If you look up the word “psychedelic” in any dictionary, it should define it as “The Crazy World Of Aurthur Brown”.
Yes, there are many bands that are associated with psychedelic music, but there is only one that defines it: “The Crazy World Of Aurthur Brown”
From the sometimes dark and always twisted lyrics, to the swirling and sometimes explosive music, to the outrageous pyrotechnics and stage antics and makeup that influenced so many bands for decades, including Alice Cooper, Yes, Genesis, George Clinton, Queen, and numerous others. “The Crazy World of Aurthur Brown” helped define psychelelic music and influenced countless bands inside and outside that genre.
It should also be noted that Aurthur Brown had one of the most truly amazing voices in music. His was a rare anomaly that could span four octaves – something he took full advantage of on the band’s self titled debut album.
“The Crazy World of Aurthur Brown” only had one actual hit song, “Fire”, which is on this album, so they are considered to be a “one hit wonder” band. But their true legacy is in the influence they had on so many other bands.
I was totally blown away the first time I heard Point Of Know Return. I had actually gone to the record store to buy the previous Kansas album, “Leftoverture.” That album was sold out, so I bought their newer, fifth album instead. Although I had already heard a couple songs off this album that had been played on the radio, I was not ready for what I experienced when listening to it.
This was complex, and intelligent music. It had the rawness of Midwestern U.S. rock and it had progressive rock elements from the U.K. bands I was into, like Emerson Lake and Palmer and Yes. Plus, the lyrics were cool as s***. There was a song about Albert Einstein, who has always been an intellectual, political, and philosophical hero of mine – “Portrait (He Knew).” There was another about Howard Hughes – “Closet Chronicles.” And the collective remainder were spiritual or thought provoking in their lyrics and acousticly beautiful or complex and powerful in their musical composition. It was an album that inspired, challenged and provoked introspection all at the same time. It remains one of my all time favorite albums.
I loved this album so much that I eventually upgraded it to a “Half Speed Mastered” edition. These were audiophile pressings that more accurately captured the dynamic qualities of the original recording, versus the mass-produced typical commercial release which sacrificed quality for quantity. It was definitely worth the extra price.