Beggar's Opera* ‎– Act One

Vertigo ‎– 6360 018
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue



Ricky Gardiner mis-spelled Ricky Gardener on the jacket.

This copy being a (most probably early 80's) re-issue of the 1970 original with the same catalogue no. The red coloured inner sleeve adverts other mid-price releases of the same company including some early 80's releases.

Earlier German releases with same catalog# have no credits on back and feature distribution code D:
Release-ID 2240237 has similar label design.
Release-ID 9312133 also has similar labels, copyright notice in label rim text starts with "Alle Urheber.." instead of "Urheber.." though.
Release-ID 2804777 is the initial release on Vertigo Swirl labels.

Other Versions (5 of 25) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
6360018, 6360 018 Beggar's Opera* Beggars Opera Act One(LP, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 6360018, 6360 018 UK 1970 Sell This Version
6360018 Beggars Opera Act One(LP, Album) Vertigo 6360018 Israel 1970 Sell This Version
6360 018 Beggar's Opera* Act One(LP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 6360 018 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
HF 9523 Beggar's Opera* Act One(CD, Album, Unofficial) HF HF 9523 Unknown Sell This Version
ADASD 07181 Beggar's Opera* Act One(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial) ADA Sound Ltd. ADASD 07181 Russia 2000 Sell This Version



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August 28, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
We're at the heart of early seventies prog here and this fulfills all your expectations, the best and the worst. Mock-classical music on the ominously titled ''Passacaglia'' (no, it's not a track by Benjamin Britten in case you wondered) illustrates convincingly everything that can go awry. Pretentious doodling executed with great technical skill plus especially irritating organ pyrotechnics. Baroque influences are everywhere and they are mostly displayed with the intention to impress. But when the organ restrains itself to accompaniment, the music at times rises to the occasion and gets genuinely moving. Almost all of ''Memory'' serves like an oasis with arching melodies in the classical desert and the profuse quoting of ''Light cavalry'' contains just enough irony to make it worthwhile. A checquered effort. The band took their name from the opera by John Gay from 1728.