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The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (1968)


The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (1968)

Tracklist front / back album covers


Side one

"Prelude/Nightmare" (Arthur Brown) – 3:28

"Fanfare/Fire Poem" (Brown, Vincent Crane) – 1:51

"Fire" (Brown, Crane, Mike Finesilver, Peter Ker) – 2:54

"Come and Buy" (Brown, Crane) – 5:40

"Time" (Brown) – 3:07

"Confusion" (Crane) – 2:08


Side two

"I Put a Spell on You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) – 3:41

"Spontaneous Apple Creation" (Brown, Crane) – 2:54

"Rest Cure" (Brown, Crane) – 2:44

"I've Got Money" (James Brown) – 3:09

"Child of My Kingdom" (Brown, Crane) – 7:01 (Original North American releases of the album contained a 6:25 edit of this track, but incorrectly list its length as 5:05; the UK mono edition contains a 6:04 edit).




The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Band Members / Musicians

Arthur Brown – vocals

Vincent Crane – keyboards, vibes, musical arrangements and orchestration

Nick Greenwood (billed as "Sean Nicholas") – bass guitar

Drachen Theaker – drums

John Marshall – drums (on "I Put a Spell on You" and "Child of My Kingdom")

Pete Townshend – associate producer

Kit Lambert – producer

David King – cover design

David Montgomery – photography

Ed Strait – compilation producer




The Crazy World of Arthur Brown is the eponymous debut studio album by the English psychedelic rock band the Crazy World of Arthur Brown. The album was produced by the Who's manager Kit Lambert with associate production by Pete Townshend. The album was released in June 1968 on Lambert's Track Records label in the UK, with North American distribution handled by Atlantic Records. The album was released in the US in September. (Early North American copies of the album, while distributed by Atlantic, bore the Track Records imprint; later pressings were released on the Atlantic label proper.) It was the only album released by the band in its original incarnation; a follow-up was recorded in 1969 but went unreleased for two decades.

The album peaked at No. 7 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart, No. 2 on the UK charts, and No. 6 in Canada. The album's first single, "Fire," was a global success, reaching No. 1 in the UK in August 1968, No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA in October 1968, No. 1 in Canada also in October, and No. 19 in Australia again in October.

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown are an English psychedelic rock band formed by singer Arthur Brown in 1967. The original band included Vincent Crane (Hammond organ and piano), Drachen Theaker (drums), and Nick Greenwood (bass). This early incarnation were noted for Crane's organ and brass arrangements and the flaming helmet worn by Brown during live shows.



The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Band Members / Musicians

Arthur Brown – lead vocals (1967–1970, 2000–present)
Z-Star – lead and backing vocals, guitars, keytar, keybass, percussion (2000–present)

Lucie Rejchrtova – keyboards, synthesizers(2000–present)

Jim Mortimore – bass, backing vocals, guitars (2000–present)

Samuel Walker – drums, backing vocals (2000–present)

Malcolm Dick – digital artist, video projection (2000–present)

Nina Gromniak – guitars (2011–present)

Angel Fallon – dancer (2000–present)

Neeta Pedersen – design, artwork (2000–present)

Sean Nicholas Greenwood – bass guitar (1967–1970)

Vincent Crane – Hammond organ, Rhodes piano (1967–1969; died 1989)

Drachen Theaker – drums (1967–1968; died 1992)

Carl Palmer – drums (1968–1969)

Jeff Cutler – drums (1969–1970)

Dick Heninghem – organ, piano (1969)

Pete Solley – organ, piano (1969–1970)



The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Discography Full

Studio albums
1968: The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
1988: Strangelands (recorded 1969)
2000: Tantric Lover
2003: Vampire Suite
2013: Zim Zam Zim
2019: Gypsy Voodoo

Live albums
1993: Order From Chaos
2011: The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Live At High Voltage (vinyl only release, limited edition of 1000, recorded at the High Voltage Festival)

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