One look at the cover and it should be clear that producers Simon Napier Bell and Ray Singer (who also penned about six of the tracks here) were trying to capitalize on the look and feel of Jesus Christ Superstar with this concept album that is laid out like a Catholic mass. The only musicians credited are Tony Newman (guitar), Max Simms (bass), and Mike Newman (drums); there are also vocalists (an entire choir on a couple tracks), piano, organ, violins, cellos, and much more which naturally leads one to believe this is more an album by the two producers, than that of the band, although the Newman brothers are credited with writing the remaining five songs. So what's it all about? Imagine an eclectic mix of sixties styled rock and pop songs (early Who or pre-psychedelic Beatles might be a fair comparison) separated by short dissonant string quartet interludes, short spoken introductions, with some classical rips (the Toccata with the choir singing the names of the sins over and over is quite ridiculous, as is the silly doo-wop meets Elvis Dismissal, but the bombastic Devil's Hymn for choir and band is quite cool, with its jazzy center section). The meat of the album is in the songs though, all of which sound a little dated (even by 1969 standards) but are still quite good. From the poppy Envy: I'm Talking as a Friend and Pride, to the out-and-out rockers Sloth: Open up Your Eyes and Gluttony: Something is Threatening Your Family, the song-craftsmanship and arrangements throughout are at a very high level. Probably not for everyone, but those into 60s styled eclecticism might do well to check it out.
2015 Reissue, Die-Cut Gatefold Sleeve.
Titel: The Seven Deadly Sins
Preis: 24.- CHF
A1 Introit: ''Twenty Thousand People''
A2 Gloria In Excelsis: ''Toccata''
A3 Avarice: '' Daddy's Thing''
A4 Pride: ''Pride''
A5 Sloth: ''Open Up Your Eyes''
A6 Wrath: ''Gemegemera''
B1 The Secrets: ''Devil's Hymn''
B2 Lust: ''Maybe You're The Same''
B3 Envy: ''I'm Talking As A Friend''
B4 Gluttony: ''Something Is Threatening Your Family''
B5 The Dismissal: ''Twenty Thousand People''
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