3:47 EST

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3:47 EST
Studio album by Klaatu
Released August 11, 1976
Recorded 1973–1976
Genre Progressive rock, psychedelic pop, baroque pop[1]
Length 41:52
Label Daffodil, Capitol
Producer Terry Brown, Klaatu
Klaatu chronology
3:47 EST
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Peter Kurtz, Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Dave Sleger, Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Mike DeGagne, Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]

3:47 EST is the first album by the Canadian rock group Klaatu, released in August 1976. The album was renamed Klaatu when released in the United States by Capitol Records. It is regarded as one of the band's greatest albums (along with Hope), using the same kind of Beatlesque psychedelic rock (in the style of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour), with a few new additions; most notably vocal distortion, more backwards instruments, and some obscure musical instruments such as electric sitars. The Juno-nominated album cover was painted by a friend of Klaatu's members, the Canadian graphic artist, Ted Jones.

For a variety of reasons, rumours spread in the wake of the album's release that Klaatu were, in fact, a secretly reunited Beatles.[5] Although many of the album's songs bear no resemblance whatsoever to anything in the Beatles catalogue ("California Jam" and "True Life Hero," for instance), several other numbers — particularly "Sub-Rosa Subway" — are dead ringers for the Fab Four. The album was moderately successful in the United States, largely as a result of the Beatles rumours.[6]

A high-quality newly remastered version of the album was released on Klaatu's indie record label "Klaatunes" in 2011. To accompany this release, a music video was made for the remastered version of "Calling Occupants".[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft"   John Woloschuk, Terry Draper 7:14
2. "California Jam"   Woloschuk, Dino Tome 3:01
3. "Anus of Uranus"   Dee Long 3:16
4. "Sub-Rosa Subway"   Woloschuk, Tome 4:36
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "True Life Hero"   Long 3:25
6. "Doctor Marvello"   Woloschuk 3:37
7. "Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III"   Woloschuk 3:22
8. "Little Neutrino"   Long 8:25

The album ends with a mouse squeak.

Origin of the title[edit]

In the 1951 science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still, the alien emissary Klaatu arrives in Washington, D.C. at 3:47 in the afternoon Eastern Standard Time. According to a 1981 issue of the group's newsletter, "one of the band's member[s] viewed a screening ... and was immediately impressed by the appropriateness of the character Klaatu's arrival time on earth as the title of the band Klaatu's debut record album".[8]


  • John Woloschuk: Vocals, Bass & Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards
  • Dee Long: Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
  • Terry Draper: Drums, Percussion, Vocals

The band members are not named on the original LP.


  • Produced by Terry Brown & Klaatu
  • Recorded & engineered by Steve Vaughn & Terry Brown
  • Tape Operators: Brian Bell & Paul Barker


  1. ^ Gary Graff (1996). MusicHound rock: The Essential Album Guide. p. 392. 
  2. ^ Kurtz, Peter (2011). "Klaatu - Klaatu | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/klaatu-hope-mw0000199578
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/347-est-mw0000227255
  5. ^ "Klaatu Identities and Beatles Rumors". Klaatu.org. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  6. ^ Dave Marsh and John Swenson, Rolling Stone Record Guide, Random House 1979
  7. ^ Klaatu's official website homepage
  8. ^ The Morning Sun, Fall, 1981 - Issue No. V. Retrieved 2011-07-14 (Bastille Day).

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