Flaming Youth Ark 2

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Flaming Youth ARK 2
(1969) UNI label. Original issue gatefold jacket printed lyrics and original inner sleeve. Purchased used at American Pie Records in Santa Barbara around 1990.  What a find!  Young Phil Collins on drums, percussion and vocals. Gordon Smith on guitar, bass and vocals.  Ronnie Caryl on bass, guitar and vocals.  Brian Chatton on organ, piano and vocals.  This was the only album released by Flaming Youth.  It is a spastic mishmash of 60’s pop sounds with a burgeoning technosound and REVERB. The album theme is space and the space journeying Technological Man on the ARK read: 2001 A Space Odyssey meets Sgt. Pepper’s.

From the album…“(Technological Man) is still capable of creating beauty as well as despair, still capable of nostalgia and lust, anger and love.  And, above all, those qualities which mat save him for another ten thousand years: humour, irreverence and wit.”

SIDE 1

  1. Guide Me, Orion  (3:15)
  2. Earthglow  (2:52)
  3. Weightless  (2:35)
  4. The Planets: Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune  (13:50)

SIDE 2

  1. Changes  (5:47)
  2. Pulsar  (3:08)
  3. Space Child  (5:47)
  4. In The Light Of Love  (3:32)
  5. From Now On  (4:56)

The almost 14 minute The Planets is an astrological forecasting of the role the planets play for Technological Man.  This album is so weird, but you can hear early Genesis in it and the roots of prog rock.

Flaming Youth Ark 2

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