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Klaatu / Hope Original recording reissued
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1976 and 1977 albums from Canadian band Klaatu, originally released on Capitol Records. Their big hit was 'Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft' which was an even bigger hit single for the Carpenters, whose version reached the UK Top 10 and the US Top 40. The story goes (according to the official Klaatu website) that The Beatles recorded an album in 1966 which was to be the follow up to 'Revolver', but the master tapes had been lost. This was also the time when Paul McCartney had supposedly died in a car crash, so the remaining trio recruited McCartney lookalike Billy Shears, and with him recorded the 'Sergeant Pepper' album. In 1975 it says here the tapes were rediscovered and Lennon, Harrison, Starr and Shears decided to release the album as a tribute to their dead bass player. And if you believe that The thing was that the Klaatu project was anonymous, with no names on the sleeve or the record, so there were many theories about who it was. The fact that it was a record company hype, designed to produce maximum publicity for an unknown act, only became clear later. Another thing which apparently made many American Beatles fanatics wonder if there could be any truth in the rumour was that the first Klaatu album was released by Capitol, the label on which Beatles records were released in America. Added to that, the songs were published by a company called Klaatoons (could be a Beatle joke) and this company was attached to CAPC, the Canadian copyright association. There had been a rumour circulating that John Lennon was going to move to Toronto to escape from the attentions of the US government, so the idea wasn't completely off the wall.
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I went on to buy "Hope" and, many years later, "Magenta Lane". For the most part, I loved the trippy, happy music that often told wonderful, lighthearted stories, like "Anus of Uranus", "Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III" the story of the only man whose been to "Hell and come back alive". But they were capable of much more serious and thoughtful work, as well.
Klaatu was, without a doubt, a product of the 70's. Such lush, pensive music was a staple of bands like Led Zeppelin, Marillion, Rush, Genesis and Styx, but could not be produced today. But if you like that sound and you're open to trying new, old things, give them a listen.
Remastered by BGO records in Bury St. Edmunds, these people remaster a lot of albums, and don't make a bad job of it.
Their usual format it to place the albums in the right order, however in my opinion they have messed this one up as they have mixed the tracks of both albums, so theoretically you have one album for the sake of argument.
I only bought this CD for the "Hope" album as the tape I had stretched and sounded awful, which now means that I have to mess around with the tracks to remake a tape, which I have to do as I have a tape player in my car.
I must say though that BGO sell this for £9.99 inclusive of postage and packing, all p&p here is free well worth checking out for all those old albums if you like to have new (and not used) CD's.
Only gets four stars because of the way it has been mixed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bizarre great prog music. To me it sound unlike any other band I heard before. A fun journey with this 2 albums in one.Published 16 months ago by prog
although if you have not heard it before it may seem a bit much-it is two albums on one cd,just listen to the track called hope.......Published on 18 Mar. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I have read numerous reviews of the group and most of them say that they sound loke The Beatles.I have no idea why people think this as to me there production values are far... Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2010 by A. R. W. Jarvis