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Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come — Galactic Zoo Dossier (1971) [Reissue 22 Feb 2010]

Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come — Galactic Zoo Dossier (1971) [Reissue 22 Feb 2010]

Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come — Galactic Zoo Dossier (1971) [Reissue 22 Feb 2010]
•»   This is a 2CD Edition remastered and expanded. This newly remastered edition includes bonus tracks of three alternate versions of `Metal Monster', `Space Plucks' and `Sunrise', together with both tracks from a BBC Radio One John Peel session from March 1971 (previously unreleased on CD). This was the first album by ARTHUR BROWN's Psych / Space Rock outfit KINGDOM COME. Issued on Polydor in 1971, the album launched the band, gaining instant notoriety. Touching on the musical territory of fellow travellers HAWKWIND, "Galactic Zoo Dossier" was a masterwork and is now rightly regarded as a classic. "Galactic Zoo Dossier" joins a Deluxe 2CD edition of "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown" as the launching of Esoteric's ARTHUR BROWN re–mastered series.
•»   “Crap you're great! Galactic Zoo is so dam good. thank you for all your hard work.”
Birth name: Arthur Wilton Brown
Also known as: The God of Hellfire
Born: 24 June 1942, Whitby, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Location: Whitby UK
Genre: Progressive/Psychedelic Rock
Album release: 22 Feb 2010
Record Label: Esoteric Recordings
Duration:     62:57
Tracks:
01. Internal Messenger     5:09
02. Space Plucks     3:21
03. Galactic Zoo     2:33
04. Metal Monster     2:03
05. Simple Man     3:07
06. Night of the Pigs     1:04
07. Sunrise     6:52
08. Trouble     2:07
09. Brains     0:57
10. Medley:     3:17
10 a) Galactic Zoo (Part 2)
10 b) Space Plucks (Part 2)
10 c) Galactic Zoo (Part 4)
11. Creep     0:47
12. Creation     3:19
13. Gypsy Escape     7:38
14. No Time     6:28
Bonus Tracks:
15. Sunrise (Alternate Version)     6:33
16. Metal Monster (Alternate Version)     1:50
17. Space Plucks Dem Bones     5:52
Written by:
•»   Arthur Brown / Mike Finesilver / Peter Ker     1
•»   Arthur Brown / Vincent Crane     2
•»   Arthur Brown / Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come     3, 5
•»   Arthur Brown     4, 6, 7, 11, 15, 16, 17
•»   Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come     9
•»   Arthur Brown / Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come / Vincent Crane     10
•»   Arthur Brown / Denis Taylor / Drachen Theaker     12
•»   Denis Taylor     13
•»   J. Brown / Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come     14
Credits:
•»   Arthur Brown Composer, Vocals
•»   Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come Composer, Vocals
•»   J. Brown Composer
•»   Julian Brown VCS 3 Synthesizer, Vocals
•»   Vincent Crane Composer
•»   Phil Curtis Bass
•»   Andy Dalby Guitar, Vocals
•»   Mike Finesilver Composer
•»   Desmond Fisher Bass
•»   Desmond John Fisher Bass, Guitar (Bass)
•»   Michael Harris Keyboards, Organ
•»   Peter Ker Composer
•»   Melody Maker Liner Notes
•»   Mark Paytress Liner Notes
•»   Martin Steer Drums
•»   Denis Taylor Composer, Lighting
•»   Drachen Theaker Composer••••   NEW EXPANDED REMASTERED CD RELEASE FOR THIS CLASSIC ALBUM by ARTHUR BROWN with BONUS TRACKS OF RARE AND UNRELEASED MATERIAL
••••   BOOKLET WITH RESTORED ARTWORK, PHOTOS & LINER NOTES
••••   Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a newly re–mastered and expanded of Galactic Zoo Dossier, the first album by Arthur Brown's Psych/Space Rock outfit Kingdom Come. Issued on Polydor in 1971, the album launched the band, gaining instant notoriety. Touching on the musical territory of fellow travellers Hawkwind, Galactic Zoo Dossier was a masterwork and is now rightly regarded as a classic. This newly remastered edition includes bonus tracks of three alternate versions of Metal Monster, Space Plucks and Sunrise, together with both tracks from a BBC Radio One John Peel session from March 1971 (previously unreleased on CD).
••••   "Galactic Zoo Dossier" joins a Deluxe 2CD edition of "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown" as the launching of Esoteric's ARTHUR BROWN re–mastered series.
REVIEW
Reviewer: Ben Miler | Score: ****½
••••   I'm sure a few of you know who Arthur Brown is. He had a hit in 1968 with "Fire". While he might be thought of as a one–hit wonder, all the albums he's done up to 1973 are well worth having. 1971's Galactic Zoo Dossier is that prime example. By this time, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown was history, the psychedelic scene was over, in place of the new, burgeoning prog rock scene, and Brown was in a new band called Kingdom Come (nothing to do with the '80s Led Zep clone band with the same name). This band, as it turns out, was a fixture in the British free festival scene, just like Gong, Hawkwind and (more than a decade later) Ozric Tentacles. I can only imagine how a Kingdom Come show might've been, but judging from the pictures included on the poster that comes with the original LP of Galactic Zoo Dossier, it looked like it was a sight to behold. Believe me when I tell you that Galactic Zoo Dossier is simply one of the most twisted albums you'll ever hear. Forget The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (actually don't, as that 1968 album is actually quite good), this album is WAY more demented, twisted, and out there! Just listen to cuts like "Internal Messenger", "Metal Monster", "Night of the Pigs", "Creep" and "Creation". "Creep" features some spoken dialog that sounds like it came off Hawkwind's Space Ritual. ••••   "Creation" is so far out there, it gives many Krautrock bands of the time a run for their money. Other goodies here include the mellow "Simply Man", the instrumental "Gypsy Escape", and "Sunrise". If you own the Supernatural Fairy Tales CD box set that was issued by Rhino Records (the box set is devoted entirely to progressive rock, with artwork by famed Yes, Asia, and Uriah Heep cover artist Roger Dean), you're already familiar with one of the songs off Galactic Zoo Dossier, and that is "Sunrise". The only reject cut on Galactic Zoo is "Trouble". That song was apparently sung by guitarist Andy Dalby, and was definately written by him. Pretty cheesy number with some really badly written lyrics ("I would like to write a song/To tell the world what is wrong with it today/I would like to write a book/If that were all it took, To make its troubles go away"), you can tell right away that Arthur Brown wouldn't dare write anything that bad. Luckily the song doesn't last very long, as the rest of the album is simply incredible. Totally strange to say the least, and if you want music that doesn't play it safe, then this album is for you. http://www.hippy.com/
AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger;  Score: ***
••••   After Arthur Brown briefly ascended to stardom via the Crazy World of Arthur Brown's only album, it was a long three–year gap until the release of the next LP bearing his lead vocals, Kingdom Come's Galactic Zoo Dossier. (Although the material on Brown's Strangelands had been recorded in the interim, that record wasn't released until the late '80s.) And if not for Brown's immediately recognizable vocal histrionics, it could be the work of an entirely different artist. the Crazy World of Arthur Brown's exhilaratingly jazzy, madcap psychedelia had been jettisoned for far darker excursions into mordant early progressive rock. While there was still a carnivalesque classical–jazz–rock organ base to the arrangements, guitar also took a prominent role, and the melodies were far gloomier and more obtuse. No more obtuse, however, than the lyrics, with maddeningly obscure journeys into both inner and outer philosophical space (as titles like "Internal Messenger," "Brains," "Galactic Zoo," and "Space Plucks" made evident). Rather like a creeped–out hangover bridging the late psychedelic era with the early progressive one, it's impressive in its uncompromising ambition. But its lack of melodic bluesy riffs and unrelentingly demanding themes (and sometimes downright dissonant tunes) must have alienated a good chunk of Crazy World of Arthur Brown fans. Speaking of maddening, by the way, there's no information in the nicely illustrated booklet about the bonus tracks, which include alternate versions of "Metal Monster," "Sunrise," and "Space Plucks." The last of these, retitled "Space Plucks Dem Bones," is an uncharacteristically (in this company, anyway) soothing cosmic meditation with a comic busked interlude leading into a manic R&B–organ jazz jam, and might be the best thing on the disc.
Artist Biography
••••   This UK band was formed in 1971 by the eccentric Arthur Brown (b. Arthur Wilton–Brown, 24 June 1944, Whitby, Yorkshire, England), a vocalist who had achieved momentary commercial fame three years earlier with his memorable single, "Fire". This new venture was completed by Andrew Dalby (b. Gainsborough, England; guitar), Julian Paul Brown (b. Liverpool, England; synthesizer), Michael Harris (keyboards), Desmond Fisher (bass) and Martin Steer (drums), a line–up immortalized in the film Glastonbury Fayre. Their debut album, Galactic Zoo Dossier, was a radical, experimental set, and featured an extended version of "Space Plucks", a piece the singer had written for his previous band with organist Vincent Crane. This high standard was sadly not maintained on its follow–up, Kingdom Come, which relied on contemporary progressive styles and featured new bass player Phil Shutt. Harris and Steer were dropped from the band for Journey, on which Brown, Dalby and Shutt were joined by keyboardist Victor Peraino and a drum machine. Kingdom Come broke up completely when their founder embarked on an erratic solo career. http://www.allmusic.com/
Hawkwind association:
••••   Brown has had a number of associations with Hawkwind. In 1973, he was one of the performers on sometimes Hawkwind vocalist Robert Calvert's album Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters, together with a number of other Hawkwind members.
••••   In 2001 and 2002, Brown made several guest appearances at live Hawkwind concerts, subsequently touring with them as a guest vocalist. On their December 2002 tour, Hawkwind played several songs by Brown from the Kingdom Come era, along with "Song of the Gremlin", which Brown had sung on Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters; this was documented on the Hawkwind DVD Out of the Shadows.
••••   Brown also provided vocals on two of the tracks on Hawkwind's studio album Take Me to Your Leader, released in 2005. One is the spoken–word "A Letter to Robert", where Brown recalls a conversation with Robert Calvert. Brown continued his association with Hawkwind, touring with a support set for them on their 40th anniversary tour in the UK in 2009.
Website: http://www.arthur-brown.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arthurbrownmusic
Press: James Parrish Prescription PR james@prescriptionpr.co.uk
Agent: Ben Hylands Inspired Artists Agency ben@iaatouring.com
Studio albums:
••  1968 — The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown)
••  1971 — Galactic Zoo Dossier (by Kingdom Come)
••  1972 — Kingdom Come (by Kingdom Come)
••  1973 — Journey (by Kingdom Come)
••  1975 — Dance
••  1977 — Chisholm in My Bosom
••  1979 — Faster Than the Speed of Light (with Vincent Crane)
••  1981 — Speak No Tech (re–released by Craig Leon in 1984 as The Complete Tapes of Atoya)
••  1982 — Requiem
••  1988 — Brown, Black & Blue (with Jimmy Carl Black)
••  1989 — Strangelands (recorded in 1969) (by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown)
••  2000 — Tantric Lover (by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown)
••  2003 — Vampire Suite (by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown)
••  2007 — The Voice of Love (by The Amazing World of Arthur Brown)
••  2012 — The Magic Hat (with Rick Patten; limited edition of 200; an accompanying comic of The Magic Hat by Matt Howarth is also available)
••  2013 — Zim Zam Zim (released as the result of a successful pledge campaign) (by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown)
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