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Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.98 | 90 ratings

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3 stars The even crazier world of Arthur Brown!

If the Crazy World Of Arthur Brown was crazy, then Arthur Brown's next musical project Kingdom Come was even crazier. Brown's distinctive vocals are still very much to the fore as are his melodic sensibilities and his peculiar taste for the outlandish, but he has left the Psychedelic late 60's behind and entered the progressive and experimental era he helped initiate. Maybe the world just wasn't crazy enough to endorse the weirdly titled Galactic Zoo Dossier the way it endorsed Crazy World and the hit massive Fire? Regardless of the reasons, Brown never again reached the same level of commercial recognition despite continuing to make music to the present day.

Without Carl Palmer and Vincent Crane - who had went on to form ELP and Atomic Rooster respectively - to back him up, Brown assembled a bunch of new musicians to form a new band that was given the name of Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come. Their first effort was the present album which is basically one long piece of more or less interconnected tunes, spoken word passages and weird sound experiments. I often feel that this could have been a great album had it been a bit less fragmentary and more cohesive. There are indeed several excellent moments here and they had good musical ideas. Had these ideas only been better tied together and some passages dropped, the end result would have been all the more satisfying. Still, this is probably one of Arthur Brown's finest moments. But as it stands, it is a bit too "crazy" even for me.

Galactic Zoo Dossier is well worth having and a nice companion to the Crazy World Of Arthur Brown album, but it certainly has its flaws too.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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