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The Charge Of the Light Brigade by Ishmael United

Probably one of the most controversial Ishmael albums and banned from a large chain of Christian bookshops due to the song content. The lyrics graphically announced of the dangers of occult, the stupidity of preaching to seagulls and the problems of Church unity. Oh yes, and the first and last album that is likely to contain a song called 'I am just a Charismatic'. The Ishmael 'dry humour' which was added to help lighten some of the subject matter proved to be very unfunny to the less jovial Christians of the day.

Before Ishmael United (new wave zaniness) and after Ishmael & Andy (acoustic zaniness) there was simply Ishmael (proto-wave zaniness). On this album he�s backed by several musicians, including the 1975 incarnation of After The Fire (listing Peter Banks, Andy Piercy, Robin Childs, and Ian Adamson as members). Contained herein are some of the usual bizarre titles and quirky music we�ve come to expect from Mr. Smale, including �Mission To Seagulls� and �Christian Strait Jacket�. �Sixth Virgin� is energized with a lively electric rock-n-roll groove, while the hard-rocking �I Am Just A Charismatic� delivers some potent guitar riffs and fuzz. That familiar cheesy organ from the future Ishmael United project makes its debut on the opening title track. I�m not sure what all instruments I hear in the bouncy �Laodicean Church�, but I�d guess pots and pans, bedsprings and a duck call (I�ll leave it up to you to figure out what phrases like �C of E Pente Bapt and Co Metha Conga Free Quake� and �we got an umpti-uni-church break� mean). The mood softens for the acoustic ballad �King Of Glory�, then closes on a goofy island sing-along note with �Amen And Praise De Lord�. Later re-issued on Kingsway in an entirely different cover (the Dovetail original has neat colorful comic-book-styled art). This guy was way ahead of his time. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition)

Later re-issued on CD.


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#1Charge of the Light Brigade
#2Spiritual Stagnation
#3Mission to Seagulls
#4Simon and the Gypsy
#5I Am Just a Charismatic
#6Laodecean Church
#7Christian Straitjacket
#8Sixth Virgin
#9King of Glory
#10Amen and Praise De Lord
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