Arthur Brown is an English rock singer and songwriter best known for his flamboyant theatrical performances, and his powerful, wide-ranging operatic voice. He has been a significant influence on a wide range of musicians due to his operatic vocal style, wild stage persona and concepts, and is considered a pioneer of shock rock and progressive rock and influential on heavy metal music.
The new album Gypsy Voodoo is the culmination of a tapestry of words, music, rhythms, friendship, laughter and musical exploration that developed over 30 years. Arthur Brown and Mike Morgan have woven together spoken word, blues, Americana, electronics and psychedelia. The title track Gypsy Woodoo,
Brown has been lead singer of various groups, most notably the Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Kingdom Come, followed by a varied solo career as well as associations with Hawkwind, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Klaus Schulze and Frank Zappa. He is best known for his 1968 single Fire, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart and Canada, and number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. Two versions of Fire, the old and the new,
Following the success of the single Fire, the press would often refer to Brown as The God Of Hellfire, in reference to the opening shouted line of the song, a moniker that exists to this day. The track Love And Peace In China,
While the decades have gone by and musical styles have changed, Brown seems to exist in his own world where time stands still!! Of course the voice of Brown isn`t as in his heyday, he is actually 77 years old. But the well-known groovy funky vibes is intact alongside with the hard rock drenched in blues. I also applaud that Brown didn`t to join the new sounds of the 21st century! Sometimes it`s right to stivck to the nostalgic sound and Brown definitely do this on Gypsy Voodoo. I enjoy the album and a healthy dose of theatric shock rock, and have fun when I listen to the music. All the track on the album sounds as they were made long time ago in the golden age of rock but with the benefits of modern day production. I think Gypsy Voodoo would be close to perfect for those who crave retro 60s sounds.