Pip Proud
A Bird In The Engine
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1Marie 4:42
2Hey Sue 3:06
3A Fraying Space 4:47
4Empty 3:03
5She Says To Me 1:20
6She Dwindles Her Finger 4:04
7A Bird in the Engine 3:09
8Eagle-Wise 1:42
9French Girls 2:25
10Vida 3:04
11There Is No Rest 0:59
12Nancy 3:52
13Lover, Lover 0:54

In the late '60s, PIP PROUD recorded two of the oddest records ever to come out of Australia – Adreneline & Richard and A Bird In The Engine – before vanishing into obscurity for the better part of three decades. Often called the "Australian Syd Barrett," yet PROUD actually released his second album in 1969, a year prior to The Madcap Laughs, and developed his indigenous psychedelia in virtual isolation.

A Bird In The Engine is even more rare than his debut. From the extraordinary "Eagle-Wise" to the remarkable title track (which includes the uncredited performance of a friend hitting a cardboard box with a microphone), PROUD's unrestrained genius is laid bare, a delicate tension of simple melodies and maddening form.

While other compilations of PROUD's music have been released in recent years, this is the first time A Bird In The Engine has been reissued in its original format. Recommended for fans of Alvarius B., Donovan and Jandek.