Pearls Before Swine是Tom Rapp于1965年在弗罗里达组建的一支psychedelic folk乐队，乐队的成员是他高中时期的好朋友Wayne Harley (banjo, mandolin), Lane Lederer (bass, guitar)和Roger Crissinger (piano, organ)，早期的作品Tom Rapp说他受the fugs的影响很大，在给纽约的ESP-Disk寄去小样之后，乐队迅速签约，发表第一张专辑One Nation Underground，以忧郁，神秘、诗意的作品卖出了20万张，并在68年发表第二张反战专辑Balaklava
Early years, 1965-68
With high school friends Wayne Harley (banjo, mandolin), Lane Lederer (bass, guitar) and Roger Crissinger (piano, organ), Rapp wrote and recorded some songs which, inspired by the Fugs, they sent to the avant-garde ESP-Disk label in New York. The group were quickly signed up, and recorded One Nation Underground (1967), featuring songs of mysticism, protest, melancholia, and some controversy in the case of “Miss Morse”, which spelled out an obscenity in code. The album eventually sold some 200,000 copies, although management and contractual problems meant that the band received little reward for its success.
The more mysterious-sounding and strongly anti-war Balaklava (1968) followed, inspired by the Charge of the Light Brigade. Rapp has said "The first two albums are probably considered the druggiest, and I had never done any drugs at that point. I smoked Winston cigarettes at that time, so these are all Winston-induced hallucinations." The album covers featured paintings by Bosch and Brueghel. The records themselves included interpretations of the writings of Tolkien and Herodotus as well as archive recordings from the 1890s, with innovatively arranged songs using an eclectic variety of instruments.
The Reprise period, 1969-72
The band signed for Reprise Records in 1969, although by this time the other original members had left and the band name referred to Rapp and whichever musicians he was recording or touring with. The five albums on Reprise were generally more conventional in sound, but contained a unique blend of humanistic and mystical songs, with some whimsical touches. Some were recorded in New York and others – particularly The Use of Ashes and City of Gold - in Nashville with top session musicians including Charlie McCoy, Kenny Buttrey, and other members of Area Code 615. Several also featured Rapp's then-wife Elisabeth on vocals.
In his teens, Rapp lived close to Cape Canaveral and watched the rockets take off. The song Rocket Man, on the album The Use of Ashes - written the day Neil Armstrong landed on the moon - was credited by Bernie Taupin with inspiring his hit song with Elton John of the same title. Quote : We didn't steal that one from Bowie, we stole it from another guy, called Tom Rapp.... Many of the other songs of this period reflected Rapp's interests in mysticism, his relationship with his father, and his experiences of living for a time in (and marrying a native of) Holland. The final Reprise album, Familiar Songs, was a collection of demo re-recordings of some of Rapp’s earlier songs, and was released (under his own name, not as a "Pearls Before Swine" album) without his knowledge.
In 1971 Pearls Before Swine toured for the first time, the group then comprising Rapp, Mike Krawitz (piano), Gordon Hayes (bass) and Jon Tooker (guitar). Around this time, Rapp often referred onstage, not quite seriously, to the group as "the house band for the SDS."
Two albums followed, released under Rapp's own name on Blue Thumb Records. The first, Stardancer, never reissued on CD, was again recorded in Nashville, and was followed by Sunforest. The band - by that time comprising Rapp, Art Ellis (flute), Bill Rollins (bass, cello) and Harry Orlove (guitar, banjo) - toured until 1974, with Rapp continuing to perform solo until a final appearance in 1976 supporting Patti Smith.
Rapp then retired from music and, after graduating from Brandeis University, became a civil rights lawyer. After being contacted by the magazine Ptolemaic Terrascope, he re-appeared in 1997 at Terrastock, a music festival in Providence, Rhode Island, with his son's band, Shy Camp, and began recording again with 1999's A Journal of the Plague Year.
Original member Lane Lederer is now a member of the Florida Orchestra.
PBS have been cited as a key influence by various musicians including Damon and Naomi, the Bevis Frond, This Mortal Coil, and the Japanese band Ghost. Three tribute albums have been released by Secret Eye Records.
01. Trumpeter Landfrey....
02. Translucent Carriages
03. Images of April
04. There Was a Man
05. I Saw the World
06. Guardian Angels
08. Lepers and Roses
09. Florence Nightingale....
10. Ring Thung