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Flat Baroque and Berserk was the first of Harpers recordings to enter the charts, reaching number 20 in the UK album chart in January 1970. Produced by Peter Jenner and recorded at Abbey Road Studios, Flat Baroque... was the first of a long line of albums recorded for EMI's Harvest label. Harper has said of the album, "for the first time in my recording career, proper care and attention was paid to the presentation of the song."
The album contains some of Harper's best-known songs. "I Hate the White Man", in particular, is noted for its uncompromising lyrics, and Allmusic described the song as certainly one of his most notable (and notorious) compositions, a spew of lilting verbiage that's hard to peg. It could be irony, it could be ironic self-hatred, it could be muddled reflections on the chaos that is the modern world, or it could be a combination of all of them.
Harper described the song as a testament to my lifelong devotion to espousing equal rights for all humans. I have long since wondered about the wisdom of stating that you have more than the capacity to hate your own race for it's misdemeanors, but as a polemic it has been both an effective tool and somewhere of a place to stand.
The album also features "Another Day", a song of regret for lost love, which was covered as a duet by Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel in her 1979 television special, and later by This Mortal Coil on their 1984 album It'll End in Tears. The cover by Bush led to collaboration in 1980, he singing backing vocals on her song "Breathing" and she on his album The Unknown Soldier.
Flat Baroque... closes with one of Harper's most rock-based tracks, "Hell's Angels", on which backing is provided by progressive rock band The Nice and features the unusual combination of acoustic guitar played through a wah-wah pedal.
01 - Don't You Grieve 5:44
02 - I Hate the White Man 8:03
03 - Feeling All Saturday 1:57
04 - How Does it Feel 6:30
05 - Goodbye 5:43
06 - Another Day 2:57
07 - Davey 1:31
08 - East of the Sun 3:02
09 - Tom Tiddler's Ground 6:49
10 - Francesca 1:19
11 - Song of the Ages 3:53
12 - Hell's Angels 7:47
Written-By - H. Ash (tracks: A1 to B4, B6, B7) , Harper* (tracks: B5)
Acoustic Guitar - Roy Harper (tracks: A1 to B6)
Electric Guitar - Roy Harper (tracks: B7)
Vocals - Roy Harper
Nice, the (track 12): Brian Davison Drums - Keith Emerson Keyboards - Lee Jackson Bass
Tony Visconti Recorder
David Bedford – additional musician