The first post-Turner LP, but Calvert is on his most wired, top form. 'Spirit Of The Age' is a wry letter home from the other side of the universe, 'Damnation Alley' evokes Zelazny's post-apocalyse nuclear wasteland and the title track is a snappy poke at Einstein and boffins in general. 'Fable of a Failed Race' and 'Days of the Underground' look back to the high times of the counter-culture. A great album, with the band adapting with ease into the post-punk world.
Spirit of the Age
Damnation Alley (Calvert, Brock, House)
Fable of a Failed Race
Quark Strangeness And Charm
Hassan I Sahba (Calvert, Rudolph)
The Forge of Vulcan (House)
Days of the Underground
Iron Dream (King)
All selections written be Brock & Calvert, except as indicated
Robert Calvert - voices, prcssn, morse, strangeness
Dave Brock - gtr, snths, sound FX, vcls, quark
Simon House - kbrds, vln, anvil, vcls and charm
Adrian Shaw - base gtr, vcls and hand-claps
Simon King - drms, prcssn and no-vocal
Recorded at Rockfield Studios, Amberley Coyrt, Monmouth, February 1977.
Engineer: Dave Charles and assistance from Dave Brock / Bob Calvert.
Design & Photography Hipgnosis
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