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Comus ‎– First Utterance


Year: 1971

Grading: EX/EX LP

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First Utterance is the debut album of the progressive folk band Comus. It was released in 1971, with the opening song "Diana" being released as a single.

First Utterance was notable for its unique blend of progressive rock, folk, psychedelia, and elements of paganism and the macabre. The overall thematic tone of the album is of vulnerable innocence facing abusive power,[1] with songs dealing with such themes as violence("Drip Drip"), rape ("Diana", "Song to Comus"), and controversial treatments for mental illness ("The Prisoner"). These themes contrast starkly with the acoustic sound of the record, featuring acoustic guitar, violin, flute, and lyrical, almost Arcadian, female harmonies.

References to Comus by other bands and artists include Opeth, citing its lyrics in album and song titles and tattoos. Experimental outfit Current 93 also covered "Diana" as the opening song on their 1997 LP Horsey

 

Tracklist

A1 Diana 4:28
A2 The Herald 5:30
A3 Drip Drip 5:30
B1 Song To Comus 7:25
B2 The Bite 6:20
B3 Bitten 0:30
B4 The Prisoner 6:20

Credits

  • Acoustic Guitar [6-12 String], Guitar [Electric], Guitar [Slide], Drums [Hand], Vocals – Glen Goring
  • Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals – Roger Wootton
  • Arranged By – Comus
  • Artwork [Front Cover] – Roger Wootton
  • Artwork [Inside Cover] – Glen Goring
  • Artwork [Lettering] – Tony Kite
  • Electric Bass, Bass [Slide], Vocals – Andy Hellaby
  • Flute, Oboe, Drums [Hand] – Rob Young
  • Producer – Barry Murray
  • Violin, Viola – Colin Pearson (2)
  • Vocals, Percussion – Bobbie Watson

Notes

This is an official licensed vinyl reissue of First Utterance. 

Matte gatefold sleeve with original artwork. 
Reproduction of the original insert. 

Produced by Barry Murray at Pye Studios Nov./Dec. 1970.


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