Seventh Wave ‎– Things To Come

Janus Records ‎– JXS7008, Janus Records ‎– JXS 7008
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Sky Scraper 2:17
A2 Metropolis 4:25
A3 Intercity Water Rat 0:48
A4 Escalator 0:26
A5 Old Dog Song 4:12
A6 Smog, Fog And Sunset 3:11
A7 Fail To See 4:05
B1 Premonition 3:15
B2 Festival 2:05
B3 Eversolightly 4:33
B4 Communication Skyways 4:42
B5 Things To Come 1:46
B6 1999 ½ 1:09
B7 Dance Of The Eloi 1:45

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  • Arranged BySeventh Wave
  • Co-producer [Co-produced], Engineer [Engineered By]Neil Richmond
  • Drums [Ludwig Drums, Asba Drums], Bass Drum [Orchestral Bass Drum], Congas, Bongos, Bells [Sleigh Bells], Finger Cymbals, Cymbal [Crash Cymbals], Castanets [Castinets], Handclaps [Hand Claps], Claves, Xylophone, VibraphoneKieran O'Connor
  • Engineer [Co-engineering]John Smyth, Mike Craig, Tony McGill (2)
  • Painting [Cover Painting]Michael Priddle
  • Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Synthesizer [ARP, Moog & EMS Synthesizers], Mellotron, Glockenspiel, Chimes, VocalsKen Elliott
  • Producer [Produced By]Kieran O'Connor
  • Songwriter [All Songs Written By]K. Elliott*


Catalog# on spine: JXS7008
Catalog# on labels: JXS 7008

Thanks to: Vic Keary for making it possible, Mike Craig, John Smyth and Tony McGill (nice one Tony) for co-engineering and ideas.

All songs published by Gull Songs, ASCAP

© 1974 Seventh Wave Publishing
℗ 1974 GRT Corporation

Chess/Janus, a Division of GRT Corporation, 1633 B'way, New York, N.Y. 10019.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): JXS 7008 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): JXS 7008 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout, Etched): JXS-7008-A-1-11-1 D AW PiR
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout, Etched): JXS-7008-B-1-1-1 D PiR AW
  • Rights Society (Performance rights): ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 15) View All

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
AIRAC-1148 Seventh Wave Things To Come(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Air Mail Archive AIRAC-1148 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
GULP 1001 Seventh Wave Things To Come(LP, Album, Promo) Gull GULP 1001 Germany 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



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November 12, 2008

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) -