Ceremony (Spooky Tooth and Pierre Henry album)

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Ceremony
Ceremony spooky tooth.jpg
Studio album by Spooky Tooth with Pierre Henry
Released December 1969
Genre Rock, progressive rock
Length 45:13
Label Island
Producer Spooky Tooth, Pierre Henry
Spooky Tooth chronology
Spooky Two
(1969)Spooky Two1969
Ceremony
(1969)
The Last Puff
(1970)The Last Puff1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Ceremony is a 1969 album by progressive UK rock band Spooky Tooth in collaboration with French electronic and "found-object" composer Pierre Henry. The album takes the form of a church service. A Pierre Henry-free version of the closing track "Hosanna" with different lyrics appears on 2015 Universal release 'The Island Years 1967-1974' under the title "When I Get Home." The release also includes an alternate take of "Have Mercy" (also without Henry) and a session outtake titled "Shine a Light on Me."

The album is considered by singer and songwriter Gary Wright to have ended the band's career. "Then we did a project that wasn't our album. It was with this French electronic music composer named Pierre Henry. We just told the label, 'You know this is his album, not our album. We'll play on it just like musicians.' And then when the album was finished, they said, 'Oh no no — it's great. We're gonna release this as your next album.' We said, 'You can't do that. It doesn't have anything to do with the direction of Spooky Two and it will ruin our career.' And that's exactly what happened."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Pierre Henry and Gary Wright

  1. "Have Mercy" – 7:51
  2. "Jubilation" – 8:25
  3. "Confession" – 6:53
  4. "Prayer" – 10:50
  5. "Offering" – 3:26
  6. "Hosanna" – 7:33

(Note: on some European CD reissues, the song order has been changed to "Confession", "Have Mercy", "Credo" (previously titled "Jubilation"), "Offering", "Hosanna", "Prayer". "Confession" includes approximately ten seconds of electronic effects at the beginning edited out of prior releases.)[2]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Pierre Henry and Spooky Tooth
  • Recorded and engineered by Andy Johns

References[edit]

  1. ^ allmusic review
  2. ^ "Discogs". discogs.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017. 

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