Pathfinder(Limited Edition) CD (2005)

Artist: Beggars Opera

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Label Hep Cat Records
SKU 202098921
UPC 009910106624
UPC 14 04009910106624
Format CD
Release Date 12/27/2005
Author Beggars Opera
Associated Artist/Work Beggar's Opera
Technical Info
Engineer Roger Wake; Barry Ainsworth
Producer Beggars Opera
CatalogID REPUK 1066
Lable Name Repertoire
Released 12/26/2005
Original Release 1972
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 40099101066242
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Gordon Sellar (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar); Ricky Gardiner (vocals, guitar); Martin Griffiths (vocals, percussion); Alan Park (keyboards); Raymond Wilson, Ray Wilson (drums).
Liner Note Author: Chris Welch .
Author: Martin Griffiths.
Beggars Opera's third album offered up another dramatic change in pace and style from a band that had already demonstrated its musical schizophrenia well enough. Considerably more song-oriented than either of its predecessors, Pathfinder set out its stall with the pounding pop of "Hobo" before delving deep into period preoccupations with a truly visionary assault on "MacArthur Park" -- imagine Vanilla Fudge if Brian Auger had created their arrangements. Eight minutes seem too short a time in which to layer all of the group's ideas, but they succeed with room to spare, and deliver what is probably the definitive reading of the song. The pulsating "The Witch," the fusion and folk-inflected "From Shark to Haggis," and the closing menace of "Madame Doubtfire," with its glance back at the soundscapes of Act One, are the album's other highlights -- particularly if you catch them on headphones. From beginning to end, though, Pathfinder is a powerful record, dramatically produced and deliriously delivered, a wild smorgasbord of musical innovation and staggeringly brilliant ideas. ~ Dave Thompson
Professional Reviews
Uncut (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[It] somehow encompasses hard rock, West Coast harmonies, flashy instrumentation, satanic lyrics, sound effects, screams...and a raucous Scottish jig."
Disc 1
1 Hobo
2 Macarthur Park
3 Witch, The
4 Pathfinder
5 From Shark to Haggis
6 Stretcher
7 Madame Doubtfire
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