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2.66 | 22 ratings | 2 reviews | 5% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1967

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Freak Street (2:59)
2. You Don't Need Money (2:23)
3. Ageing Raver (4:05)
4. In A Beautiful Rambling Mess (2:45)
5. All You Need Is (5:42)
6. What You Have (5:07)
7. Circle (10:34)
8. Highgate Cemetry (2:16)
9. Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith (8:50)

Total time 44:41

Bonus tracks on 1991 CD release:
10. Zaney Janey (from the US release of Folkjokeopus)
11. Ballad Of Songwriter (from the US release of Folkjokeopus)
12. Midspring Dithering (A-side from the 1967 single)
13. Zengem (B-side from the 1967 single)
14. It's Tomorrow And Today Is Yesterday 4:11 (John Peel BBC Radio Show 1970)
15. Francesca 1:32 (recorded for 'Top Gear' at the BBC, 3 June 1969)
16. She's The One 4:45 (recorded for 'Top Gear' at the BBC, 3 June 1969)

Line-up / Musicians

- Roy Harper / vocals, acoustic guitar

- Laurie Allan / drums
- Keith Mansfield / orchestral arrangements
- Shel Talmy / producer

Releases information

LP CBS ‎- BPG 63184 (1967, UK) Mono version
LP CBS ‎- S BPG 63184 (1967, UK)
LP CBS ‎- S CBS 31544 (1977, UK) Re-entitled "The Early Years" with new cover art

CD Science Friction ‎- HUCD006 (1991, UK) With 7 bonus tracks and again new cover art

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(5%)
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Review by Chris S
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2 stars Tongue in cheek cover, always brings a smile to my face. A pretty much pedestrian release IMHO from Roy Harper. He was still sharpening his creative skills to be shown on future releases but the essence of his sound is very apparent. Highlight tracks would be the opener ' Freak Sweet', ' Ageing Raver' and the self titled closer ' Come Out Fighting ghengis Smith'. Completionists or collectors will get this release but nothing significant to report.

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3 stars Roy Harper refers to Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith, his second studio album, as a skeleton in his closet and rarely, if ever, played any of these songs live in concert. On the whole, it's not quite the disastrous album that Harper would have us believe. Sure, it's his first of album of social ... (read more)

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