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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant rock rareity sees the light of day again
First released in the early seventies, this extraordinary work can now be seen at last for what it is - a ground-breaking masterpiece. At times funereal, at times intricately classical and at times almost hard rock, the whole explosion of keyboard-driven music is fuelled by Kenny Elliott's dextrous and versatile mellotron, Wurlitzer organ, piano and other keys. The...
Published on 25 Feb 2008 by Mr. Thomas Thatcher

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3.0 out of 5 stars A soundtrack
Though rather hard found one record more distorted than this album in my collections,But since purchased this CD on Amazon.co.uk in 2000 the times I heard it perhaps did not exceed 10~20 times,Because having other records whose I considering are pleasant to hear could hear.The experiment taste of this album of Second Hand was strong,Almost held the feature of the songs...
Published on 22 May 2009 by Q. S.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant rock rareity sees the light of day again, 25 Feb 2008
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Mr. Thomas Thatcher "Tom Thatcher" (Salisbury, UK) - See all my reviews
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First released in the early seventies, this extraordinary work can now be seen at last for what it is - a ground-breaking masterpiece. At times funereal, at times intricately classical and at times almost hard rock, the whole explosion of keyboard-driven music is fuelled by Kenny Elliott's dextrous and versatile mellotron, Wurlitzer organ, piano and other keys. The background powerhouse rhythmn section is supplied by George Hart on bass and Kieran O'Connor on drums. Songs and instrumentals have a Hieronymous Bosch feel to them with a mixture of surrealism and tongue-in-cheek black humour. Tracks such as "Cyclops" are based on a Bach motif while "Something you've got" is almost a straight-ahead rocker. The final instrumental of the album is probably the high point among many - the main riff kicks in so hard that it makes you jump out of your seat and ends with a triumphant classical wall of chords against some quite extraordinary phased drums from Kieran, who must have had at least four hands to have played them and indicates a very jazz-influenced background and training. Really, there is not a dull moment on this album, even though one is bound to have favourites.
It has been compared to Pink Floyd elsewhere but this is misleading - even though both bands looked at the edge of reality and human experience, the sheer musical ability of Secondhand allowed them to explore much deeper.

This is a "must" for all those truly interested in the development of progressive and classical rock, although it is neither of these. In truth, it is really like nothing else you will hear again and is thoroughly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas comes early, 25 Nov 2010
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D. J. H. Thorn "davethorn13" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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The second album by the still incredibly young and talented Second Hand is a psychedelic masterpiece, though it has much more than psychedelia to recommend it. Made in 1971, it differs from its predecessor largely because the band had lost their guitarist. Whereas 'Reality' is a turbulent snarl of rock laced with wonderful melodies, this recording relies predominantly on Ken Elliott's ingenuity on organ. The constantly shifting rhythms are another feature, with the drummer making startling use of vibes, not usually a favoured tool of rock bands. Elliott, who was apparently the band's main visionary force, makes his music sound as if it's tearing its way from the bowels of the earth, his gothic organ swells often suggesting a Vincent Price horror film before being swallowed by a psychedelic blur. The title track and 'Cyclops' are the most effective examples of this.

Second Hand interrupt these performances, however, with more melodic material, notably 'Hangin' On An Eyelid' and the straight rock of 'Somethin' You Got'. One aspect of the album which some people may find off-putting is the vocal style, most of the songs being roared, snarled and growled rather than sung. For me, however, this fits in well. Of the three bonus tracks, 'Funeral' began early pressings of the LP before being removed. Though a good track, it was actually another artist's recording with Second Hand and an orchestra providing the backing, and doesn't quite fit in with the 'out there' nature of the album. 'Reality' is also recommended, although the production on that album is not brilliant.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Masterpiece sees the light of day again, 24 Aug 2005
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Mr. Thomas Thatcher "Tom Thatcher" (Salisbury, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Death May Be Your Santa Claus (Audio CD)
First released in the early seventies, this extraordinary work can now be seen at last for what it is - a ground-breaking masterpiece. At times funereal, at times intricately classical and at times almost hard rock, the whole explosion of keyboard-driven music is fuelled by Kenny Elliott's dextrous and versatile mellotron, Wurlitzer organ, piano and other keys. The background powerhouse rhythmn section is supplied by George Hart on bass and Kieran O'Connor on drums. Songs and instrumentals have a Hieronymous Bosch feel to them with a mixture of surrealism and tongue-in-cheek black humour. Tracks such as "Cyclops" are based on a Bach motif while "Something you've got" is almost a straight-ahead rocker. The final instrumental of the album is probably the high point among many - the main riff kicks in so hard that it makes you jump out of your seat and ends with a triumphant classical wall of chords against some quite extraordinary phased drums from Kieran, who must have had at least four hands to have played them and indicates a very jazz-influenced background and training. Really, there is not a dull moment on this album, even though one is bound to have favourites.
It has been compared to Pink Floyd elsewhere but this is misleading - even though both bands looked at the edge of reality and human experience, the sheer musical ability of Secondhand allowed them to explore much deeper.
This is a "must" for all those truly interested in the development of progressive and classical rock, although it is neither of these. In truth, it is really like nothing else you will hear again and is thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proggy Prog Prog, 17 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Death May Be Your Santa (Audio CD)
Great cd reissue at alow price,plus a good ramnge of songs a grat addition to any collection.A good companon piece to their previous effort.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A soundtrack, 22 May 2009
This review is from: Death May Be Your Santa Claus (Audio CD)
Though rather hard found one record more distorted than this album in my collections,But since purchased this CD on Amazon.co.uk in 2000 the times I heard it perhaps did not exceed 10~20 times,Because having other records whose I considering are pleasant to hear could hear.The experiment taste of this album of Second Hand was strong,Almost held the feature of the songs destroyed.It tediousness had a bits like Atomic Rooster or Arthur Brown's works in mid-70s,As they had emphasized in hammond organ and keyboard instruments.When before you hear this album,You also must know it's a soundtrack of a underground movie in that time yet:Death may be your Santa Claus(Details on CD's liner notes);Could see,An experiment movie must include an experiment music.After 20 years still this underground movie makes the keyboardist Ken Elliott don't understand what they acting,This album is unavoidable yet,I thought it's a soundtrack record of psych prog rock.
The song Revelations Ch.16, Vs. 9-12 have more a tension,This song till Death may be your Santa Claus(Reprise) were more like a key point.
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