December 02, 2009
On May 2008 London British Library, one of the most important library in Europe (13 millions of books, 920.000 newspapers, 3 millions of audio recordings…), having to archive a live concert of the TEB, ask me to contact some band members to obtain the permission to do it.
The live recordings, that can be listened free going to "Popular Music" section of the library, is from a concert at the London "Sir George Robey" pub on December 15th, 1989 - just twenty years ago.
The tracks played:
1. "Druid One" (Sweeney - Minns - Coff)
2. "Sun Ra Raga" (Sweeney - Carter - Black - Dobson)
3. "Live Ghosts" (Sweeney - Minns - Carter - Samuel)
4. "Solstice Song" (Sweeney - Carter - Black - Dobson)
5. "Behind the pyramids" (Sweeney - Carter - Black - Dobson)
6. "Book of the dead" (Sweeney - Minns - Coff)
8. "Third Ear Raga" (Sweeney - Carter - Black - Dobson)
This is the line-up:
Glen Sweeney – hand drums
Lyn Dobson – sax and flute
Mick Carter – electric guitar and effects
Allen Samuel – violin
Archive manager Paul Wilson asked me to verify titles and authors of the tracks, and gave me some interesting informations about the recordings:
“The concert was recorded by Michael Gerzon using the combination of two PZM mikes positioned on the floor of the stage and mixed with the stereo PA outputs. The recording is quite listenable but it flawed by distorsion in places so is perhaps not of publishable quality".
Some months after the concert, Glen Sweeney gave me a copy of the tape telling that the concert was played at London “Dog Club" (a mistake that I put on my book “Necromancers of the drifting West” published in 1997).
For who is interested to it, this is the British Library address:
96, Euston Road - St. Pancras
London NW1 2DB
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Edited by Luca Chino Ferrari