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Arthur Brown & Vincent Crane
Faster Than The Speed Of Light

Arthur Brown & Vincent Crane — Faster Than The Speed Of Light (1980) [Reissue August 22, 2011]

 Arthur Brown & Vincent Crane — Faster Than The Speed Of Light (1980) [Reissue August 22, 2011]
φ   Když toto album dám do jedné lajny s ELP Works 2 (1 November 1977), které jsem teď poslouchal v pátek 12. června, vychází mi toto album ještě zajímavější, šťavnatější, invenčnější. Na nahrávce se původně měl účastnit i David Bowie, měl zájem o návštěvu v nahrávacím studiu, měl však jiné povinnosti. Arthur Brown zmiňuje, že jeho záměrem byl jiný zvukový směr, než nakonec tato verze ukazuje, nicméně nakonec s tím byl spokojen. Vincent Crane kromě kláves všeho druhu, řídil i orchestr a zanechal za sebou brilantní práci. Je to nádherný, progresivní kus, plně pod Vincentovou kontrolou. Texty jsou dobré a zpěv Arthura Browna je silný jako vždy. Tato nahrávka je remasterovanou a definitivní verzí pro každého Vincentova nadšence. Pak už nenahrál žádný srovnatelný materiál. Velmi informativní brožura s novou esejí od Klause Schulze.Birth name: Vincent Rodney Cheesman
Born: 21 May 1943, Reading, Berkshire, England
Died: 14 February 1989, Westminster, London, England
Arthur Brown location: Whitby, UK
Album release: August 22, 2011
Recording date: 1979 – 1980
Record Label: Esoteric Recordings (ECLEC2283) / Innovative Communication / Blueprint
Duration:     45:34
Tracks:
01. Storm Clouds     1:05
02. Nothing we Can Do     5:18
03. No     2:32
04. Bright Gateway     1:24
05. Timeship     6:17
06. Come And Joint The Fun     5:46
07. StormWind     0:33
08. Storm     5:40
09. This Is It     3:29
10. Tightrope     3:55
11. Balance     1:34
12. Faster Than The Speed Of Light     8:01
Credits:
φ   Arthur Brown Vocals, Words, Music, Producer
φ   Vincent Crane Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano, Clavinet, Minimoog, Performer, Producer, Orchestrated
φ   Clifford Venner       Drums
φ   Derek Damon Vocal Harmonies, Arranged
φ   Mixed at Panne–Paulsen Studios
φ   Klaus Schulze Executive Producer, Liner Notes
φ   Michael Haentjes Executive Producer
φ   Peter Berndt Painting
φ   Orchestra Members Of The Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra
φ   Eberhard Panne Engineer
Description:
NEW REMASTERED EDITION OF THE CLASSIC 1979 ALBUM BY THE LEGENDARY ARTHUR BROWN & KEYBOARD PLAYER VINCENT CRANE
BOOKLET WITH FULLY RESTORED ARTWORKφ   One of the great overlooked albums of the 1970s, Faster Than the Speed of Light was the result of a collaboration between legendary Crazy World & Kingdom Come visionary ARTHUR BROWN and his former Crazy World colleague (and ATOMIC ROOSTER leader) VINCENT CRANE.
φ   The album was recorded for the German Innovative Communication label at a time when Brown was also collaborating with German Synthesiser genius KLAUS SCHULZE (assuming the guise of RICHARDWAHNFRIED) on the album Time Actor , also released by Esoteric Recordings this month. The resulting record was a unique fusion of Brown s amazing vocals and eccentric musical visions and Crane s innovative keyboard playing and arrangement ideas.
φ   This newly re–mastered reissue restores the original album artwork and includes a new essay.
φ   "Faster Than the Speed of Light" was the result of a collaboration between legendary Crazy World & Kingdom Come visionary Arthur Brown and his former Crazy World colleague (and Atomic Rooster leader) Vincent Crane. The resulting prog rock symphonics mesh somewhat uneasily with Crane's forward–looking synth rock experiments on songs like "Nothing We Can Do," but as a whole, this apocalyptic concept album makes a virtue of its own overblown pomposity. Arthur Brown always had a knack for deflating his occasionally pretentious lyrics with a refreshing modicum of dry wit, which holds him in good stead on the opening "Storm Clouds." On the centerpiece track, "Storm," Brown sings in an unexpected falsetto over a synth–dominated backing track reminiscent of some of Frank Zappa's mid–'70s work. Of course, all the various elements come together on the climactic title track, featuring some of Brown's most enjoyably overwrought vocals, a keyboard solo that Keith Emerson himself might find excessive, and some of the biggest orchestral swells to be found in the entire symphonic rock genre. This newly re–mastered reissue restores the original album artwork and includes a new essay.                                                      Atomic Rooster
REVIEW
By Jason A. Levine on June 27, 2000;  Score: *****
φ   I do not have enough words to describe how unbelievably cool this album is, let alone how under–appreciated. Recorded in 1980 (when making records still required the use of fab musicians, REAL singers, analog tape and ANALOG synthesizers) "Faster..." was a very welcomed collaboration from two of Britain's finest (and zaniest) psychedelic cats. From the opener, "Storm Clouds", it's vintage Arthur Brown, whooping and singing with a strength and range that makes you shiver...The track segues with a moog bass into "Nothing We Can Do," a slightly disco–esque, yet modern–Hammond Organ–Rock Opera type tune that again, features fabulous Brown vocals (and lyrics) and beautiful harmonies, and string arrangements. And it just gets better and better. "Timeship" and "Come And Join The Fun" are by far two of the best tracks on the CD (and could have easily fit right into a Kingdom Come release), with their spacey/insanity type lyrics...I could go on forever. And it goes without saying, that Arthur is in fine company. Vincent Crane is an AMAZING keyboardist; piano, organ, moog, it's all here, and it rocks. And as always.. MASTERING NOTES:: Now, I have the 1995 Blueprint release which was transferred from virgin vinyl; a couple pops and clicks, but it in no way detracts from this fine music. I can't speak for this new import, but I'm sure they'll keep the standards high. Seek out this release, even on vinyl...You just might learn something, and it just might change your opinions about great rock/pop music, and it'll change you, Faster Than The Speed of Light!                                                    Atomic Rooster
AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason;  Score: ***
φ   Faster Than the Speed of Light got in just under the deadline of the new decade, a spectacle of grand progressive rock excess in a style that just wouldn't be possible in the '80s. The instrumentation on this album consists of Arthur Brown on vocals, Atomic Rooster's Vincent Crane (who had co–written Brown's signature track, "Fire," in 1968) on organ and piano, and drummer Clifford Venner, plus the entirety of the Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra. The resulting prog rock symphonics mesh somewhat uneasily with Crane's forward–looking synth rock experiments on songs like "Nothing We Can Do," but as a whole, this apocalyptic concept album makes a virtue of its own overblown pomposity. Arthur Brown always had a knack for deflating his occasionally pretentious lyrics with a refreshing modicum of dry wit, which holds him in good stead on the opening "Storm Clouds." On the centerpiece track, "Storm," Brown sings in an unexpected falsetto over a synth–dominated backing track reminiscent of some of Frank Zappa's mid–'70s work. Of course, all the various elements come together on the climactic title track, featuring some of Brown's most enjoyably overwrought vocals, a keyboard solo that Keith Emerson himself might find excessive, and some of the biggest orchestral swells to be found in the entire symphonic rock genre. It's all a bit over the top, naturally, but somehow it doesn't seem pretentious or annoying. http://www.allmusic.com/
Website: http://www.arthur-brown.com/
Website: http://website.lineone.net/~jean.cheesman/
AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Faster-Speed-Light-Vincent-Arthur/dp/B005JHD6HS
Liner Notes:
φ   Since I have listened to the “Crazy World of Arthur Brown” the first time, Arthur to me was one of the rock music’s most fascinating singers. So I was really glad to meet him personally in 1976. Spontaneously we talked about a joint concert. It really took place in Paris, and was one of the highlights of my career. Vincent with ABSoon after that Arthur disappeared to Africa. In 1979, he suddenly turned up again. I was looking for a singer for my “Dune” album and in fact Arthur fit perfectly into that album. For the following “Richard Wahnfried” sessions he brought Vincent Crane with him who once belonged to the “Crazy World of Arthur Brown” and then founded his own band “Atomic Rooster”. Vincent was one of the wildest keyboardists in the history of rock music. Arthur and Vincent were working on a project I heard and liked. It eventually grew into “Faster than the Speed of Light”. I feel this record proves the two not belonging to the boring old farts. They have neither lost their originality nor their fun making music. That’s what I feel with every note of this record.........KLAUS SCHULZE, 1980
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Arthur Brown & Vincent Crane
Faster Than The Speed Of Light

 

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