The first pick for our final BIG TICKET DAY during The 2018 PopCult Gift Guide, we have yet another deluxe box set celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of a remarkable album. 1968 must’ve been a hell of a year for music.
This one is the pefect gift for fans of over-the-top, theatrical, prototypical, psychedelic prog-rock, it’s a deluxe version of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
Back in summer 1968, THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN were on top of the world. Famously promoted by performances with Arthur Brown wearing a burning helmet, ”Fire!” was a massive worldwide hit, topping the charts in the UK and Canada and eventually reaching the Top 10 in America (No. 2), France, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and Ireland.
The band’s second single on Track Records, co-produced by The Who’s Pete Townshend, it bridged the gap between London’s flourishing, colorful psychedelic underground and the mainstream pop scene. The resulting album, THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN, was a theatrical, ambitious concept album based around the elements (fire being just one of four, of course). Such was the huge impact of ”Fire” that the album sold in huge quantities, peaking at No. 2 in the UK and No. 7 in America. The Beatles were the only other British band to enjoy such unprecedented sales with such ambitious, psychedelic LPs.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark record, Cherry Red Records presents this deluxe edition box set of THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN. Alongside the stereo album and numerous bonus tracks, the rare Mono mix appears on CD for the first time, as well as three additional, previously unissued BBC sessions and four other radio recordings, plus a handful of pre-Track recordings by Arthur Brown before he formed Crazy World.
Lavishly packaged within a 12” x 12” box set, and complete with a stereo vinyl replica of the original LP and a poster, THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN is augmented by a 12,000-word sleeve-note from Mojo magazine’s Mark Paytress (including fresh quotes from Arthur and others), alongside a wealth of illustrations and three previously unissued photos from the original front cover session.
This is your chance to finally learn the words to “Fire” past those first couple of lines, plus you’ll get to hear the drumming of an embryonic, pre-ELP, Carl Palmer.
You can probably order this from any record shop, or take the easy way out and find it at Amazon, where it’s currently around sixty-seven bucks. Get it now, before you fall too far behind.