Monday, September 15, 2014

Kingdom Come - Kingdom Come (1972 uk, essential heavy experimental prog, 2005 japan issue)



1971's Galactic Zoo Dossier, Arthur Brown's first album with his new band Kingdom Come proved that he still had more great material to give us. So a year later, he decided to record a second album, called Kingdom Come. By this point VCS-3 synthesizer player Julian Paul Brown and bassist Desmond Fisher left, replaced by new bassist Phil Shutt. The rest of the band at this point consisted of Arthur Brown on vocals, of course, guitarist/vocalist Andy Dalby, keyboardist Michael "Goodge" Harris, and drummer Martin "Slim" Steer. 

The album starts off with "Water",  the Mellotron makes its first appearance (something you'll hear much more on their following album, Journey, where American-born Victor Peraino used plenty of it). Luckily the album gets much better with the wonderful ballad "Love is a Spirit" and the ever eccentric "City Medoly". A lot of this stuff can get pretty unpredictable, especially the second half of "City Medoly". 

Perhaps the most absurd song on this album is "Experiment". Parts of this song sounds a little bit like Emerson, Lake & Palmer, where there's another part where Andy Dalby does the singing and it ends up sounding a bit like Traffic's "40,000 Headmen". Then Arthur Brown starts talking about bowel movements with the sound of someone having diarrhea. I could hardly believe I heard something that crude, not even Frank Zappa could think of something that crude in his music. 
by Ben Miler
Tracks
1. Water - 8:10
2. Love Is The Spirit (J. P. Brown) - 4:19
3. City Melody 06:10
4. Trafic Light Song - 2:43
5. The Teacher (Kingdom Come, Vincent Crane) - 1:54
6. The Experiment 07:25
7. The Whirlpool - 4:17
8. The Hymn (Andy Dalby) - 8:51
9. Traffic Light Song - 2:41
10.The Hymn - 5:58
11.The Experiment - 8:47
All compositions by Kingdom Come except where indicated

Kingdom Come
*Arthur Brown - Lead Vocals
*Phil Shutt - Bass
*Andy Dalby - Guitar
*Michael Harris - Keyboards
*Martin Steer - Drums

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3 comments:

  1. This is kinda like a "rock opera" with shades of "Hair" & Jesus Christ Superstar" mixed in with a little Firesign Theatre, but Zappa? --- I don't thinketh so...
    Interesting, THANX!

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  2. This is an outstanding album. It's different, and rewards repeated listening.

    Michael

    Saturday 3rd June 2017 12.08pm

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