The Serpent Is Rising
|The Serpent Is Rising|
|Studio album by|
|Recorded||1973 at Paragon Recording Studios, Chicago; St. James Cathedral, Chicago|
|Producer||Styx, Barry Mraz|
|Singles from The Serpent Is Rising|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
The album was reissued in 1980 with new artwork and a new title, Serpent.
The album peaked at #192 on the Billboard 200, their second-lowest charting album, and as of 2007 has sold fewer than 100,000 copies worldwide.
Songs and reception
Described as a loose concept album, The Serpent Is Rising contains a number of sexual innuendos. The baroque prog "The Grove of Eglantine" (written by DeYoung) was about a woman's vagina. It has some harpsichord and accordion, to give a British/European sound.
The screaming spoken word "Krakatoa" by Curulewski was named for the volcano event of the same name in 1883. It features an ending glissando which was taken from a Beaver and Krause track called "Spaced" in 1970, for which they were credited on the album; the song later made it onto the THX audio snippet Deep Note.
The acoustic bluesy track "As Bad as This" by Curulewski has a hidden track called "Plexiglas Toilet" which is a calypso humor about a boy who is sitting on a Plexiglass toilet and having problems. The track features only Curulewski and the Panozzo Brothers. The song was played on the Dr. Demento radio show and "Weird Al" Yankovic supposedly loved it.
The album also includes James Young rockers "Witch Wolf" and "Young Man", the upbeat "Winner Take All" (written by DeYoung and sung by Young) and the boogie-woogie track "22 Years" (written by Curulewski but sung as a duet by DeYoung and Young); the outro for that track features the producer and president of Wooden Nickel records Bill Traut on saxophone.
The prog rocker "Jonas Psalter" was written by DeYoung and sung by Young. Lyrically, it was about pirates. Musically, it has elements of the contemporary sound of Yes, and also featured Moog Synthesizer.
The album finished with Handel's Hallelujah classical piece, features all the band members singing and DeYoung played a pipe organ on cathedral in Chicago.
|1.||"Witch Wolf"||James Young, Ray Brandle||Young||3:57|
|2.||"The Grove of Eglantine"||Dennis DeYoung||DeYoung||5:00|
|3.||"Young Man"||J. Young, Richard Young||Young||4:45|
|4.||"As Bad as This"
|1.||"Winner Take All"||DeYoung, Charles Lofrano||Young||3:10|
|2.||"22 Years"||Curulewski||DeYoung, Young||3:39|
|4.||"The Serpent Is Rising"||Curulewski, Lofrano||Curulewski||4:55|
|5.||"Krakatoa"||Curulewski, Paul Beaver, Bernard L. Krause||Curulewski||1:36|
|6.||"Hallelujah Chorus" (from George Frideric Handel's Messiah)||Handel||DeYoung, Young, Curulewski, C. Panozzo, J. Panozzo||2:14|
- Dennis DeYoung – vocals, keyboards, accordion
- James "JY" Young – vocals, electric guitars
- John Curulewski – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, synthesizers
- Chuck Panozzo – bass guitar, backing vocals on "Hallelujah Chorus"
- John Panozzo – drums, percussion, backing vocals on "Hallelujah Chorus"
- Bill Traut – saxophone on "22 Years"
- Producers: Styx, Barry Mraz
- Engineer: Barry Mraz
- Cover art: Dennis Pohl
Album - Billboard (United States)
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