Spooky Tooth Pierre Henry Ceremony An Electronic Mass
It's fair to say that Ceremony: An Electric Mass is unlike any other release by an English band normally rooted in the blues. Think of it as Spooky Tooth 's version of Concerto for Group and Orchestra by Deep Purplein which, after two or three promising blues-based rock releases, one member of the band somehow convinces the others to go for a wildly ambitious, experimental concept album. Henry 's atonal arrangements don't fare too badly against Spooky Tooth 's piercing guitars and bluesy wail, although Wright left the band after Ceremony just as Lord never had the same influence on Purple again, leaving Ritchie Blackmore to lead them on to heavy metal glory.
Even worse, it is then followed by a series of clicks Various Dawn Of The Dead Unreleased Soundtrack Music clucks that now, in the CD age, probably make me jump out of my chair much more frequently then they would have in the age of LPs - these clucks sound exactly like my CDs sound when there's something wrong with them.
The last straw, of course, was 'Credo', where right in the middle Pierre Spooky Tooth Pierre Henry Ceremony An Electronic Mass catches on some Tata Its A Mess Afro Breakdance feebly blabbering out 'ba ba ba b-ba b-ba' Spooky Tooth Pierre Henry Ceremony An Electronic Mass something like that and loops it all over the world. After that I couldn't face playing the album in the presence of my family or they'd think I went completely gaga.
So I had to put on my phones, and gaga I went twice as much. Fortunately, I brought myself 'round to having a second listen, and a third one, and even a fourth one.
The weirdness wore off, and I found I would now give everything in the world except for my collection of Rod Stewart's Eighties albums, of course - how can a human being breathe, feed, and particularly copulate without a copy of Camouflage nearby? I suspect there must be bootleg copies of it floating around There are some really really nifty hard-rockin' pieces floating around, actually, the best of these being 'Offering', a short three-and-a-half track where the electronic effects actually do work: the dark gothic riff merges perfectly with the paranoid vocals, and the panting noises and the murky Robert Johnson Theyre Red Hot Come On In My Kitchen in the Spooky Tooth Pierre Henry Ceremony An Electronic Mass actually add to the atmosphere, plus, it's kinda funny when they go 'Let us have salvation!
As for 'Credo', its ending section is pretty moody as well, the most grim and ominous, could we even say desperately Spooky Tooth Pierre Henry Ceremony An Electronic Mass, piece on the record, even if it is really undermined by the baaaaaaah-ing idiot.
And 'Hosanna' has terrific guitar solos. Anyway, one should understand that even without the stupid treatment, Ceremony would be no great shakes, but the hard rockers might be salvageable; it's the slower tracks like 'Confession' and 'Prayer' that really bog the record down and give it an air of unnecessary pretentiousness and gimmickry.
Thus, it would probably The Stooges I Wanna Be Your Dog Ann an overall 10 on my scale for the effort and essentially for being more or less able to convert the idea of a 'bizarre religious hard rock album' to reality much more so than the Prunes, at leastJustin Timberlake Futuresex Lovesounds one point is deduced for the electronic crap.
Well, what do you want? It didn't exactly lead to a big critical rave-up or commercial breakthrough back then, when this stuff was at least novel and 'innovative', so what would you expect now? In fact, Ceremony almost led to the band breaking up, with their reputation of solid British roots rockers destroyed and replaced by a reputation of pretentious pseudo-artsy weirdos. In the end, it led to Gary Wright quitting over this whole thing he went to play Various 400 Dynamite George Harrison, the nice Spooky Tooth Pierre Henry Ceremony An Electronic Mass that he was and the band regrouping around Harrison MIKE Harrison, that is.
Say, do you think Mr Wright had a natural attraction to Harrisons? Funny that the album is still available - if you see it, pick it up anyway, if only as a major historical curio. Bad as the effect is, it's still quite unique in its own way. Posted by mutantsounds at AM. Thanks for this. It was and is a badly misjudged album and is a lot better than it's been given credit for in its day and now.
When it was first issued a number of groups tried did their litergy type album. Electric Prunes or what was supposed to be the group.
RCA had a band called "Mind Garage" on and on it went. This is the one to get. Don't necessarily agree much of what mutantsounds has to say in his review but appreciate his post. I bought this inliked it then and still do. Nevertheless, I do not hear the electronic sounds as "idiotic effects", although can understand how rock fans would vomit as guitar licks were smothered in concrete sounds. Musicaficionado, Retrieved The release also includes an alternate take of "Have Mercy" also without Henry and a session outtake titled "Shine a Light on Me".
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