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Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come

Galactic Zoo Dossier - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

    Officially licenced, fully remastered and presented with the original gatefold sleeve artwork. As an added bonus a reproduction of the rare 2 sided poster that was only with the initial run of copies is included.

    Swordfish proudly continues its reissue programme of vintage Arthur Brown recordings with Kingdom Come's classic 1971 debut. A stunning fusion featuring elements of psychedelia, prog and electronics. Whilst not a major commercial success at the time in terms of pioneering spirit it has become something of a landmark. Now some 45 years later the driving forces behind it are far clearer-a remarkable visionary work full of genuine progressive portent.

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    Coloured LP Info: Multi coloured splatter vinyl. Includes repro of rare 2 sided poster.

    Nicholas Greenwood was born in Hertford on March 2nd 1948. Having played bass and toured America and elsewhere with the Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, in 1969 he left the band to focus on his own music. After brewing up the material for Cold Cuts with his collaborator Dick Heninghem, they returned to America with drummer Eric Peachey in 1970 and recorded the album in Los Angeles, with engineer Richard Barcelona at the controls and Greenwood and Marc Chase producing. The sessions also included input from guest musicians including Bunk Gardner from the Mothers of Invention and Bryn Haworth, formerly of Les Fleur de Lys, and the powerful results are rightly regarded as a progressive rock classic.

    Upon their return to the UK the trio formed Khan in April 1971, with ace guitarist Steve Hillage (formerly of Uriel, better-known as Arzachel, and then Egg). Managed by Terry King, who also handled Caravan, they gigged around the UK over the course of the year, supporting bands such as Audience, Lindisfarne, Genesis and Van Der Graaf Generator. Heninghem departed in October, and was replaced by Dave Stewart (previously of Egg) in time to rehearse and record an album in December. They continued to gig widely in 1972, but Greenwood departed in June (replaced by Nigel Griggs, later of Split Enz). Khan’s album, Space Shanty, appeared in September 1972.

    At much the same time Terry King was setting up his own label, Kingdom Records, which finally issued Cold Cuts in December, almost three years after it had been recorded. Despite also appearing in France and Holland (on the Pink Elephant label), it made no impact at all. Part of this might be to do with the off-putting sleeve, which depicts a seated figure made out of meat. It was in fact a 1970 artwork by Australian-born Philippe Mora, entitled Pork Chop Ballad. According to his online biography, ‘in the Sigi Krauss Gallery’s Easter Crucifixion exhibition in 1970, Mora’s main contribution was a life-size sculpture of a seated figure made entirely of meat, placed on a bentwood chair… The police were called when Princess Margaret complained about the stench when dining at the restaurant across the street, and Krauss was forced to move it to the back garden, where the neighbours, thinking the artwork was a murder victim, called in Scotland Yard again.’ The credit for the artwork went to Bon Seideman and noted US psychedelic artist John Van Hamersveld, who had also worked on Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles, Crown Of Creation by Jefferson Airplane and Exile On Main Street by The Rolling Stones. It is not known how many copies of Cold Cuts were pressed or sold but it is at the apex of ultra rare UK prog items.

    The Mothers Earth Experiment

    Cool Down Mama

      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

      The Mothers Earth Experiment is a six piece contemporary progressive outfit from the UK. The band pride themselves on their eclectic mix of inspirations and style to weave detailed sonic tapestries of dense psychedelic atmospheres, rhythmic drive and emotive melodies. 'Cool Down Mama' is the first glimpse of their much awaited debut album. With a non-LP B-side, this single represents their message of social and ecological consciousness that is further expanded on in their self titled album to be released in the Spring of 2017. They released their debut E.P ‘Don’t Speak Against the Sun’ in september 2015 and their first show supporting Gong has
      led to a series of dynamic performances across the UK. The band is proud to have provided support for such artists as Syd Arthur, Purson, Acid Mothers Temple, Nicholas Allbrook (Pond, Tame Impala), Braids, Arthur Brown and Soft Machine. individually numbered limited edition of 500.



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