Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bruce Haack (discography)

Haack found another outlet for his creativity as an accompanist for children's dance teacher Esther Nelson. Perhaps inspired by his own lonely childhood, he and Nelson collaborated on educational, open-minded children's music. With Pandel, they started their own record label, Dimension 5 Records, on which they released 1962's Dance, Sing, & Listen. Two other records followed in the series, 1963's Dance, Sing, & Listen Again and 1965's Dance, Sing, & Listen Again & Again. Though the series included activity and story songs similar to other children's records at the time, the music moves freely between country, medieval, classical, and pop, and mixes instruments like piano, synthesizers, and banjo. The lyrics deal with music history or provide instructions like, "When the music stops, be the sound you hear," resulting in an often surreal collage of sounds and ideas.

The otherworldly quality of Haack's music was emphasized by the instruments and recording techniques he developed with the Dance, Sing, & Listen series. Though he had little formal training in electronics, he made synthesizers and modulators out of any gadgets and surplus parts he could find, including guitar effects pedals and battery-operated transistor radios. Eschewing diagrams and plans, Haack improvised, creating instruments capable of 12-voice polyphony and random composition. Using these modular synthesizer systems, he then recorded with two two-track reel-to-reel decks, adding a moody tape echo to his already distinctive pieces.
As the 1960s progressed and the musical climate became more receptive to his kind of whimsical innovation, Haack's friend, collaborator, and business manager Chris Kachulis found mainstream applications for his music. This included scoring commercials for clients like Parker Brothers Games, Goodyear Tires, Kraft Cheese, and Lincoln Life Insurance; in the process, Haack won two awards for his work. He also continued to promote electronic music on television, demonstrating how synthesizers work on The Mister Rogers Show in 1968, and released The Way-Out Record for Children later that year.
Kachulis did another important favor for his friend by introducing Haack to psychedelic rock. Acid rock's expansive nature was a perfect match for Haack's style, and in 1969 he released his first rock-influenced work, Electric Lucifer. A concept album about the earth being caught in the middle of a war between heaven and hell, Electric Lucifer featured a heavy, driving sound complete with Moogs, Kachulis' singing, and Haack's homegrown electronics including a prototype vocoder and unique lyrics, which deal with "powerlove" — a force so strong and good that it will not only save mankind but Lucifer himself. Kachulis helped out once more by bringing Haack and Lucifer to the attention of Columbia Records, who released it as Haack's major-label debut.

As the 1970s started, Haack's musical horizons continued to expand. After the release of Electric Lucifer, he struck up a friendship with fellow composer and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott. They experimented with two of Scott's instruments, the Clavivox and Electronium.Nothing remains of the collaboration, and though Scott gave Haack a Clavivox, he did not record with it on his own. However, he did continue on Lucifer's rock-influenced musical with 1971's Together, an electronic pop album that marked his return to Dimension 5. Perhaps in an attempt to differentiate this work from his children's music, he released it under the name Jackpine Savage, the only time he used this pseudonym.

Haack continued making children's albums as well, including 1972's Dance to the Music, 1973's Captain Entropy, and 1974's This Old Man, which featured science fiction versions of nursery rhymes and traditional songs. After relocating to Westchester, PA, to spend more time with Pandel, Haack focused on children's music almost exclusively, writing music for Scholastic Press like "The Witches' Vacation" and "Clifford the Small Red Puppy." He also released Funky Doodle and Ebenezer Electric (an electronic version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol) in 1976, but by the late 1970s, his prolific output slowed; two works, 1978's Haackula and the following year's Electric Lucifer Book II, were never released.

 From Death Machine to Party Machine (1977-1988)

His darkest album to date, Haackula strikes out on into dark, yet playful territory. Haackula seems to have inspired Haack's final landmark work, 1981's Bite. The albums share several song titles and a dark lyrical tone different from Haack's usually idealistic style. Though Bite is harsher than his other works, it features his innovative, educational touch: a thorough primer on electronics and synthesizers makes up a large portion of the liner notes, and Haack adds a new collaborator for this album, 13-year-old vocalist Ed Harvey.

Haack's failing health slowed Dimension 5's musical output in the early 1980s, but Nelson and Pandel kept the label alive by publishing songbooks, like Fun to Sing and The World's Best Funny Songs, and re-released selected older albums as cassettes, which are still available today. In 1982, Haack recorded his swan song, a proto-hiphop collaboration with Def Jam's Russell Simmons, entitled "Party Machine". Haack died in 1988 from heart failure, but his label and commitment to making creative children's music survives. While Dimension 5's later musical releases — mostly singalong albums featuring Nelson — may lack the iconoclastic spark of the early records, Nelson and Pandel's continued work reveals the depth of their friendship with Haack, a distinctive and pioneering electronic musician.


Haack has been cited as an influential musician to many electronic and other types of musicians.
In 2004, a documentary film about Bruce Haack titled Haack: The King of Techno, was directed by Philip Anagnos. It premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival, distributed by Koch Vision and televised on DOC: The Documentary Channel. It features interviews with some of Haack's associates and collaborators such as Esther Nelson and Chris Kachulis as well as contemporary artists including Eels, Mouse On Mars, Money Mark and Peanut Butter Wolf. Additionally, the film includes archival footage of Haack's appearances on various talk shows and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
In 2005, a tribute album was released titled Dimension Mix, featuring covers of Haack songs by Beck, Stereolab, The Apples in stereo, Oranger and others. The album was produced by Ross Harris (actor) and was a benefit for Cure Autism Now.
In 2006, Cut Chemist sampled Bruce Haack's track "School For Robots" on his debut album The Audience's Listening.
It has been proffered that Bruce Haack's influence has been bolstered by the fact that he flies under the mainstream media's radar.






Recorded Released Album UK US Additional information
1962 1963 Dance Sing and Listen - -
1963 1964 Dance Sing and Listen Again - -
1963 1965 Dance Sing and Listen Again and Again - -
1967 1968 The Way Out Record for Children - - download
1968 1969 Electronic Record for Children - - download
1969.12.25-1970.01.01 1970 Electric Lucifer Book III - i.f.o. - - vocals by Chris Kachulis, original material unreleased. an edited, remixed version got released in April 2011
1968-1969 1970 Electric Lucifer - -
1971 1971 Together - - download
1972 1972 Dance to the Music - -
1973 1973 Captain Entropy - - torrent+9albums
1974 1974 This Old Man - -
1975 1975 Funky Doodle - -
1976 1977 Ebenezer Electric - - torrent+9albums
1977 1978 Haackula - -
1978 1979 Electric Lucifer Book II - - torrent+9albums
1980 1981 Bite - - download
1981 1982 Zoot Zoot Zoot - Here Comes Santa in his New Space Suit - -


  • Les Etapes (1955) - (music concrete). A 3 movement ballet scored for electronics, soprano and violin. Commissioned by Belgian TV. Choreographed by Valentina Belova and originally danced by Maurice Bejart's Ballet of the 20th Century. Possibly created 1954 or 1956.
  • Lullaby for a Cat (1956) - (music concrete) Created on a Wollensak tape recorder. A master tape of this composition exists.
  • Satellite - Coral Records (w/ Teresa Brewer) (1958)
  • Sea Shell - Coral Records (w/ Teresa Brewer) (1959)
  • So I Said - Dot Records (w/ Milton DeLugg And His Orchestra (1960)
  • Garden Of Delights (1964) - Gregorian chant mixed with electronic music. This work was never released or broadcast in its entirety. Bruce enjoyed playing this tape for friends and was extremely proud of the work. Tape exists and planned for future release.
  • Rita (1975) - A dedication to Rita Hayworth
  • Party Machine (w/ Russell Simmons) (1982)


  • Hush Little Robot - QDK Media (1998)  torrent+9albums
  • Listen Compute Rock Home - Emperor Norton Records (1999)   download
  • Rough Trade Shops - Electronic 01 - Mean Old Devil - Mute Records (2002)
  • Dimension Mix: A Tribute to Dimension 5 Records - Eenie Meenie Records (2005)
  • Badd Santa - I Like Christmas - Stones Throw Records (2007)
  • Farad - The Electric Voice - Stones Throw Records (2010)   download

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Arthur Brown (discography)

Arthur Brown (born Arthur Wilton Brown on 24 June 1942) is an English rock and roll musician best known for his flamboyant, theatrical style and significant influence on Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel,, George Clinton, Kiss, King Diamond, and Bruce Dickinson, among others, and for his number one hit in the UK Singles Chart and Canada, "Fire" in 1968..

After attending Roundhay Grammar School in Leeds, Brown attended the University of London and the University of Reading and studied philosophy and law, but he gravitated to music instead, forming his first band Blues and Brown while at Reading. After a spell fronting a number of bands in London, Brown then moved to Paris in 1966, where he worked on his theatrical skills. During this period he recorded two songs for the Roger Vadim film of the Emile Zola novel La Curee. Returning to London around the turn of late 1966 to early 1967 he was a temporary member of a London-based R&B/Soul/Ska group The Ramong Sound that would soon become the hit making soul group The Foundations.

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

By the time the Foundations had been signed to Pye Records Brown had left the group to form his own band, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. The band included Vincent Crane (Hammond organ and piano), Drachen Theaker (drums), and Nick Greenwood (bass).
Brown quickly earned a reputation for outlandish performances, which included the use of a burning metal helmet that led to occasional mishaps, such as during an early appearance at the Windsor Festival in 1967, where he wore a colander on his head soaked in methanol. The fuel poured over his head by accident and caught fire; two bystanders doused the flames by pouring beer on Brown’s head, preventing any serious injury.The flaming head then became an Arthur Brown signature. On occasion he also stripped naked while performing, most notably in Italy, where, after setting his hair on fire as usual, he was arrested and thrown out of the country. He was also notable for the extreme make-up he wore onstage, which would later be reflected in the stage acts of the aforementioned Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson and Kiss.
By 1968, the debut album, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown became a surprise hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Produced by The Who's manager Kit Lambert, and executive-produced by Pete Townshend on Track Records, the label begun by Lambert and Chris Stamp, it spun off an equally surprising hit single, "Fire", and contained a version of "I Put a Spell on You" by Screaming Jay Hawkins, a similarly bizarre showman. "Fire" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.The song has since seen its infamous opening line "I am the God of Hellfire" sampled in numerous other places, most notably in The Prodigy's 1992 rave anthem "Fire".
Brown's incendiary stage act sometimes caused trouble, even getting him kicked off a tour with Jimi Hendrix. On one tour, Brown waited until sunset when his band was playing, and then he had a winch lower him onto the middle of the stage from above, wearing a suit and helmet welded from sheet metal. Parts of the suit were completely lit in lighter fluid and sparklers. In due course, Brown created a perception that he was always on the verge of setting fire to the stage, leading some concert organizers to demand he post a bond with them if he could not show he was adequately insured against uncontrollable fire and fire damages.

Theaker was replaced by Carl Palmer, later of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, during the band's second American tour, on which Vincent Crane also left - although he soon returned. However, Crane and Palmer eventually left in 1969 to form Atomic Rooster, spelling the end for The Crazy World of Arthur Brown..


Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come

Though Brown never released another recording as commercially successful as "Fire," he did release three albums with his new band Kingdom Come in the early 1970s.The Kingdom Come albums featured a wild mix of progressive rock and demented theatrics, and the accompanying live shows caused some controversy over Brown's simulated crucifixion and accompanying hypodermic syringe motifs.The third and final Kingdom Come album, Journey, is noteworthy for being one of the first (if not the first) rock albums to feature a drum machine, especially on the track "Time Captives".

Later career

In later years, Brown released several solo albums and also contributed vocals to the song "The Tell-Tale Heart" on the Poe-based concept album Tales of Mystery and Imagination by The Alan Parsons Project. In 1975 he had a small but meaningful part in The Who's rock opera movie Tommy as "The Priest". During 1977 he toured with ex-Tangerine Dream synthesiser player Klaus Schulze, (as can be heard on the live-album ...Live...), while in 1979 Brown provided the vocals for on Schulze's album Dune.
In the 1980s, Brown moved to Austin, Texas, and obtained a master's degree in counseling. Together with former Mothers of Invention drummer Jimmy Carl Black, he also became a painter and carpenter for some years,[ and released an album with him, Brown Black And Blue, in 1988.

Arthur Brown playing at the Wickerman Festival, 2005
During the mid-1990s Brown and fellow counselor Jim Maxwell co-founded Healing Songs Therapy, a unique service that culminates in Brown creating a song for each client about their emotional issues.
Brown returned to England in 1996. In 1997, he re-recorded "Fire" with German band Die Krupps, while in 1998, he provided a spoken-word performance on Bruce Dickinson's The Chemical Wedding album, reading a portion of three poems by William Blake, and appeared as Satan in Dickinson's music video for "Killing Floor". He also appeared on TV, guesting on Kula Shaker track 'Mystical Machine Gun' several times during 1999.
A further change of musical direction occurred when he formed an acoustic band and went on tour with Tim Rose in 1999. This band then added Stan Adler (cello and bass) and Malcolm Mortimore (percussion) and produced the Tantric Lover album. However, the lineup did not last, and Patten and Brown put a new band together with multi-instrumentalist Nick Pynn. Straightaway they started doing festivals and international tours, and in 2002 Brown was asked to support Robert Plant on his Dreamland Tour. By now Patten had been replaced by Chris Bryant.
Brown was getting much more media exposure now as well as playing many gigs all over the world, mostly with his 'Giant Pocket Orchestra' but also with new band Instant Flight, who perform in the same style as the original band in the 1960s. In the middle of this, Brown released Vampire Suite, an album with Josh Philips and Mark Brzezicki of the band Big Country, released on Ian Grant's Track Records. Also around this time, Brown's back catalogue was rereleased by Sanctuary Records.
Brown reunited the surviving members of Kingdom Come (except Des Fisher) in 2005, for a one-off concert at The Astoria in London, performing material from Kingdom Come's album Galactic Zoo Dossier, with an encore of "Spirit Of Joy." This show won Brown the 'Showman Of The Year' award from Classic Rock magazine.
In 2007, Brown and Pynn released Voice Of Love on the Côte Basque record label, featuring a number of original recordings.
In August 2007, during a concert in Lewes, Sussex, Brown once again set fire to his own hair. While trying to extinguish the flames, Phil Rhodes, a member of the band also caught fire. Brown carried on after the fire was put out; he had however lost a few chunks of hair.
He appeared as a priest in the video for The Darkness song, "Is It Just Me?".
In 2010 Arthur Brown played a set at the Glastonbury Festival in the Glade, and he also played at Lounge On The Farm (with Lucie Rejchrtova on keyboards). On 10 June 2011, days before his 69th birthday, he played a nearly 2-hour set at the Ray Davies Meltdown Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London where he invited UK singer-songwriter Z-Star to duet with him.


Hawkwind association

Arthur Brown has had a number of associations with Hawkwind. In 1973, he was one of the performers on sometimes Hawkwind vocalist Robert Calvert's album Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters, together with a number of other Hawkwind members.
In 2001 and 2002, Brown made several guest appearances at live Hawkwind concerts, subsequently touring with them as a 'guest vocalist.' On their December 2002 tour, Hawkwind played several songs by Brown from the Kingdom Come era, along with "Song Of The Gremlin" which Brown had sung on Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters; this was documented on the Hawkwind DVD Out Of The Shadows.
Brown also provided vocals on two of the tracks on Hawkwind's studio album Take Me to Your Leader, released in 2005. One is the spoken-word "A Letter To Robert," where Brown recalls a conversation with Robert Calvert. Arthur continues his association with Hawkwind, touring with a support set for them on their 40th anniversary tour in the UK in 2009.

DOWNLOAD-DISCOGRAPHY(all his work will be added sooner or later)

Arthur Brown Set

  • 1966 - The Game Is Over (film soundtrack) imdb

Crazy World of Arthur Brown

  • 1968 – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown  download
  • 1989 - Strangelands (recorded in 1969)      download
  • 1993 - Order From Chaosdownload
  • 2000 - Tantric Lover    download
  • 2003 - Vampire Suite   download

 Kingdom Come



  • 1976 - Tales of Mystery and Imagination (with the Alan Parsons Project) download
  • 1979 - Dune (with Klaus Schulze) download
  • 1979 - Time Actor (with Richard Wahnfried) download
  • 1980 – Faster Than the Speed of Light (with Vincent Crane) download
  • 1980 - Klaus Schulze Live (with Klaus Schulze) download cd1 cd2 (lossless) cd1 cd2 (mp3 320kbps)  covers
  • 1984 – The Complete Tapes of Atoya (with Craig Leon) download
  • 1988 - Brown Black And Blue (with Jimmy Carl Black) part 1  part 2  part 3
  • 1998 - The Chemical Wedding (with Bruce Dickinson) download
  • 2000 - Curly's Airships (with Judge Smith)
  • 2007 - Fifteen Years After (with All Living Fear)

 Compilation albums

  • 1976 – Lost Ears (Kingdom Come) 
  • 2003 - Fire - The Story Of (Arthur Brown) download