Vincent Crane (feat Arthur Brown) – Taro Rota (1997)

frontcover1Properly termed a Vincent Crane solo album, but so dominated by Arthur Brown’s preternatural vocals that the billing has been totally flipped, the oft misspelled Taro Rota album was originally conceived around 1975, when Crane and wife-to be Jeannie Crane found their shared interest in Tarot cards spilling over into their songwriting. (The pair used to offer Tarot readings at fetes and fairs.) A 22-minute opus arranged for orchestra and more, Taro it was a fascinating piece of work, but far too ambitious to ever be realized. Even Crane’s otherwise-enthusiastic publishers were willing only to fund a ten-minute demo, which was recorded later in 1975 with Arthur Brown and a full band — it is this piece which leads off the 1997 Voiceprint CD, alongside Crane’s own piano demo of the full work. The original Taro Rota did not remain entirely unheard. Atomic Rooster’s valedictory Headline News album lifted elements for the songs “Time” and “Machine,” although little more than the melody will prepare the listener for the full Taro Rota experience. Nor, of course, does the music presented here. Despite a spellbinding Brown recital, the band performance is just a shade too clunky to capture the full dynamic of the Cranes’ vision, while the piano rendition is by necessity too Spartan. But both allow one to dream of what could have been — and it is a wonderful dream. (by Dave Thompson)

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Vincent + Jeannie Crane, April 15th, 1977 
Vincent and I composed this piece way back in 1976, especially for Arthur Brown. There is a ten minute demo with Arthur on vocals, but unfortunately, due to contractual reasons, at the last minute it couldn’t be included on the CD. At the moment the Taro Rota Suite is an impressive 23 minutes of Vincent doing the whole thing! Hopefully this will be amended later this year!
Taro RotaOne day a charity bazaar was held in the grounds of a very large and beautiful house and Vincent and I went along to do Tarot Readings.Inside the conservatory, surrounded by lush hangings of grape vine, we spread the cards time and time again. We told story after story for an endless queue of people but the day was just was not long enough to be with everyone. So, when everyone else had left, the remaining books had been packed, the paintings put away and the money counted, we lay out a spread of cards for all the people we didn’t see. It told us your story and it told you ours. We called it Taro Rota. (Jeannie Crane, 1997)
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Incorrectly and repeatedly billed as a joint effort with Arthur Brown. Whilst that was the original plan, this is ostensibly a solo effort by Vincent Crane. The shorter Part two is Crane with a band doing a re-visit of Atomic Rooster’s biggest hit, “Tomorrow Night”.
Overall this is a very good album. Many have panned it but I will take anything by the late great, and much lamented, keyboard maestro. The two long songs do drag ever so slightly, in that their is little variation and much repetition. What there is does highlight Crane’s virtuosity as a piano player and I will always wish that circumstances had prevailed to give him more success, especially within the Atomic Rooster framework. He remains one of my few heroes and this album only serves to prolong and enhance his stature with me. His suicide is still a matter of supreme sadness and he left the world with a huge dose of “what could and, indeed, what should have been”. (by Crazyworldof)
Vincent Crane  of Atomic Rooster,Copenhagen 1972

Personnel:
Vincent Crane piano, organ, vocals)
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unknown studio musicians on 02.
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no Arthur Brown !

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Tracklist:
01. Part 1 22.30
02. Part 2 (“Tomorrow Night”) 3:21
03. Part 3 22:29 01.

Music Vincent Crane
Lyrics Vincent Crane + Jeannie Crane

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I don’t really know what I’m doing,
I don’t really care what you say.
Following the signs of illusion,
Dancing in the sun on my way.
See a light burn in the darkness,
Quicksilver sky, clouds of fire.
Hear a door close in the silence,
Echoes of dreams and desire.
Mountains of stone turn to ashes,
Ribbons of gold turn to clay,
River of life overflowing
Trapped in the dreams of today.
I don’t really know what I’m doing,
I don’t really care what you say.
Following the signs of illusion,
Dancing in the sun on my way.
I don’t know what’s wrong,
With reality.
I don’t know what’s wrong,
Is it only me?
Time to get over this feeling again.
Life is stealing away.
I keep on feeling life stealing away,
Stealing away while I dream of today.
Time to break out of it,
Must get away.
Get away!
See a light burn in the darkness,
Quicksilver sky, clouds of fire.
Hear a door close in the silence,
Echoes of dreams and desire.
Mountains of stone turn to ashes,
Ribbons of gold turn to clay,
River of life overflowing
Trapped in the dreams of today.
I don’t really know what I’m doing,
I don’t really care what you say.
Following the signs of illusion,
Dancing in the sun on my way.
Magician or fool!
Taro Rota, Arot Taro,
Taro Rota, Arot Taro,
Taro Rota, Arot Taro,
Taro Rota, Arot Taro,
Taro Rota, Arot Taro,
Taro Rota, Arot Taro.
I’m walking in a dream,
Places where I’ve been fade away,
Floating from rhyme or reason,
Future will unfold flowers of gold.
I see the world below, I know that it is turning,
But circles of the wheel turn slowly,
And nothing is explained just light forever burning
And time is going by, so slowly.
Fly in the sky on wings that are so weary,
‘Til the eagle’s nest comes in sight.
Time in a word and that word simply nothing,
Watch the water flow, silent snow.
I see the world below, I know that it is turning,
But circles of the wheel turn slowly,
And nothing is explained just light forever burning
And time is going by, so slowly.
Time for the reason, I feel free.
I’m just the last one to find I’m me.
Veils of illusion set me free.
My eyes are open and I can see.
Time for the reason, I feel free.
I’m just the last one to find I’m me.
Veils of illusion set me free.
My eyes are open and I can see.
Stealing over me,
Sleeping endlessly,
River flow to the sea,
Time is free.
Stealing over me,
Sleeping endlessly,
River flow to the sea,
Let me dream.
Let me dream….
Hell train,
See the demons dance.
Hell train,
See the demons dance.
Hell train,
See the demons dance.
Hell train,
See the demons dance.
In your mind,
Mirrors of your mind.
In your mind,
Mirrors of your mind.
Taro Rota, Arot Taro,
Taro, Rota, Arot Taro……..
You have summoned me,
But I am not in your control.
I will eat your mind
And then destroy your very soul
Though you stand within
The circle I won’t stay my hand,
For the very stones
You stand on are at my command.
‘Cos you’re mine!
Yes, you’re mine!
You have summoned up
A power that is beyond your will.
You have brought to life
A force that death itself can’t kill.
See your useless symbols
Turn to dust before your eyes,
Feel my power engulf you,
Laughter drown your helpless cries.
‘Cos you’re mine!
Yes, you’re mine!
You are a ma-chine,
You are a ma-chine,
You are a ma-chine………..
You’re dreaming,
Is this real?
Illusion,
Confuse your mind.
Hold fast now,
Thoughts shifting patterns.
Hold fast now
And then let go.
Stare into the sun,
Become one incandescent ray of your creation.
Watch the water flow
And sink below a single drop in one vast ocean.
Fly into the air,
Ensnare your mind upon a pin of concentration,
Deep inside the earth,
Rebirth, the rotten coffin breaks the maggots welcome.
You’re dreaming,
Is this real?
Illusion,
Confuse your mind.
Hold fast now,
Thoughts’ shifting patterns.
Hold fast now,
And then let go…………..
Time is going through the motion,
Drowning tears in one vast ocean,
Rivers flee from valley fire,
Can the mountains climb no higher?
Frozen in a sea of sorrow,
Dream away forget tomorrow,
Words will always be unspoken,
Promises will soon be broken.
Driving down the endless highway,
Time is starting to go my way.
Find the people who will know why,
Love will lose and time will go by.
Circling in an endless season,
Stop and ask yourself the reason.
Time marches on!
Life’s illusions melting away,
Now is the time for change,
Changing,
Everything remains the same,
You will find,
Though the stars lose their brightness
One by one.
Come!
Fly, Fly away!!!
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