The Polite Force

The Polite Force

Infobox Album |
Name = The Polite Force

Type = Album
Artist = Egg
Released = 1971
Recorded = May 1970 (Morgan Studios)
Genre = Progressive rock
Length = 42:20
Label = Deram
Producer = Neil Slaven
Reviews =
* Allmusic rating|3|5 [ link]
Last album = "Egg"
This album = "The Polite Force"
Next album = "The Civil Surface"

Released in 1971, "The Polite Force" is the second album of British band Egg. It is often regarded as the band’s best work, being a much more serious effort than their debut album.

Track listing

# "A Visit To Newport Hospital" – 8:19
# "Contrasong" – 4:19
# "Boilk (incl. Durch Adams Fall Ist Ganz Verdebt [J.S.Bach] )" – 9:15
# "Long Piece No. 3" – 20:27

Notes: The song "A Visit to Newport Hospital" tells the story of the band's origin.
"There used to be a time when we lived in the van"
"We used to loon about with Janice, Liza and Ann"
"Now looking back it seemed to be a happy time"
"And so we kid ourselves we didn't really mind"
"The hang-ups and the lack of bread"

"There were four of us then, the group was Uriel"
"We played five nights a week at Ryde Castle Hotel"
"We spent our time avoiding skinheads and the law"
"It was a freedom that we'd never felt before"
"And now we're doing this instead"

"It was a way of life that was completely new"
"And so we found that we had quite a lot to do"
"The time passed slowly and each day was much the same"
"We ate and loved and slept and no-one was to blame"
"For saying things better left unsaid"


* Dave Stewart - organ, piano, tone generator
* Mont Campbell - bass, vocals
* Clive Brooks – drums


* Henry Lowther - trumpet (2)
* Mike Davis - trumpet (2)
* Bob Downes - tenor sax (2)
* Tony Roberts - tenor sax (2)

External links

* [ Lyrics to "The Polite Force"]

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