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A1 Poet And Peasant
A2 Passacaglia
A3 Memory
B1 Raymond's Road
B2 Light Cavalry


  • Bass – Marshall Erskine
  • Drums – Raymond Wilson
  • Guitar – Ricky Gardener*
  • Organ – Alan Park
  • Producer – Bill Martin & Phil Coulter
  • Vocals – Martin Griffiths


Ricky Gardiner mis-spelled Ricky Gardener on the jacket.

This copy being a (most probably early 80's) re-issue of the 1970 original with the same catalogue no. The red coloured inner sleeve adverts other mid-price releases of the same company including some early 80's releases.

Earlier German releases with same catalog# have no credits on back and feature distribution code D:
Release-ID 2240237 has similar label design.
Release-ID 9312133 also has similar labels, copyright notice in label rim text starts with "Alle Urheber.." instead of "Urheber.." though.
Release-ID 2804777 is the initial release on Vertigo Swirl labels.

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
6360018, 6360 018 Beggar's Opera* Beggars Opera Act One ‎(LP, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 6360018, 6360 018 UK 1970
6360018 Beggars Opera Act One ‎(LP, Album) Vertigo 6360018 Israel 1970
6360 018 Beggar's Opera* Act One ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 6360 018 Germany 1970
HF 9523 Beggar's Opera* Act One ‎(CD, Album, Unofficial) HF HF 9523 Unknown
ADASD 07181 Beggar's Opera* Act One ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial) ADA Sound Ltd. ADASD 07181 Russia 2000

Beggar's Opera - Act One
Performer: Beggar's Opera
Genre: Rock
Title: Act One
Style: Prog Rock
MP3 version ZIP size: 1215 mb
FLAC version RAR size: 1748 mb
WMA version RAR size: 1701 mb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 677
Beggar's Opera - Act One.pdf

We're at the heart of early seventies prog here and this fulfills all your expectations, the best and the worst. Mock-classical music on the ominously titled ''Passacaglia'' (no, it's not a track by Benjamin Britten in case you wondered) illustrates convincingly everything that can go awry. Pretentious doodling executed with great technical skill plus especially irritating organ pyrotechnics. Baroque influences are everywhere and they are mostly displayed with the intention to impress. But when the organ restrains itself to accompaniment, the music at times rises to the occasion and gets genuinely moving. Almost all of ''Memory'' serves like an oasis with arching melodies in the classical desert and the profuse quoting of ''Light cavalry'' contains just enough irony to make it worthwhile. A checquered effort. The band took their name from the opera by John Gay from 1728.