April 25, 2016

Roberto Musci's tribute to the Third Ear Band out in June!

The announced tribute to the Third Ear Band composed and played by Italian avantgarde composer ROBERTO MUSCI will be published by Gonzo Multimedia on June 17th, 2016. Titled "Mosaic", the intriguing project is based on the use of plunderphonics (a technique taken by Roberto from John  Oswald); it will offer to the listeners a new rendition of some tunes from the TEB's repertoire.
I listened to them in advance and I was really amazed by the nature of the music in a true TEB spirit...
Here below you can see the cover of the CD scheduled by Gonzo at the page of their Web site http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15936

Roberto says that "doing this CD it was a strange thing. It happened in a very simple and spontaneous way (probably because my music is so influenced by the TEB's one). It has been as I was the fifth member of the quartet, playing with them; this experience gave me a great joy and a huge pleasure...".
You can listen to a sampler of the album HERE!
An interview with  Roberto on the Third Ear Band is at http://ghettoraga.blogspot.it/2015/09/italian-composer-roberto-musci-talks.html
A file where Roberto explains his very original project is at http://ghettoraga.blogspot.it/2015/11/italian-avant-garde-composer-roberto.html

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April 19, 2016

"With the obsession of the reed". The second part of the exclusive interview with MARY HAYES.

Here's the second part of the exclusive interview with Mary Hayes, Paul Minns' former wife. The first part is available at the page http://ghettoraga.blogspot.it/2015/06/interview-with-mary-hayes-paul-minns.html
As you can see, it's not the best interview about the TEB made by me, but it's an evidence that a good interview is based on a good interaction between the parts...

You told me about your marriage with Paul...
"Initially, my marriage took place with Paul Minns in 1969 and should read as Mrs Mary Minns. I was married to Paul, along with our adopted son, Matthew, 25.10. 1967, and then we had our son, Tristram, 18.06.1970 and our daughter, Amber, 04.09.1967. 

Through the early part of our relationship and marriage, Paul's was a book designer and played the oboe, this closeness with the oboe led to the Third Ear Band since 1969. I noted that Paul's dedication in playing the oboe with the obsession of the reed - meant that most mornings he practised and improved. The perfection of the oboe, was for Paul, enhanced by the reed and was valuable to his playing, with the intense sound of the oboe's performance - harmoniously expressed and shined through - . "

"In terms of life - Paul's loss of his mother and father during the air crash in 1971, then Yugoslavia, was a devastating blow to him - and affected his life. Fortunately, in 1972, we had a daughter, called Amber. In 1980 - 1982, life fell apart, in terms of breakdown - and in 1982, the story goes onwards with Paul's meeting of Kathryn and their joint marriage - and leaving England for Scotland.

Had you ever had contacts with Paul after that?
"As you are aware, the story I heard was Paul's marriage to Kathryn fell apart, and then Kathryn went to Morocco for a month, then back home again, however, the situation had changed and Paul had chosen to take his own life. This could have been Paul's sadness with the loss of his dog and horse - but the impact was strong and neither Matthew, Tristram and Amber ever saw Paul again.

                           A teen Paul Minns (courtesy of Mary Haynes).

In September, 2015, I heard that Kathryn (Ade) had died a few years ago. Paul and Kathryn had no children, however, she was registered with PRS (Performance Rights Society). On this occasion, today, I rang Performance Rights Society to enable Paul's children to eventually become knowledgeable about Paul's musical experience, but now have to know about the occasion of Kathryn's death and if she left a will? I know you've the history about Kathryn and Paul, so you may be helpful in information-." 
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April 12, 2016

OZ magazine colourful ads found.

TEB Italian fans pages run by my friend Mirco Delfino (go ), with interesting links with music as/inspired by the TEB, posted these very interesting old colourful Blackhill Enterprises-Harvest Records ads published by the legendary freak underground OZ magazine in 1969 and 1970.

                                                       July 22, 1969

                                    September 23th, 1969

                                         February 26th, 1970

Note the usual Blackhill's style based on imaginative communication full of philosophical and psychological statements and a flower-power call: "To love Blackhill Enterprises is to love Life"... 

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April 05, 2016

An unknown wonderful footage with the Third Ear Band in 1970!

Thanks our friend and TEB fan archeovideologist Spirito Bono we have a new brief footage with the Band on stage aired by WDR TV just few days ago (March 28th, 2016). The little cameo is available in free download at: http://www92.zippyshare.com/v/GsK59Pwl/file.htm
It seems* it's taken from the International Essen Pop & Blues Festival (October 1970) where with musicians as Taj Mahal, Keef Hartley Band and Hardin & York... at the Essen (Germany) Galerie der Entertainer played also The Third Ear Band in its best line-up ever: Glen Sweeney on tablas and tambourine; Paul Minns on oboe; Ursula Smith on cello and Richard Coff on violin.
The brief sequence (just 2:38), alternating the musicians' close-ups and a relaxed audience, is the last part of "Earth" taken from the "Elements" album: this really exclusive document shows Ursula Smith using the arpeggio on cello and Richard Coff playing his violin with a plectrum...
Enjoy this obscure pearl!


*Philological/archivistic note: I write "it seems" because the source states that period, but I think it's dubious the Band played in October 1970: in fact in August 1970 Smith and Coff split the group and Bridges and Buckmaster joined the TEB. So it's this live concert was played before, from second half of 1969 to first half of 1970...
Fan and TEB expert Mirco Delfino suggests it could be played on April 24th, 1970 at the Essen TV as reported on the original Paul Minns' journal: in fact the sequence is build on a quite amateurish editing of the band playing on a studio and the audience laying at a live concert...
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March 25, 2016

"Born in Canterbury": a case of Italian crap journalism about the TEB.

Some Italian pseudo-music journalists have the sad habit to repeat the same old tragically fake infos about the Third Ear Band. One of the worst one is named Cesare Rizzi, an author involved with the important publisher Giunti on "guides to" some kind of music.

He wrote three books about the so-called Progressive scene (1999, 2003 and 2010) annoting coincise profiles about bands as King Crimson, Pink Floyd... and fatally (but I'm not agreed with this) the Third Ear Band.
On the volumes he states the band was born in Canterbury!, when even kids know Glen Sweeney's ensemble was born in London Ladbroke Grove.

But one of the thing that really upset me is when Rizzi tells about the last phase of the band story (the reunion and the records made in Italy): he alludes to a "bunch of Italian fans", not quoting me (a writer about music since 1985) and my friend Gigi Bresciani (one of the most important promoter in Italy)as the only responsible of the band reunion and the very first concerts played here; nor the only book existing on the band (with the very first edition of the "Abelard & Heloise" soundtrack) - "Necromancers of the Drifting West", published by Stampa Alternativa in Rome - written by me (where he could take some verified infos about the Thirds).

An hateful way to make journalism, superficial and amateurish; writing just in Italian they can omitting the truth, but the clever and really passionate fans around the world know where they can find the right stuff!

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March 18, 2016

Maybe the most rare TEB's record?

Probably the most rare TEB's item is this only one single known, the Japan edition of "Fleance Macbeth" (Odeon EOR10140, 1972), from the "Macbeth" original soundtrack (on the B side "Overture"). No value estimated.
Here you can see the front cover and the inner sleeve with photos, notes and the original lyrics of "Fleance".


About other rarities for TEB's KolleKtors, just in these last few days you can get copies of the rare National Balkan Ensemble's record at around 40-60€ at Discogs Web site (https://www.discogs.com/it/sell/list?artist_id=4108478&ev=ab).
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March 13, 2016

Old rare TEB adverts emerged from the Web!

Few days ago Ebay sellers put on sale two rare old TEB adverts taken from magazines. Here below you can see an advert from "Time Out" (March 1972 issue) for the "Macbeth" soundtrack release. A typical of that time b/w photo pastiche  with the macabre scene of the hangmen.

Again, here below you can watch a b/w page from "Rolling Stones"(December 1969 issue) promoting "Alchemy" with Harvest Records/Blackhill Enterprises releases by Edgar Broughton Band, Pink Floyd and others...

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March 04, 2016

All the cover proofs for "Exorcisms"...

Here we have all the cover proofs made by talented designer Martin Cook for the last TEB's release "Exorcisms".
The new record is available also through the official Gonzo Web site at 
First proof with tracks' titles.

Second proof  with different colour, blue eyes and names of band members
 (but with Paul Minns missed).

Third proof  as the second one but with white eyes.
Furth proof as the third one but with red eyes.

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February 06, 2016

New Third Ear Band CD out on February 19, 2016!

The third CD edited by me for Gonzo Multimedia will be on sale on February 19, 2016. Titled "EXORCISMS", it showcases recordings from the 1988-1989 period, when the musicians involved were Glen Sweeney, Mick Carter, Ursula Smith, Lyn Dobson and Allen Samuel.
The album is available in pre-order at Gonzo's page 
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15902/Third_Ear_Band-Exorcism.html with a wonderful cover made by talented designer Martin Cook.

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January 20, 2016

Old 1972 TEB ad found...

My friend Mirco Delfino, who runs the exclusive interesting TEB Italian Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Third-Ear-Band/156660855584?v=info), sent me this old ad taken from the great Mike King's "Wrong Movements", a chronological history about Robert Wyatt.
The benefit concert was on January 23th, 1972 at the legendary Chalk Farm Road's London "Roundhouse" and the Thirds played there with  Paul Buckmaster.

Two days later the band played at the BBC a classic "John Peel session" with this strange line-up: Denim Bridges (guitar), Simon House (violin), Mike Marchant (guitar & vocal) and Peter Pavli (bass), and it's difficult to know if it was the same musicians who played at the Roundhouse even because at the time Buckmaster was in & out from the band...

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December 19, 2015

Hydrogen Jukebox's promo card for peaceful and sonic Xmas holidays to all of you!

Note: This 1991 original Hydrogen Jukebox's promo card was designed by Ma.So. and based on the tarots cover concept by Glen Sweeney and the CD back cover photo by Lucia Baldini.

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December 05, 2015

New review about Gonzo CD by "Shindig!" magazine.

Here's a new review edited by Grahame Bent for "Shindig!" magazine (issue 50) about TEB Gonzo CD "New Forecasts from the Third Ear almanac":

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November 15, 2015

Italian avant-garde composer Roberto Musci makes a tribute to the Third Ear Band.

Italian musician and composer Roberto Musci composed and recorded a tribute to the Third Ear Band based on original samplers of the band. 
Titled "Mosaic" it's actually a 'mosaic' of tracks build on various excerpts from original tracks of the Thirds, pieces as "Ghetto Raga", "Mosaic", "Air", "Druid One"..., treated with an original, innovative technique called "Plunderphonics".

Roberto explains the thing in this way: "This project is a musical tribute to the Third Ear Band ; it is not  a cover of their music  (it would be impossible, unnecessary and ridiculous), but music closely related and inspired by their art.
In recent years I have worked with Chris Cuttler in a project of Plunderphonics (ie: to sample music of a group to create new songs very close to the original music but different) . I have collaborated on a CD publishing by Recommended Records UK, dedicated to the music of Art Bears ("The Art Box" double and quadruple with the original music of the group and plunderphonics. In the CDs there are also songs made by Jon Rose, Otomo Yoshide, John Oswald, The Residents, Fred Frith). With this technique I’d like to create my own personal tribute to the Third Ear Band and using samples from their cds, filtered with effects and with “cut and paste technique", I created some songs".
Considering the interest of Rob Ayling for the project, Roberto has asked Gonzo Multimedia to realise a record from it. We will see what will happen. 
I have had the honour to listen to it and I think it's one of the best reworking of the Third Ear Band's ouvre...

"To absent friends, lost loves and old gods" (blog)http://robertomusci.tumblr.com/
Roberto Musci Web site:

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The new TEB's CD will be realised in February 2016.

The next TEB's record produced by Gonzo Multimedia (edited by Luca Ferrari) will be ready at the first months of next year, likely on February 2016.
Titled "EXORCISMS", it will show recordings from the 1988-1989 period, when the musicians involved was Glen Sweeney, Mick Carter, Ursula Smith, Lyn Dobson and Allen Samuel.
The art cover (as for the first two CDs) is by the great Martin Cook. Here below you can see a cover proof of the record based on a Cambodian devil mask...
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October 03, 2015

"Necromancers" CD sold also in Japan...

"Necromancers" CD distributed also in Japan by Third Ear (!) music shop with the classic banner on the cover...

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