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Second Hand-Death May Be Your Santa Claus [Remastered & Expanded] [Expanded Edition]

Second Hand

Death May Be Your Santa Claus [Remastered & Expanded] [Expanded Edition]

Format: CD   Release Date: 07/07/2017
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    Track Title

    Time

  1. Death May Be Your Santa Claus
  2. Hangin' on an Eyelid
  3. Lucifer and the Egg
  4. Somethin' You Got
  5. Cyclops
  6. Sic Transit
  7. Revelations Ch, 16, Vs. 9 - 21
  8. Take It to the Skies
  9. Death May Be Your Santa Claus (Reprise)
  10. Funeral [*]
  11. Dip It Out of the Bog Fred [*]
  12. Baby RU Anudder Monster? [*]

By the time Second Hand released this, the band's second album, in 1971, the progressive elements were much stronger, and the group went further with experimentation. Only a couple tracks have guitar, but there are plenty of high-energy rockers just the same, especially the title track, "Lucifer and the Egg," and "Somethin' You Got," and the lack of guitar is more than made up for by plenty of long, wild organ solos. "Hangin' on an Eyelid" adds in easy listening elements to a rock song for an oddly effective mix. The experimental leanings become especially prevalent on the second side of the record, where the group leaves song structure aside for several segued tracks of bizarre, mostly instrumental material, a wise choice given that Rob Elliott is only a marginally better vocalist than his brother Ken, who sang on the first album. (Fortunately, on many of the tracks they use processing to make the vocals sound more interesting.) "Cyclops" is a long instrumental of mostly keyboards, whereas "Sic Transit Gloria" has some weird chanting and explosions before suddenly going into "Revelations Ch. 16 vs. 9-12" with nightmarish tones. [The 2017 remastered CD reissue on Esoteric Recordings adds a booklet with an essay and interviews along plus three bonus tracks on the CD: "Funeral," which was included only on the first pressing (and is perhaps uncoincidentally the most accessible song with its grandly anthemic prog rock sweep), "Dip It Out of the Bog Fred," and "Baby R U Anudder Monster?," the latter marked by a Captain Beefheart-ish vocal.] ~ Rolf Semprebon, Rovi

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