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Comment: Cockney Rebel - The Human Menagerie, Vinyl EX, Jacket VG+, Format: Vinyl Record LP, EMI Records. UK release from 1973. Art Rock music from Cockney Rebel with Steve Harley. First or early pressing with -1 and -1 in run out grooves. Housed in a gatefold jacket. 10 tracks.
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B003YW64TM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Format: Vinyl Record LP, EMI Records. UK release from 1973. Art Rock music from Cockney Rebel with Steve Harley. First or early pressing with -1 and -1 in run out grooves. Housed in a gatefold jacket. 10 tracks.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Shaw in USA on 9 April 2004
Format: Audio CD
For all of you that remember Steve Harley and his Cockney Rebel group from the hit single 'Make me Smile', its worth looking back at the groups very first Album The Human Menagerie which has been given a welcome release to help those of us that have worn our old Cassette. This has sentimental value for me...the first Pop LP that I ever purchased on my 17th birthday. It still resonates today as one of the finest and most original collection of songs from the 70's.
Cockney Rebel stood out by using a violin as its lead instrument, replacing the electric guitar. The effect gives each of the songs a rebellious gypsy like feel to each of tracks, complemented by the twinkling electric piano, and Harley's strange emotive voice.
The tracks are all melodic and facinatingly original, with the stand-out tracks being the emotive 'Loretta's Tale' and the Rip-roaring 'Crazy Raver' and 'Muriel the Actor'.
The track 'Sebastian'was a huge hit in Europe when it was released. Propelled by Harley's cry 'Somebody called me Sebastian' and backed by the full power of an Orchestra and Chior Its true that 'they don't make songs like this anymore'!
The most astounding piece of music is reserved for the final track 'DEATH TRIP' A 10 minute epic, it has Harley singing about death and the solution of teenage revolution. The Ochestra kicks in as Harley sings 'can you think of one good reason to remain?'
After this, some swirling dangerous violins take us into the second part of this song, where Harley sings about Sweet Ipomoea and Children at war...We then have a simple tune-right out of the classics- though I guess its original- played on the piano, and then given the classic build up with orchestral and then Chior as the tune develops to a crescendo worthy of Beethovan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Morten Vindberg on 25 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This was Steve Harley and Cockney Rebels' first album - originally released in 1973. Cockney Rebel was a glam-rock act ; somewhere between David Bowie and Doctor's of Madness. At least their first 3 albums were really great; from then Harley's songwriting seemed to be somewhat exhausted.

This album, probably their most consistent, contains their first classic single "Sebastian", which was a hit record in several countries, though never made it to the top 20 in Britain. The song may appear a little dated today ( maybe because of its 7 minutes playing time ) - but their follow up single "Judy Teen", which on some versions of the album is included as a bonus-track, is still among my favourite Rebel songs.

The album contains many great tracks; both ballads and rockers - quite impressive considering that this was their debut-album. Songs like "Hideaway", "Loretta's Tale" and "Mirror Freak" have obvious hit-potential. "My Only Vice" and "Muriel the Actor" are simply charming tracks.

"Death Trip", like Sebastian, is an ambitious piece of work, with a lot of inspiration from classical music.

A great album!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Van Vleck on 22 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
"I listen to those old songs..." Steve said to us in concert the other night, "and I think...what drugs was he on?"
I waited years for this album. Seriously, I already had the other eight and was a Harley fanatic, it was just this one that wasn't available. Only a few months ago, when I walked into HMV, did I see it.
I'm happy to say that it's one of his strongest album; the songs each have their own distinctive flavour - a feature which so many albums miss out on. The new sleeve notes give added value to the overall package. The first Cockney Rebel was an exceptional band of musicians, heavily influenced from the folk circuit, hence the choice of electric violin as lead instrument.
It's not quite pop or the glam rock which Harley would later become famous for, but it's more advanced than folk, and the lyrics have a biographical edge which sets it all off. From his sneering voice you would never expect Harley's works to have as much finesse as they do, but then there is Sebastian and Death Trip, both recorded with full orchestras which enhance the songs' power.
Harley claims that the three record deal he signed with EMI gave him and the band plenty of time to develop. From listening to this record, you can see what he means.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miki D on 30 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
The Human Menagerie. The first Cockney Rebel album to come our way hot on the heels of the Judy Teen single. What magical sounds, who were these guys, what's it all about? Too many questions and too many opinions. Just unleash your mind and enjoy the experience. Death Trip is one hell of a musical rollercoaster to hang on to; Sebastian is pure poetry in motion; Crazy Raver & Muriel The Actor are wild and evocative. And so did Steve Harleys Cockney Rebel say "Hello", with this vivid sensory spectacular.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tomba on 8 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Kitsch, colourful, innocence of youth, poetic, new! This album is bright and breezy.....full of Harley nuances. The poet, the Artist...Harley exudes all with an excellent debut album which is now some 30 years old yet always, ALWAYS, a breath of sunshine every time i play it!
Thanx to Steve for 30 years of class!
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By Ian Dutton on 24 Feb. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Good price and swift despatch. Fantastic LP iconic!
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