Friday, July 1, 2016

Edgar Broughton Band - 1970 - Sing Brother Sing

Edgar Broughton Band 
Sing Brother Sing

01. There's No Vibrations, But Wait! 4:10
02. The Moth 1:45
03. Momma's Reward (Keep Them Freak's A Rollin') 3:05
04. Refugee 3:29
05. Officer Dan 1:36
06. Old Gopher 3:50
07. Aphrodite 4:04
08. Granma 2:24
09. The Psychopath 2:19
10. It's Falling Away 5:30

11. Out Demons Out
12. Rag Doll
13. There's No Vibrations, But Wait! (Alternate Version)
14. The Locket
15. We've Got The Power
16. Up Yours
17. Freedom
18. Apache Dropout

Recorded between July 1969 and February 1970 at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London.
First press has laminated sleeve and includes insert with lyrics and drawings.
Bonus tracks: Track 11 released as A-side of Harvest HAR 5015 in April 1970.
Track 12 recorded at Abbey Road Studio Two 9th February 1970 - Previously unreleased.
Track 13 alternate version. Recorded at Abbey Road Studio Two 20th July 1969 - Previously unreleased.
Track 14 and 15 recorded at Abbey Road Studio Two 10th June 1969 - Previously unreleased.
Track 16 A-side of single. Released as Harvest HAR 5021 in May 1970.
Track 17 B-side of single. Released as Harvest HAR 5032 in November 1970.
Track 18 previously unreleased Peter Jenner version. Single version released as A-side of Harvest HAR 5032 in November 1970.
Tracks 12 - 14 mixed from the original Eight Track tapes by Paschal Byrne and Mark Powell at The Audio Archiving
On rear sleeve and insert: "This album is dedicated to the conspiracy."

Edgar Broughton - Vocals, guitar
Arthur Grant - Bass guitar, vocals
Steve Broughton - Drums

Yuri Grishin's book on the Harvest label states that the A3/B3 matrix ending edition is the first pressing.

Sing Brother Sing almost equals the psychedelic cohesiveness and insouciant air of the Edgar Broughton Band's debut album, but, even without doing so, it still stands as their second strongest release. All the songs on Sing Brother Sing wallow in a hippie-ish, kick-backed experimental blues-rock style, extenuated to perfection by Broughton's resonant grumble and vocal staunchness, and surrounded by chem lab mixtures of guitar and bass. The group's peculiar instrumental outputs give odd tracks such as "There's No Vibrations but Wait," "Momma's Reward," and the two parts of "Psychopath" progressive rock-type tendencies with a homemade wit, which would be the band's most daunting characteristic outside of Edgar Broughton's singing. Although the Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa comparisons are unavoidable, the rest of Sing Brother Sing's facets and odd instrumental avenues emit a distinctness that remains the whole album through. The quaint but humorous English air that encircles "Officer Dan" and "Old Gopher" reflects Broughton's adept satirical approach, maybe without him even knowing it. Held together with elements of jazz, rock, and blues, the music on Sing Brother Sing is captivating because of its raw integrity, and in its refusal to adhere to structure, formula, or to travel a beaten path.

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