Arthur Brown

Fire! The Story of Arthur Brown

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Weighing in at two discs and 36 tracks, Castle's 2003 retrospective Fire! The Story of Arthur Brown is not only the most thorough Arthur Brown compilation to date, it's the only one. Even if there were others on the market, this would still be among the best because it covers his entire career, from 1965 to 1985, giving a complete picture of one of the weirdest eccentrics in rock & roll. That eccentricity means that his body of work can be a little inconsistent, both in his '60s prime and his later years, but he's often interesting even when the music isn't as strong as it was during the heyday of the Crazy World of Arthur Brown; other '60s vets also dabbled in synths in the '80s, but his experiments are as odd as his fiery psychedelia. It's true that those who love "Fire" and want more of that sound should stick with his debut album -- it will give you more of what you're looking for -- but if you ever wandered what that freak did after "Fire," this is the place to find out.

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