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Arthur Brown’s Home at the Stereo Society

Arthur Brown’s home at the Stereo Society

Arthur Brown performing Fire

Arthur in 1968, performing his #1 hit Fire, which is given a new and different treatment on Thorne’s The Contessa’s Party CD.

Arthur Brown’s 60+ years have been as adventurous and as colorful as anyone’s. After early experimental bands in the sixties, he hit worldwide prominence with The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Fire in 1968. As he wryly comments on his Website, not seeing any royalties whatsoever was the first of a career of missed opportunities (the law suit is still pending). Fire essentially started the heavy metal genre, and many bands such as Black Sabbath and Deep Purple have acknowledged his influence.

After what remains his most visible achievement, he progressed through a series of musical adventures which included, in the early seventies, the first use of a drum machine on record and on stage. His electronic inclinations took him to prominent album recordings with German synthesizer pioneer Klaus Schulze in 1980. Since then, he has been sporadically active, continuing to record and release albums although (as he puts it) ‘they tend to escape rather than be released.’


August 2015

We couldn’t resist posting this, from Private Eye
The Contessa's Party album cover
Arthur’s connection with the Stereo Society is his guest appearance on a track on Thorne’s CD The Contessa’s Party.  We recorded his contribution, a rap in the middle of a twelve-minute version of his classic Fire, using a laptop computer and a studio microphone. A stream-of-consciousness performance took this new recording of his classic song into a completely new place.
Decommissioned church, now an arts center in Lewes, near Brighton, England, where Arthur now lives
This decommissioned church is now an arts center in Lewes, near
Brighton, England, where Arthur now lives.

The door was open and the space deserted.
We went in unannounced and unnoticed.

Then he sat down for an extensive interview.
The perfect sound and surroundings.

A Partial Arthur Brown Discography to 2007
The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
1968

The Crazy World
Of Arthur Brown

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Galactic Zoo Dossier
1971

Galactic Zoo Dossier

Kingdom Come/Arthur Brown

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Kingdom Come
1972

Kingdom Come

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Journey
1973

Journey

Kingdom Come

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Dance
1975

Dance

Arthur Brown

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Faster Than The Speed Of Light
1980

Faster Than
The Speed Of Light

Arthur Brown and Vincent Crane

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Requiem
1982

Requiem

Arthur Brown

Speak No Tech
1983

Speak No Tech

Arthur Brown

Brown, Black And Blue
1991

Brown, Black And Blue

Arthur Brown and Jimmy Carl Black

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Tantric Lover
2000

Tantric Lover

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

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Vampire Suite
2003

Vampire Suite

Arthur Brown

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Voice Of Love
2007

Voice Of Love

Arthur Brown

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