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Greatest Hits Of The 20th Century Vol. 1

by Ancient Murphy

This album is for die-hard Circus fans only. The cover photo is of the pre-Circus group that went to Shanghai, China in 1993.
Genre: Rock: 90's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Already Broken
5:56 $0.99
2. End of the World
3:57 $0.99
3. Helo
4:06 $0.99
4. Turning
4:08 $0.99
5. (Not Only) Human
4:06 $0.99
6. Syd
4:11 $0.99
7. Naniwan
3:46 $0.99
8. Black for the Gold
4:44 $0.99
9. Just Like Me
4:35 $0.99
10. Stand
5:17 $0.99
11. Analog
5:43 $0.99
12. Watching Cities Fall
4:44 $0.99
13. Cathedral
5:31 $0.99
14. Just Need Some
6:22 $0.99
15. The Rain
5:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album is a compilation of material recorded between 1988 - 1994 by some of the founding members of Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams in their former band "The Ancestors." Over the past few years many of our fans requested that we release some of our earlier work, so we decided to fulfill that request with this first release "from the archives".

This record reveals to our friends and fans some of the "missing" years, as it were, through these recordings made by that group.

The Ancestors had a revolving lineup over the years, as you can see in the credits, the most enduring incarnation was the band that toured mainland China in January of 1993. The cover photo is of that band. Left to right:
Sharkey McEwen, Tink Lloyd, Joziah Longo, Bob Muller (Trey Gunn Band), Brian Hardgroove (currently of Public Enemy), and Alistair Farrant (who was engineer and producer for the band in the early years).

Thanks for all of you who helped The Circus get to the point where we are now, and we hope you enjoy this blast from the past.....


Ancient Murphy songs performed by The Ancestors:

Joziah Longo – lead vocals, bass, acoustic and electric guitars
Tink Lloyd – keyboards, flutes, backing vocals
Sharkey McEwen – electric & acoustic guitars, backing vocals
With major contributions by these noble brothers-in-arms:
Alistair Farrant – organ, piano, keyboards, strings on tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14
Brian Hardgroove – bass on tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14
drums on tracks 1, 2, 5, 11
Bob Muller – drums and percussion on tracks 3, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14

1. Already Broken - "A Good Thief Tips His Hat" (1999) Recorded in 1995 - Featuring Tink on digital accordion, Sharkey on bass & strings
2. End of the World - "Brigadoon" (1994)
3. Helo - "Brigadoon" (1994)
4. Turning - Recorded in 1993 - previously unreleased Featuring Alistair on organ
5. (Not Only) Human - "Brigadoon" (1994)
6. Syd - "Brigadoon" (1994) Eddie Kramer producer
7. Naniwan - Recorded in 1992 - previously unreleased
8. Black for the Gold From "The Enemies Dance" (1991)
Featuring Eric Person on saxophone, Alistair on piano, synclavier, Joziah on synths and bass, acoustic guitar, Kelvyn Bell rhythm guitar
9. Just Like Me - "The Ancestors" (1988) Featuring Roy Clark on electric guitars and Nelson Bragg on drums
10. Stand - Recorded in 1995 - previously unreleased
Featuring Sharkey on all instruments and backing vocals
11. Analog - Recorded in 1994 - previously unreleased
12. Watching Cities Fall - Recorded in 1993 - previously unreleased
13. Cathedral - Recorded in 1993 - (construction incomplete!) previously unreleased
14. Just Need Some - "Brigadoon" (1994)
15. The Rain - "The Enemies Dance" (1991)
Featuring Joziah on lead guitar, Roy Clark on guitar, Leon Harris on drums



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Big Top
i've been a circus follower for about 3 years since i first saw them in a tiny venue in vt. After many hours listening to Thief and Flapjacks over and over again (no boredom here), i feel blessed to be able to enjoy this "new" release....good lord, these guys can't make bad music even if they tried.
With Joz' melodic vocals reminiscent of the lead singer of the Monkees (slips my mind, Peter?), a tad of Petty ,a touch of Tull and alittle everything else great, they cannot fail ya. Great in concert, great in your living room.
They refuse to go mainstream even though they possess THE APPEAL, so I'll just keep spreading the word : the CIRCUS RULES.

kerry walters

another sparkling circus gem to add to all the current stuff the fans already know about, gives us a bit more of clue about the early days of this unusual and quirky band and how they got their start...kind of like the flapjack batter right before it hit the griddle...with all the right ingredients.

Chas Harker

Ancient Murphys
That such talent should remain unknown is such a shame - when I think of the many many inferior bands and cds I have listened to in the last 20 years .... what a waste of time. Slambovia and its ancestors should rule the airwaves for all to hear. Thanx for continuing to make great music.


ancient murphy
These guys rock totally! The "Murphs" put 10 bands to same. What rock music should be! Joziah is a "lyrical god"! Sharkey is a "guitar wizard!

Rainer Knietzsch

I'm writing this from Germany; so please have mercy if my English wasn't that well.
I happened to find this CD at CDBABY but it was out of stock that time. So I went on searching and found THE ANCESTORS because some tracks on the ANCIENT MURPHY CD were taken from the ANCESTORS' album Brigadoon. This album was the first for me to get and it didn't leave my player for days. As the CDBABY folks told me that ANCIENT MURPHY was back in stock I orderes it immediately and I must say that it is one of the best CDs I listened to for a long time. Great mujsic, really!


Great to hear some earlieer materieal. If there is more, I hope you guys bless us with more.
If you have never seen this group live, you're missing some fun and great musice.

Sally Taroli

Ancient Murphy
I just ordered the cd and I know it will be great- will write after listening to it in its entirety.Hope to see you soon in CT or VT.

Debbie Swift

What a GEM!
Glad you released these! Just bought it and listened to all the samples, just fantastic! I can't wait to hear the CD complete. Love you guys!


Ancient Murphy
I am a hard core member of the tribe for life, and this album is not only a big winner, it is essentail for all Murphy fans-old and new- to hear and have in our collection.The history of the Gandalf Murphy sounds and feeling of their magical music is delightfully on display throught this "pre-quil" to the Murphy of today.The song selections show the usual range of musical and lyrical prowess of these most special artists and sounds. I have not taken it out of the CD player since I got it several months ago, and won't anytime soon-or until a new gandalf release replaces it. A MUST!!!