Island Records eh?
Dunno if it was King Crimson, or that Richard and Linda Thompson album that first exposed me to the inner sleeves of Island releases, which was basically an advert for their other releases; but that is where I first saw the White Noise album. I had no interest in finding out what was on it,thinking it was some third rate hard rock group or something like Free,but the image stayed with me.
I always had a minor obsession with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and some thirty years after its rlease it came to my notice that Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson were behind the electronics,is not the concept,which was the idea of american composer bloke David Vorhaus.
A lot of people say they are frightened shitless by parts of this record? Can't say I am one of them, being wholly desensitized,but I can certainly see why...its the screams y'see. The mere mention of 'Hell' especially if accompanied by the sounds of tormented souls can induce dihorrea among a lot of those unfortunate enough to have been brainwashed by a church in their delicate formative years.
The BBC moonlighters ,which they were doing a lot around the cusp of the seventies to earn a decent crust, are credited with Electronic Sound Realisation......in other words they did the hard work......the same as they did at the Beeb,for no credit. At least Vorhaus gave them a credit I suppose. The subsequently Shite Derbyshire-less follow up albums only emphasise who supplied the magic for this pioneering major(ish) label album. Its equivalent I suppose, has to be the "United States Of America" album from the same year,but that one is far more hippy than 'An Electric Storm',which does have its hippy-trippy moments,but ultimately falls firmly on the dark side of the room. It is often referred to as a 'Cult' album, which means it didn't sell any units when it was first released,but was a slow burner for decades until it now gets mentioned as a groundbreaking moment in Electronic Rock.
I doubt miss Derbyshire or Brian ever received any money for their role in this,but at least we now know who made it.
A1 Love Without Sound 2:57
A2 My Game Of Loving 3:38
A3 Here Come The Fleas 2:31
A4 Firebird 2:43
A5 Your Hidden Dreams 4:25
B1 The Visitation 11:45
B2 The Black Mass: An Electric Storm In Hell 7:04