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Product details

  • Audio CD (10 Jun. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: RPM
  • ASIN: B000006YZZ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Theme From A Teenage Opera
  2. Festival Of Kings
  3. Grocer Jack
  4. The Paranoiac Woodcutter #1
  5. Mr Rainbow
  6. Glory's Theme
  7. On a Saturday
  8. Possum's Dance
  9. Auntie Mary's Dress Shop
  10. Love & Occasional Rain
  11. Grocer Jack
  12. Sam
  13. Farewell To A Broken Doll
  14. Weatherman
  15. Shy Boy
  16. Grocer Jack's Dream
  17. Barefoot & Tiptoe
  18. Knickerbocker Glory
  19. Dream Dream Dream
  20. Colonel Brown
  21. Cellophane Mary-Jane
  22. Paranoiac Woodcutter #2
  23. Theme From A Teenage Opera

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Mark Wirtz from Cologne in Germany was a member of the EMI production staff in 1960's London, working predominantly with the marvellous band Tomorrow; a partnership which resulted in their rather excellent debut in 1968. But during this period both Tomorrow and Mark Wirtz were working on a far grander project. The vision, a musical, either a full on stage production or even an animated film similar in scope to The Yellow Submarine, this work was entitled A Teenage Opera.

Work began on the project during the summer of 1967 and would continue for a good year before EMI execs pulled the plug on the project, despite several quality songs and purpose made singles being released. It would then take another 30 years for audiences to be given just a hint of the scale and quality of this concept, and here it is, A Teenage Opera - The Original Soundtrack, released on RPM Records in 1996 with the full support and collaboration of Mark Wirtz himself.

On this album are tracks from an array of talent, including works by Tomorrow and in the case of the rather splendid song Grocer Jack, Tomorrow's front man Keith West. There are also works from Steve Flynn, Kippington Lodge and even from Mark Wirtz himself on the triumphant He's Our Dear Old Weatherman, which as a song probably deserves a review of its own.

This album has pop songs, psychedelic songs, full blown musical theatre with children singing choruses and even orchestral delights, which all in all some would find as a whole quite pretentious but I seriously cannot get enough of it. Many of the songs on this soundtrack are beyond catchy so please do not be afraid, trust me its well worth a listen.

I think this album will be of interest to a lot of people.
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Despite enjoying greater artistic freedom than in any period before or since, a handful of late sixties rock composers strove to push the creative boundaries beyond what even the industry's patiently elastic limits would accept, resulting in the several great "lost albums" of the period. Brian Wilson's SMiLE finally emerged complete and as intended in 2006, its compositional brilliance diminished only by the uber-perfect new digital recordings lacking the hazy beauty of those original analogue tracks that had appeared piecemeal on Smiley Smile and Surf's Up . Pete Townshend saw the bulk of the material from his impossibly ambitious Lifehouse concept become the splendid Who's Next album and several non-album singles from around 1970-71. And Mark P Wirtz's A Teenage Opera, a set of nostalgic vignettes of Edwardian village life that predated Ray Davies's similar Village Green Preservation Society, was belatedly released in 1996 as a pseudo-film soundtrack described by reissue company RPM as "as near to the original concept as can be assembled with the surviving recorded works".
RPM's A Teenage Opera is simultaneously fascinating, rewarding and confounding. Wirtz agreed to RPM assembling the album from his original 1967 recordings, allowing the use of the original title and enjoying having his name liberally spread over it, but has since disparaged it as a fake: an opportunistic collector's item comprising completed tracks intended for the Opera, incomplete demos likewise, and similar but completely unrelated tracks produced during the same period.
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I was prompted to review this because of the other review, which I found very interesting. I found it interesting in that it compared this to the likes of Sergent Pepper, SF Sorrow, & Ogden's nut (all of which I too own & LOVE).
I LOVE Weatherman, and the sounds are good. I confess to being unaware of this album's original form, but I do find the mentioned comparisons a little too much for even my imagination... Ogden's Nut it certainly is not (not as soulful or Stanley Unwin strange). SF Sorrow it isn't (the Pretty things are far more psychedelic). Better than Sergent Pepper?! I always rated Magical Mystery Tour higher than that, but even so... it is a comparison I do not agree with (though comparisons are always useful to locate oneself in). Still, if you like The Who's concept album The Who Sell Out, or if Tommy is more your bag, you may enjoy this more.
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This album, if it'd had been released in 1967/1968, would've been a HUGE hit! Right up there with albums by the Beatles, the Bee Gees, the Kinks, the Who, and other fantastic British bands.

Someone mentioned to me that this was to be a soundtrack for a film that never got made too? Well everytime i hear these songs, especially "Grocer Jack", i can picture the scenes in my head.... frame by frame, scene by scene.

The instrumentals that are included on the album are so lush. They match the 60s perfectly.

I don't know what else i can say about this album. It really is a must buy for anyone, regardless of age.

Why it never got released in the first place is beyond me!!
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