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4.11 | 139 ratings | 21 reviews | 28% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1973

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Time Captives (8:23)
2. Triangles (3:14)
3. Gypsy (9:13)
4. Superficial Roadblocks (2:00) :
- a) Lost Time (2:00)
- b) Superficial Roadblocks (2:00)
- c) Corpora Supercelestia (0:58)
5. Conception (2:09)
6. Spirit Of Joy (3:16)
7. Come Alive (8:48)

Total time 42:01

Bonus tracks on 1993, 2003 & 2010 CD releases:
8. Spirit Of Joy (Alternate Take) (2:50)
9. Time Captives (Alternate Take) (7:09)
10. Conception (Alternate Take) (2:01)
11. Come Alive (Alternate Take) (8:23)

Extra bonus tracks on 2003 & 2010 CD releases:
12. Slow Rock (BBC Session *) (7:08)
13. Spirit Of Joy (BBC Session *) (8:35)

Extra bonus tracks on 2010 CD release:
14. Triangles (BBC Session *)
15. Slow Rock (SIngle Version)

* BBC Radio One John Peel Show on 5th September 1972

Line-up / Musicians

- Arthur Brown / lead vocals, drum machine
- Andrew Dalby / guitar, vocals
- Victor Peraino / Mellotron, piano, ARP 2600 & VCS3 synths, Theremin, percussion, vocals
- Phil Shutt (Curtis) / bass, percussion, vocals

Releases information

LP Polydor ‎- 2310-254 (1973, UK)

CD Voiceprint ‎- VP137CD (1993, UK) Remastered by Tony Arnold with 4 bonus tracks
CD Castle Music - CMQCD806 (2003, UK) Remastered with 6 bonus tracks
2xCD Esoteric Recordings - ECLEC 2187 (2010, UK) 24-bit remaster by Paschal Byrne with bonus disc including 8 tracks

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ARTHUR BROWN'S KINGDOM COME Journey ratings distribution

(139 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(28%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (22%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)


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Review by Proghead
5 stars After the somewhat uneven and somewhat uninspired album simply called "Kingdom Come", one couldn't be more pleasantly surprised with "Journey", BROWN's 1973 followup with KINGDOM COME. Drummer Martin "Slim" Steer and keyboardist Michael "Goodge" Harris are now out of the picture, leaving BROWN, with guitarist Andy Dalby and bassist Phil Shutt with American-born (from Detroit) Victor Peraino now handling the keyboard duties. But, what happened to the drummer? Didn't Arthur BROWN simply hire another drummer? No he didn't. Instead he bought himself a Bently drum machine and used that as a substitute for a real drummer. Now, this has got to be the most drastic sound change I have ever heard from a band. The Hammond organ is now history, Victor Peraino obviously preferred the Mellotron and the ARP 2600 synthesizer. The occasional nonsense and British cultural references of their previous album are luckily thrown in the trash, in place of a truly wonderful progressive space rock sound with sci-fi oriented lyrics.

The longest songs on the album tend to be the best, such as "Time Captives", "Gypsy", "Superficial Roadblocks", and "Come Alive", as the shorter pieces tend to exist as segues to the next song. The big exception being "Spirit of Joy", the closest thing to a pop hit (and in fact, the song was released as a single a couple months before the album came out), but even here you get treated with lots of bizarre electronic effects. But what I really love of this album is the amazing use of Mellotron and ARP 2600 synthesizer! It's so strange to think of Arthur BROWN ever being associated with the Mellotron, especially if you're only familiar with his 1968 THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN album (with the hit "Fire"), which tended heavily to the Hammond organ, but that's what you get here on "Journey", especially with "Gypsy", "Superficial Roadblocks" and "Spirit of Joy". This is truly a classic album, especially if you like both space rock and prog.

Review by Sean Trane
4 stars The third and last (to my knowledge since I never had seen the Lost Ears of 76) album of AB's KC is maybe the most definitive (and defining) album of Arthur Brown's silly adventures. Please note that this album comes also in the TRC label with a vastly different sleeve depicting a rose in front of a cloudy sky! But the historical artwork is the one above.

Some of the members of the band having left , Brown hired an American on KB (apparently organ-less but with other keys to his savoir-faire) and chose to replace the drummer by himself plus a machine. Probably one of the earliest drum machine ever recorded (this is 73 after all) , the machine is well used enough that what could be a big flaw appears to be annulled by correct programming (most 80's band using those "things"will not even come close to this one here) , so it is not bothersome for the proghead.

Songwise , there are some real gems on this album with some "so-evident melodies" that you could wonder how the Beatles did not come up with those, but do not get me wrong , those tracks are too crazy for the Fab Four and the AB'sKC sound has nothing to do with them either. Times Captives , the multi-part Superficial roadblocks , Gypsy and Spirit Of Joy are pure delight and Brown's vocals and sheer lunacy are real happiness.

I suspect that the average proghead wanting to investigate AB's KC should start with this one before moving on to the Zopo Dossier (very mad album) and the eponymous album last (very average album). Not far away from clinching another halfstar , this album could qualify as a 70's lost gem if it was just a bit more forgotten!

Review by philippe
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars This one deserves the attention of every prog rock lovers, from every ages and styles. "Journey" is giant and represents what the "king of hellfire" has the best to offer. If "The Crazy world" represented a very original debut in a strange, fantastic and "theatrical" universe, this one reaches you into a deep psychedelic and "evil" world made of frightening, enigmatic made of remarkable musical moments. "Times Captive" with its oppressive, dark theme directly throws you into a spectral, bizarre adventure. Vintage synth parts and repetitive "electronic" drum sounds prevail. The instrumental "Triangles" has a strange medieval "dark" tone, always based on electronic structures. "Gypsy" is a mysterious exotic tune, illustrating "black magic" or something of this kind. The voice of Mr Brown is always as various, theatric, groovy and dramatic. "Spirit of Joy" & "Come alive" are two freak'n roll compositions. "Conception" is a gloomy, fantastic tune, nice feel! An all time classic album!
Review by Sagichim
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5 stars Talk about a change of sound, is it the same band that released galactic zoo dossier and its follow up just the previous year?? i guess it is!! Out goes the warm sound of the band previous records and in comes something completely different. A prog album with a drum machine? oh feels the other way around but this experiment is actually turned out to be quite successful. I love this album, this is new music ( back then ) with a new approach. The drum machine does not try to sound like real drums, it tries to sound like a drum machine and that's the beauty. Along with that drum machine you have a vast array of analog keys and synths which are the main attraction here, guitar is also added and it amazes me how everything sounds so right. The music is very spacey and progressive, the material is well written and sound inovative, i'm not an expert on progressive electronic but this seams like a one of a kind album to me.

Arthur brown's vocals sound great and he deliver it in his crazy and emotional way, sometimes those vocals are synthesised as well giving the music an even stranger sound. You actually have to listen to this to know it exists. The music ranges from heavy sound with hypnotizing beat, raw distorted guitars and a full key attack, to more relaxed atmosphere, everything is so crystal clear too. Victor Peraino had done a wonderful work, his keys does not sound the same, it's a mix of sounds we never heard before, that's for sure. The album sounds dark and cold inspite all the analog instruments used.

Although the songs are not the same quality and it's not a prog masterpiece, i will give this 5 stars because it's different, exciting, new and that's what i'm looking for. The bonus tracks are different versions of the songs and features 'spirit of joy' with real drums, although it's a nice version it only indicates of how great was that experiment including the drum machine in the album.

Review by jammun
4 stars Journey is the third, and sadly last, from Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come. Only Andy Dalby remains from the original group. The newest member is a drum machine, which won't run off with the bass player's wife (as happened with the previous drummer), though it does seem to be, um, leering at that hot Mellotron sitting at the bar!

No more organ-driven prog here; we're into a more electronic version of what Arthur Brown has in mind. Things start off with Time Captives, which starts out with a thudding bass drum and works itself up into an ever-accelerating electronic froth. As usual Brown's voice is what matters here.

Up next is the instrumental Triangles, a bit more of guitar/electronica, followed by Gypsy, which intelligently recycles riffs from the previous album and is the second strongest track on the album.

Side Two of what was the original LP is sorely lacking. Superficial Roadblocks pretty much sucks -- no AB vocals -- even though it has a decent riff, and Conception is just okay. Spirit of Joy is too pop for my taste. Fortunately the next song, Come Alive, saves the day, with its massive guitar riffs and stunning AB bluesy vocals hearkening back to the old Crazy World days.

All in all, not a bad way to end the Kingdom Come journey...

Review by Tom Ozric
5 stars This album is a phenomenal contribution to the whole Space-Rock/Psychedelic sub-genre of Prog. Vocalist, chief instigator Arthur Brown has assembled an amazing crew of 'trippers' to fulfil his vision of Space ; taking an amazing 'journey' through the cosmic myriad known to us as the universe (pompous prose, I know...).

I acquired this LP around 1990, when all that was on the menu was anything I considered as 'spun-out'. Central to all pieces on the album (which co-incidentally appeared in two versions of cover-art ; this old sun God whose trapped within a spiral, and the other being a lovely red rose) is AB and his (then) state-of-the-art Bentley drum machine, which sounds like an early analogue rhythm- box. The next feature sounds on the record comprise of the eccentric ARP 2600 Synth-twiddling and incredible Mellotron work of the 'barking mad' keyboardist Victor Peraino, absolutely integral to the whole vibe of the album. Together with a steady Bass-player and competent lead-guitarist, the band presents us with a space-age, futuristic sounding recording, complete with subtle humour. Every piece is of interest, with really high highlights being the longer cuts ; Time Captives (8.13), Gypsy (9.10), Superficial Roadblocks (6.56) which showcases the Mellotron in all its glory, just ask Andy T of Planet Mellotron fame, and the rocking closer, 'Come Alive' (8.45). The shorter compositions are very good, too, even an almost commercial attempt with the song 'Spirit of Joy'. This is top-notch Prog, believe me.

Review by ZowieZiggy
4 stars When one listens to the long intro of "Time Captives", the psychedelia is total. It submerges the listener who is incorporated into some fabulous Floydean journey. A very nice one to tell you the truth. The style also sounds more polished, less crazy than during his first "Galactic Zoo" work with "Kingdom Come".

Still, don't panic: there are some extravaganza as well ("Triangles") but this is only a side aspect of this whole album. The use of keyboards is much more significant than on his prior releases and definitely anchors this third album in the prog sphere on its own (and not only to the disjointed and funny approach).

AB introduced some drum machine for this album (which was quite precursory). At times, it is not too enjoyable but these weaker beats aren't so many. One of the highlight is the great "Gypsy", which combines furious electric guitar and beautifully cold mellotron lines (if you like the Scandinavian scene from the nineties, I recommend this song to you).

The mini suite "Superficial Roadblocks" is rather pompous, bombastic: ELP wouldn't have dismissed it! Phantasmagoria, weird vocals, fine mellotron are the mix for this strange track.

This album is by far the most progressive of the man. The long tracks are particularly crafted and deserve your attention. Seven out of ten; rounded up to four stars.

Review by Mellotron Storm
5 stars This album deserves the hype it gets. Recorded in 1972 and released in 1973 this is a classic Space Rock album. It also has the distinction of being the first album to use a drum machine, in fact they were the first band to use one live on stage as well. This day and age the words drum machine cause prog fans to run the other way, but remember this was a new technology at the time and so it was a novelty at this point. And further more it doesn't depreciate the quality of this record one bit. Lots of mellotron here, it's all over these songs except for the first two tracks.

"Time Captives" is a song HAWKWIND covered in concert, in fact Arthur Brown toured with them as part of their band. This song opens with a beat, it starts to pick up after 1 1/2 minutes. Here we go after 3 minutes as synths sweep in. Vocals before 4 1/2 minutes. I love this track. It settles around 6 1/2 minutes and eventually blends into "Triangles". This song has a beat with synths and guitar for the most part. Arthur relates how they did this track. "We took a triangle, which is simply a frame and moved it up and down the fretboard. And ended up playing only those notes that came within the space in the centre of the triangle." "Gypsy" has a good epic sound to it. The guitar comes in after a minute and it sounds awesome. Vocals before 3 minutes. A powerful soundscape 5 1/2 minutes in. Check out the mellotron before 8 1/2 minutes.

"Superficial Roadblocks" is again epic thanks again to the mellotron as drums help out. Vocals after a minute. Organ follows. Guitar 5 minutes in followed by more mellotron to the end. Gulp. "Conception" is very cool with that deep bass and a beat with mellotron as the vocals almost scream. "Spirit Of Joy" is such an uplifting track for me just like the title conveys. A powerful ending as well. "Come Alive" has some excellent bass with a full sound as the vocals join in. Guitar 2 minutes in. Killer sound after 2 1/2 minutes. It settles a minute later. Kicks back in with a vengence after 4 1/2 minutes before settling one more time. Arthur said the bass player came up with the album title from one of Arthur's songs that had the line "I'm going on a journey. I'm never coming back".

This is a journey into space, and one i'll be taking many times.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
2 stars Journey to the centre of space

Arthur Brown must be one of the most restless figures in all of music, never being able to stay in one place for very long. Here he suddenly ventures into electronic music, which was at a very experimental stage in 1973. This was a brave attempt indeed, but the end result is not very satisfying to these ears. Like on the Galactic Zoo Dossier album there are some good musical ideas here, but they are sadly again often poorly realized. The biggest mistake was probably to replace the drummer with a drum machine which creates a sterile and cold sound for most of the album's duration. Despite this both Time Captives and Spirit Of Joy are two of Arthur Brown's best remembered songs after the 60's hit Fire. In the case of the former, this status is deserved as Time Captives (sometimes known as Time Captains) is indeed a very good song. The rest of the album, however, is far behind in quality.

I admire Mr. Brown for trying out new things, but he did so before mastering his previous enterprises. The path he took with Journey was not really my cup of tea and I think that he made better albums both before and after this one.

I can only recommend this album to fans and collectors as well as to those with a special interest in Space Rock and early electronic music.

Review by Warthur
5 stars Far and away the best Kingdom Come album, Journey's unique sound was born out of adversity - without a drummer when they came to record the album, the band decided to use the then-brand new drum machine technology to provide the backing beat instead. Whilst drum machines would eventually fall out of disfavour due to their misuse during the 1980s, here the heartless, robotic drum sound provides a context for the cold, bleak synthesiser passages and the generally "spaced out" tone of the album.

From the drum machine sputtering into life at the start of Time Captives to the very end, this is space rock for astronauts cryogenically frozen on million-year missions into the loneliest parts of space, an album which defines a cool, sleek sound which the rest of the musical world wouldn't catch up with for years with the likes of Gary Numan and his cyberpunk vision of new wave. A startlingly good space rock album - no wonder Arthur Brown's pals in Hawkwind play Time Captives on stage occasionally (sometimes with Arthur himself singing with them).

Review by friso
2 stars Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come - Journey (1973)

Arthur Brown is a cult singer who became famous with heavy psychedelic and 'shocking' the 'Crazy world of Arthur Brown' album in 1968. With his low voice and high screams (like Ian Gillan of Deep Purple) and his extravagant style and appearance he and his band made one of best standing psych records of the sixties. After that, Brown has had a career that perhaps never wasn't as satisfying as how it started. With Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come he went to the space/electronic scene and came up with this band of not-too-talented musicians.

At first we are confronted with the simplicity of the bare drum-computer (played by Brown) intro that is as slow as it is boring. Luckily the (often overrated) spacey/electronic and mellotron sounds join in eventually and we get some acceptable vocals of Brown. The chord structures are the simplest possible and even the vocals aren't very developed. The guitars often sound out-of-pitch, which always is a serious issue for me (false notes can make me shiver). Still, the opening track 'Time Captives' is perhaps the most interesting track of the album. 'Triangles' has a more developed harmonical approach, but is under- produced and sounds as if the band doesn't know where it is heading. The second long track 'Gypsy' suffers some more from the enormous lack of flexibility in form, dynamics and style that arises from playing without drummers. The sudden change of rhythm into the up- tempo section then finally comes as a surprise, but even this sounds poor because of the copy-paste sound. On side two we get to listen to mainly the same signs of amateurism that makes me want to put off side one.

Now, as the second reviewer that allows himself to be very critical towards this otherwise enthusiastic received record of Arthur Brown I'm beginning to wonder what others see in it. Spacey atmospheres? The sheer fact it's Arthur Brown going in prog-realms? To have yet another space rock record with heavy use of mellotrons? Obscurity? I just can't see.

Conclusion. For me, the apparent lack of flexibility, skills, song-writing and production isn't easy put aside. Perhaps my brother, 'the philosopher' will write a more happy review (after he's gotten my once oh so exciting purchase). As for me, I couldn't recommend this even to fans of Arthur Brown, because that magic vibe around his character will only become less vibrant whilst listening to this amateurism. Two stars.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars "Journey" is the third full-length studio album by UK rock artist Kingdom Come (marketed in the US as Arthur Brownīs Kingdom Come). The album was released through Polydor Records in April 1973. Itīs the successor the 1972 eponymously titled album and it features a couple of lineup changes since the predecessor as keyboard player Michael Harris has been replaced by Victor Peraino, and drummer Martin Steer has left. The latter has not been replaced and instead lead vocalist Arthur Brown has programmed the drums on the early drum machine Bentley Rhythm Ace, making "Journey" one of the earliest albums in rock history to solely feature a drum machine instead of a human drummer. The addition of Peraino to the ranks has meant an increase in the use of mellotron and synthesizers.

But "Journey" is in most ways a departure from the sound of the first two Kingdom Come albums. They took a completely different approach to songwriiting (apart from dropping acid...which of course they still did) as they centered the other instruments and vocals around the drum machine patterns which Brown had programmed. Gone are the 60s influenced blues- and hard rock riffs and rhythms (there are still some guitar riffs on the album but they are sparse and generally more chugging and heavy), the whimsical theatrical sections, and the jazz/rock and progressive rock influences of the first albums, and instead Kingdom Come introduce an avantgardish, futuristic, and doom laden electronic laced space rock style which is quite progressive on its own terms considering that this was released in 1973. Iīd describe this as the bastard child of Hawkwind, David Bowie, and Kraftwerk (mixed with some late 70s horror soundtrack Goblin and youīre just about there). Brownīs distinct Tom Jones type voice and vocal delivery are used in other (almost desperate) ways (maybe except for on "Come Alive", where he sounds more like his old self), but he still sounds great here. He actually quite often lets the music speak and there are many instrumental parts during the albumīs playing time.

"Journey" features a layered, detailed, and intriguing sound production, which in many ways sound like something out of the early 80s and definitely not something released in 1973. This is an album way ahead of its time...

While the first two Kingdom Come albums arguably are great releases in their own rights, I donīt hesitate to call "Journey" their masterpiece. Itīs a very unique album, but itīs not just weird or experimental for the sake of it. No... this album features memorable songwriting and it has the ability to provide emotional impact on the listener. A high quality release in all departments, which deserves a lot more attention. Sadly this would be their last album release in their original run as they disbanded in 1974. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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5 stars It's been a true pleasure getting acquainted with this record recently. I like the psychedelic meets new wave comparison with some electro ambient parts and great use of voices. The sound is ominous yet the vision is crystal clear and each track is so forward thinking yet a product of the time ... (read more)

Report this review (#1941055) | Posted by WFV | Sunday, June 24, 2018 | Review Permanlink

3 stars A Bit Boring Journey I think this album is overrated if given over the three stars. Being from one of the pioneers in progressive rock, one tends to be lenient, especially if one bears in mind the psychedelic gem The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Not that the talents do not come up here and there ... (read more)

Report this review (#916913) | Posted by ibnacio | Thursday, February 21, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Exploring the depths of space can leave a person cold and bleak, but this album suprisingly takes those two aspects and turns it into an advantage. This album is the only one that i have of Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, but i'm sure glad that I own it. Though not perfect with its subpar drum ... (read more)

Report this review (#306771) | Posted by Jazzywoman | Tuesday, October 26, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars KINGDOM COME Journey (1973) (Esoteric 2010 2CD Reissue) ***** This was Arthur Brown's third and final Kingdom Come album, and is entirely different in many ways from its two predecessors. It is a lot easier to digest for a start, there are regular tempos and extended codas here. For the first ... (read more)

Report this review (#281157) | Posted by beebfader | Sunday, May 9, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This The Third Kingdom Come Lp is perhaps their finest, even if it was their first with new 'Drummer' Ace Bentley (an early drum machine, 'The Bentley Rhythm Ace'). Arthur Brown is one of the most overlooked vocalist's in rock people tending to concent on his outrageous stage persona than on hi ... (read more)

Report this review (#172575) | Posted by Karyobin | Friday, May 30, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Are U looking for something REALLY ORIGINAL, something NEW to get turned on to? Well, this album IS IT!!! Welcome to the truly creative and original genius that is ARTHUR BROWN. If u r familiar with his hit single FIRE and the CRAZY WORLD album, then u know how talented a vocalist Arthur is; but ... (read more)

Report this review (#156960) | Posted by ProggaWogga | Friday, December 28, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The 3rd and final outing of Arthur's, excellent early 70's outfit. Following yet another line up change, only 2 original members reamined. Brown (of course) and guitarist Andy Dalby. The band were now minus a drummer, so percussion effects were created courtesy of a Bentley Rhythm Machine. O ... (read more)

Report this review (#126799) | Posted by kingdhansak | Tuesday, June 26, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Imagine you could mix music as you mix colours. Now imagine taking 1971 Hawkwind and mixing them to Joy Division: a difficult task? Well, just listen to "Time Captives" from this intriguing, surprising album and you'll surely know how it would sound. Arthur Brown was (and I think he still is) ... (read more)

Report this review (#119327) | Posted by paolo.beenees | Sunday, April 22, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Yes, I agree, this album probably does deserve the 5 star rating. I think Kingdom Come were the first band I ever saw in concert, I believe the year this came out, at the 'Rainbow Theatre' in Finsbury Park, London England.. So I heard most of these tracks there, and already had the album. It had ... (read more)

Report this review (#52232) | Posted by | Tuesday, October 18, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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