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First Utterance is the debut album of the British progressive rock band Comus. It was released in 1971, with the opening song "Diana" being released as a single. The cover artwork was drawn in ball point pen by Roger Wootton, lead singer and songwriter of the band. The centrefold artwork was painted by guitarist Glenn Goring.

First Utterance is the debut album of the progressive folk band Comus. First Utterance was notable for its unique blend of progressive rock, folk, psychedelia, and elements of paganism and the macabre.

Comus are a British progressive folk band who had a brief career in the early 1970s. Their first album, First Utterance, brought them a cult following, which persists. They reunited in 2009, and have played several festivals and released a new album. Comus was formed in 1969 by fellow art students Roger Wootton and Glenn Goring, who developed their musical style performing in folk clubs in and around Bromley in Kent

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Comus' first album contains an imaginative if elusive brand of experimental folk-rock, with a tense and sometimes distressed vibe. Although there are elements of traditional British folk music, there's an edginess to the songwriting and arrangements that would be entirely alien in a Fairport Convention or Pentangle disc.

First Utterance was, and still is, difficult. Fortunately today an appreciative audience exists for difficult stuff like this. Kent-based art students Roger Wootton and Glenn Goring had played acoustic covers of Velvet Underground numbers in London folk clubs, thereby alienating the contemporary folk audience as early as 1968. In 1974, at the request of the nascent Virgin Records, Wootton, Watson and Hellaby reconvened as Comus with guest musicians to produce a more conventional folk-prog album To Keep From Crying, but this also stiffed and marked the end of the band until, thirty-four years later, the entire original outfit sans Young was enticed back together by a Swedish cult following.

Very experimental and ahead of its time. First Utterance is hard to compare to anything else really. There is some influence that can be heard in the unsettling atmosphere of Current 93's style of 'apocalyptic folk', but the only album that really sounds remotely similar is Spirogyra's St. Radigunds which was released in the same year, though that is not quite as experimental and is not nearly the same quality

1LP. Gf. In. First Utterance is the debut album of the progressive folk band Comus. The album was notable for its unique blend of progressive rock, folk, psychedelia, and elements of paganism and the macabre. 180 gram audiophile vinyl. References to Comus by other bands and artists include Opeth, citing its lyrics in album and song titles and tattoos. Experimental outfit Current 93 also covered "Diana" as the opening song on their 1997 LP Horsey. If you couldn't tell from the cover, Comus' First Utterance album isn't a particularly sunny album. No-in fact, it's truly one of the darkest, scariest, most disturbing albums I've ever heard, in a way that makes me wonder "Who could actually think this up?" If you're put off by music with lyrics that graphically describe violence, madness, and rape, you'll probably be revolted and offended by First Utterance.

Tracklist

1 Diana 4:41
2 The Herald 12:22
3 Drip Drip 11:09
4 Song To Comus 7:35
5 The Bite 5:32
6 Bitten 2:18
7 The Prisoner 6:25

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
DNLS 3019 Comus First Utterance ‎(LP, Album) Dawn DNLS 3019 UK 1971
Nr. 42513 Comus First Utterance ‎(LP, Album, Unofficial) BEO Nr. 42513 Germany Unknown
GET 541 Comus First Utterance ‎(LP, Album, RE + 12", EP, RE) Get Back GET 541 Italy 2006
ECLEC 2629 Comus First Utterance ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM) Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2629 UK 2018
SLAP 62.012, (S, 62.012-1/2) Comus First Utterance ‎(LP) Pye Limited, Dischi Ricordi s.p.a. SLAP 62.012, (S, 62.012-1/2) Italy 1971

Tracklist

1 Diana 4:36
2 The Herald 12:20
3 Drip Drip 11:07
4 Song To Comus 7:34
5 The Bite 5:34
6 Bitten 2:19
7 The Prisoner 6:29
Bonus Tracks
8 Diana (Single Version) 4:24
9 In The Lost Queen's Eye 2:49
10 Winter Is A Coloured Bird 8:00

Companies, etc.

  • Licensed From – Dawn Records
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Dawn Records
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Rock Fever Music
  • Copyright (c) – Rock Fever Music
  • Published By – Our Music Ltd.
  • Produced At – Pye Studios

Credits

  • Arranged By [All Arrangements By] – Comus
  • Design [Front Cover] – Roger Wootton
  • Design [Inside Cover] – Glen Göring*
  • Musician [The Musicians], Acoustic Guitar [6 String], Twelve-String Guitar [12 String Acoustic], Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Percussion [Hand Drums], Vocals – Glen Göring*
  • Musician [The Musicians], Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals – Roger Wootton
  • Musician [The Musicians], Drums – Gordon Caxon (tracks: 8 to 10)
  • Musician [The Musicians], Electric Bass [Fender], Bass [Slide], Vocals – Andy Hellaby
  • Musician [The Musicians], Flute, Oboe, Percussion [Hand Drums] – Rob Young
  • Musician [The Musicians], Violin, Viola – Colin Pearson
  • Musician [The Musicians], Vocals, Percussion – Bobbie Watson
  • Producer – Barry Murray

Notes

Bonus tracks 8 to 10 are from the "rare EP-release from 1971"

Produced at Pye Studios, Nov/Dec 1970
All songs published by Our Music, Ltd

On disc:
Rock-Fever presents:
Comus
British Progressive Rock from 1970
published on Dawn 3019
℗ 1970 Dawn Records
© 2001 Rock Fever
RFM 020
Made under license from Dawn Records
Made in Germany

On back:
Rock - Fever Music RFM 020
Made under license from Dawn Records ℗ 1970
This release ℗ & © Rock Fever Music

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 4 039297 010207
  • Barcode: 4039297010207
  • Matrix / Runout: RFM-020
  • SPARS Code: AAD
  • Rights Society: GEMA

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
DNLS 3019 Comus First Utterance ‎(LP, Album) Dawn DNLS 3019 UK 1971
Nr. 42513 Comus First Utterance ‎(LP, Album, Unofficial) BEO Nr. 42513 Germany Unknown
GET 541 Comus First Utterance ‎(LP, Album, RE + 12", EP, RE) Get Back GET 541 Italy 2006
ECLEC 2629 Comus First Utterance ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM) Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2629 UK 2018
SLAP 62.012, (S, 62.012-1/2) Comus First Utterance ‎(LP) Pye Limited, Dischi Ricordi s.p.a. SLAP 62.012, (S, 62.012-1/2) Italy 1971


Anicasalar
Frankly put, probably one of the best albums ever. Criminal how completely out of print it is. Mid-jump between the idyllic wanderings of the Incredible String Band and the more esoteric voyages of 70s prog, yet with instrumental/vocal prowess unmatched, and a darker tinge of the deep european forest only ever revisited by the likes of Current 93 (who worships this album). Sets the bar far too high for all the current "weird folk" scene to even touch. Too bad no one knows about it.
Comus - First Utterance FLAC album
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First Utterance
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