Radical, political, hairy freaks influenced by Captain Beefheart, Zappa, psychedelia, jazz, folk and the blues the Broughton's played a seminal part in the late 60's early 70's UK underground scene alongside Hawkwind and The Pink Fairies. Playing free concerts and benefit gigs nationwide and building a reputation for incendiary, intense and shamanic performances the Broughton's were a major influence on the anarcho-punk scene of the late 70's as well as one of the UK's most original, and now long forgotten, psych rock bands. Live performance was the mainstay of the band's reputation but they also left behind a half dozen studio albums that are astonishing for their creativity, musicianship and songwriting ability.
All the songs on 'Sing Brother Sing' wallow in a hippie-ish, kick-backed experimental blues-rock style, extenuated to perfection by Edgar Broughton's resonant grumble and vocal staunchness, and surrounded by chem lab mixtures of guitar and bass. The group's peculiar instrumental outputs give odd tracks such as "There's No Vibrations but Wait," "Momma's Reward," and the two parts of "Psychopath" progressive rock-type tendencies with a homemade wit, which would be the band's most daunting characteristic outside of Edgar Broughton's singing. Although the Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa comparisons are unavoidable, the rest of Sing Brother Sing's facets and odd instrumental avenues emit a distinctness that remains the whole album through. The quaint but humorous English air that encircles "Officer Dan" and "Old Gopher" reflects Broughton's adept satirical approach, maybe without him even knowing it. Held together with elements of jazz, rock, and blues, the music on Sing Brother Sing is captivating because of its raw integrity, and in its refusal to adhere to structure, formula, or to travel a beaten path.
From rear: Originally released as Harvest SHVL 772 in June 1970.
Tracks 1-11, 16-17 Digital Remasters (P) 2004.
In Barcode-Box: 07243 8 64124 2 3 / UK: 8 64124 2 / F: / Place of manufacture as stated on label. Marketed and distributed by EMI. Printed in the EU.
Bonus tracks: Track 11 released as A-side of Harvest HAR 5015 in April 1970.
Track 12 recorded at Abbey Road Studio Two 9th February 1970 - Previously unreleased.
Track 13 alternate version. Recorded at Abbey Road Studio Two 20th July 1969 - Previously unreleased.
Track 14 and 15 recorded at Abbey Road Studio Two 10th June 1969 - Previously unreleased.
Track 16 A-side of single. Released as Harvest HAR 5021 in May 1970.
Track 17 B-side of single. Released as Harvest HAR 5032 in November 1970.
Track 18 previously unreleased Peter Jenner version. Single version released as A-side of Harvest HAR 5032 in November 1970.
Tracks 12 - 14 mixed from the original Eight Track tapes by Paschal Byrne and Mark Powell at The Audio Archiving Company - 20th January 2004.
CD remastered by Peter Mew at EMI Abbey Road studios.
1. There's No Vibrations But Wait!
2. Moth: The Moth/People/Peter
3. Momma's Reward (Keep Them Freak's a Rollin')
5. Officer Dan
6. Old Gopher
9. Psychopath: The Psychopath/Is for Butterflies
10. It's Falling Away
11. Out Demons Out
12. Rag Doll
13. There's No Vibrations But! Wait [Alternate Version]
15. We've Got the Power
16. Up Yours!
18. Apache Dropout [Peter Jenner Version]