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Act One

22 May 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1970
  • Release Date: 22 May 2008
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 41:46
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  • ASIN: B0047HIO8M
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,656 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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By 1970 bands such as Deep Purple, Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin to name a few, who had started out on the underground circuit, had moved on to the big city halls and regular album chart successes. Other bands like Rare Bird, Savoy Brown, Steamhammer etc would carry on playing the club and college circuit with occasional support bookings to the big boys, Beggars Opera unfortunately for them came under the latter catagory. For those of you who were not familiar with the music at the time, DON'T be fooled into thinking that their music is in any way sub-standard, in fact more often than not it is as good as or better. My only explanation for the failure of some of these bands to reach the heights revolves around their perceived position on their record company's pecking order, I suppose there must have been a limited amount of funding for promotion etc.

To give you a clue as to the high esteem in which this album was held, five of us worked together as apprentices, and ours was a collective record collection (concerts took priority), this and Tull's Stand up were the only duplications, nuff said.

As debut albums go, this is up there with the best of them. I assume that the band had been together for some time prior to getting a recording contract as their playing is so tight and accomplished. A previous reviewer linked them with E.L.P, however Emerson in his "Nice" days had started off with psychedelic music before introducing classical influences into his music, the Beggars appear to have bit the bullet and started their recording career with a 5 track album, 4 of which are classically inclined.
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I was given a vinyl LP copy of Act One by the bass guitarist, Marshall Erskine when it first came out, and have just ordered the CD. This album is still ahead of it's time even now, and I have great delight in listening to it regularly. You simply do not tire of the amazing harmonies together with the exceptional voice of Martin Griffiths.
I was very lucky to have been friends with them especially whilst at Eastwood High School.
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I first had this album on vinyl more than 40 years ago. (frightening, I know!) Now at last I have a digital copy I will cherish for the rest of my days.

Beggar's Opera are one of the finest bands I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Even in the early days of "rock music" they took the genre to heights that have never been bettered, and hardly even equalled. To this day, I can't understand why they didn't become one of the huge names in Rock - like Led Zeppelin, Yes, and Deep Purple. One possible explanation is lack of funding - or foresight(!)- on the part of the promotions department at Vertigo Records.

This album, their first, is certainly their finest. One of rock music's finest ever! With all respect due to other members of the band, this one really showcases the huge talent of Alan Park - who I first remember as the organ player with The Vipers, playng in the village hall at the end of my street - and his duels with Ray Wilson, surely one of rock music's greatest drummers. I reckon Ray, as I remember him, demonic and kilted, must have been the template for Animal in The Muppets. Ray was a true octopus of a drummer. I'd love to know what happenned to him after he left Beggar's Opera. What a huge talent!

The album still sounds fresh. I remember "Raymond's Road," the first time I ever saw Beggar's Opera when they "supported" the Tremeloes at Inverness Ice Rink in summer 1970. The Tremeloes were brilliant, but the "support" band blew them off stage.

For those who were around at the time, this album is a must. For those learning about the development of rock music, look at this in the the same light at the early Led Zeppelin albums, early Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Yes, Jethro Tull and other greats of the early 70s.
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Very interesting comments regarding the Beggars Opera first LP. I was lucky enough to see the group 4 times in the period 71 - 73 (I lived in Scotland, near Edinburgh at the time) and I was amazed that they did not receive the recognition they deserved. They were great live and their first 3 LPs were a joy to listen to.
Their 4th LP (Get You Dog Off Me) was somewhat different in style - the singer had changed. However, I enjoyed Dog - but it was obvious that the group had changed their style in an attempt, I think, to make it "bigger" and, perhaps, to be noticed in the American market - were the big money was..
The sound of the organ and mellotron was a joy to hear - Act One containing some absolutely outstanding Hammond B 3 work from Alan Park.
Re the question Why did they not make it to the "big time"? Remember, at that time (very early 70's) there was just so much music around - new groups coming and going/members leaving to form other groups/etc. In addition the "majors" at the time (e.g. D Purple/J Tull/P Floyd/LZ/U Heep/Yes/etc) just became bigger and bigger, and attracted all the attention and sales. Thus, I think, the music of Beggars Opera was lost in mist of an exceptional period of time for great music. As mentioned above, their style changed with the 4th LP (Dog) in 1973 but it failed to attract the attention of the LP buying masses of 16-20 year olds and then they were gone. However, as an example of the standard of music produced, let us remember that Beggars Opera produced 4 great LP's during the period 1970 - 1973: an outstanding achievement.
Incidentally, my copy of Act One includes their first 45 single - Sarabande - which appears to sound like it is an extract from Passacaglia - brilliant wah-wah effects on the guitar and Hammond.
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