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on 30 March 2007
Following the No 1 album 'Crazy World Of...' Arthur Brown lay low for a while, before returning with this eccentric and at times thrilling non-pompous prog classic. It's not Hammond driven as his first album was, and has a full rock line up, adding guitars and more outlandish keyboard sounds to the mix. From the first moments, when a preacher is heckled with shouts of 'Foam Rubber!' there is swirling mysticism, avant garde noise, impassioned blues, bizarre narratives (familiar from the earlier album), and some ferociously convincing instrumental. It's very different to his famous debut, but if you are craving a second dose of the God Of Hellfire this is certainly, of all his subsequent albums, the best contender...
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I strongly recommend this album to anyone that's enjoyed the more adventurous and less twee end of British prog rock. It flows seamlessly (most tracks segue) through many moods, from apocalyptic to playful and often makes noises not common in rock records at the time. Arthur's incredible vocal range and operatic tone are all present and correct and the lyrics range from fascinating to bizarre. Highlights include the hard-rocking Internal Messenger, the plangent Space Plucks, the intense ballad Sunrise and the superb instrumental Gypsy Escape but it's all good. Big-ups for the excellent guitarist Andy Dalby and organist Goodge Harris are in order.
If you've enjoyed The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown you need this too, it's his other great record - don't be put off by the lack of hits.
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on 18 February 2006
Yeah, everything freewheelinfrankie said is absolutely true - this is indeed something else - an old friend introduced me to this album in vinyl in 1972 and I spent my next 30 years looking for it on CD - imagine my relief when I found it reprinted about 4 years ago... don't hesitate - buy it now and let your ears feast on the greatest rock-singer ever born - this man's voice is just incredible - and the music is fantastic - these people were 20 years ahead of their time... - I was fortunate enough to see the band live back in the good ole days... - and even if Fire etc. was pretty good, this album will always be the pinnachle of Arthur's and Kingdom Come's career - waste no more time - buy it now and be happy for ever after, because you have just secured a totally underrated masterpiece for yourself... - lots of love, a Danish fan...
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