On October 2000, just after Paul Minns’ suicide and Glen’s recover in hospital, I got the idea to realized a CD-tribute with unrealized and rare tracks from my private archive.
OTHER STORIES ABOUT THE THIRD EAR...
THE LOST THIRD EAR
LAST PEARLS FROM THE ARCHIVES?
The following track, a studio tape entitled "Raga N.1" – Third Ear Band 1969, depicts the group in a later period, and was probably intended to be used (but never was) on the third album of the band entitled "The Dragon Wakes" (February 1971). Minns said about the track:
Raga N.1 – with Sweeney on drums, Minns on oboe, Paul Buckmaster on bass and synthesizer and Denim Bridges on electric guitar – despite the oboists opinion, it’s a good example of clever experimentation, timeless, where traditional forms are dissolved and continually ‘referred to’, exactly like in the ‘alchemy process’ that Sweeney had indicated back in ’67.
The remaining three tracks in this collection, come from the famous ‘70s English radio show, Sound of the ‘70s presented by the late great John Peel.. The three tracks were played live “on air” on 17 January 1971 by Sweeney (drums), Minns (oboe), Coff (violin), Buckmaster (bass and cello) and Bridges (guitar). These pieces reconfirm the electric direction the group took up in that year.