The first pick for our final BIG TICKET DAY during The 2018 PopCult Gift Guide, we have yet another deluxe box set celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of a remarkable album. 1968 must’ve been a hell of a year for music.
This one is the pefect gift for fans of over-the-top, theatrical, prototypical, psychedelic prog-rock, it’s a deluxe version of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
Back in summer 1968, THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN were on top of the world. Famously promoted by performances with Arthur Brown wearing a burning helmet, ”Fire!” was a massive worldwide hit, topping the charts in the UK and Canada and eventually reaching the Top 10 in America (No. 2), France, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and Ireland.
The band’s second single on Track Records, co-produced by The Who’s Pete Townshend, it bridged the gap between London’s flourishing, colorful psychedelic underground and the mainstream pop scene. The resulting album, THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN, was a theatrical, ambitious concept album based around the elements (fire being just one of four, of course). Such was the huge impact of ”Fire” that the album sold in huge quantities, peaking at No. 2 in the UK and No. 7 in America. The Beatles were the only other British band to enjoy such unprecedented sales with such ambitious, psychedelic LPs.