Saturday, February 25, 2006

Pearls Before Swine - The Use Of Ashes (1970)

Their fourth album (second for Warner/Reprise) released in 1970 continued the tradition of psychedelic dreamy poetic musing and added a small orchestra of strings to add a classical feel. The album features songs written by Tom Rapp whilst living in Holland including the superb "The Jeweler". Subversive, tender, moving, goofy, maddening, and profound PBS and Tom Rapp created some of the best and timeless musical poetry of the '60's and '70's.


1. Jeweler
2. From the Movie of the Same Name
3. Rocket Man
4. God Save the Child
5. Song About a Rose
6. Tell Me Why
7. Margery
8. Old Man
9. Riegal
10.When the War Began


Anonymous said...

thank you. Tom Rapp is wonderful and i lost this album decades ago ...good to hear it again.

Donno said...

This is a lovely album, thanks so much for the chance to listen
All the best

geoffc said...

A brilliant album.
And the ones which follow this PBS/Tom Rapp album were even better !
Hope more can be posted,
Many thanks & lol,

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot agian! Enjoying this classic album ;-)

Hazy Dave said...

"Riegal" is supposed to be inspired by a true story: a prison ship sunk in the ocean during World War II. Tom Rapp read a story about it in the newspaper while he was living in the Netherlands, and was inspired to write this song. He and Elisabeth give it a compelling, haunting performance.

skippy said...

Wow! Thanks for this. I can't get enough of PBS and Tom Rapp.

Miss F said...

thanks s000 much for this.... qUite a revelation... i was awestruCk wheN i firSt gave this a lisTen... just sat there and savored this achingLy lovely, heartbreaking alBum... fantastic imagery in the Lyrics...

an album to accompany you in your life...til the twiLight of your album to cry with, to hold hands with, to philosophize with, to have tea with, to rage and curse and pray with, music to play on all those insanE, inexplainable, painfuLLy gorge0us moMents...

tamlin said...

I met this group in 72 or so when they were living in Woodstock, NY- They'd done a gig in NYC and were returning home via a beat up Dodge van and I was hitch hiking. Like a klutz when they told me who they were I said "Long time, no hear",which was true if a little blunt- they couldn't get arrested at the time.
But they were very sweet tempered and polite, handsome, and totally academic in dress.
Time has been kind to their efforts

Anonymous said...

thanks for PSB,first time i hear them, very beautifull music, if you have other records of PSB...,thanx again

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dgram said...

Any chance of a repost? I missed this the first time 'round. It seems pretty legendary, though, and I'd love to hear it! Thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

Lovely music.
Many thanks...