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ELMER GANTRY'S VELVET OPERA

Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera

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Studio Album, released in 1968

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Intro (1:00)
2. Mother Writes (2:07)
3. Mary Jane (2:26)
4. I Was Cool (2:59)
5. Walter Sly Meets Bill Bailey (3:10)
6. Air (3:12)
7. Lookin' for a Happy Life (3:01)
8. Flames (3:11)
9. What's the Point of Leaving (2:11)
10. Long Nights of Summer (2:35)
11. Dream Starts (3:00)
12. Reactions of a Young Man (2:38)
13. Now She's Gone (2:26)
14. Flames (Single Version) (*) (3:15)
15. Salisbury Plain (Single Version) (*) (2:38)
16. Mary Jane (Single Version) (*) (2:34)
17. Dreamy (Single Version) (*) (2:33)
18. Volcano (Single Version) (*) (2:38)
19. Quick "B" (Single Version) (*) (3:02)

(*) Bonus tracks on later editions

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Line-up / Musicians

- Colin Forster / guitar
- Richard Hudson / drums
- Elmer Gantry / guitar, vocals
- John Ford / bass

Releases information

LP Direction 8-63300
1968 LP Epic 26415
1968 LP Epic BN-26415
2004 CD Akarma 297

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3.71
(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
29%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
36%
Good, but non-essential (29%)
29%
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3 stars 'Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera' is a good pre-prog album containing one killer song, sitar, some mellotron, distorted vocals, quite experimental moments - you can really smell the transition to prog music. This group acts in contrast to other bands of that time. Of course they also offer many 'old-fashioned' beat and rock n' roll impressions - how else can it be - rather sophisticated though, in style often similar to The Move, Yardbirds and The Beatles. All in all really enoyable in my opinion.

Business as usual - not one track is reaching the four minute mark here. On the contrary it's a really funny gimmick to introduce the band with the short Intro. The heavy impulsive A Quick B enclosing a great guitar solo and reminding of Spooky Tooth belongs to the outstanding examples. The aforementioned eclectic killer track Walter Sly Meets Bill Bailey is my album highlight - jamming, psychedelic, dazzling and irresistible because a second track is faded in for some time. A fantastic arrangement!

Lookin' for a Happy Life expresses enthusiasm a lot ... but ends with a nervous breakdown. I Was Cool - a suitable title for a blues theme where singer Elmer Gantry offers vocals which are overwhelmed with emotion and grow in confidence over the course. Air is decorated with some indian psychedelia caused by sitar and a rhythm which matches with a camel ride.

As written before - who likes the open-minded Yardbirds or Move is asked to check this out. A convincing workout considering the early times in 1967 when this album was produced. It shows the band on the trip towards progressive rock - 3.5 stars.

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5 stars Finally I get to write a review of this! One of my all time favourite albums ever recorded by any band from anywhere! I go way back with this album, I was 16 years old when I first heard it, and I must have heard it a zillion times, still hearing something new and different each time. Don't ju ... (read more)

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