December 20, 2014

Dave Tomlin's excerpt from his book "India Song".


Who is interested in reading the beautiful Dave Tomlin's book titled "India Song" (published in 2005 by Iconoclast Press, London), can start reading this excerpt from it on a recent output by International Times, the glorious Sixties magazine available on the Net (http://internationaltimes.it).
Here's the text:


"I get my bowl filled with coffee at a local stall and take it back to my room. I place it on the grass mat covering the bed, climb on and tuck in the mosquito net. Taking out a small fragment of grass I crumble and roll it into a paper, the result is very thin since I only want to test its potency. I light up and take a few good pulls. At this point the buzzing from the neon tube becomes unbearable, the place is like a fish and chip shop. I get up, turn it off and light a candle.

"Kerala Grass" by Nick Victor.

The room is illuminated apart from this by a neon in the courtyard outside the window. It is now silent but for the low hum of the fan. I notice that the light from the courtyard passing through the frosted panes of the window creates a perfect illusion of strong moonlight, all it lacks is a spray of bamboo across the glass. The white net billows around me; it is a Bedouin tent, and, as Kumar had predicted trapdoors are opening in my head.

I go over to the window, open it and look down. Far below the Thousand Lights Piazza is thronged with night life, Mushie sellers cry their wares and late shoppers rub shoulders with theatregoers bent upon an early dinner before the show. Across the sea of twinkling lights an occasional torch rises fiercely towards the stars from the spaceport on the outskirts of the city.

I look out across the park, Tassle will be waiting for me. I climb onto the low balustrade outside the window and leaning forward launch myself out. The movement arouses a few roosting birds which flap around me shrieking as I head for the park.

I pass only a few other fliers and stay low to avoid recognition. The moonlight is intense. Crossing the park boundary I look down and see the trees below as pools of blackness on a silver ground. The place I am heading for is a deserted and overgrown area unfrequented even by day.

A derelict fountain is at its centre which Tassle and I have been using as a trysting place and now I see it below, a faint whitish blur in the darkness among the trees. I come down silently and approach the fountain, its huge marble bowl now filled with the leaves of several autumns.

Tassle is standing with her back to me, leaning gracefully against the fountain. I call softly to her and she turns; there is a strange look in her eyes and she is holding something in her arms. As I come closer I see that it is round and softly glowing with a faint pulse. I hold out my arms and she passes it to me. I notice that it has several appendages pointing like antenna outward from its centre. Examining it more closely I see that is not, as I had first thought, a solid sphere, but seems to be an arrangement of shimmering points of blue light connected by thin filaments of silver wire. The appendages, extending through the axis of the sphere, intercept as they do so the points of light.

‘Listen to it.’ Tassle speaks for the first time.

I put my head closer and am astonished, for as my ear enters the vector between two of the appendages it is immediately as if I am seeing sound.

In the enormous distance hangs a globular cluster of tones. Hovering together their pitches oscillate faintly, brightening and fading as the wavelengths coincide and depart. At intermediate intervals there appear other tones, some speeding across my field of view and gone like darting comets in a flash. Others smaller, move together in languid shoals. I see thousands upon thousands of minute and tiny sounds, each so small as to be undetectable. Now gathered together in a vast cloud they generate a deep bass hum. Out in the far, far distance I detect other faint sources, but I am able it seems to attune myself to any of these points.

I focus upon one such source, a large and very distant sonic mass whose peculiar on-off pattern has been interesting me for some time. There is a sudden wrench… I am momentarily confused, I open my eyes to see Tassle standing before me, she has pulled the device from my hands. She laughs. ‘There are sixty-three other ways to view,’ she says. ‘That was only one of them.’

I am very, very interested. In fact I have already decided that I must have one of these instruments and tell her so. She laughs again.

‘There are only two others known to exist, they come from so far away that knowledge of their origin does not survive the journey.’

‘What will you take for it?’ I ask.

‘I will have only one thing,’ she replies. ‘I will have your World Opener.’

Now it is my turn to laugh, does she seriously think I will exchange my precious World Opener for a toy? Then I remember that distant sonic sun, the remote constellations singing to me along the neurone paths of memory and I know I must again enter that world at any cost. Reluctantly I take out my World Opener and silently pass it to her. I will return to my room and explore the infinite possibilities of the device. But before I can claim my purchase, she steps back and activates the Opener, cutting sideways between my left side and a nearby tree. Then, before I realise what she is about, she cuts a swift loop around me and reconnects the edges from her side, excluding me from the world in the process…

I am sitting on by bed; it is hours later, the candle has burned almost out. I look down; in the ashtray my joint of grass lies there, forgotten…

I blow out the candle and retire".
(©2005 Dave Tomlin)

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December 01, 2014

New TEB albums out in Spring 2015.


New TEB albums will be distributed by Gonzo Multimedia next Spring. Gonzo's boss Rob Ayling confirmed it just yesterday writing me this simple note:

"Hey Luca,
good to hear from you. "Our" releases are moving ahead just fine - thank you, expect them spring of next year...". 

So all the TEB's fans are advised.

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November 24, 2014

"Abelard & Heloise" short film revealed!


Finally I've received from BRMitschnitt a copy of the original short film directed by George Moorse in 1970 for German TV with the soundtrack by the Third Ear Band and the screen adaptation by Austrian painter Ernst Fuchs.

 


Originally titled just "Abaelard", is about 1-hour movie with actors and few animations. Quite static, sometimes it shows some sort of psychedelic effects; all in all it's a boring narration of the well-known love story, most of all more silent sequences than acted ones, with a great prominence to the wonderful Third Ear Band music.


An important, even if artistically arguable finding, this movie was one of the obscure gems in the TEB's story. 
However I frankly doubt some producers could be interested into making an official DVD from this, considering the scarce artistic value (apart the TEB music, of course!) and the boring screen adaptation.


For those who has lost to listen to the wonderful TEB's soundtrack, just recently we have "Abelard & Heloise" available on Spotify at   http://open.spotify.com/album/40HstH0XLT4CzP5laguZHy



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October 04, 2014

"Abelard and Heloise" short TV film update.


Ernst Fuchs & Yoko Ono
Hi TEB folks,
Ghetto Raga has got a kind reply about the way to get a copy of the legendary 1970 short film "Abelard & Heloise" directed by George Moorse with the soundtrack recorded by Glen Sweeney and C. live in the studio (read here).

Even if the film is not available in any official video format, as for the 1971 German TV clip (read here) you can ask NDR to buy a DVD-R of it for €40 (taxes and P.P. included) payble through the bank. 


E. Fuchs, "The Glorious Rosary" (1954-1961)

For arrangements write to:






NDR Mitschnittservice
Hugh-Greene-Weg 1
[D] 22529 Hamburg

tel: 49 [040]-44192-446
fax: 49[040]-44192-443
mitschnittservice@ndr.de
www.ndrmedia/mitschnittservice.de
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October 01, 2014

"Beat Instrumental" interview with Sweeney and Coff on September 1969!


Here's another rare and precious contribute to the knowledge of TEB's history due to Beatchapter of London (bless you Mr. Jon Limbert!). This time in his archive he has found for us an old "Beat Instrumental" piece published on September 1969 with an unusual interview with Glen Sweeney and Richard Coff.
Just after the important appearance at Rolling Stones' Hyde Park concert and at Isle of Wight Festival (with the legendary return of Bob Dylan) TEB talks about its music and the reactions of audience...



 

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September 22, 2014

"Abelard & Heloise" German short film found!



After long researches, Ghetto Raga Archive is proud to confirm that a copy of the legendary short movie "Abelard & Heloise" with the Third Ear Band original soundtrack is taken by the archive of  Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany).
This is a data sheet of the film: 

Title: "Peter Abelard - Third Ear Band"
Transmission: 06.12.1970
Duration: 58'35"
Programme: Film and Teleclub
Produced by: Barbara Moorse Film-Workshop
Authors: George Moorse (LitVorl)
                 Tanja Oulebla (LitVorl)
Screenplay: Ernst Fuchs
                      Hans Gailling
Director: George Moorse
Actors: Philippa Stjernsward
Music by: The Third Ear Band
Camera: Gerard Vandenberg
Fernsehspiel von George Moorse and Tanja Oulebla
From the classic love story between Abelard and Heloise adapted for the screen by wiener malers Ernst Fuchs.

 

Ghetto Raga Archive is still waiting for a reply to understand if and how it is possible to get a copy of the film...

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September 15, 2014

Glen Sweeney talks about the TEB music on "Zigzag" # 4 (August 1969).


As we have seen, "Zigzag" magazine has often dedicated pages to the Third Ear Band. Below you can read an old article published on August 1969 with a rare reconstruction of the band's origins written by Glen Sweeney. Not a typical interview, or a review, or an article about music, but two pages with a writing by Sweeney himself!
Here he writes about his past in the jazz scene, the fundamental meeting with Dave Tomlin, the brief experience with the Hydrogen Jukebox and the idea to form the TEB. At the beginning, as we know well, they played "electric raga" with Clive Kingsley on guitar, then the instruments was stolen and the TEB became acoustic...
Apart these known historical references, very interesting is the evidence of Glen's clear counsciousness about the kind of music to play
"... Our numbers we refer to as ragas, though they are obviously not, and the alchemical thing, though it may seem to be, is not in the way we use it, a fantasy. The alchemists, far from just trying to make gold from other things, had this idea of doing the same experiment over and over for years, and somewhere, something would change. And we do this in music, and sometimes weird things happen".
Note in the same issue also an Harvest ad for "Alchemy" (& Edgar Brouthon Band's "Wasa Wasa") based on a picture of Stonehenge...

 






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September 10, 2014

Details about the 1971 TEB German TV clip.


For all the TEB fans still interested into knowing something more about that wonderful short clip emerged from YouTube some months ago (go here), here is some infos for you sent me by NDR Mitschnittservice in Hamburg, the German TV that holds the copyrights of it.
The short studio clip is included on a TV programme titled "Sympathy for the Devil" (thirteenth episode) aired on March 29th, 1972 (43'40" long).
The original sheet from their archive shows this (sorry it's in German!):

Titel
"Jugendliche äußern sich über Popmusik und die Bedeutung, die sie ihr zumessen. /
Der Film enthält z.T. Bildsequenzen aus vorangegangenen Folgen der Serie "Sympathy for the devil". Der Beitrag enthält Videoclips zu einigen Musikbeiträgen. Diese Präsentation von populärer Musik war noch etwas vollkommen Neues. /

Jimi Hendrix Experience spielt "Purple Haze".
Statement Rod Stewart über das Lied "Gasoline Alley".
Rod Stewart singt "Gasoline Alley" a cappella.
Videoclip zur Musik von "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".
Statement eines älteren Mannes über gammelnde Jugendliche und Arbeit.
Videoclip zu Procul Harum's "Broken Barricades".
Statement eines Amsterdamer Polizisten über das Verhalten der Jugendlichen auf dem Amsterdamer "Dam".
Third Ear Band spielt Klangfantasie im Studio.  (TEB plays a live jam in the studio)
Zwei englische Schauspieler inszenieren "Anti Magical Mystery Tour". (Dt. Untertitel; gilt für alle englischen Statements des Films.) 
Maggie Bell, Bluessängerin, über ihre Erfahrungen mit einer Arbeitsstelle, die sie schon nach einem halben Tag aufgab.
Videoclip: Maggie Bell singt "Don't think twice". 
Third World War spielt "Urban Rock" und "Preaching Violence". 
Statements der Bandmitglieder über ihre Musik und das Geldverdienen mit Musik.
Videoclip: The Who spielen "Substitute".
Statement eines Redakteurs des "Beatclub" über die Bereitwilligkeit der Zuschauer, Fernsehberichterstattung als Vermittlung von Wahrheit anzusehen.
Videoclip: Jefferson Airplane spielen "Volunteers of America".
Diverse Statements von Jugendlichen über ihre Lieblingsmusik.

Bildinhalt
001 Statements von Jugendlichen (gesplittet)
002 (SW) Jimi Hendrix Experience
003 Statement Stewart; Stewart singt
004 Marktszenen in England
005 Videoclip zu "Sgt. Pepper's Hearts Club Band
006 Statement alter Mann
007 Jugendliche auf Dam in Amsterdam (mehrfach); Statement Polizist
008 Zwei Schauspieler stellen "Anti Magical Mystery Tour" dar
009 Statement Bell; Videoclip Bell
010 Konzertausschnitt Third World War; Statements Bandmitglieder (gesplittet) 
011 Videoclip The Who
012 (SW) Joe Cocker
013 (SW) Aretha Franklin
014 Statement Redakteur "Beatclub"
015 Videoclip Jefferson Airplane
 

The NDR Mitschnittservice Team cannot say if - apart the known sequence in the studio -  there are also other sequences of the Third Ear Band on the programme.
Even if the TV programme is not available in official DVD format, you can ask NDR to buy a DVD-R of it  for €35 (payble through the bank).
For arrangements write to:






NDR Mitschnittservice
Hugh-Greene-Weg 1
[D] 22529 Hamburg

tel: 49 [040]-44192-446
fax: 49[040]-44192-443
mitschnittservice@ndr.de
www.ndrmedia/mitschnittservice.de

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September 05, 2014

New various artists compilation with the Thirds music on it.


Compiled by Matt Sewell, "A Crushing Glow" is a 2LPs compilation with music by various artists as Durutti Column, Popol Vuh, Meic Stevens...
It has been published by Caroline True Record (as CTRUE 15) on May 2014 in a limited edition of 500 copies on double azure blue vinyl. 
The first 25 orders from http://www.caughtbytheriver.net have came with a limited edition four colour risograph print of artwork by Sewell.  
Artwork, selection, liner notes by the same Sewell - John Kertland is the producer.

Third Ear Band has the great untarnished "Stone Circle" ("Alchemy"'s original version) on it.


This is a presentation of the album:
"Caught by the River readers will know artist and illustrator Matt Sewell as a bird enthusiast first and foremost, but he’s also a dedicated and knowledgeable music aficionado and music collector. To channel his second love, the painter of walls around the world and the bird brain behind the bestselling books "Our Garden Birds, Our Songbirds" and "Our Woodland Birds", has joined forces with Caroline True Records (CTR) for ‘A Crushing Glow’; a limited edition 2-LP compilation, on coloured vinyl, released April 28th.

Matt has delved deep into his mixed bag of musical tastes for a 13-track sonic excavation, pulling out songs as diverse as the pastoral post-punk of The Durutti Column, through the bucolic pop of Parsley Sound and the panoramic kosmique of Ashra, reimagined edits from Lobt Noch Irrt, and the Acid of Tin Man via the indo-prog of the Third Ear Band; many songs never before released on vinyl or else long deleted.
Featuring all-original artwork from Matt inside and out, the album is strictly limited to 500 copies. Artwork is contained within a deluxe full-colour gate-fold sleeve, with full colour inner-sleeves – on coloured double vinyl and detailed sleeve-notes carefully crafted by Matt.

Strictly limited to a 500 vinyl-only release with no repress, there will be no CD or digital version of the album".
  
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August 31, 2014

New 4K digital restored edition of Roman Polanski's "Macbeth" out soon.

 


A brand new 4K digital restored edition of Roman Polanski's "Macbeth", approved by the film ditector, will be published on next 23 September 2014 in DVD and Blu-Ray versions by The Criterion Collection (http://www.criterion.com/).
With a brand new cover designed by Sarah Habibi, this edition will show these  very interesting materials:

"Toil and Trouble: Making “Macbeth": a new documentary featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Andrew Braunsberg, assistant executive producer Victor Lownes, and actors Francesca Annis and Martin Shaw;
"Polanski Meets Macbeth", a 1971 documentary by Frank Simon featuring rare footage of the film’s cast and crew at work;
Interview with coscreenwriter Kenneth Tynan from a 1971 episode of "The Dick Cavett Show";
Two Macbeths”, a segment from a 1972 episode of the British television series "Aquarius" featuring Polanski and theater director Peter Coe;
Original trailers;
An essay by critic Terrence Rafferty

Even if with very high prices ($ 29.95 the DVD, $ 39.95 the Blu-Ray), this rendition seems the so-called definitive one, maybe with some things related to the Third Ear Band...
Read the official sheet here

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August 18, 2014

Two new Third Ear Band albums planned!


Gonzo Multimedia is working on two new CDs of the Third Ear Band with the cooperation of Ghetto Raga Archive (& Carolyn Looker)!
One of the two it will be the rendition of Sarzana live concert recorded on January 1989, a very hard to find in its original (official) tape edition (published by A.D.N. Records of Milan in 1990); the other one will be a compilation of (top secret!) rarities and let the fans to listen digital versions of obscure 'classics' of Our Holy Band just at the beginning of its story...
So, dear irreducible TEB fans... cross your fingers! 

 

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August 14, 2014

Alternative Blackhill ad for TEB second album on "Zigzag" magazine.


With a text taken from Paracelsus, Swiss doctor and alchemist of the fifteenth century, Blackhill Enterprises produced an ad for the second album published by Harvest in 1970. The ad, published on some magazines (as "IT") was used also for promoting the "Sun Wheel Ceremony" at the Royal Albert Hall (June 24th, 1970).
This page, thanks to Jon Limbert of Beatchapter, a real mine of rare music stuff (magazines, posters, vinyls, CDs...) on the Net, is taken from an old issue of "Zigzag" (# 13 - June/July 1970).



Here's the Paracelsus' words (that I could read...):
"Musica expells the ???   which belongs to witches and sorcerers and takes away the spirit afernoch which inspires all those melancholic sectarians who think they see heaven and the god therein. All these are diseases of the brain and of reason".



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August 08, 2014

An old "Zigzag" article on the TEB discovered!


Thanks the rare kindness of one of my favourite English Web music shop - the brilliant BEATCHAPTER (www.beatchapter.com) - I've got another old precious article about the Third Ear Band published on "Zigzag" (issue 10) on March 1970.
"Zigzag" magazine was a well respected rock folk blues publication started by Pete Frame in April 1969 and lasted until January 1986. On this issue with the Third Ear Band also articles/reviews about Arthur Lee (on the cover), Canned Heat, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Zombies, Hawkwind, Leonard Cohen and the great less-known David Ackles.

Written by Steve Peacock, this is a very interesting analysis of TEB music, its nature of avant-garde music, brave and free  - not simple improvisation...
A pop(ular) attitude, as the Band used to state at that time, even if Glen Sweeney was so conscious about the risk to be misconceived to say: "The worst thing is to take the pop scene seriously"...




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August 04, 2014

Another original 1969 Blackhill ad for "Alchemy" emerged from the Web!


When one thinks everything is known and nothing is left, from its  waves the Net let emerge rare things as little treasures...
Last in order of time this original 1969 b&w Harvest/Blackhill Enterprises advert for "Alchemy" (and Edgar Broughton Band's "Wasa Wasa") for sale through American eBay for around ten dollars. 
It's taken from a not well identified "original British newspaper"...
A real delight for the eyes with the typical Fantasy style of that time!
  

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August 01, 2014

Rob Ayling, project co-ordinator about the Holland Festival CDs...


Pushed by curiosity of some TEB fans, I've asked Rob Ayling, project co-ordinator of the Holland Festival 3CDs for Gonzo Multimedia, if he knows there are TEB recordings left and why he has decided to exclude them from the albums...

Rob with Roger Hodgson (on right) in 2011.
His reply is net and don't admit any doubts: "There are not recordings that I know of... If we had them they would be in. I like the TEB so no reason to exclude them".

So unfortunately no TEB recordings from that festival...

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