'Use of Ashes' was the fourth, and many would argue finest, Pearls Before Swine album. Originally recorded in 1970, front man Tom Rapp penned the bulk of the songs in his wife's native Netherlands. Since all the other band members had left after the previous album, 'Use of Ashes' was recorded in Nashville using session musicians. Vinyl repress.
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8/10 Jack Customer review, 18th July 2016
First off, David Bowie constantly referenced Pearls Before Swine as an influence on him, and his sound on the Space Oddity album is very much derived from the Pearls Before Swine sound. Obviously, big-time Bowie fans will have an interest in this - Rapp's "Rocket Man" was one of a few wierd rock/pop takes on space travel (Bowie's "Space Oddity" and Elton John's "Rocket Man") that were out at essentially the same time. This album is a treasure - a shining moment from the 1970s that's every bit as beautiful and vital today.
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