THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
2-Cockney Rebel-Death Trip.
1973-Has never been released as a single in the UK.
Best Bit-At 3.18.Your probably wondering how a song that less than 1% of the Human Race has even heard of can possibly be better than ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,”American Pie,’ or ‘Life on Mars.’ Well it is up to us the lucky 1% who are fortunate to know about this masterpiece to spread the word. I sincerely hope that after listening you too will see what I mean.
Steve Harley(see also best songs 410) was born Stephen Nice, 27 February 1951, in Deptford, London, England, he formed the first incarnation of the band ‘Cockney Rebel’ in 1972. Harley was signed to ‘EMI’ records and was given a three Album deal, ‘Death Trip’ is the closing track on his debut LP ‘The Human Menagerie.’
The record label showed great faith in Harley’s songs by spending big money on a fifty piece orchestra and bringing in legendary engineer Geoff Emerick who had worked on some of the Beatles classic Albums of the 1960’s,and Andrew Powell (see also best songs 866-130 and 81) to do the string arrangements, something almost unheard of for a debut Album.
When ‘The Human Menagerie’ was reissued in 2013 Harley recalled,’Those first two Albums were heavily orchestrated. I was 22 years old at Abbey Road with a full orchestra and a choir for songs like ‘Sebastian.’ I’d busked with those songs for a year before Cockney Rebel signed to EMI, so to get all that was just, oh it was magnificent for a young man.’
‘Death Trip’ was inspired by the death of a close friend of Harley’s from Heroin, the preceding track on the Album ‘Chameleon’ is about the same person, the song only runs for 49 seconds and goes straight in to Death Trip.
‘Can you hear the walrus offering a sad solution? He’s calling out for teenage revolution.’
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The countdown concludes tomorrow at 1.0.pm.YOUTUBE.COMSTEVE HARLEY & Cockney Rebel – DEATH TRIP – Video Version 2010 – A movie by Falke58.wmvWhat Can I Say. This is maybe the best thing someone ever written. Is it Rock. Is it Opera. Is it Classic Music. Is it Choir Music. Can´t say what…