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Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.11 | 139 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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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.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |


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