String Driven Thing ‎– The Machine That Cried

Charisma ‎– FC 6063
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A1 Heartfeeder
Cello – Clare Sealey
A2 To See You 3:50
A3 Night Club 4:51
A4 Sold Down The River 4:18
B1 Two Timin' Rama 3:05
B2 Travelling 2:48
B3 People On The Street 6:00
B4 The House 2:29
B5 The Machine That Cried 5:12
B6 Going Down 2:18

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Recorded at IBC Studios, London and at Advision Studios, London Summer '73.

Note: some covers have a promotional sticker.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Label): ST-FC-733023 PR
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Label): ST-FC-733024 PR
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching): ST-FC 733023B PR
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching): ST-FC-733024-A PR

Other Versions (5 of 12) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CAS 1070 String Driven Thing The Machine That Cried(LP, Album, Gat) Charisma CAS 1070 UK 1973 Sell This Version
OZCD 00021 String Driven Thing The Machine That Cried(CD, Album, RM) Ozit-Morpheus Records OZCD 00021 UK 1996 Sell This Version
ECLEC 2346 String Driven Thing The Machine That Cried(CD, Album, RE, RM) Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2346 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
AIRAC-1499 String Driven Thing The Machine That Cried(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Air Mail Archive, Charisma AIRAC-1499 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
OZITCD 00021, OZITCD 0021 String Driven Thing The Machine That Cried (The Band's Official Version)(CD, Album, RE, RM) Ozit-Morpheus Records, Ozit-Morpheus Records OZITCD 00021, OZITCD 0021 UK Unknown Sell This Version



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September 1, 2012
Having generated considerable attention with their 1972 debut, virtually all of the band's momentum disappeared when front man Chris Adams found himself in the hospital with a collapsed lung. During what should have been a three month recuperative period Adams apparently wrote most of the material that would surface on their second album. Unfortunately less than a month after his hospitalization Adams and the band found themselves back on the road opening for Genesis on English and American legs of their "Foxtrot" supporting tour. They were reportedly dumped from the tour after upstaging the headliners several times.   Unfortunately the band also found themselves increasingly at odds with their label Charisma. With Charisma backing away from large scale financial support the group found themselves forced back on the club and college circuit. They also found themselves at creative loggerheads with Charisma management over their decision to expand the line up to include drummer Billy Fairley.  

Continuing their collaboration with producer Shel Talmy, those frustrating experiences served as the basis for 1973's somber and dark "The Machine That Cried". Original plans called for the album to be entitled 'Heartfeeder' but Charisma management was appalled by the album's disturbing atmosphere and refused to release the set without major changes including a major edit of Adams epic 'River of Sleep'. Originally clocking in at over 12 minutes, in the end the only part of the extended suite that made the final release was the song 'Going Down'. Adams also found himself forced to write several new tracks including 'The Machine That Cried' to fill out the heavily edited set. Based on tracks like 'Sold Down the River' and the harrowing opener 'Heartfeeder' it was easy to see Charisma's concerns. Reportedly inspired by Adams surgery (he was apparently awake while a surgeon drilled into his breast plate), the song's ominous feeling has always scared the crap out of me. That said, the results served as a wonderful setting for the group's chameleon-like talents. Supported by drummer Fairly 'Night Club' and 'Two Timin' Rama' (showcasing Pauline Adams on lead vocals) were first rate rockers, while 'To See You' and 'Traveling' were among the prettiest ballads Adams ever wrote. An even bigger surprise - Graeme Smith's violin actually made the songs even stronger. Perhaps my favorite String Driven Thing release ... (In case you ever wondered, the cover featured a picture of a bedbug.)   

"The Machine That Cried" track listing:
(side 1)
1.) Heartfeeder (Chris Adams) - 6;29
2.) To See You (Chris Adams) - 3:50
3.) Night Club (Chris Adams) - 4:51
4.) Sold Down The River (Chris Adams - Graeme Smith) - 4:18

(side 2)
1.) Two Timin' Rama (Chris Adams) - 3:05
2.) Traveling (Chris Adams) - 2:48
3.) People On The Street (Chris Adams - Pauline Adams) - 6:00
4.) The House (Chris Adams) - 2:29
5.) The Machine That Cried (Chris Adams) - 5:12
6.) Going Down (Chris Adams) - 2:18