The Civil Surface


Egg


Recorded at Saturn Studios, Worthing, August 1974
Produced by Egg
Released: 1974
Label: Caroline
Cat. No. C1510

[Dave Stewart's comments]


Personnel:

Dave Stewart (organ, piano; bass on Nearch)
Mont Campbell (bass, voice, french horn, piano)
Clive Brooks (drums)

with

Jeremy Baines (germophone and bonk[?])
Lindsay Cooper (oboe & bassoon on Nearch and Germ Patrol)
Tim Hodgkinson (clarinet on Nearch and Germ Patrol)
Amanda Parsons, Ann Rosenthal & Barbara Gaskin (singing on Prelude)

Also:

Steve 'speshul guest star' Hillage (guitar on Wring out the ground)

Wind Quartets performed by:

Mont Campbell (french horn)
Maurice Cambridge (clarinet)
Stephen Solloway (flute)
Chris Palmer (bassoon)

Special thanks to:

Heathershaws of Worthing: Metronome & Triangle
Pete Wade: Driving & much more
Steve Borrill: Rehearsals
Paul, Cheryl & Mark: Places to stay, things to eat

& finally . . . .

  • WORTAX & Mr Hunt for their interesting and unwitting electronic interference
  • Sleeve notes


    Tracklist

    Side One

    1. Germ Patrol (Egg)
    2. Wind Quartet 1 (Egg)*
    3. Enneagram (Egg)

    Side Two

    1. Prelude (Egg)
    2. Wring out the ground loosely now (Egg)
    3. Nearch (Egg)
    4. Windquartet 2 (Egg)*

    * credited to 'Egg', but presumably the work of Mont Campbell


    Lyrics

    Wring out the ground loosely now
    Wring out
    Wring it out
    Wring, wring it out
    Wring it further out,
    Ground,
    Wring out the ground loosely now

    Wring out
    Wring it out
    Wring, wring it out
    Wring it gently out

    Everything I saw was a terrible bore
    Because I'd seen it all before,
    And the one thing it told me was
    That what I had to do
    Was to fight my way through
    And try to think of something new
    And I couldn't help feeling it was true,
    It was true.

    Wring out
    Wring it out
    Wring, wring it out
    Wring it gently out

    Last out
    Last it out
    Last, last it out
    Last one out's a fool
    Least, last out the least, listlessly

    Last out
    Last it out
    Last, last it out
    Last one out's a shame

    Maybe I was wrong
    But it won't take me long
    Because the power is too strong
    To forsake me and leave me
    Standing, savouring what might
    Oh the knowledge of right
    For men to answer to the sight
    Of the universe and the realm of light,
    Of light,
    Realm of light
    Realm of light
    Realm of light

    [Tracklist]


    "Future events were to partly compensate for the lack of interest that led to the band's demise, as in 1974 we got the opportunity to reform the band for the album The Civil Surface. This effectively mopped up the unrecorded material from the post-Polite Force era, though we had to pad it out a little with some wind quartets Mont had written - not really Egg Material! Although the mix on Civil Service is a bit naff (we couldn't persuade Clive that the drums were loud enough) I'm really glad we recorded 'Enneagram', one of my favourite Egg pieces. We used to steam through that at gigs - our opening number - and peoples' faces would drop."

    Dave Stewart
    (from an article originally published in Ptolemaic Terrascope, 1990).


    Transcription and HTML by Andy Murkin


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