Seventh Wave ‎– Things To Come

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
GULP 1001, GULP.1001 Seventh Wave Things To Come(LP, Album) Gull, Gull GULP 1001, GULP.1001 UK 1974 Sell This Version
KGULC 1001 Seventh Wave Things To Come(Cass, Album) Gull KGULC 1001 UK 1974 Sell This Version
9098-7008 Seventh Wave Things To Come(LP, Album) Janus Records 9098-7008 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
GULP 1001 Seventh Wave Things To Come(LP, Album) Gull GULP 1001 New Zealand 1974 Sell This Version
JXS7008, JXS-7008 Seventh Wave Things To Come(LP, Album) Janus Records, Janus Records JXS7008, JXS-7008 US 1974 Sell This Version
2933 702, GULP.1001 Seventh Wave Things To Come(LP, Album) Gull, Gull 2933 702, GULP.1001 France 1974 Sell This Version
GULP 1001 Seventh Wave Things To Come(LP, Album) Gull GULP 1001 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
JXS7008, JXS 7008 Seventh Wave Things To Come(LP, Album) Janus Records, Janus Records JXS7008, JXS 7008 US 1974 Sell This Version
GULP 1001 Seventh Wave Things To Come(LP, Album, Promo) Gull GULP 1001 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
JXS 7008, JXS7008 Seventh Wave Things To Come(LP, Album, Promo) Janus Records, Janus Records JXS 7008, JXS7008 US 1974 Sell This Version
GUL 1001 Seventh Wave Things To Come(LP, Album) Gull GUL 1001 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
GP-528 Seventh Wave Things To Come(LP, Album) Gull GP-528 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
LICD 9.00401 O Seventh Wave Things To Come(CD) Line Records LICD 9.00401 O Germany 1987 Sell This Version
AIRAC-1148 Seventh Wave Things To Come(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Air Mail Archive AIRAC-1148 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
AIRAC-1148 Seventh Wave Things To Come(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Air Mail Archive (2) AIRAC-1148 Russia 2015 Sell This Version
ECLEC 2630 Seventh Wave Things To Come(CD, Album, RE, RM) Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2630 UK 2018 Sell This Version

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LTKTE

LTKTE

August 28, 2018
referencing Things To Come, LP, Album, GULP 1001, GULP.1001
Reminds me most of ELO. Synth - Symphonic - Rock.
BadCatRecord

BadCatRecord

November 12, 2008
referencing Things To Come, LP, Album, JXS7008, JXS 7008

Krautrock, schmockrock ... True, German bands were at the forefront of 1970s-era electronic music. That said, they weren't the only pioneers in the field - witness The Silver Apples, or these guys ... multi-instrumentalist Ken Elliott and drummer Kieran O'Connor - collectively known as Seventh Wave.

Prior to forming Seventh Wave the pair had recorded a couple of albums as members of Second Hand (I've also seen it referenced as Secondhand). After Second Hand called it quits, in 1973 they decided to continue their musical partnership as Fungus. Fungus managed to release one self-financed single before mutating into Seventh Wave (1973's 'Premonitions Pt. 1' b/w 'Premonitions Pt. 2' (Fungus catalog number FUN 1).

Signed by the small Gull label (the Chess-affiliated Janus label acquiring American distribution rights), the duo made their recording debut with 1974's "Things To Come". Co-produced by O'Connor and Neil Richmond, the album's 14 tracks were really difficult to accurately describe. Interesting for a duo these guys managed to sound like an invading army. complete with what sounded like banks of synthesizers. Portions of the album reflected the same cold distance you'd associate with Krautrock. In fact the brief opener 'Sky Scraper', 'Smog, Fog and Sunset' and a remake of the earlier 'Premonition' would not have sounded out of place on an early Kraftwerk album. That said about a third of the album was surprisingly commercial. The fact it had any commercial potential was made even weirder given Elliott didn't have much of a voice - he somehow managed to bounce from sounding like one of the Chipmunks on 'Old Dig Song' to recalling Levi Stubbs being strangled on 'Fail to See'. Elsewhere 'Metropolis' managed to somehow incorporate what sounded like Atari video game sounds, bits of atonal cityscape noise, and Beach Boys-styles harmonies - I'm not making that up ! Elsewhere Gull tapped the album for a pair of UK singles:

- 1974's 'Metropolis' b/w 'Festival' (Gull catalog number GULS 3)
- 1974's 'Fail To See/\' b/w 'Things To Come' (Gull catalog number GUL 10)

"Things To Come" track listing:
(side 1)
1.) Sky Scraper (instrumental) (Ken Elliott) -
2.) Metropolis (Ken Elliott) -
3.) Intercity Water Rat (instrumental) (Ken Elliott) -
4.) Escalator (instrumental) (Ken Elliott) -
5.) Old Dog Song (Ken Elliott) -
6.) Smog, Fog and Sunset (instrumental) (Ken Elliott) -
7.) Fail to See (Ken Elliott) -

(side 2)
1.) Premonition (instrumental) (Ken Elliott) -
2.) Festival (instrumental) (Ken Elliott) -
3.) Ever So Slightly (Ken Elliott) -
4.) Communication Skyways (instrumental) (Ken Elliott) -
5.) Things to Come (instrumental) (Ken Elliott) -
6.) 1999 ½ (instrumental) (Ken Elliott) -
7.) Dance of the Eloi (instrumental) (Ken Elliott) -