ICARUS The Marvel World Of Icarus (WHCD016)

1. Prologue

2. Spiderman

3. Fantastic Four

4. Hulk

5. Madame Masque

6. Conan The Barbarian

7. Iron Man

8. Thor

9. Black Panther

10. The Man Without Fear

11. Silver Surfer

12. Things Thing

13. Captain America

Bonus tracks

14. Love Is A Thing

15. Yellow Balloon

16. There's An Easy And A Hard Way Of Living

17. The Devil Rides Out

18. You're In Life

One of the rarest major label albums to emerge from the British progressive rock underground, The Marvel World of Icarus was a concept work based around the Marvel Comics stable of superheroes. It came out in 1972, but, according to legend, was immediately withdrawn due to a dispute between record label Pye and Marvel Comics. Taken from the original master-tapes, this first-ever official reissue - which includes comprehensive liner notes, band quotes and previously unpublished photos - tells the fascinating story behind the album as well as documenting the wider adventures of Icarus during their desultory 1968-72 existence. With the addition of five rare or previously unreleased bonus tracks, including their 1968 Spark 45 and an unreleased 1969 single for Pye, this new release constitutes the complete recorded works of one of the most elusive, mysterious bands of the British psychedelic/progressive era.

"When researching a book on the history of music and comics, Can Rock'n'Roll Save The World?, this writer tried to find out who Icarus were, and why their Marvel World of Icarus sold so poorly when released in 1972, I came up against a blank wall. Now all is revealed on this superb reissue. The music is a strain of almost commercial Prog-Rock, with singer Steve Hart sounding like Captain Beefheart on the driving, compelling beat of "Fantastic Four'. Tracks such as "Black Panther', "Thor' and "Hulk' are also excellent. To make this an essential purchase, there are bonus tracks from the US-only single "Love Is A Thing', and the debut, non-Marvel-inspired Icarus single "The Devil Rides Out'." (Record Collector)

 

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