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Black Hole Star / Tales From the Blue Cocoons [Import, Original recording remastered]

NeutronsAudio CD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Audio CD (November 17, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: January 13, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes on
  • ASIN: B0000DIGL4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Living In The World Today
2. Feel
3. Mermaid And Chips
4. Dangerous Decisions
5. Doom City
6. Dance Of The Psychedelic Lounge Lizards
7. Going To India
8. Snow Covered Eyes
9. No More Straights
10. Northern Midnight
11. Come Into My Cave
12. Live Your Lie
13. L'hippie Nationale
14. Take You Further
15. Welsh R Blunt Or The Dexedrine Dormouse
16. The Jam Eaters
17. Suzy And The Wonder Boy (Rare Bonus Track)

Editorial Reviews

This two-fer from Beat Goes On features a pair of out of print LPs by prog rock group the Neutrons: Black Hole Star and Tales from the Blues Cocoons, originally issued on United Artists in 1974 and 1975, respectively. Highlights among the 17 tracks include "Dance of the Psychedelic Lounge Lizards," "Going to India," "Mermaid and Chips" and the rare bonus track "Suzy and the Wonder Boy." ~ Al Campbell, Rovi

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3.0 out of 5 stars If you like Man, try this! August 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
My acquaintance with Neutrons began when I found the "Black Hole Star" LP in a library and borrowed it. I was intrigued by the obscure band name and the uninformative plain silver sleeve (if there was an inner sleeve, it had probably got lost): no track details or musician credits, if I remember correctly. The music was really interesting: kind of like progressive folksy rock with heavy use of synthesizers and occasional violin. I was particularly impressed with the final three tracks: "Dance of the Psychedelic Lounge Lizards" boasts a killer violin riff, well-placed synth and a brit-folk melody you get hooked on instantly - the vocoder used in the chorus adds to the originality of the song. "Going to India" is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. Commerciality fans would probably get a headache from the multiple falsetto vocals, the high-pitched synth sound and the violin solo. That's their problem - I enjoy the stickily sweet ice cream with the (not credited) sitar solo at the end as the cherry on top. "Snow Covered Eyes", a steadily driving rocker, closes the album with yet another excellent synth/distorted guitar solo and an instantly catchy melody.

I studied a good source book and found out Neutrons was a spin-off of Man, a group I had listened to for three albums worth, but found out their music was not for my taste. Actually bassist Michael "Will" Youatt and keyboardist Phil Ryan had been in an early version of Neutrons (who never recorded anything) before teaming up with Man for the albums "Be Good to Yourself At Least Once a Day" (1972) and "Back Into the Future" (1973). They left Man after that and re-formed Neutrons with guitarist Martin Wallace and drummer John Weathers.
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