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Deviants - # 3 & Fragments Of Broken Probes (CD)




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2 original recordings on 1 CD:

- # 3 (1969)
- Fragment Of Broken Probes

Re-issue 2006 Mason

CD by the British psychedelic group and the band's original vocalist Mick Farren

'3' was the Deviants third and final lp,being originally released in 1969.Not QUITE as good as their 'Ptooff' album.Billy The Monster shows off some wackiness from vocalist Mick Farren.Also liked First Line,People Suite and the instrumental Broken Biscuits.Good guitar work by Paul Rudolph is notable through out the entire record.I noticed that Rumbling Transit Blues reminded me SO much of the Pink Fairies.That's probably because '3' has future Fairies members Rudolph,bassist Duncan Anderson and drummer Russell Hunter on it.I didn't know that until now.A great slice of classic underground psychedelia with a punkish blues edge

fragments of broken probes - album reviews

A companion to the compilation This CD Is Condemned, Fragments of Broken Probes is an all-encompassing roundup of the myriad nooks and crannies that have punctuated Mick Farren's career since he launched the Deviants in 1966. It is also one of the most essential releases in his entire catalog. The sleeve notation merely describes the contents as alternative recordings, outtakes, remixes and live recordings. Closer examination, however, reveals a treasure trove of hard-to-find singles and compilation cuts: disheveled versions of Play With Fire and To Know Him Is to Love Him cut for the New York-based Ork label in 1976, Screwed Up and Outrageous Contagious from an EP recorded for Stiff in 1978, live versions of Half Price Drinks and I Want to Be Called Loretta, and so on. There's also, at long last, a chance to rediscover what remains of perhaps the archetypal Farren performance, his own hyper-speed rendition of Lost Johnny, a psilocybic sci-fi nightmare co-written with Lemmy and already recorded by both Hawkwind and Motorhead, but never...ever...sounding like this. Vocals scream, guitars keen, and rhythms race by with speed metal density; though the performance pre-dated punk with barely minutes to spare, Farren's claim to godfatherhood could have no better witness. The earliest tracks date from the dog days of the Deviants in 1968-1969; sound collages, interludes, and a clutch of recent recordings take the story up to 1996 and the group's reinvention as aural terrorists for a new generation. But time neither dulls nor detracts from the consistent excellence of the material, and the often scarifying relevance of Farren's worldview. As both a performer and a writer, he was often described as being ahead of his time. With a fiery breath that still smells fresh, Fragments shows listeners just how far ahead he really was. ~ Dave Thompson, All Music Guide

fragments of broken probes - album credits

Fragments Alan Powell Fragments Drums
Fragments Larry Wallis Fragments Guitar
Fragments Andy Colquhoun Fragments Guitar
Fragments Mick Farren & The Deviants Fragments Main Performer
Fragments Spike Baron Fragments Bass
Fragments Mick Farren Fragments Vocals, Main Performer
Fragments Jack Lancaster Fragments Sax (Tenor)