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Product details

  • Audio CD (23 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition
  • Label: Hux
  • ASIN: B001LM6WLC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal
  2. Dr. Dim And Dr. Strange
  3. Roy Rogers
  4. Dark Haired Lady
  5. On The West Cork Hack
  6. Tale Of Two Orphanages
  7. Strings In The Earth And Air
  8. Ship Of Fools
  9. Frosty Mornings
  10. Donnybrook Fair
  11. Mirror Mirror (Kip version) *** [Bonus Tracks]***
  12. On The West Cork Hack (alternate take) *** [Bonus Tracks]***
  13. Strings in the Earth and Air (instrumental mix) *** [Bonus Tracks]***
  14. Strangely Strange but Oddly Normal (alternate take *** [Bonus Tracks]***

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Format: Audio CD
At last, Kip Of The Serenes has been re-issued on cd!

I bought Halcyon Days earlier this year and was delighted with it, and became all the more eager to finally hear Kip Of The Serenes when it transpired that it was to be re-released. For a few years I'd been smitten with Robin Williamson's version of "Strings In The Earth And Air", as performed on his beautiful, wayward solo album Myrrh, and had wanted to track down the original. Well, now I have it, and I am delighted, it is quite as lovely as I pictured. The whole of Kip Of The Serenes is equally great, and I am duly thrilled to own a copy!

From the opening of "Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal" to the last notes of "Donnybrook Fair" I'm in "that pleasant waking dream", and I'm speachless. Some songs have so many layers of subtle complexity to them I'm sure I could appreciate them differently each time I listen indefinately. They clearly had an acute sense for the little details and for how to tell their eccentric stories, unexpectedly baffling the listener by introducing a new tune mid-song, only for it to vanish again, as on the mellifluous "Dark-Haired Lady", when "Goldenhair" by James Joyce is quoted to an unexpected jazzy-Brazilian interlude (I have to wonder if there is any connection between this use of "Goldenhair" and Syd Barrett's, or did both DSS and Syd invent the wheel independently?). They were having a whale of a time making this album and that happy vibe rubs off on the listener.

Beyond the album itself there are four bonus tracks, all worthy additions.
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I love this album and have done since it came out in 1969, hence the 5 stars. However, please be aware when buying it that there is one CD pressing that PLAYS AT THE WRONG SPEED, quite a lot slower than it should! This dodgy version is an early 1990s official release from Island Records numbered 3D CID 1004. So that you can avoid it, here are the correct track times from the 2002 remastered re-release (Progressive Line label PL570), which agree very closely with the timings given on the original vinyl version:
1. Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal ... 4.28
2. Dr Dim and Dr Strange ... 7.33
3. Roy Rodgers ... 5.37
4. Dark Haired Lady ... 4.25
5. On the West Coast Hack ... 2.32
6. A Tale of Two Orphanages ... 3.49
7. Strings in the Earth and Air ... 1.52
8. Ship of Fools ... 6.18
9. Frosty Mornings ... 3.59
10. Donnybrook Fair ... 8.48
Judging from the track listing on Amazon's mp3 download version, at least half the tracks are taken from the version that plays slow. If you get it, you will not be hearing the album as originally recorded.
There's a recent re-issue with bonus tracks that has the correct track timings plus lyrics and extensive sleeve notes Kip Of The Serenes (Collectors Edition). I'd recommend that version of this utterly brilliant, thoroughly enchanting, humorous, surreal, delightful, nostalgia-dripping, psychedelic treat of an album.
Singing: "Oh, I have some things on my mind and they're mostly all the time like cardboard scarecrows on a see-saw, but were I to impart those things I held to heart like fitting pieces to the jigsaw ..."
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"Kip of the Serenes" is a beautiful and eccentric record that still deserves a level of attention that has for too long been withheld. In many ways this remains my favorite DSS record, of the too few that there are. The remastering is extremely effective here. There's still something about acoustic recordings from this period that reveal an almost holographic illusion of dimension, and it's revealed here again. Not on every track, but in several pieces things do find their spots within the soundstage with remarkable conviction. In addition to the time improvements, there's a warmth to the voices and a bounce to the dynamics that were hard to extract from the original vinyl and completely absent from the early digital transmutations. Some of the hi-end percussion elements now exhibit artifacts akin to sibilance, but these are probably just the revealed shortcomings of the original mics and have nothing to do with the remastering itself. The extra tracks are OK, interesting bits but not essential. Just nice to have around. As is the informative booklet with some historical snaps, notes, comments and complete lyrics.

As for the music itself, it still strikes a lovely balance between opposites: charming and profound, innocent and informed, naïve and quite knowing. And quite melodic. The Stranglies hit on a few particularly wonderful pieces in their earliest days: "Strings in the Earth and Air" (favored by an ethereal cover on Robin Williamson's "Myrrh") and "Frosty Mornings" leave one wondering why greater recognition did not follow. The first, an atmospheric and mythic enigma, the second a joyful observation of the every day sum the two poles of DSS.
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