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Time of the Last Persecution ~ Remastered (2008)

Bill Fay Audio CD
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Bill Fay is one of English music's best kept secrets — a genuine national treasure. Back at the dawn of the 1970s, he was a one-man song factory, with a piano that spilled liquid gold and a voice every bit the equal of Ray Davies, John Lennon, early Bowie, or Procol Harum's Gary Brooker. He made two solo albums but his contract wasn't renewed, leaving his LPs and his ... Read more in Amazon's Bill Fay Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B0012CQTS2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Don't Let My Marigolds Die 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Hear You Calling 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Release Is In The Eye 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Inside The Keeper's Pantry 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Tell It Like It Is 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Plan D 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Pictures Of Adolf Again 2:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Time Of The Last Persecution 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Come A Day 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Let All The Other Teddies Know 2:310.99  Buy MP3 

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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange & Addictive 18 Dec 2012
By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I should clarify my headline: some songs are strange, and some addictive. Compared to Life Is People, Bill Fay's recent album, recorded some 40 years after this one, this is a more uneven affair. The outstanding pieces include 'Inside the Keeper's Pantry', 'Pictures of Adolf again', and 'Time of the Last Persecution', with the highlight being the haunting, wholly addictive 'I Hear You Calling', which are worth the price of the album on their own.

Other tracks are less memorable, such as the pedestrian 'Omega Day', or feature Ray Russell's guitar going into warp drive, as in 'Come a Day'. Interestingly, the album was recorded, amazingly, in a single day, which helps temper my criticism somewhat. Unlike Bill's first album, or his recent one, this one features a regular band in support with long-time collaborateur Ray Russell on guitars, Alan Rushton on drums, and Daryl Runswick on bass, plus a variety of reed players.

If you've already discovered Bill Fay, this is worth investigating, but I'd suggest you start with either his first album Bill Fay ~ Remastered with Bonus Tracks, or his current 'Life is People'. Either way, it's a fascinating and original musical journey.
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I have also reviewed Bill Fay's eponymous album on Amazon and if you're looking at this album I'd suggest you have a peep at that too. Anyone who is a fan of Bob Dylan will probably love this album, and even though I am not a Dylan fan myself, I love this album so much! Such great tracks, and even better than the 'Bill Fay' album. Youtube the few tracks that are available and check for yourself. The mixing of big band backing with simple folk style guitar seems odd, but think of Mumford and Sons, or Cherry Ghost and you get the idea. Superb album and one of my top 5 of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU NEED THIS ALBUM 29 April 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation 17 Mar 2011
By Lizly
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I had never heard of this and then it was a featured album on BBC Radio 6. Marvellous. Great tunes. Great lyrics. Straight into my top 10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars how he crafts a song, "truly, a SONGWRITER" 2 Sep 2012
By C. A. Foster - Published on
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This album is 1970s: psychedelic, moving between pop song, funeral dirge, and chaotic climax. It deals very poetically with Love, War, Technology, and History. It has a feel to it that is very discernible, and that is the most pleasant thing about Bill Fay. He loves his songs, and he crafts them, sculpts them without a trace of indifference. Like a true bard, Fay has stuffed this album with historical allusions, literary references, and elegant language: But it is done so tastefully that the listener feels he or she has learned something from this album without straining to remember school lessons.

His is one of the five albums I keep in the car I hardly ever drive, for years now: not once have I given someone a lift that they did not ask who it was with positive interest.

All of his work is worthwhile, but this one is very special. Apocalyptic, loving: Bill Fay is the most soothing doomsayer there ever was. About half of the songs are directly influenced by an old religious text Mr. Fay reports to have picked up at a church jumble sale. So be warned of many Christian elements. Yet I tell you, any person who heard this album would say no way in Hell that it was praise music. Folk music, psych-pop, a little bit of R&B in the horn section... But most of all it is an artist singing about the things that reach the farthest over our existence, that destroy us most thoroughly; and how we must find good in the horror we do, truly, to ourselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My all-time favorite record. 28 Dec 2010
By Ron - Published on
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I don't know how to explain it, but this record and Bill Fay in general is so real and great that it almost hurts my feelings. If you are into the darker Beatles stuff mixed with some Dylan and something else, I have no idea what, you'll be consumed by this record. Listen to "I Hear You Calling" and you'll know what I mean.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bill Fay'ed 16 Feb 2013
By JMB San Francisco - Published on
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Not worth spending any of your money on....I tossed it. Could even think of someone I could pass it on to.
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