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Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come - The Lost Ears (2CD)

Genre: Pop/Rock
Release Date: 8th July 2016

Label: Gonzo
Catalogue Number: HST345CD
Price: £10.99
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Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come - The Lost Ears

Joe Viglione of A;; Music writes: "The Lost Ears compiles almost 90 minutes of Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come from the years 1968-1972. There is nothing of the perverse majesty that his "Fire" single boasted, save Arthur Brown's personality sprinkled over these four sides. There are three unreleased tracks by Brown's Puddletown Express band and extensive liner notes from Chris Welch of Melody Maker, dated 1976. Those notes remind listeners that Alice Cooper cites Arthur as an influence, and the story of a night this band opened for Alice adds to the intrigue as the heavy progressive music plays. Andy McCulloch of Greenslade and Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer went through the revolving door of Arthur Brown's musical ministry, and his influence on those groups -- at least musically -- is documented here. "Love Is a Spirit" is an almost a cappella opening to side two, with just the keyboards creating an eerie church-like feel before the band kicks in and gets heavier, a thick dirge that is the rule, not the exception, and maybe a reason why this extraordinary artist never fully caught on. "The Experiment" is Deep Purple during their Tetragrammaton phase, and maybe Arthur Brown would have been better off following their lead and reinventing Joe South material. That Vanilla Fudge formula launched Deep Purple while Goodge Harris does his best Jon Lord, but the music remains somewhat inaccessible. Brown shifts somewhere between Sylvester & the Hot Band to some Frank Zappa-inspired nightmare. "Time Captives" is excellent science fiction rock, and one gets the feeling that, had the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Kingdom Come, and Puddletown Express had a Shep Gordon managing or an Andy Warhol endorsing him, this controlled insanity would have reached a wider audience. The concise and succinct power of his 1968 smash is missing on The Lost Ears, and despite the excellent musicianship, this lengthy collection becomes an ordeal. The two and a half minutes of "Conception" have Arthur Brown howling like some whacked-out witch doctor, and it's entertaining, but you aren't going to play it three times in a row, and Dr. John the Night Tripper learned how to bring that persona full circle. The Lost Ears is an important document of an innovative figure, a Screamin' Jay Hawkins from a far distant future. Missing are hit singles, and Alice Cooper could have repaid the musical debt by helping Arthur Brown out with that. The Puddletown Express material sounds like Syd Barrett escaped from the asylum to make another record, and who's to say that's a bad thing?"


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