Kingdom Come (Sir Lord Baltimore album)

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Kingdom Come
Studio album by Sir Lord Baltimore
Released December 1970
Recorded Vantone Studios; Electric Lady Studios
Genre Psychedelic rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Length 38:00
Label Mercury
Producer Mike Appel, Jim Cretecos, Eddie Kramer, Kim King
Sir Lord Baltimore chronology
Kingdom Come
(1970)
Sir Lord Baltimore
(1971)

Kingdom Come is the debut studio album by American rock band Sir Lord Baltimore, released on Mercury Records in 1970.

Writing and recording[edit]

All of the songs on Kingdom Come were co-written and arranged by Mike Appel, who would later become Bruce Springsteen's manager.[1] Co-produced by Appel and Jim Cretecos, the album was recorded at Vantone Studios in West Orange, New Jersey, before being mixed by Eddie Kramer and Kim King at Electric Lady Studios in New York, New York.[2] Kramer is well known for his work with such artists and bands as Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and Curtis Mayfield.

Musical style[edit]

This album is notable for the fact that its 1971 review in Creem contains an early documented use of the term "heavy metal" to refer to a style of music.[3] It features very fast-paced, rhythm and blues-based rock 'n' roll with high levels of distortion in the guitar and, in some cases, the bass. Baltimore's heavy style can be compared to early Black Sabbath, the Stooges and MC5. Kingdom Come also makes extensive use of multi-tracking to enhance the guitar sound.[4]

Release[edit]

Kingdom Come was released in December 1970.

It was reissued on PolyGram in 1994, on Red Fox in 2003, and on Anthology Recordings in 2007. The 1994 and 2003 re-releases also contained 1971's Sir Lord Baltimore.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
Tiny Mix Tapes highly favorable[6]

Kingdom Come has received acclaim from critics and its influence on heavy metal music is well-noted.

In his retrospective review, Marcos Hassan of Tiny Mix Tapes called it "[one] of those great records where not a second is wasted".[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Master Heartache"   4:37
2. "Hard Rain Fallin'"   2:56
3. "Lady of Fire"   2:53
4. "Lake Isle of Innersfree"   4:03
5. "Pumped Up"   4:07
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Kingdom Come"   6:35
2. "I Got a Woman"   3:03
3. "Hell Hound"   3:20
4. "Helium Head (I Got a Love)"   4:02
5. "Ain't Got Hung on You"   2:24
2007 reissue

Anthology Recordings' 2007 re-release contains an altered track listing, transposing sides A and B of the original record. (Polygram and Red Fox's reissues also used this track listing.)

No. Title Length
1. "Kingdom Come"   6:35
2. "I Got a Woman"   3:03
3. "Hell Hound"   3:20
4. "Helium Head (I Got a Love)"   4:02
5. "Ain't Got Hung on You"   2:24
6. "Master Heartache"   4:37
7. "Hard Rain Fallin'"   2:56
8. "Lady of Fire"   2:53
9. "Lake Isle of Innersfree"   4:03
10. "Pumped Up"   4:07

Personnel[edit]

Sir Lord Baltimore
Technical

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie, Sir Lord Baltimore biography, Allmusic. Retrieved on 2007-02-14.
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo, Sir Lord Baltimore biography, AnthologyRecordings.com. Retrieved on 2007-02-14.
  3. ^ Saunders, Mike, Kingdom Come review, Creem, May 1971. Retrieved 2007-02-14.
  4. ^ Cope, Julian, Kingdom Come review, HeadHeritage.co.uk, August 2002. Retrieved on 2007-02-15.
  5. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Kingdom Come – Sir Lord Baltimore | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Hassan, Marcos (June 2, 2012). "Sir Lord Baltimore – Sir Lord Baltimore/Kingdom Come | DeLorean | Tiny Mix Tapes". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 

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