Among the few articles on the original Third Ear Band, the one written by Richard Williams in 1970 is one of the best ever. Here, Sweeney explains the musical form of the group and the relations with audiences.
"It was conceived at about the same time as our first album", says Glen, "when we've found that some of our pieces were beginning to represent the elements, which is something we'd wanted to do for a long time".
"When we started we had one piece of music, and out of that the nine or ten items of our repertoire have evolved. What emerges from the improvisations are simple structures which everybody enjoys, but playing to big audiences on the pop scene does tend to change your attitudes, and you tend to produce a certain formula so that when you find yourself in a difficult position you have something to fall back on"."
©1969 Richard Williams-"Melody Maker"