Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith
|Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith|
|Studio album by Roy Harper|
|Genre||Folk rock, progressive folk, folk baroque|
CBS BPG 63184|
Awareness AWCD 1035
Science Friction HUCD006
Science Friction SFLP004
|Roy Harper chronology|
1977 Reissue cover
1991 Reissue cover
2017 Reissue cover
Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith is English folk / rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Roy Harper's second album and was released in 1968. The album was re-issued in 1977 as The Early Years, re-issued once more on Compact disc in 1991, and was re-released again in December 2017 in a remastered, 180 Gram Vinyl format.
Columbia Records, recognising Harper's potential, hired American producer Shel Talmy to produce the album. Talmy later claimed that 'Harper was difficult... truculent... we battled. But we got round to it'.
Musically, the album was notable for the 11 minute track "Circle" comprising several movements, "a soundscape of Harper's difficult youth" that, according to Harper, was "totally unlike anything anyone else was doing. The Beatles weren’t doing anything like that at the time. The Stones weren’t doing anything like it, either. No-one was"
Career-wise, the album was notable for establishing a broadening in Harper's musical style away from the more traditional side of contemporary folk music then played. Harper had an interest in traditional folk but did not consider himself a Bona fide member of the folk scene. He later explained:-
I was too much of a modernist, really. Just too modern for what was going on in the folk clubs. I wanted to modernise music, but more than that to completely modernise people’s attitudes towards life in general. I was involved in trying to bring (more) meat to the (contemporary) folk music...(of the time).
Harper's record company had different expectations. "They wanted me to write commercial pop songs and when they heard the album...they didn’t have a clue. They wanted hits. And I gave them "Circle"". Bert Jansch contributed sleeve notes for the album. During this period, Harper was managed by American music entrepreneur Jo Lustig; manager of The Pentangle and former agent to Julie Felix.
All tracks written by Roy Harper.
|2.||"You Don't Need Money"||2:27|
|4.||"In a Beautiful Rambling Mess"||2:51|
|5.||"All You Need Is"||5:49|
|6.||"What You Have"||5:16|
|9.||"Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith"||8:58|
|1991 CD reissue bonus tracks|
|10.||"Zaney Janey" (from the US release of Folkjokeopus)||3:31|
|11.||"Ballad of Songwriter" (from the US release of Folkjokeopus)||3:10|
|12.||"Midspring Dithering" (A-side from the 1967 single)||2:49|
|13.||"Zengem" (A-side from the 1967 single)||1:37|
|14.||"It's Tomorrow And Today Is Yesterday" (John Peel — BBC Radio Show 1970)||4:11|
|15.||"Francesca" (recorded for "Top Gear" at the BBC, 3 June 1969)||1:32|
|16.||"She's the One" (recorded "Top Gear" at the BBC, 3 June 1969)||4:45|
- Roy Harper - vocals, instruments
- Laurie Allan – additional musician
- Keith Mansfield – additional musician, orchestral arrangements