Had seen a few recommendations on other sites for this CD. I can only add my voice to them. This is serious quality Psych/Proto-Prog circa 1969,from this Birmingham band.
The highlights [and there are plenty of them] include the single "Mr.Armageddon",a powerful,psychedelic brass-heavy tune that will have you humming the brass riff in no time at all.My favourite tune and a real tour de force is the album`s 6th tune "You Must Be Joking". This has a quite brilliant chorus[imagine Hendrix with a Hammond] and is a keyboard led gem of a song,[there are no guitars on this album,although one of the keyboards are stuck through a Wah-Wah occasionally,which tends to sound like a guitar,especially on this track]. Other highlights include the bouncy,"Lay Me Down Gently",the album`s only cover,"Coming Down/Love Song For The Dead Che",[originally done by The United States Of America].The last highlight is the closing tune of the album proper,"Times Of Light And Darkness",with the last in a long line of catchy brass riffs and a great track to boot.
There is nothing bad that i can say about this release,the only thing that might put people off,though i like it,is the voice of the band`s main songwriter and keyboardist,Norman Haines. In his low register,his voice has a cockney/early Bowie lilt to it. When he really pushes his voice is when he sounds at his best,[witness "Mr.Armageddon" and "You Must Be Joking,for that].
Apparently this album was originally released about 12 months later than it should have been. That,and the fact that the band had had a previous minor hit single in a Ska vein,meant that this album pretty much sank without trace when it did finally see the light of day. That`s a damn shame because this is a minor classic. Highly Recommended!.