Requiem is an end-of-the-world concept album that comes on with a bang, not a whimper, and may well be the best thing that Arthur Brown has ever done! It's got all of the sonic excess you'd expect from the man who gave us 'Fire', but Brown's ornate art-rock tendencies are invariably backed up with enough visceral punch to make them marvellously affecting, not merely affected, while producer Earl Mankey handles the electronics well enough to maintain an unusually high level of interest and detail. Requiem is a remarkable album and well worth waiting for and Speak No Tech is really hard to find, and now for the first time is officially released on CD as part of this value two-fer package. The original issue of Speak No Tech was limited to a thousand copies in the States. The basic material on Speak No Tech is the result of Arthur's collaboration with Blondie producer Craig Leon, who was, as the liner notes state, "laying down basic tracks" while Arthur later overdubbed his part of the deal over them. It's purely electronic, nothing but synthesizers and drum machines.
01 Chant 02 Shades 03 Animal people 04 Spirits take flight 05 Gabriel 06 Requiem 07 Mechanical masseur 08 Busha- busha 09 The fire ant and the cockroach 10 Tear down the wall (bonus) 11 Santa put a spell on me (bonus) 12 Pale stars (bonus)
13 Chromatic alley (bonus) 14 Falling up (bonus) 15 King of england 16 Conversations 17 Strange romance 18 Not fade away 19 The morning was cold 20 Speak no tech 21 Names are names 22 Lady love 23 Big guns don't die 24 Take a picture 25 You don't know 26 Old friend / my colleague 27 Lost my soul in london 28 Joined forever 29 Mandala 30 Desert floor