- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: February 22, 2010
- Originally Released: 1968
- Label: Esoteric
Uncut (magazine) - p.864 stars out of 5
-- "His group's exotic psychedelic guignol spilled all over London's underground scene like so much irreverent gasoline, on the back of their camp satanic hit,' Fire'."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Prelude Nightmare
- 2.Fanfare Fire Poem
- 4.Come And Buy
- 5.Time Confusion
- 6.I Put A Spell On You
- 7.Spontaneous Apple Creation
- 8.Rest Cure
- 9.Ive Got Money
- 10.Child Of My Kingdom
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Devils Grip
- 2.Give Him A Flower
- 3.Music Man [Stereo Mix]
- 4.Fire [First Version]
- 5.Prelude Nightmare [Alternate Mono Mix]
- 6.Fanfare Fire Poem [Alternate Mono Mix]
- 7.Fire [Alternate Mono Mix]
- 8.Come And Buy [Alternate Mono Mix]
- 9.Time [Confusion [Alternate Mono Mix]
- 10.Brian Matthew Interview (BBC Session April 1968)
- 11.Fire Poem Fire (BBC Session April 1968)
- 12.Come And Buy (BBC Session April 1968)
- 13.Nightmare [from the soundtrack of the film The Committee] (BBC Session April 1968)
Crazy World Of Arthur Brown: Arthur Brown (vocals); Vincent Crane (keyboards); Drachen Theaker (drums).
Reissue producer: Ed Strait.
Includes liner notes by Charles Fox.
The songs from side 1 of the original LP appear on the CD in both mono and stereo versions.
Though a bit over the top, this album was still powerful and surprisingly melodic, and managed to be quite bluesy and soulful even as the band overhauled chestnuts by James Brown and Screamin' Jay Hawkins. "Spontaneous Apple Creation" is a willfully histrionic, atonal song that gives Captain Beefheart a run for his money. Though this one-shot was not (and perhaps could not ever be) repeated, it remains an exhilaratingly reckless slice of psychedelia. This CD reissue includes both mono and stereo versions of five of the songs. Although the mono mixes lack the full-bodied power of the stereo ones, they're marked by some interesting differences, especially in the brief spoken and instrumental links between tracks. ~ Richie Unterberger