Spooky Tooth / Pierre Henry ‎– Ceremony: An Electronic Mass

Island Records ‎– ILPS 9107, Island Records ‎– ILPS-9107
Vinyl, LP, Album, White 'i' Labels




First cat.nr. on cover, second on label.
Pink Island labels.
Released in a gatefold cover.

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  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout - stamped): ILPS 9107 A//1 12 2
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout - stamped): ILPS 9107 B//1 11 11

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
849 512 BY Pierre Henry & Spooky Tooth Pierre Henry & Spooky Tooth - Ceremony(LP, Album) Philips 849 512 BY France Unknown Sell This Version
SAML-933864, SIL-933864, ILPS-9107 Spooky Tooth / Pierre Henry Spooky Tooth / Pierre Henry - Ceremony: An Electronic Mass(LP, Album) A&M Records, Island Records, Island Records SAML-933864, SIL-933864, ILPS-9107 New Zealand Unknown Sell This Version
849 512 Spooky Tooth / Pierre Henry Spooky Tooth / Pierre Henry - Ceremony: An Electronic Mass(LP) Island Records 849 512 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
MANTRA 017 Spooky Tooth / Pierre Henry Spooky Tooth / Pierre Henry - Ceremony (An Electronic Mass)(CD, Album, RE) Mantra MANTRA 017 France 1989 Sell This Version
6444540 Pierre Henry & Spooky Tooth Pierre Henry & Spooky Tooth - Ceremony(LP, Album) Fontana 6444540 France Unknown Sell This Version


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July 5, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
Maybe some could me advise is there NORMAL album mix without P.H. bullshit.


June 20, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
I've had this album for decades and it still shocks me with how terrible it is. Still, I can't let my decent $1 bin copy go, it's so mesmerizingly horrid a display of pompous tomfoolery from all ends. I flat out don't dig the growly mud of Spooky Tooth, although Wright went on to make at least one shitty pop song worth slowing down ("My Love Is Alive" or whatever it's called. Fuck "Dream Weaver.") and good King Henry is a lucky duck who had his share of sheerly brilliant and overly indulgent experiments, but then this ludicrous album... Like the at-the-time fashionable fusion LPs by Hubbard & Mimaroglu and Cherry & Penderecki (and certainly Jon Lord & Eberhard Schoener if you wander that far), this is a titanic musical mess that will never live up to the wine and food these artists dined on during those lascivious '70s nights of record company moolah madness. "We're finally gonna SELL the maddening chaos of 20th century electronic wizardry to the rock and jazz kids!" Fat chance! At least the artists had a bitta fun and got to make one of the most difficult and bewildering failures of rock's strange history. Not bad!


November 29, 2009
Just to warn you in advance:
"Ceremony - An Electronic Mass" can in no way be classified as easy listening or tea-time background music. It also has little to do with the SPOOKY TOOTH one knows otherwise, although the name acted as a virtual trademark for the first release. And this music didn't bring much luck for Spooky Tooth, either, for in the end this electronic rock mass actually meant the split of this popular rock band.
On Spooky Tooth itself: Very few music fans today know that long before its official formation the group existed under the names "VIPs" and "Art". It was first christened Spooky Tooth when the American Gary Wright joined the combo band in the late autumn of 1967. The group developed from an insider tip with one bluesy LP to become one of the most striking rock bands on the scene. Already in 1969 they were mentioned in the same breath with the other so-called super-groups.
And songs like "Waiting For The Wind", "Evil Woman" or "Better By You, Better By Me" belong to the classics of rock music. But the group had scarcely reached the climax of its career when fate caught up with it. It came in person of French composer Pierre Henry.
Gary Wright (keyboards) was not only a fan of this modern classics specialist, but also an attentive student. Wright was the one who talked to other members, Mike Harrison (keyboards, vocals), Luther Grosvenor (guitar), Greg Rudley (bass) and Mike Kellie (drums), into working with the Frenchman.
Furthermore, Wright was the only one who worked on composing with Henry. His percentage of the work, however, was slight compared to the Frenchman. And Mike Harrison and Co. regarded the whole project pretty helplessly anyway. They felt like "Tools without a say" .
But finally they let themselves be pulled along again by Gary Wright's enthusiasm, for at this point nobody could foresee that "Ceremony" would speed up Spooky Tooth's split. When the recording was over and the relatively satisfied musicians went on holiday from the studio, Pierre Henry grabbed the tapes. Without informing his colleagues he added the sound elements of his own musical world.
The effect was explosive, not only between the Frenchman and the band. "Ceremony" became one of the most controversial albums of the 60's. On the drug scene the electronic mass became the musical accompaniment to eerie trips into dream-world.
In accompaniment to the gruesome-beautiful, mystical and often threatening sounds various pill poppers and juice drinkers experienced glorious psy-fi trips into artificial paradise.
The experiment touched off a bitter controversy in the rest of the rock world. Some found it hideous, repulsive and crazy, others saw new doors being opened for infinite realms of music.
For Spooky Tooth, however, the "Ceremony" LP honestly didn't mean much. Only Gary Wright would have liked to have worked further in this direction. This was perhaps the most important reason why the group split after only one more album.