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Before Marilyn Manson, before Alice Cooper, there was THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN, a R&B act whose hit song "Fire" set both the UK and US charts alight back in 1968. Considered one of the prime movers behind the British progressive underground, Brown's flamboyant stage act - flaming helmet, outlandish costumes, bizarre facial make-up and crazy, incendiary vocals - appropriately suited the band's manic, psychedelic sound. When they broke up in early 1969, Brown pursued some obscure and less exciting venues and slowly abandoned his R&B roots. He then resurfaced in 1971 and was back to his theatrical excesses (including his own on-stage crucifixion) with a new band called ARTHUR BROWN'S KINGDOM COME; this one a rocker, more adventurous and decidedly more progressive outfit. Through the course of three albums, the band saw a string of musicians incessantly going through the revolving doors of Brown's ministry. Not having much commercial success, however, they split up in 1973. Brown went on to cut three (pretty dire) solo albums and then disappeared somewhere in Texas to become a carpenter.

All three ARTHUR BROWN'S KINGDOM COME albums are a kind of collision between psychedelia and new wave, bearing a space-rock and typical ZAPPA-esque tomfoolery. They feature Brown's incredible vocals (that can range from Tom Jones' croonery to sheer maniacal screams). Somewhat like a bridge between the psychedelic and early progressive eras, their first album "Galactic Zoo Dossier" impresses with its aggressive guitar play and wild, killer organ. Simply called "Kingdom Come", the band's second effort is a bit more disjointed, lacking the punch and energy of the first. With "Journey", we have the band's most accomplished work, featuring new musicians, plenty of mellotron and synths - a highly entertaining space prog rock album altogether. A compilation cd ("The Lost Ears") and one made up of session tapes ("Jam") were later released but they don't quite live up to their studio material.

If you delight in both failed genius and early 70's hippy zaniness, then do give this band a listen. You'll probably find plenty of words to describe their music, but 'boring' isn't be one of them.

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3.97 | 72 ratings
Galactic Zoo Dossier
1971
3.39 | 48 ratings
Kingdom Come
1972
4.06 | 101 ratings
Journey
1973

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4.40 | 6 ratings
Jam
1995

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The Lost Ears
1976

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 The Lost Ears by BROWN'S KINGDOM COME, ARTHUR album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1976
4.00 | 5 ratings

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The Lost Ears
Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Llandudnoboy

5 stars I have been a loyal fan of Arthur's for over thirty year's, and have met him on two occasions, both whilst living in Cardiff. On our first meeting back in 1987, he gladly autographed every single album and cd, that up until then had been released, and thankfully i had my camera with me to record the event.

I now own 49 separate cds that he has released over the year's, including his incredibly rare Legboot cd, which was released in very limited numbers, and only during two concerts.

My original "Lost Ears" album is also a very rare article, being a special promotional copy, without any of the original artwork, but for some reason includes the very scarce poster, an item that came with very few of the original 1976 releases.

Out of all the albums that Arthur has ever released, this 1976 Gull double album, is the final work to be released onto cd.

Much of the music, is similar in style to his final Kingdom Come album "Journey", there is not much of the insane Zoo Dossier to be found here.

One almost feels that the twin album was released just to cash in on his recent success, and seems out of place in the rest of the Kingdom Come releases.

The Lost Ears is not even recognised as a definite Kingdom Come album, much of it's composition is a rehash of various tunes taken from a number of his works, and the fact that it's taken just over forty year's to finally reach the cd format, indicates it's a forgotten piece of work.

Well it's finally available, but be quick, i can see availability being limited, as few music lovers will remember the album ever existed.

 Galactic Zoo Dossier  by BROWN'S KINGDOM COME, ARTHUR album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.97 | 72 ratings

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Galactic Zoo Dossier
Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by GruvanDahlman
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5 stars One cannot blame Arthur Brown of being a coward. Between 1967-1973 he made a musical journey few would dare to make. The lovely little song 'Give him a flower' led to the album 'The crazy world of Arthur Brown' which showcased a strong bluesy, proto-prog direction and spawned the hit single 'Fire'. Now, most people would have continued down that path, enjoyed the money and fame but not Arthur Brown. He instead ventured into the studio and recorded 'Strangelands' in 1969. That album wasn't released for many a year later but that was truly a bold step, making an albums worth of free form progressive rock that defies description. For his next album he settled down somewhere in between 'The crazy world of Arthur Brown' and 'Strangelands'. The result was the magnificent 'Galactic zoo dossier'. Arthur Brown and his Kingdom Come always maintained a sound of their very own, not only by way of Brown's amazing vocal capabilities but also in the way they sound together. The three albums Kingdom Come made in the early years of the 70's differ from each other but holds the unique flame burning. The mix of folk, hard rock and utter madness makes for a very intriguing and fascinating experience. This is music made in a mental institution where Arthur Browns holds court and spews his gloriuos dementia around him, whilst occasionally surfacing to sanity. It is bloody marvellous, I tell you.

The album is based around some sort of concept where the human race is trapped inside a galactic zoo. Or something. Regardless of the concept and whether you grasp it or not, you truly feel that the musical content is conceptually based. It's like watching a fantasy movie where strange beings and humanoid entities swarm around as if it is all business as usual. Brilliant. The opening rambling about the Lord that leads into 'Internal messenger' is a typical example of the sense of humour that leads a vibrant existence on this album and certainly the next one, which is equally good. While 'Internal messenger'. 'Sunrise' and 'Simple man' are songs of normal, early progressive structure, songs like 'Night of the pigs' and 'Creep' ventures into the wastelands of the previous, shelved album 'Strangelands'.

I don't mind the occasional freakout, as on 'Creep', but I want it to be just that, occasional. 'Strangelands' is really too much freak for me but when mixed in with 'normal', if that at all is an apt description of Brown's musical legacy, it makes perfect sense and makes it all very enjoyable. This album, as with the following, is just that, the perfect mix of crazy freakouts in the canteen at the asylum and scary normality of someone who acknowledges no bounds or barriers. Brown and his cronies created a truly wilfully wayward collection of songs that at first might appear as a great conundrum but if one listens and puts in an effort it is simply adorable and truly rewarding. I wouldn't say that it is impenetrable but 'Galactic zoo dossier', though it might seem that way, really is not. It is simply a wonderful album and holds everything I adore in early incarnations of progressive rock. There is a sense of humour, the warm and destructive organ and that wonderfully crude soundscape that is so endearing. A truly brilliant piece of music that really have stood the test of time. It is one of my favorite albums and I suppose I would take it with me if I was sent on an everlasting journey into space, never ever returning to Earth. It would surely make my life a lot easier, when heading straight for Uranus. Or whatever.

 Kingdom Come by BROWN'S KINGDOM COME, ARTHUR album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.39 | 48 ratings

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Kingdom Come
Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

4 stars When I had spun the record for the first time I couldn't believe what I just had been put through. Totally off the wall, disjointed, insane and frankly quite impossible to penetrate. I was gobsmacked, confused and not impressed at all. Lycky, then, that I persevered and tried really hard finding the meaning behind all this ranting and raving.The point is that the album has alot to offer, if you are willing and able to dig through the rumble and chaos. At the end you will see or hear, as Howard Carter put it, wonderful things.

I came to understand the album through the track "Whirlpool", by way of Brown's strange sailor anthemish bit, or how to explain it. I listened to the beginning of the song several times, when I'd given up hope, and it stuck by me. After that the whole track and eventually the whole album unravelled it's secrets and the treasure was found.

When you've cracked the code the album it is strangely accessible, though fully impenetrable at first. The music is severely demented, yet so amazingly conceived it's blinding me. The british antics and references are definately to my taste and the ideas seemed to come flying by at crazy speed and in ever crazier numbers. There are a lot of sounds, bits and utter pieces joining in, making me wonder how on Earth you are able to concoct anything like this. The only real putdown, for me, is when Brown discusses his bowl movements accompanied by the band making silly, colonic noises. It is ridicilous and out of place, in fact it is below Brown I think. That put aside, the album is endearingly british, quirky, insane, utterly progressive and entertaining in every sense of the word.

As a result, I find "Kingdom come" being a true delight. While not worthy of five stars it is certainly an album of four, bright shining stars. From my first feelings of bewilderment and disgust, I am now amazed and in love with this album. There are tales of everything, to the sounds of folk, medieval, hard rock, amazing organ playing an progressive music of the highest caliber. Top notch! Sort of.

 Journey by BROWN'S KINGDOM COME, ARTHUR album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.06 | 101 ratings

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Journey
Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ibnacio

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, but, on the whole, the album lacks a bit of a direction or an aim to reach the target if ever thre was one.

There are instrumental passages in which nothing happens at all and you keep waiting and waiting for the change or the progress to start. So there comes a moment in which you disconnect and stop looking through the window of your cabin/seat/compartment and produce your book out of your bag to have a little enjoyment. Then something attracts you attention for a while... but hopelessly boredom appears again...

I guess there are reviewers which rate this album much higher and maybe due to the impression it made them when it was released, but time has left its implacable mark on it.

Two and half stars (plus another half as a tip for being Crazy Arthur Brown).

Ibnacio

 Journey by BROWN'S KINGDOM COME, ARTHUR album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.06 | 101 ratings

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Journey
Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by friso
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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.

 Journey by BROWN'S KINGDOM COME, ARTHUR album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.06 | 101 ratings

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Journey
Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
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4 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).

 Galactic Zoo Dossier  by BROWN'S KINGDOM COME, ARTHUR album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.97 | 72 ratings

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Galactic Zoo Dossier
Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A blend of space rock and psychedelia, the first Kingdom Come album sees Arthur Brown's vocals in fine form but lacks the impact of the Crazy World of Arthur Brown's firey debut - possibly because none of the band's instrumental performances match the explosive power of Vincent Crane's organ from the earlier album. Furthermore, the songwriting seems rather fragmentary, with strong longer tracks but a few short ones which seem underdeveloped - Night of the Pigs is particularly uninspiring with its brash, aggressive tone failing to cover for its shortcomings.

Still, it's a good (if not great) slice of space rock from the more psychedelic end of the spectrum. Fans of early Hawkwind will find a similar musical approach on show here, making it no surprise that later Hawkwind would occasionally cover Kingdom Come material onstage - sometimes with Arthur Brown guesting on vocals.

 Galactic Zoo Dossier  by BROWN'S KINGDOM COME, ARTHUR album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.97 | 72 ratings

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Galactic Zoo Dossier
Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars.This is one of those albums that keeps me interested all the way through no matter how many times i've heard it.The first incarnation of Athur Brown's band had broken up and this is the first release of his next project under the KINGDOM COME moniker. So Vincent Crane has left prompting Arthur to purchase a VCS3 synth right away because Crane refused to play one in the earlier band.This is an adventerous album to say the least and that's what I love about it. Experimental, theatrical, spacey, mystical and heavy are all words that apply. When I listen to this record it makes perfect sense that Arthur would play in HAWKWIND later on in their live shows.The same spirit is found in the music of both of these bands. Many of the tracks here blend into one another.

"Internal Messanger" opens with people talking about religion as the music plays in the background. A heavy soundscape then takes over a minute in along with vocals. Some ripping guitar 4 minutes in as Arthur screams. "Space Plucks" has these laid back vocals and sound. It's a spacey mood to be sure. "Galactic Zoo" has these theatrical but almost spoken vocals that come in quickly.They become more passionate along with the music. It settles back. "Metal Monster" sounds amazing to start as we get this fantastic intrumental section.The vocals arrive almost spoken before a minute. It builds.

"Simple Man" calms right down fast as reserved vocals join in. It builds then settles back again 2 minutes in. Crazy synths cry out when the vocals stop but the vocals return later. "Night Of The Pigs" kicks in right away as the vocals are spoken loudly. Some dissonant guitar here too. "Sunrise" is one of my favourites and a top three.The organ floats in followed by fragile vocals. Piano and a beat then join in.This is great ! Guitar and bass join in then floating organ.The guitar sounds incredible after 5 minutes and check out the passion in Arthur's voice after 6 minutes.

"Trouble" is a short tune with strummed guitar, vocals and organ. Beautiful stuff. "Brains" is even shorter with vocals only and funny lyrics. "Medley" is jazzy to start with bass, piano and a beat.Theatrical vocals and spacey synths take over and then it kicks in after 2 minutes.We're rocking now ! A top three track right here. "Creep" has these spoken words with "out there" music. "Creation" becomes eerie and intense. "Gypsy Escape" is the other top three track for me. Just a killer intro here with organ as the guitar joins in. Check out the guitar after 1 1/2 minutes ! Keyboards are great too.Some excellent drums follow. It starts to settle some then it builds after 4 minutes. Organ leads 6 minutes in to the end. "No Time" ends the album. Keyboards kick in with bass,guitar and drums, vocals too. He's yelling the lyrics before 3 minutes.

I would consider this essential along with their "Journey" album that will follow.

 Journey by BROWN'S KINGDOM COME, ARTHUR album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.06 | 101 ratings

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Journey
Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Jazzywoman

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 machine effects and production, the music itself is usually excellent. Down to it's trippy artwork and hallucinatory sound effects, I would call it a leap forward in time for the Psychedelic/Space Rock genre, as it is one of my favourites.

1.Time Captives - The opening drum machine beat sounds like a heart thumping, and sets the atmosphere for this Hawkwind - like track. The track goes into the depths of a persons brain and mind, and the music is excellent. Using guitars and synthesizers sparringly, the track is one of my all-time favourites of the genre with its disillusioned vocals the can send anyone into a mind-trip. (9/10)

2.Triangles - Another great track, and the title may be a play on the types of sounds that come from the minimoog synthesizer. The track is much happier in nature, showing signs of a good trip, instead of the afore mentioned "spiraling into the depths of space" opening track. The keyboards flourish heavily on this track and are the key ingredient to making this track whole. (8.5/10)

3.Gypsy - Great track after great track it seems, though this one has to be the highlight. The dramatic opening with heavy synthesizer dosages mixed with mellotron tinges can make anyones mind explode. The track is very quiet and near electronica, showing heavy signs of drones and distorted, robotic keyboard sounds. The vocals are a strong point, very powerful for such an intense and mechanic track. (10/10)

4.Superficial Roadblocks - The first song that i don't really care for, personally. The opening is cringe-worthy, and the vocals take on a whole new robotic form; in a bad way. Skip! (5/10)

5.Conception - The worst track on the album, hands down. The track is nothing but terrible and gross sound effects that I can't really stand to hear. Thank the high heavens its under three minutes! (3/10)

6.(Beginning of) - A guitar chord, nothing much. (1/10)

7.Spirit of Joy - Now the album gets back on the road with a single - worthy track. The opening has sparse guitar and keyboard notes, but then turns into a toe-tapping rock with an excellent guitar riff augmented with great organ and mellotron. The drum machine is the only thing that makes this track slightly annoying, though the excellent vocals more than make up for this problem. (9.5/10)

8.Come Alive - Another highlight for the album. Excellent riffage throughout the song, with crunchy bass playing and great guitar playing. The vocals and trippy lyrics can send people through vortex's and galaxies no one has ever seen. This track is essential listening. (9/10)

Though the album has its highlights and lowlights, its an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection, as well as early electronica and techno lovers who are looking to expand their horizons. 4 stars, and a high 4 stars at that.

 Journey by BROWN'S KINGDOM COME, ARTHUR album cover Studio Album, 1973
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Journey
Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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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.

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