Journey

Journey

by Arthur Brown's Kingdom ComeArthur Brown's Kingdom Come

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The third and final Kingdom Come album has been most noted in retrospect as one of the first rock records to use a drum machine, which was still quite a novelty back in 1973. In other respects it was also a departure from Kingdom Come's previous sound, with the songs not quite as doom-suffused as their first album (Galactic Zoo Dossier) or as whimsical as their second (Kingdom Come), if just as intense in their philosophical questing. But it's a Kingdom Come record, which by definition is an uneven experience, dwelling in the darker side of early-'70s prog rock, but also touching on heavy metal, jazz, science fiction electronics, and blues from time to time. The cold electronic touches (including synthesizer and mellotron) and the bleak time-of-reckoning-has-come melodies limited its appeal. But there were gleams of other more tuneful pastures occasionally, as in the serene swoops of "Triangles," the celestial quasi-choral tone of sections of the three-part suite "Superficial Roadblocks," and the earthier riff-driven "Come Alive." [The 2003 CD reissue adds quite a few extra goodies, including alternate takes of four of the album's seven songs and BBC versions of "Spirit of Joy" (a song which was on the LP) and "Slow Rock" (which wasn't on the LP). Note that the two BBC cuts are of markedly lower fidelity than the rest of the record, though not so seriously lo-fi as to make for difficult listening.]

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Release Date: 03/29/2010
Label: Esoteric
UPC: 5013929728721
catalogNumber: 2972872
Rank: 57660

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