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ARTHUR BROWN – Dance With Arthur Brown (revisited)

This is an album I picked up in the early-mid ’80s on one of my trips around Toronto with my Uncle Jim, who lived in Rexdale. He knew where all the shops were, and on a few occasions we’d go up and down Yonge Street, and then off to various other shops within walking distance. So, at that time you could still pick up albums you weren’t familiar with for a dollar or 2, a small gamble but I picked up a lot of gems this way. I had the first Crazy World Of Arthur Brown LP (via my uncle, from a few years earlier), so I was a wee bit familiar with Arthur Brown, but judging by the cover and titles Dance With Arthur Brown would be something very different.

This was Brown’s first post-Kingdom Come album, and although it could still be deemed experimental, Dance With seems a bit more radio accessible for the time, as if Arthur was attempting to get in to the mainstream. It featured 11 tracks, a pair of covers, and a few that would’ve made interesting singles. In fact there were 3 singles. Now signed to Gull Records (part of the Motown group) may be a sign of Arthur’s new direction, with elements of soul, r & b, gospel, all can be found on this album. Gull also released the first few Judas Priest albums during this era. Dance With was preceded by a single in late ’74 – “Gypsies” bw/ “Dance”. The A-side was a non-LP track, penned by Naaman (anyone?). A shame this one is not on youtube, though Arthur Brown’s re-recording of it is, as he re-did the song for his 2007 album The Voice Of Love (as The Amazing World Of Arthur Brown). The single was produced by Brown, himself, but the album would be produced by the legendary Rodger Bain who was better known for the heavier bands he produced like Black Sabbath and Budgie. Dance With featured a number of players, notably guitarist Andy Dalby (from Kingdom Come), and keyboardist Pete Solley (ex Paladin, Snafu), as well as a few backing singers – Fuzzy, Stevie, and Mutt! Stevie was Stevie Lange who later appeared with a number of acts in the 70s , notably The Sweet, Graham Bonnet and Elton John, while Mutt (Lange) went on to produce tons of bands over the next few decades, notably AC/DC, Def Leppard, and Foreigner. Anyway,…. Dance With Arthur Brown came out in May of ’75, it received mixed reviews (of the few I could find), Although there’s no face-paint, costumes, or cosmic cover art, the cover is a bit humorous with 2 torn photos of Brown dancing with a female partner in formal wear (from a different era), while the back cover includes all the songwriting and performance credits, and a regular photo of Brown and lyrics to just 3 songs.

Gull released 2 further singles, in a few countries – “We’ve Got To Get Out Of This Place” b/w the non-LP track “Here I Am” in July of ’75, and then “Out Of Time” b/w “The Lord Will Find A Way” (penned by bass player Lee Robinson). The 2nd single seemed to only be issued in New Zealand and Australia. I actually like both of these covers, as the production seems lively, but find it odd that the album’s 2 covers were the only singles, as there were a few others that would’ve made excellent choices, such as “Helen With The Sun” and the title track (as a A side!). And I hear saxophone on “Out Of Time”, but don’t see it in the credits…(!?) The rest of the album includes a few styles, such as “Crazy” with it’s cabaret approach, “Soul Garden” with it’s reggae beat, and closing “Is There Nothing Beyond God?”, which – with it’s 1 line repeated throughout is kind of a chant put to some decent guitar, bass and drums.

Both Dance With Arthur Brown and it’s follow up Chisholm In My Bosom (which I don’t have.. yet) seem scarce (and pricey) on CD. Both were released together in 1995 on See For Miles Records (UK), in ’95, and since then only in Japan. A proper release of both of these albums – complete with bonus tracks, would be nice after so many years, and while Arthur Brown is getting long overdue press and praise with the release of the Eternal Messenger (An Anthology) CD box last year And his brilliant new album Long Long Road.





ARTHUR BROWN – Releases Long Long Road

Arthur Brown recently celebrated his 80th birthday with the release of his brand new album Long Long Road. The legendary British singer may be best known as some sort of one-hit wonder for his classic 1968 hit “Fire”, released as The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown. Over the decades he released many albums that may have missed the mainstream charts, but he built a loyal following of those who appreciate his often experimental directions , sounds, mystique, theatrics, and his distinctive, powerful voice. He’s been a huge influence on many, most notably Alice Cooper (who took up the make-up and theatrics) and Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson. I would think Rob Halford would’ve been a fan as well. Interestingly, Brown – who’s also big on blues here delivered a killer version of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Green Manalishi” several years ago that is well worth searching out… But anyway…. at 80, Arthur Brown can still perform, his voice is still powerful, and he (along with collaborator Rik Patten) can still create great new and interesting music.

Musically, the keyboards and other instrumentation here have that psychedelic feel, progressive, (as said) bluesy in places, and lyrically imaginative and often timely, as with the light and feel-good title track. Simply some awesome songs here, wide ranging, yet all flowing together nicely. “Once I Had Illusions” (part one & two) – 2 separate tracks, with the first version being lighter instrumentally and more haunting, the second take being more heavy blues guitar based – both outstanding! The title track (as mentioned) is easily likeable song, as is the lighter blues of “I Like Games”. There’s also the slower paced blues-psych rock of “Shining Brightness” (reminds me a bit of “Roadhouse Blues”), lead off track “Gas Tanks” which rocks hard with heavy guitar & organ, and a lighter break with a bit of piano and flute, and the Hammond driven “Going Down”.

I do not know how Arthur’s previous latter day solo albums compare (some catching up to do), but seeing as this one seems to be getting a good deal of attention, I think this one is a career high point – And at 80! The man still has it, and not just the voice, writing abilities, and the whole theatrical act, but he still seems to have the drive and passion as it shows in the new album, as well as the accompanying videos, and his forthcoming tour schedule. Great cover shot of the mask / fire helmet.


from Press Release / Bio:

Pretty much everyone into rock music knows ARTHUR BROWN. Be it via listening to or watching The Who’s rock opera “Tommy” or spending time with The Alan Parsons Project’s classic debut album “Tales of Mystery and Imagination”, most people have encountered Arthur – even if they might not have realized it.
Yet when it comes to THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN’s iconic, career-defining 1968 transatlantic hit single ‘Fire’, everybody knows that this is Arthur – the self-proclaimed God of Hellfire! 
But, we are getting ahead of ourselves, when we really ought to start with Arthur’s new full-length masterpiece “Long Long Road”.
Wild, vibrant, and crammed with rich musical textures, his new album is quintessentially ARTHUR BROWN, and can easily be construed as the apex and summary of a fascinating career that has spanned no fewer than seven decades.
Scheduled for release on Arthur’s 80th birthday on June 24, “Long Long Road” effortlessly shifts from progressive rock and soul to pristine blues rock, with the much-loved singer summoning his full vocal range with a mature mastery that comes only with the experience of a lifetime.     
Make no mistake; ARTHUR BROWN is a true rock legend – luckily, one whose star still burns very brightly, making audiences’ jaws drop whenever he takes to the stage.
Born in 1942, this outstanding vocalist and pioneering performer has recently been experiencing a renaissance. Arthur’s ground-breaking work over several decades was honored at the 2019 Prog Awards, when he received the Visionary Artist Award. In 2021, Arthur was given an HRH Legend Award that celebrates the best of British rock music. Prior to these, Classic Rock magazine bestowed a “Showman Award” on Arthur in 2005. This renewed attention by fans, media and peers in the autumn of his artistic endeavors can be recognized as a long-overdue tribute to an iconic musician, similar to that enjoyed by JOHNNY CASH late in his expansive career.
ARTHUR BROWN‘s legacy has been long appreciated by fellow musicians, writers and dedicated rock fans far beyond the vast shadow cast by his gigantic number 1 hit single ‘Fire’. The iconic track from his 1968 album “The Crazy World of Arthur Brown” still maintains its mesmerizing power with audiences and peers today. At the same time, it could be argued that the omnipresence of ‘Fire’ has partly obscured Arthur’s many outstanding accomplishments over the 54 years since its release.

To understand the massive impact and influence of ARTHUR BROWN‘s wild stage persona, flamboyant theatrical performances, and charismatic multi-octave voice, one only needs to listen to these rock icons:

 “Without Arthur Brown there would be no Alice Cooper.”  ALICE COOPER

“Now there’s a man who was ahead of his time.”  ELTON JOHN

“Arthur Brown was a big influence of mine… Arthur Brown has the voice of death.”  Bruce Dickinson, IRON MAIDEN

“Arthur Brown is as much a dancer as he is a singer.”  Pete Townshend, THE WHO

I owe a lot to Arthur Brown; he gave me the confidence to come out of my shell, so to speak. In other words, let it go, banish my inhibitions, forget about formulaic deliveries, loosen up and be myself.” Ian Gillan, DEEP PURPLE
ARTHUR BROWN is widely recognized as a pioneer of shock rock and progressive rock, and a significant influence on heavy metal. His live performances include iconic classics, dance, poetry, visuals and a subliminal soundtrack of new electronic music. Whenever he plays, Arthur still brings the dramatically elegant and always extravagant style that he established as the gold standard onstage.
During his long and distinguished career, Arthur has been the lead singer of various groups, most notably THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN and KINGDOM COME, along with a cameo in the cult film “Tommy”, in which his dramatic vocals were backed by ERIC CLAPTON and THE WHO. Collaborations include the debut album of THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT, DAVID GILMOUR, THE PRODIGY, BRUCE DICKINSON, THE STRANGLERS, KULA SHAKER, DIE KRUPPS, and many more.
With each note on “Long Long Road”, ARTHUR BROWN makes the impressive statement that he remains as authentic, challenging, creative, and compelling as he was at his career’s fiery beginning. This record is not a swansong, but the thrilling beginning of the final phase of an utterly singular career.

1. Gas Tanks
2. Coffin Confession
3. Going Down
4. Once I Had Illusions (Part 1)
5. I Like Games
6. Shining Brightness
7. The Blues and Messing Round
8. Long Long Road
9. Once I Had Illusions (Part 2) 

Arthur Brown – vocals, guitars, piano
Rik Patten – multiple instruments

Recording at Sonic Scoops Studios UK
Produced by Arthur Brown with Rik Patten
Arrangements by Arthur Brown and Rik Patten
Mix & engineering by Rik Patten
Mastering by Marc Urselli

Artwork by Laurie Avon
Photography and imagery by Harvey Waller
Layout & design by Jean Valnoir Simoulin

Pre-sale link 

Available formats
“Long Long Road” is available as a box set including a 48-page hardcover 2CD artbook, a gatefold 180g orange marble vinyl-LP, a bonus 7″ vinyl single, a wall flag, 4 30×30 cm art prints, and a certificate of authenticity personally signed and hand-numbered by Arthur Brown. The 2CD artbook is also available separately and includes liner-notes by Arthur Brown, enhanced artwork and photography, and two exclusive studio recordings.  “Long Long Road” is furthermore available on black 180g vinyl LP, on transparent red 180g vinyl LP, and as a Digipak CD.





ARTHUR BROWN : New Single, New Album Coming 2022

Classic Rock Legend ARTHUR BROWN Teams With STOOGES Guitarist JAMES WILLIAMSON, VANILLA FUDGE Drummer CARMINE APPICE & Others On New Limited-Edition 7”, Full Length Album Coming 2022!

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Classic Rock Legend ARTHUR BROWN Teams With STOOGES Guitarist JAMES WILLIAMSON, VANILLA FUDGE Drummer CARMINE APPICE & Others On New Limited-Edition 7”, Full Length Album Coming 2022!

Los Angeles, CA – He is The God Of Hellfire, a music legend who is surely one of the most influential figures of theatrical rock, and even 5+ decades into his extraordinary career, Arthur Brown is still heating things up! Brown has just announced the release of a new 7” vinyl that contains a stunning new rendition of his signature hit “Fire,” which features a host of devilishly talented hellions including Stooges guitarist James Williamson, drum icon Carmine Appice, keyboard maestro Brian Auger, and producer Jürgen Engler. Like the man himself, “Fire” is a timeless treasure whose appeal has only increased over the years. Originally released in 1968 by the group that bore his name, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, “Fire” was a global phenomenon reaching the top spot on the singles charts in both the UK and Canada while hitting the #2 spot in the U.S. It’s considered one of the biggest crossover hits that brought psychedelic rock to mainstream audiences and launched Brown into the musical stratosphere.

Check out the new version of “Fire” featuring guests James Williamson, Carmine Appice & Brian Auger: https://orcd.co/arthur_brown_fire

Or watch a video for the track cut together from Arthur’s scenes in the 2017 horror film The Black Room: https://youtu.be/I9j3MtpaFUo

This new limited-edition 7” pressing will be available in your choice of either fiery RED or YELLOW vinyl. Most exciting of all is that this release previews a thrilling full-length album from Brown that will feature even more amazing guest stars set for release in 2022!

Brown had this to share about the coming project, “It’s a great pleasure being involved in making this high quality, imaginative piece of terror and fun.”

Order the 7” vinyl: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/arthur-brown-fire-limited-edition-colored-7-vinyl/

Track List:
Fire feat. James Williamson, Carmine Appice, Brian Auger & Jürgen Engler

Zombie Yelp feat. Mark Stein & Alan Davey

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158

Facebook @Cleopatrarecords

Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come : Anthology 1970-73

Anyone familiar with British singer / performer will want to check out this new CD box. Brown who had had a #1 hit in the UK and Canada [#2 in US] with the song “Fire” in 1968. His stage show included his ‘fire hat’, and he wore black make-up around his eyes, an idea that would later be taken on by Alice Cooper, and later Kiss. When his ‘Crazy World Of Arthur Brown’ [which would feature organ player & co-writer Vincent Crane [pre Atomic Rooster] and drummer Carl Palmer] split up, he started the ’70s with a new band – Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come, which featured the great guitar work of Andy Dalby for the band’s 3 albums. 1971’s Galactic Zoo Dossier featured such tracks as “Space Plucks”, the heavy instrumental “Gypsy Escape”, “Metal Monster”, and “Sunrise”. Much of this is not your standard rock or prog writings or arrangements of the ’70s, there’s lots of variety, lots of unique theatrical deliveries, humor, but really amazing performances from the band, including organ, and Brown’s vocal delivery ranging from near spoken, and soft pieces to his powerful and emotional vocals on the likes of “Sunrise” .

This stuff is not to be entered in to lightly – you can’t just play it once and categorize it, as there is so much going on musically and lyrically. The follow up album was 1972’s self titled Kingdom Come, which appears simpler with a colorful and word-free cover, and fewer and short song titles. The album is highlighted by “Love Is A Spirit”, and the comical “Traffic Light Song” [that guitar hook reminding me of James Gang’s “Funk #49”], and closing with the 8 and a half minute spacey ballad “The Hymn”.

The 3rd and final album was 1973’s Journey. This would be even more experimental and a bit lighter overall than it’s predecessors. Journey would be the first album in history to use a drum machine [performed by Brown]. Plenty of experimental and diverse keyboards [less organ], with 3 tracks clocking in over 8 minutes, there’s definitely less vocals throughout this album, but best pics for me are the last 2 cuts “Spirit Of Joy” [the single, and which would be covered by Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden], and “Come Alive”.

Not sure how these albums sold in the day, but it’s a nice collection of a major period in Arthur Brown’s amazing career. Brown has one of Britain’s most powerful and unique voices, and would’ve been an interesting fit for a number of heavy or heavy blues based bands [see Atomic Rooster, Fleetwood Mac]. He would go on to record many more albums, and appear on other’s albums [see Alan Parson’s Project, Klaus Shulze, Hawkwind, Bruce Dickinson]. In more recent years he is still performing [pre CoVid], and has appeared on stage with Alice Cooper, the Hamburg Blues Band, most recently toured North America as part of the “Royal Affair” package [w/ Yes, Asia, etc..].

Press Release:

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new boxed set featuring all of the albums recorded by the legendary
ARTHUR BROWN & KINGDOM COME issued between October 1971 and April 1973. The band came together in 1970 following
ARTHUR BROWN’s failed attempt to form a new band upon the disillusion of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown in 1969. Based in rural
Dorset, Arthur had undertaken rudimentary recordings with the bands The Puddletown Express and Rustic Hinge before forming a
new, more satisfactory band KINGDOM COME.
The initial group came together with a line-up of ARTHUR BROWN (vocals), BOB ELLWOOD (guitars), DAVE AMBROSE (bass),
ROB TAIT (drums) and PETE BAILEY (percussion) to record a lengthy jam session in the studio. This tape was impressive enough to
lead to a contract with Polydor Records and the album GALACTIC ZOO DOSSIER was the first album by the band. Issued in October
1971, the album featured Arthur Brown joined by ANDY DALBY (lead guitar / vocals), MICHAEL “GOODGE” HARRIS (keyboards),
DESMOND FISHER (bass), JULIAN BROWN (VCS3 Synthesizer) and MARTIN STEER (drums). The band’s debut album was a conceptual
work loosely based upon the subject of humanity living in a zoo and subject to cosmic forces. As a group, Kingdom Come took the
mantle from where the Crazy World of Arthur Brown had left off, presenting a highly theatrical show which utilized the VCS 3
synthesizer and presented a form of experimental rock music which was far ahead of its time. This led to them becoming a popular
act on the festival circuit (their memorable appearance at the 1971 Glastonbury Fayre was captured in the documentary film of the
same name).
For the band’s next album, 1972’s KINGDOM COME, Desmond Fisher departed and was replaced by PHIL SHUTT. The album
was another conceptual work and built upon the impact of their debut. Soon after the album’s release Martin Steer and Goodge
Harris also departed the band. American musician VICTOR PERAINO joined the group on Mellotron, VCS3 and Theramin and Brown
opted to utilize the Bentley Rhythm Ace drum machine instead of a drummer, bringing a new electronic direction to Kingdom Come’s
highly inventive Space Rock. This incarnation of the band recorded their final and finest album in the Autumn of 1972, the highly
influential JOURNEY. Issued in April 1973 the album was a superb conceptual work and featured such legendary material as “TIME
CAPTIVES”, “SPIRIT OF JOY” and “COME ALIVE”. Despite the excellence of the album, KINGDOM COME disbanded soon after the
album’s release leaving an impressive legacy.
This new remastered boxed set features the albums “GALACTIC ZOO DOSSIER”, “KINGDOM COME” and “JOURNEY”, along
with the archive disc “JAM – THE FIRST SESSIONS 1970” and “AT THE BBC 1971-1972” a twelve track CD featuring sessions recorded
for the BBC between March 1971 and September 1972, nine tracks of which are previously unreleased. The set also adds thirteen
bonus tracks (two previously unreleased on CD) taken from studio out-takes and a rare single. Also included is an illustrated booklet
with new essay featuring an exclusive interview with Arthur Brown and a replica poster. “ETERNAL MESSENGER” is a fine tribute to
Arthur Brown, a unique and visionary musician.


For ordering: Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come: Eternal Messenger – An Anthology 1970-1973, 5CD Remastered Box Set – Cherry Red Records

Home – The REAL Arthur Brown – God Of HELL FIRE!! (thegodofhellfire.com)

Arthur Brown Story – Part 1 – Interview by Iain McNay – YouTube

Matt Ingham at Cherry Red Records

KJJ, 04/’21