Out of Uranus
By the time "Uranus" was released in 1970 the blues boom was well and truly over, and only a few reviews appeared in the UK music press. The album reviewers didn't seem to be too impressed with the record, although the single was more favourably received and went on to be quite successful, particularly in Germany.
The album has since been re-released many times and more recent reviewers have a far more favourable reaction - maybe seeing the album in the context of its time. Recent releases have been on Repertoire Records Germany, Akarma Records in Italy, Mailbox Records in Japan and a new vinyl issue through Rough Trade. The album is now regarded as a "psycho-blues" classic.
Record mirror.November 28 1970.
Killing floor Out of Uranus..Penny Farthing PELS 511.
Six strong group featuring violin hither and thither. Call for the politicians has a hit-sound to it and Fido Castrol gets a good doomy, bassy sound. The Group works hard but there is frequently a lack of distinctiveness. But the material is varied.
Disc and Music Echo December 12 1970.
Killing Floor have a rather ordinary album with the mind blowing title of Out of Uranus. They seem to depend heavily on a much repeated lyric through every song, flat vocals and appalling harmonica. For the most part it makes tedious listening but there are some bright patches of totally unoriginal guitarwork with one riff sounding suspiciously similar to one of Ten Years after favourites (Page One) **
Record Mirror, November 7,1970
Call for the Politicians (Penny Farthing)
Like this a lot. Really a lot. It's hard hoe-downy, honest pop with some worthwhile lyrics and a sing-along awareness that could see it in the charts. But rather patchy.
Wow, what a fantastic album and, a testament of the great music that was produced in the decade of the "sixties"! I discovered this band entirely by accident (thanks to the great uploads on YouTube), and man, I'm so grateful that I did. Killing Floor's "Out of Uranus" (from 1970) was the follow-up to their first eponymous release from a year earlier. This second album (they broke-up shortly thereafter), is a solid mix of power-blues, jazz, and trippy psychedelic-rock. The best way to describe this incredible band---for me anyway---they were like the second coming of The Yardbirds. But, in all fairness, they had an originality that was all their own---truly gifted musicians. Every track on this album is like rediscovering a lost friend, after a long period of time and, picking up where you left-off. The opening track---"Out of Uranus" starts things off nicely---"...wake up....get up....get yourself together..." The second song is one of my favorites on this album, the excellent---"Soon There Will Be Everything", "Acid Bean", "Where Nobody Ever Goes", the disparagingly---"Call For The Politicians", a brilliant tune. "Fido Castrol" another witty song. "Lost Alone", "Son Of Wet"---a great drum solo here, and "Milkman" closes-out this brilliant set of tunes by another: Great, but forgotten band from Britain that, were comparable if, not as well-known and successful as say---Ten Years After, Humble Pie, etc. This is phenomenally amazing rock 'n' roll and, I highly recommend their first album too. Killing Floor was f.....g killing it man! The sound quality of the CD (from Repertoire Records) is excellent.
Love and Peace,
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Bruce Hard Rock Proto Punk So, rather 70's punk.
Reviewed in Japan on 22 May 2014
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Cata del Monicos
ALL MUSIC GUIDE
Out of Uranus is rawer and more irreverent than most second-line British blues-rock of the late '60s and early '70s, as indicated by the title itself. That doesn't mean the all-original songs are that good, that they're especially imaginative players, or that Bill Thorndycraft's semi-barked vocals are so special. But it makes for a refreshing change from the normal not-so-well-known British blues-rock albums of the era, with a brash streak to both the lean arrangements (particularly in the frequent rushed tempos and Bas Smith's crisp drumming) and lyrics missing from many of their peers. Slight nods to the world of underground rock outside of the blues form are heard in the yearning hippie ethos of "Soon There Will Be Everything," where the violin of Paul Spencer Mac again takes them a little outside of the standard framework for the genre. The countercultural mindset of the time is occasionally reflected in numbers like "Call for the Politicians" and the wittily titled "Fido Castrol," somewhat in the bluntly sardonic manner of another band of the day, the Deviants.
Reviewed by Richie Unterberger
AND FROM THE BLOGS..
[Rating8835159] Out Of Uranus is basically run of the mill hard blues rock. Most of it is hardly notable, though I'll give them some credit for "Call for the Politicians", which has a decidedly punk edge to it for the time.
Expertly done and often listened to
[Rating5379987] Kick-ass psychedelic blues rock with the Zeppelin strut to it, and guitars that'll make you snarl in your air guitar as they pull out all the riffs from the Jeff Beck songbook. It's basically a 4-piece (vocals and harmonica, guitar, bass, drums) but with some piano, violin and synth effects scattered in there at times. There's even a drum solo in track 9 "Son of Wet" - the drummer is good, although I didn't need the solo. The music is mostly at one pace throughout, although they slow down a bit for Track 2 "Soon There Will Be Everything." The music steps above the blues rock throng with its energy, its psychedelic overtones, and its relentless playing. The lyrics are sort of obvious hippy-meets-the-blues stuff about changing the world and getting stoned and bad women and that sort of thing - they don't get in the way, basically.
Really, picture the lost Led Zeppelin album of B-sides (okay, not quite THAT good) or a Ten Years After album where they stick to the rock (okay, guitar playing not quite that good), but still pretty fucking good. It's hard to deliver on that attitude so effectively, and they do it. After it's over, you'll wanna listen to it again.
[Rating849251] Fantastic prog meets blues LP. Great underground feel. Very diverse tracks. Frenzy, piercing, riffing jams. Some mellotron. Fine sleeve design. Essential stuff! Still...1/2 a star off for the superfluous drum solo at the end...
Out Of Uranus is the second album released by the British Blues-Rock band Killing Floor.
The sound is heavy and the lyrics are very leftist, flower-power, about drugs and freedom.
"Out of Uranus" and "Acid Bean" have some great guitar riffs. "Soon There Will Be Everything" has a great violin work by Paul Spencer Mac. The ideals of the underground movement are portraied in "Call for the Politicians" and "Fido Castrol" (this name sounds familiar XD). The harmonica in "Lost Alone" is just so enjoyable. "Son Of Wet" sounds like an Artic Monkeys song, in the same music theres a drum solo, good, but not that much.
Many people seem to dislike this album. I cant understand why, its not the best ive posted but its a really good listening.
Killing Floors second album. That Killing Floor came from the harder side of the late-sixties British blues scene, had already been established on their first album, which featured a crushing style of blues rock that made many of their more illustrious colleagues pale by comparison; Mick Clarks devastating guitar solos managed to set the tracks ablaze, while still staying faithful to the traditional 12 beats. Out of Uranus, the bands second album, is faster and more rock-oriented than the first, with a few psychedelic forays, characteristic of many of the more politicized bands of the time, including: Edgar Broughton, Pink Fairies, and Third World War. But they were also, in many ways, ahead of their time.
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