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3.05 | 26 ratings | 3 reviews | 8% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1968

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. A Fairy Tale
2. Rhubarb!
3. Denis James the Clown
4. Steam Tugs
5. Good Old '59 (We Are Slowly Gettin' Older)
6. The World Will End Yesterday
7. Denis James (Ode to D.J.)
8. Mainliner Reality
9. The Bath Song

Total Time: 43:11 (No tracks time availlable)

Line-up / Musicians

- Ken Elliott / keyboards, vocals
- Kieran O'Connor / drums & percussion
- Nick South / bass
- Bobby Gibbons / guitar

Guest musician:
- Chris Williams / flute, cello, violin & saxophone

Releases information

LP Polydor (1968)

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SECOND HAND Reality ratings distribution

(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(23%)
Good, but non-essential (46%)
Collectors/fans only (19%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

SECOND HAND Reality reviews

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Review by UMUR
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3 stars The debut album from Second Hand which was released in 1968 and called Reality is a pretty psychadelic experience.

The music is heavily influenced by rock/ blues bands like Jimi Hendrix and Cream but in addition to that sound Ken Elliottīs vintage keyboards are a trademark in Second Handīs sound. His voice is very strong and humourous. This music seems to be made while having lots of fun and probably under the influence of various drugs.

Most songs are fairly ordinary rock songs with a psychadelic touch while Mainliner Reality is a 15 minute long song with lots of string arrangements. The most progressive track on Reality for sure.

The musicianship is allright but a bit sloppy. The production is muddy and far from clean but I guess thatīs the way the band thought it should be ( or maybe they just didnīt have enough money to buy themselves a better sound).

If your introduction to Second Hand was their second and most known album Death May Be Your Santa Claus this album probably wonīt blow you away. But on the other hand if you liked Death May Be Your Santa Claus this is a a nice way to see how they started out. Iīll rate Reality 3 small stars. Itīs a good psychadelic rock album with vintage keyboards and a great singer, but not much more than that. Iīll recommend that you start with Death May Be Your Santa Claus if youīre curious about Second Hand.

Latest members reviews

2 stars It kind of pains me to give a small rating to this album. The tracks Mainliner and Reality are ambitious prog/psych epics with some very good instrumental sections. But these guys were a new band just taking their first steps.They were barely 18 when laying this stuff down. Most of this stuf ... (read more)

Report this review (#279088) | Posted by Brendan | Friday, April 23, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Have been pondering giving this one the big 5 stars, but it falls just below what I'd call a masterpiece, so 4.5 for this great album. Much more of a long lost psych classic than prog (it was only 1968 when made) A real mixture of influences can be heard. Vocals reminicent of late 60's Arthur ... (read more)

Report this review (#116394) | Posted by kingdhansak | Monday, March 26, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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