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Pierre Henry

Ceremony

Label: PHILIPS

Format: Vinyl LP

Genre: Electronic

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LP Reissue of this controversial conept album from 1969. "There are some albums out there that completely defy genre categorization. But every once in a blue moon, an album comes along that manages to completely defy all rational explanation. This would be one of those albums. Spooky Tooth was one of the heavier hard rock acts of its day, driven by Gary Wright (later of 'Dream Weaver' fame) and Mike Harrison's dual, bluesy wails set against Luther Grosvenor's searing guitar leads. One day, they were approached in the studio by avant-garde composer Pierre Henry for what they thought would be session work, involving a concept album setting the text of the Catholic liturgy to music. Their record label, however, decided to market this as Spooky Three. And thus endeth the ballgame. What music lies behind an album cover that would have made Barry Godber proud? Well, imagine Jesus Christ Superstar, with its performers straining to hold together ill-fitting text with music. Now, mix over this foundation, with complete disregard, something like Frank Zappa's 'The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny' and you have yourself a fair approximation. Like Ed Wood or The Shaggs, Ceremony is a failure, but one of those spectacular failures that continues to compel by virtue of its sincerity and sheer incongruity."

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Cat. number: 6313 154
Year: 2010