|1) Arthurs Monologue
2) Excerpt From The Confidante Opera
4) I Am An Astronaut
5) Cosmo Interviews Arthur
6) Dixie (Penguins Away Mix)
7) Shaving Cream
8) Man (Barbershop Quartet
9) A Live Broadcast From The Divine Church Of Weedonolgy
10) Ooh! You Make Me Dork
11) Arthur Interviews Cosmo (Courtesy Radio Cleck)
12) Mutually Insured Third Party Fire And Theft
13) Slowly Coming Together
14) Lets Dance
15) Salute To The Vikings
16) She Was A Real Eggtimer (Live Liverpool Empire)
18) Theme From Mr And Mrs
19) Egg Timer (Vice Versa-Studio Version
20) The Harry Lime Theme
Those with long memories or ‘in the know’ will recognize this previously unreleased album as bizarre alter ego of the group GILLAN recorded in between the studio sessions for the HIT albums ‘Mr Universe’, Glory Road’ and ‘Future Shock’. The Split Knee Loons first appeared on the ‘For Gillan Fans Only’ limited edition ‘Glory Road’ LP
JOHN MCCOY, BERNIE TORME, COLIN TOWNS and JANICK GERS all perform along with hosts of ‘special guests’
The band had previously only released one EP and this album is a very, very special insight into the world of GILLAN and perhaps today some decades later provides a clue as to what made that band so special.
Settle back for an unusual and humorous experience in the world of rock.
ARTHUR GUITAR, COSMO TOONS, ERNIE ORME, BLIND FRANK MELONHEAD, WAH, WAH WATKINS, JANET GRRRR, DICK UNDERPANTS, AYE MACFRANK and IGGY GUBBINS
For those in the know, this is an amusing collection of demos, outtakes and six tracks from the Special Collector's EP, the band's sole release. An essential part of the Gillan catalogue.
To those not in the know, it could easily be hilarious, irrelevant, drivel or just plain strange.
The Split Knee Loons were, basically, Gillan without Ian Gillan, the band filling studio time under pseudonyms and swapping instruments. Pianist Colin Towns, aka Cosmo Toons, was the only one to continue on his own instrument, to keep some cohesiveness.
One for the collection, definitely.
4/5 or 1/5, depending on beer consumption.
Joe Geesin, www.getreadytorock.com (May 2008)
...hilarious sweepings off the floor that presumably comprise every salvageable recording the Gillan members' alter egos made
Jo-Ann Greene, www.allmusic.com
...an oddly listenable load of old bollocks in the spirit of The Goons, Monty Python and the Bonzos...
Danny Moore, RocknReel (August 2008)
...lots of Pythonesque silly voices, monologues and the odd song or two...
Classic Rock Society (August 2008)
If you like the inspired lunacy of Frank Zappa then I can imagine there's something you'll enjoy on this collection...
Amplifier, Issue 99