Barry Ryan - Sanctus Sanctus Hallelujah (1972)
I can't honestly tell you that it's the true 5th album of Barry Ryan (the one following Red Man in 1971 that you can find here) since I don't have the original one in vinyl and that it has never been reissued in CD (dirty bastards of the music industry, when I read your crocodile tears about pirates who will kill the artists it makes me want to cut your head as our great Robespierre did 2 centuries ago with the king). So I tried my best during the last months to gather the most songs I could that featured on the original one. Unfortunately, on the various compilations I bought over the last 30 years here and there, often cheap ones issued in hurry to cash on nostalgia, with ugly cover sleeves (but the originals were also quite ugly and this is one of the reasons this singer was never considered seriously by the "true" music amateurs although Queen literally committed plagiarism and installed their style from these roots) I was able to find only 9 among the 12 songs. The 3 missing songs are "Rhode Island Red", "I Think You Know My Name" and "Slow Down". The last can be heard on a youtube link below but no trace of it in MP3. To reduce frustration, I added a song recorded and released this same year (1972), the wonderful "I'm Sorry Susan". And now some words about the music. This album is a radical change from the classic Paul & Barry Ryan style everyone knows (at least everyone knows "Eloïse"). Paul Ryan is not in anymore (except on older titles) and over are the great orchestral arrangements. Here we have a kind of Beatles-go-glam style (more Bowie-Roy Wood than Bolan-Roxy) with unexpected excursions in hard rock ("Storm is Brewing" and "Slow Down" sounds like Led Zeppelin shagging Black Sabbath and I'm sure we would be surprised if we knew who were the musicians on these titles). All in all, it's enjoyable and Barry could sing anything he'd be interesting to listen to. For the sleeve, I chose drawings from a fantastic chinese artist called Li Xiaoxuan but I didn't find any blog or site to link, only here to see more. I'll use some other ones later maybe but. Meanwhile, enjoy this (uncomplete) LP here.