeper". On these songs they manage to go all the way. It's without a doubt an album of songs to enjoy again and again because of the music-for-the-sake-of-the-music attitude shining through. Even if the Beatle-like sound is very thick at times, I for one enjoy it and embrace it, 'cause despite being 'only' 26, I love that sound and period and I think that today the music scene suffers from lack of balls and nerve. So if you're a music-listener with a soft spot for the late '60s/early '70s you'll love every minute of this album. GO GET IT...you snooze you lose!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Burnett on 24 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I, too, was first drawn to Klaatu by the rumor that they were the secretly reformed Beatles. I bought their first album, "Klaatu" and pored over it, looking for clues or proof. Certainly, some of the Fab Four's orchestral imagination was in evidence, swirly, brassed-up pomp & circumstance a la "Sgt. Pepper", but, in all, the sound belonged only to Klaatu themselves.
I went on to buy "Hope" and, many years later, "Magenta Lane". For the most part, I loved the trippy, happy music that often told wonderful, lighthearted stories, like "Anus of Uranus", "Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III" the story of the only man whose been to "Hell and come back alive". But they were capable of much more serious and thoughtful work, as well.
Klaatu was, without a doubt, a product of the 70's. Such lush, pensive music was a staple of bands like Led Zeppelin, Marillion, Rush, Genesis and Styx, but could not be produced today. But if you like that sound and you're open to trying new, old things, give them a listen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first heard "Calling Occupants" on the much missed Radio Caroline in 1977. I immediatly popped down to my local record shop to snap up a copy of the first album "Klaatu" and I was'nt disappointed with the rest of the record. High spots are "Calling Occupants", "Doctor Marvello" and the excellent closing track,"Little Neutreno" Hope is an admirable follow up though, the excitement of the first few tracks slows down somewhat on what was side 2 of the album. But it is still a good set of songs, sadly not to be followed up by anything worth while, "Sir Army Suit" was rather Ho Hum. Only one slight gripe is that there should be more of a gap between the two albums, also, "Little Neutreno" fades in volume a litle early when compared to my still pristine vinyl copy. (Should be a Mega Loud phasing Outro)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By graham cole on 27 July 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
on this album you will find the ORIGINAL version of calling occupants of interplanetary craft. most of the other track are surprisingly good. one track however does sound like a member of the muppets doing the vocals. my favourite tracks are--little neutrino--were off you know and around the universe in eighty days. buy it and enjoy.
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Format: Audio CD
Two Klaatu albums in one.
Remastered by BGO records in Bury St. Edmunds, these people remaster a lot of albums, and don't make a bad job of it.
Their usual format it to place the albums in the right order, however in my opinion they have messed this one up as they have mixed the tracks of both albums, so theoretically you have one album for the sake of argument.
I only bought this CD for the "Hope" album as the tape I had stretched and sounded awful, which now means that I have to mess around with the tracks to remake a tape, which I have to do as I have a tape player in my car.
I must say though that BGO sell this for £9.99 inclusive of postage and packing, all p&p here is free well worth checking out for all those old albums if you like to have new (and not used) CD's.

Only gets four stars because of the way it has been mixed.
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