The Human Menagerie - EMI 1973
This album, probably their most consistent, contains their first classic single “Sebastian”, which was a hit record in several countries, though never made it to the top 20 in Britain. The song may appear a little dated today ( maybe because of its 7 minutes playing time ) - but their follow up single “Judy Teen”, which is included as a bonus-track, is still among my favourite Rebel songs.
The album contains many great tracks; both ballads and rockers - quite impressive considering that this was their debut-album. Songs like “Hideaway”, “Loretta´s Tale” and “Mirror Freak” have obvious hit-potentials. “My Only Vice” and “Muriel the Actor” are simply charming tracks.
“Death Trip”, like Sebastian, is an ambitious piece of work, with a lot of inspiration from classical music.
A great album!