"Stormcock was born in 1969 as I began to stretch my wings. I'd been there a few times before, but this time I gave myself the space to go deep..'and stay there. Hors D'Oeuvres is perhaps the lightweight in the collection, but after all, it's the starter...The Same Old Rock records my opposition to continued dependence on the cheap opium of convenient mass religion. Humanity as hostage to superstition is a position which infuriates me. To allow superstition to control your life, as the world burns, is careless.
"One Man Rock And Roll Band...Welcome home oh Johnny Soldier, we treat you here just like they treat you there...is a sad fact, and is an indictment of this kind of society. Are queues for tattoos with 'love' on one hand and 'hate' on the other a sign of old age? Me And My Woman...what IS our destiny? Does it matter? Is it bound up with 'our' planet? In my opinion, yes. We are now out on a cultural limb that's taking us steadily further away from the planet. The average human misses the reality of the planet entirely.
"40 years ago, there were tens of thousands of people asking serious questions about the state of the environment. It's only a few miles thick. It can be changed very quickly. Surely, hindsight isn't our only view.... is it? Hopefully not.. but what is for sure is that our environment is all we have. At the time there were establishment figures who were certain humans were having no effect at all on the planet's environment. This of course will eventually be true!" - Roy Harper
This year marks two important milestones for Roy Harper – his 75th birthday and 50 years of recording music. To celebrate, Roy will be performing four special concerts in September and releasing the first vinyl reissues of his classic albums, none of which have been available on the format for well over 20 years.
• 180g vinyl reissue
• Recorded at Abbey Road Studio and originally released in 1971
• Produced by Peter Jenner
• Features Jimmy Page on ‘The Same Old Rock'
• String arrangements by David Bedford
• Original artwork with additional printed heavy inner sleeve including lyrics and extra notes
• Packaged in deluxe gatefold sleeve