这真的是一张很难评价的专辑,感觉像Jim Morrison感冒后录制的一张失传的专辑,Phantom's Divine Comedy - Part 1,"Devil's Child",听上去是"Love Me Two Times"的另一版吗?"Spiders Will Dance (On Your Face While You Sleep)" 一开始也像极了"Alabama Song",当然不用说整张专辑主唱的声音,不过如果你怀念Hendrix, Joplin, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison,或许应该听听
In order to understand the phenomenon of the Phantom, you have to put yourself back in the period in which "he" emerged. It's the mid-1970s, and a lot of the most compelling rock stars of the previous ten years have been dropping like flies -- Hendrix, Joplin, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, etc. Basically, rock is mellowing out, except for a few arena acts, but for everyone who's getting off on Yes and ELP, as well as the surviving Allman Brothers, there are a lot of people who think the '70s suck.
The result was the first real effort to market rock music's "ghost bands," following in a tradition begun by the Glenn Miller Orchestra in the years after Miller's death. Some entrepreneurs did this the legitimate way in productions like Beatlemania, while others took a more roundabout way of tapping into this market. One could probably also lump the so-called "Masked Marauders" -- an anonymous group assembled in the wake of a fictitious review of a nonexistent super-session album that ran in Rolling Stone, to re-create the album as reviewed -- into this category.
Among the slightly more legitimate outfits was Klaatu, a Canadian-based (but otherwise anonymous) group that mimicked the sound and feeling of the Beatles' post-1966 era. Maybe they were actual musicians with real musical goals, but they played this supposed Beatles connection to the hilt, never revealing their identities. Capitol Records milked the press coverage for all it was worth. The Phantom was the next most familiar (curiously, also a Capitol act) of the '70s' unofficial "ghost" rock bands, imitating the sound of the Doors. Not that the lead singer really sounded all that much like Jim Morrison, except maybe as Morrison sounded at the end of his performing career, on lots of drugs -- he just delivered very pretentious and pseudo-profound lyrics in a kind of deep, druggy monotone, anticipating the voice that David Bowie used in "Putting Out Fire" from Cat People, while the guitar player worked the volume pedal and the keyboard man (and these all might have been the same guy -- it's not like this group was going to tour) handled the spook-house organ arpeggios and played chords on the piano.
1. Tales from a Wizard
2. Devil's Child
3. Calm Before the Storm
4. Half a Life
5. Spiders Will Dance (On Your Face While You Sleep)
6. Black Magic/White Magic
7. Merlin Phantom
8. Stand Beside My Fire
9. Welcome to Hell