CD Flat Baroque and Berserk (CD 1337539), Audio Other
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Flat Baroque and Berserk

  • 1. Don't You Grieve
    2. I Hate the White Man
    3. Feeling All the Saturday
    4. How Does It Feel
    5. Goodbye
    6. Another Day
    7. Davey
    8. East of the Sun
    9. Tom Tiddler's Ground
    10. Francesca
    11. Song of the Ages
    12. Hell's Angels
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 28

  • Credits
    ProducerPeter Jenner

    Personnel includes: Roy Harper, Tony Visconti, The Nice.
    Recorded principally at Abbey Road Studios, London, England in September 1969.
    Personnel: Roy Harper (vocals, guitar, electric guitar, saxophone, keyboards); Tony Visconti (recorder); Keith Emerson (keyboards); Brian Davison (drums).
    Singer/songwriter Roy Harper came upon the mid-1960s London folk scene alongside the likes of Jackson C. Frank, Sandy Denny, et al., and his 1970 album, FLAT BAROQUE & BERSERK, was the final installment of his initial folkie phase. With his next release, the rapturously received STORMCOCK, he would incorporate expansive prog-rock flavoring into his style, but FLAT BAROQUE is a sparse, acoustic-based effort that focuses squarely on Harper's poetic lyrics and (at that point) Dylanesque tunes. He's backed here by Keith Emerson's pre-ELP outfit, the Nice, offering a slight foreshadowing of things to come, but progressive epics were not yet a part of Harper's approach.

  • Critic Reviews
    Magnet (p.108) - "[The album] is great; Harper sings vivid and erudite lyrics with winning understatement and sets them to music that weds Dylanesque talking blues to an updated British Isles melodicism..."
    Down Beat (p.71) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "FLAT BAROQUE AND BERSERK was Harper's fourth album, originally released in 1970, and it still exudes the power and confidence of a daunting young talent spreading his wings."
    Dirty Linen (p.53) - "On 'I Hate the White Man' and 'Don't You Grieve,' Harper sounds like folk-era Bob Dylan, with strident vocals accompanied only by guitar and harmonica."
    Signal To Noise (magazine) (p.58) - "On songs such as 'Tom Tiddler's Ground,' Harper sounds like a traditional English folkie, where other tracks show him moving toward a folk-rock style reminiscent of Led Zeppelin's acoustic tracks."
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