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Bill Fay: Time Of The Last Persecution

A year after releasing his debut album, Bill Fay released Time Of The Last Persecution. Between the lost and searching times of the first release, Fay found spiritualism and although this is strictly a guess, drugs. A new group of musicians joins Fay for this release and his piano becomes a bigger part of the songs. Daryl Runswick is an excellent bassist that drives the rhythms and keep this CD from getting too bogged down.

Even in 1972 Fay worried that his second release would be too intense for the listeners, but 30+ years later it isn't "heavy man", but "aged and stale". The concepts of meaning and reason are as much sought after today as when Fay wrote "I Hear You Calling", but listening to this, "Laughing Man" and "Omega Day" doesn't bring any meaning home the way they might during those post Woodstock days.

"Inside the Keepers Pantry" is really the only song on this album that catches my attention each time it is played. It is a very bad piano ballad with vocals that are forced and silly. If this was Game Theory you would declare it brilliant, but since it wasn't planned to have a disjointed sound, it is merely sad.

Time Of The Last Persecution was a bad release in 72, and is still bad 33 years later. Avoid this one, but if you have any curiosity about this performer, you can check out my review of Bill Fay.

Track Listing
1. Omega Day
2. Don't Let My Marigolds Die
3. I Hear You Calling
4. Dust Filled Room
5. Til The Christ Come Back
6. Release Is In The Eye
7. Laughing Man
8. Inside The Keepers Pantry
9. Tell It Like It Is
10. Plan D
11. Pictures Of Adolf Again
12. Time Of The Last Persecution
13. Come A Day
14. Let All The Other Teddies Know

Added: January 7th 2006
Reviewer: Steve Ambrosius
Related Link: Eclectic Discs
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Language: english

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