Pearls Before Swine ‎– One Nation Underground

ESP Disk ‎– 1054
Vinyl, LP, Stereo, Album

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A1 Another Time
Written-By – Rapp*
A2 Playmate
Written-By – Saxie Dowell
A3 Ballad To An Amber Lady
Written-By – Crissinger*, Rapp*
A4 (Oh Dear) Miss Morse
Written-By – Rapp*
A5 Drop Out!
Written-By – Rapp*
B1 Morning Song
Written-By – Rapp*
B2 Regions Of May
Written-By – Rapp*
B3 Uncle John
Written-By – Rapp*
B4 I Shall Not Care
Written-By – Roman Tombs, Teasdale*, Rapp*
B5 The Surrealist Waltz
Lead Vocals – Lane LedererWritten-By – Lederer*, Crissinger*

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Give not that which is Holy unto the dogs; neither cast ye your PEARLS BEFORE SWINE, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn ye on, and rend ye. - Matt.7:6
All compositions except PLAYMATE © 1967 by United International Copyright Representatives, Ltd. (ASCAP)
Front Cover: Detail From THE GARDEN OF DELIGHTS by HIERONYMUS BOSCH (Dutch 1460 - 1516) Musea del PRADO MADRID

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Etched): ORT-5 : [DBH] : ESPS 1054A-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Etched): ORT-5 : [DBH] : ESPS 1054B-1
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 35) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
GET 1008 Pearls Before Swine One Nation Underground(LP, Album, RE) Get Back GET 1008 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
GET1008, GET1008CD, Get1008cd Pearls Before Swine One Nation Underground(CD, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, S/Edition) Get Back, Get Back, Get Back GET1008, GET1008CD, Get1008cd Italy 1998 Sell This Version
858 115 FPY Pearls Before Swine One Nation Underground(LP, Album) Fontana 858 115 FPY Netherlands 1969 Sell This Version
ESP-CD-5008 Pearls Before Swine One Nation Underground(CD, Album, RE, dig) ESP Disk ESP-CD-5008 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
DC-659 Pearls Before Swine One Nation Underground(LP, Album, Mono, RE, RM) Drag City DC-659 US 2017 Sell This Version


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December 23, 2016

Without a doubt more people have heard of Pearls Before Swine [which means that valuable things are often offered or given to people who can not appreciate them] than have actually heard their music. And if there was ever a band who seemed never to be able to be categorized, it was certainly Pearls Before Swine, and their first outing One Nation Underground, where the album presents an overwhelming number of styles that include delicate psychedelic folk meets acoustic folk, meets a receptive minimalism, meets an outing of fledgling punk, all thrown into the same pot, and stirred with the exuberance of undisciplined youth.

Apparently that inability to know when enough is enough filtered into the cover art as well, with an unsure number of these records being sold, with estimates ranging between 100,000 ad 250,000, though in 1968, and the fact that frontman Tom Rapp once complained that in order for him to hear his own music, he would have to pay more for a vinyl copy than he made from recording it, which would suggest that the total number of vinyl albums from 1968 was far below the 100,000 copy mark. As to the artwork for the jacket, first editions were produced with in monochrome brown with a white border along the two sides of the cover, with the second addition having a black and white cover featuring the band’s name across the top, and the third edition was issued with a white background along with a colour section of the painting by Hieronymus Bosch. The very earliest copies contained a poster of the cover, though how many of those were created was extremely limited and is anyone’s guess.

The album is famous for being infamous, with the fact that Paul McCarthy was seen with a copy of the poster in the background. The record was certainly a concept of its time, where songs were in a “Hey listen to this …” aspect, and never really made for a comfortable listen. Perhaps most noted is the track “Oh Dear Miss Morse,” which suggested that the album was a notorious frenzied psych moment, all because the song spells out the letters F-U-C-K in Morse Code, and was quickly banned from airplay, which in turn caused access of the record to drop further into obscurity. The song “Drop Out” was a bit of a freakout, and “Uncle John” was a Viet Nam [yes, in those days Vietnam was spelled as two words] and social protest song, though “Another Time” and “Morning Song” would be the formula and mood that would carry though onto their later works. Much of the subject matter was depressing, but these were strange and bewildering unsure times, hence the music was rather gravity laden, almost brutal, and got rather weary when played as a concept, though many of the tracks were perfectly suited for the fledgling late night progressive radio of the day. While all of this may make the album seem mundane, it did achieve a certain organic surrealistic serious acid awareness quality than most people were not used to. There’s also a feeling of inconsistency throughout nearly all of the numbers, due to the fact that the band does not seem to be functioning as a unit, more that they are backing Rapp from a distance, and then there’s the aspect that in mid stream players and the instruments they use change, which hardly adds to a polished product. But those were the times, along with a great deal of drug use, though they did achieve a unique sound and presentation, even if frustratingly inconsistent. Perhaps their crowning achievement was that One Nation Underground become a template for the rise of the heavier psychedelic folk revival that we know today.

On a side note, the early incarnation of the band played live but a handful of times, adding to mystic far reaching rumors, one suggesting that the band didn’t exist at all, that the album was a culmination of studio gimmicks, another was that the band was entirely composed of musical dwarves, which they were not. Many people will note that the album felt undefinably uncomfortable, and that’s no doubt due to Rapp, where on closer listening he sounds as if he’s a slight lisp, and his hoarseness virtually adds nothing when used.

Review by Jenell Kesler


August 27, 2012
Does anyone know if this version came with the poster, or was it just the mono 'sepia' version that included a poster?