John Pantry - The Upside-Down World Of John Pantry

Thursday 1st June 2000
John Pantry - The Upside-Down World Of John Pantry
John Pantry - The Upside-Down World Of John Pantry

RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Tenth Planet TP040
FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

A definite curiosity this, and not just because it's on vinyl. Neither has it anything to do with the Premier and ICC collaboration of the best of John's output since 1977. This is a compilation album of Pantry music from the '60s, and showcases some of the various bands that John was involved in during that decade, including Peter & The Wolves, The Bunch, Norman Conquest and The Factory. John was not a committed Christian at the time of these tracks, so you'll search in vain for any spiritual content. What you do get is a bunch of demos and unreleased recordings of wildly variable production quality, and the A and B sides of the singles that the four bands made for MGM and CBS. It's unmistakably music of its time, full of echoes of psychedelia, and inevitably, when considered from a 21st century perspective, way past its sell-by date. Nevertheless, the sleevenotes are positively encyclopaedic and stuffed full of trivia facts (not to mention some rather cheesy photos), so this might appeal to completists and nostalgia freaks. Personally, although I'm a confirmed Pantry fan, I couldn't really see the point.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Colin Fribbens in Broadclyst Devon @ 12:58 on Jan 20 2009

Fantastic LP. Anyone into english psych circa 1967 - 68 will love this infact its essential listening. Now it has been expanded to CD with a total of 53 tracks...I will be after this now.

Posted by Ryan mcdonald in australia nsw @ 12:21 on Oct 15 2008

In comment on review by Trev kirk ,, circa 67-69 twas and is more in tune than ever, in every way his influence in both music and fashion is seen at the very forefront of modern pop music.A true pioneer! music of its time yes.but time is forever..

Reply by Smelvin in UK @ 22:38 on Jan 15 2009

Are you guys absolutely insane? Pantry's 60's work, especially with The Factory is some of most interesting of it's period. 80's Christian rock records? Seriously?

"Personally, although I'm a confirmed Pantry fan, I couldn't really see the point."

Frankly, this chaps songs of praise break quite a bit less ground than some of the tracks featured on this record.

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Posted by christine Barkowsky in Vernon, BC., Canada @ 20:25 on Jul 13 2007

I am soo glad I have come across your article!!! I have been deperately searching for John Pantry's recording for years!!! Especially his release record in the '80's??? He sings the song " Take off your shoes". Is there any way I can get my hands on that record or CD??? No christian supply outlet has it. I look forward to your reply!!


Reply by Brad in St.Louis, MO @ 03:54 on Dec 17 2007

Christine, the song is "Slip off Your Shoes" from the album "Empty Handed". It has been stuck in my mind for decades. (That's how powerful it is.) If you join the email list, they have information about the song and some availability.

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