Bill Fay Time Of The Last Persecution on 180g LP
Bill Fay is one of English music's best kept secrets – a genuine national treasure. Back at the dawn of the 1970s, he was a one-man song factory, with a piano that spilled liquid gold and a voice every bit the equal of Ray Davies, John Lennon, early Bowie, or Procol Harum's Gary Brooker. He made two solo albums but his contract wasn't renewed, leaving his LPs and his reputation to become cult items, later name-dropped by the likes of Nick Cave, Jeff Tweedy and Jim O'Rourke.
His debut on the underground Decca Nova label, Bill Fay (1970), included spacious big band jazz arrangements by Mike Gibbs, but it was the follow-up, Time Of The Last Persecution (1971), that cemented his reputation – a harrowing, philosophical and painfully honest diagnosis of an unhealthy society and a messed-up planet, that featured the cream of London's fieriest jazz session players such as guitarist Ray Russell.
Despite recording more tunes in the late '70s Fay would not release another album until 2004. Time Of The Last Persecution is almost single-mindedly obsessed with end times so it's almost fitting that this brilliant album would be his last release for over 30 years. Now that Fay is back once again with a new and highly lauded album, it's high time that his classic, definitive statement, is available again on LP. Reissued on 180g vinyl with a tip-on jacket courtesy of 4 Men With Beards.
Bill Fay Time Of The Last Persecution 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