The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown ‎– The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

Track Record ‎– 612 005, Track Record ‎– 612005
Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono

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A1 Prelude-Nightmare
Written-By – Brown*
A2 Fanfare-Fire Poem
Written-By – Brown*, Crane*
A3 Fire
Written-By – Brown*, Crane*
A4 Come And Buy
Written-By – Brown*, Crane*
A5 Time
Written-By – Brown*
A6 Confusion
Written-By – Crane*
B1 I Put A Spell On You
Written-By – Screamin' Jay Hawkins
B2 Spontaneous Apple Creation
Written-By – Brown*, Crane*
B3 Rest Cure
Written-By – Brown*, Crane*
B4 I've Got Money
Written-By – James Brown
B5 Child Of My Kingdom
Written-By – Brown*, Crane*

Companies, etc.



Released on a black/silver Track label with a mono triangle at 3 o'clock.
First cat#. on cover, second on label.
There is a credit error on the back cover; Side 2, track 4 is titled "Money" instead of "I've Got Money".

Spine info : Arthur Brown The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown Track 612 005
Cover notes credited to "Charles Fox. New Statesman".
Manufactured by Polydor Records Ltd., London.

A1 to A6 Published by Essex Music
B1 Published by Metric
B2, B3, B5 Published by Essex
B4 Published by Peter Maurice

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): 612005 A ∇ 1 1 11 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): 612005 B ∇ 1 1 11 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant-2): 612005 A ∇ 1 1 11 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant-2): 612005 A ∇ 1 1 11 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant-3): 612005 A ∇ 1 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant-3): 612005 B ∇ 1 1 1



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March 7, 2010

While Hendrix was burning his guitar, Arthur Brown was busy setting fire to his head and wearing pre-KISS face-paint. Emerging from London scenes - like the UFO - with "The Devil's Grip" single, this 'God Of Hellfire' and his "Crazy World Of Arthur Brown" act lit up the late 60's. The band did much to help shape the progressive musical vision of the Seventies. Flowing robes, falsetto lyrics, the swelling organ. (Yes, he did get arrested for exposure on stage in Palermo, but that was later). On this album are genetic seeds that would form the family tree of Kingdom Come, Atomic Rooster & ELP. The single from this album, "Fire", went to No1 in the UK in August 1968.

Keyboardist Vincent Crane, fundamental in the arrangements on this work, sets the Goth-horror scene on "Prelude-Nightmare". Brown follows with a 'Doors-like' "Fanfare-Fire Poem" and into the swooping and manic "Fire". From then on in the band have the Devil by the tail, with Drachen Theaker's drumming providing a fine backbone to the skeletons that emerge from Brown's etherial revelations. There are two covers, "I Put A Spell On You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) and "I've Got Money" (James Brown). The other eight are written by Brown and/or Crane. Produced by Pete Townshend, there's both a mono and stereo of this. If you're looking for an experience of UK musical directions in the late 60s this is well worth a listen.