December 07, 2017

The Thirds quoted on a Rough Guide to the "The Lord of the Rings"...

Weakness of the contemporary book market, the Third Ear Band is quoted on a 304 pages paperback "Rough Guide to 'The Lord of the Rings'", printed in 2003.
At page 276, inside a box about the "Gandalf's Garden" magazine run by Muz Murray, author Paul Simpson writes: 

"(...) Founded by Muz Murray, the group focused on the free spirits within London; but the word quickly  spread throughout Britain, the magazine becoming a bible for those who couldn't visit their spiritual base at the World's End, Chelsea. Printed on suitably psychedelic paper with equally abrasive-on-the-eye ink, the magazine was an instant cult success. Band reviews became a regular feature, with such oddly titled acts as Junior's Eyes, Soft Machine, The Third Ear Band and Quintessence all receiving the Gandalf treatment."

The box, titled "How Gandalf inspired a mystical commune in swinging Chelsea", is on the Internet HERE
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November 30, 2017

The Heliocentrics quoted "Ghetto Raga"...

On an article posted on line in June 2017 by ( Heliocentrics compiled a list of music that inspired their last album "A World of Masks".
Quoting TEB's "Ghetto Raga" between the tracks they wrote:

"This late ’60s English album is an oddity which boasts an appearance by the late John Peel on jaw harp. It is, again, very minimalist in approach, and drones feature heavily throughout the whole album—although this time all the instruments are acoustic, the lineup consisting of violin, viola, hand drums, oboe/recorder, cello, and slide pipes, and draws heavily upon traditional English folk and medieval music. This influence is more apparent in the material we have subsequently written, but I’ve always been blown away by the mood and hypnotic string arrangements throughout this album."

"The Heliocentrics are a group for which genres are meaningless and boundaries invisible", is written on their Bandcamp page. 

"Since first appearing on DJ Shadow’s 2006 album The Outsider the group have gone on to release a string of records that float through jazz, hip-hop, psych, krautrock, and musique concrete whilst collaborating with numerous genre heavyweights from Mulatu Astake to Gaslamp Killer and picking up prestigious fans along the way, such as Madlib and the recently departed David Axelrod.

The primarily instrumental group, who operate out of their vintage analogue studio in East London called the Quatermass Sound Lab, bring in a new singer on album number four - a young Slovakian singer called Barbora Patkova. The result is an album that takes the band, already solidified in ever-expanding grooves and rhythms into new previously unexplored dimensions. The group’s deep-set ability to craft music intuitively and impulsively stems from a desire to avoid typical processes or generic structures. Since its conception, the band's music has mainly been created from live improvisation. This musical approach gives the band its own sound and identity - "for anything to happen it must be at that time from the people in the room, and on the spot". A decade of such sonic adventures has resulted in a tightly knit bond that the group refer to as “almost a form of telepathy” with “musical changes that otherwise would be near impossible to write."

Listening the album at the Bancamp page (go here), apart a track title "Down Chorus" (2:17), frankly I feel just  vague references to the TEB's sound... But we live in a 'free world' where everyone can say what they want... 
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November 27, 2017

Paul Buckmaster's obituaries.

Here below you can read some obituaries of our great musician Paul Buckmaster published on the  main press.
A tweet by Elton John said:

                         Paul in studio in 2008.

May 1969: one of the first live apparence of Paul with the TEB at Camden Fringe Festival (photo: Robert Ellis)

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November 25, 2017

Ghetto Raga's founder THOMAS ZUNK contacted Ghettoraga Archive... soon here a piece about his connections with the TEB's music...

As probably you readers remember, in 2013 I wrote a short piece here after having  discovered a German band called Ghetto Raga existed ( ). Just few days ago, Ghetto Raga's founder Thomas Zunk contacted me just to thank for my attention...

"Hi Luca, 
thank you so much for your answer. I only came across your article a couple of months ago when I was googleing for "ghetto raga" to check what there is written about us in the net these days. 
I was delighted that you had taken notice of us. Just around that time in 2013 the last line-up of Ghetto Raga had disbanded! We were three then: me on hand drums and Theremin, Alex Ehlers on bass-guitar, oboe and english horn and Hoshiko Yamane on violin. Alex left town and Hoshiko then joined and is now famous with Tangerine Dream
Only since this summer 2017 I have gathered a new generation of musicians and I am very proud of the guys, they are outstanding soloists and improvisers. Note that the violinist, Lutz Wernicke, was also founding member of the very first line-up in 1997. Makes me very happy! The new Ghetto Raga will play its first concert in two weeks. We will do a tribute night in honour of Karlheinz Stockhausen to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his death. Dec 6. at Madstop84 in Berlin. 

                            Thomas with Ghetto Raga

Next spring I am organising three concerts for us in Berlin cinemas to play a new live soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick's amazing science-fiction film "2001: A Space Odyssey". A BIG thing. I did that with a different Ghetto Raga line-up (and also as a soloist) already in 2005! 
Luca, I alread started writing down the story of TEB and me, how I came to love them, why I called my band Ghetto Raga and how Glen Sweeney's hand drum playing opened my mind and influenced me. It'll take a few days, my friend, then I will send you the whole story! 
For now, maybe you like to check out my website: It contains my whole work, everything I did before that, during it and after Ghetto Raga. There you will also find a button for the site of Ghetto Raga:
A lot of material! 
You will find all infos from the past line-ups, photos and links to Soundcloud with numerous sites full of music of Ghetto Raga between 1993 (proto-GR) and 2013. The name Ghetto Raga first appears in 1997 and this means that I will celebrate 20 years of Ghetto Raga in December. I know you will like what you will see and hear! I will be back soon with my little story. Thank you!
Cheers from Berlin
herTZliche GRüße Thomas Zunk"
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November 08, 2017

Paul Buckmaster passed away yesterday!

My friend Paul Buckmaster passed way just yesterday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 71... 
No words to say what I feel about this... 
We was in contact few weeks ago talking about the idea to reissue his beautiful "The Chitinous Ensemble"'s record... 
Genial Grammy Award-winning composer, arranger, conductor and producer, worldwide music looses a great artist, a wonderful person.  

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October 25, 2017

TEB at the 6th Cambridge Folk Festival in Summer 1970.

Here below you can see the original posters of the legendary Cambridge Folk Festival promoted in the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall (Cambridge) in 1966-1970.
Among these, also the 6th edition played on July 31th-August 2nd, 1970 with great musicians as Ralph McTell, Stefan Grossman,The Pentangle, The Chieftains... and the Third Ear Band with the new line-up (Sweeney, Minns, Bridges and Buckmaster) after the classical one (Sweeney, Minns, Coff and Smith).

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October 23, 2017

Italian musician Fabio Zuffanti and the "demixed" Third Ear Band music on Bandcamp.

Italian musician Fabio Zuffanti (interviewed on this Archive here) has his "demixed" TEB's music  on his Bandcamp page at
As already written in the past, this is a very interesting project and it's worth to listen to these very intriguing versions of the legendary 1970 "Third Ear Band" album.
His work, recorded in 2000, is available in streaming or in download at € 9.99.
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October 10, 2017

Luca Chino Ferrari's forthcoming book cover by Martin Cook.

Talented graphic designer Martin Robert Cook (his Web site here) made this  cover of the forthcoming Luca Ferrari's book on Glen Sweeney and the TEB.
What do you think about it?

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September 23, 2017

Old TEB stuff found in the Internet.

Here you can watch three rare TEB stuff emerged from the Internet Big Sea:

- a beautiful pink poster (drawed by Sweeney) from  a concert played at Middle Earth on October 31th, 1967 with the Soft Machine:

- this one from an "Implosion" event at the London Roundhouse on November 8th, 1970 with Soft Machine and Brinsley Schwarz:

- this page taken fron the "Evening News" with infos about the Hyde Park concert played on July 18th, 1970 (with Pink Floyd and Edgar Broughton Band) with a well-known picture of the band as a quartet.

As always these precious documents will be insert on the historical files of the Archive (here).
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September 17, 2017

The true heir of TEB's music founded!

Thanks TEB fan Spirito Bono (one of the few TEB's diggers!), after all these years we have found probably the real true heir of Third Ear Band's music!
As you know, this is one of the main, favourite Ghettoraga Archive's cultural debate, since TEB fans and the so-called 'specialized rock press' use to detect music and musicians that seem to the 'true spirit' of Our Holy Band.
Of course, after having listened to lot of tracks (often documented in this Archive), very few of this is real and in fact there's no bands effectively getting that unique flavour of TEB's music. 

But a little example exists and it is this Japanese obscure band called Freemason's Black Brain (any infos about it will be very appreciated!). 
They have a track (likely titled "Why"...?) on a very rare  compilation ("Lubb-Dupp - Psycotronic Methamorphosys II" published by LLE Label in 1982) and thanks Spirito Bono you can download it at: (but just few days left).
Listen to it and tell what do you think about... I think you will be very astonished as I was the first time I've listened to it!

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September 16, 2017

Roger Dean's original painting for TEB "Macbeth" cover auctioned at Ewbanks.

Roger Dean's original painting for TEB "Macbeth" cover has been auctioned at Ewbanks in September 2016 (read here).
These was the description of the item:

"Roger Dean (b. 1944) - Polanski's Macbeth, oil on board depicting the three witches scene from the film, this original artwork was used on the cover of the soundtrack in 1971 by Third Ear Band, signed lower left, framed & glazed under instructions from Roger Dean, 15 x 15 inches.

Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist. Roger Dean is best known for his work on posters & album covers for musicians, which he began painting in the late 1960s. The artists for whom he did the most art are English rock bands Yes & Asia. The covers often feature exotic, fantasy landscapes. his work has sold more than sixty million copies worldwide.

Estimated £3,000 - £5,000, it seems the painting is still available for buying.

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September 08, 2017

Steve Pank's "electric universe" theory.

Steve Pank, former promoter and driver man of Our Magic Band, husband of violin player Ursula Smith, is also an expert of Other Worlds, science and ambient.
Here below you can watch a 55' video interview (with Piers Corbyn) about the fascinating "electric universe" theory he made in 2016 for Web portal "Windows of the World".

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August 31, 2017

Original contacts from the first 1969 TEB photo session taken by Ray Stevenson.

Here below you can watch the really precious original two contacts of the very first TEB photo session taken by Ray Stevenson at London Kensell Green cemetery presumably in the Spring 1969.
As documented elsewhere on this Archive (read here here and here) Glen Sweeney, Paul Minns and Richard Coff (with Carolyn Looker) was photographed at the cemetery for selecting some takes to put on "Alchemy" cover: only one photo was chosen later for the album and few other takes was published through the years on magazines, books and Internet...

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July 29, 2017

Rare EMI-Blackhill's invitation card found!

This is a rare invitation card printed by E.M.I. Records in conjunction with Blackhill Enterprises to launch Harvest artists at the Mothers club in Birmingham on June 4th, 1969.


The interesting thing about it is that Harvest selected the Edgar Broughton Band, Michael Chapman, Pete Brown & the Battered Ornaments and 'our' Third Ear Band to represent its music just few days later (May 30th) the first showcase at the London Roundhouse.

That was a very intense period for the TEB because just after "Alchemy" released few days later (June 7th) the band played the Hyde Park free concert  supporting Blind Faith.
                        Mothers club membership card
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July 21, 2017

"Brain Waves" CD reissue scheduled for September, 22th 2017.

As announced some weeks ago, "Brain Waves" CD reissue (originally published by Materiali Sonori in 1993) has been scheduled by Gonzo Multimedia for September 22th, 2017
The album, with the original cover by Carolyn Looker and booklet notes by Luca Chino Ferrari, will be enhanced by a bonus track recorded the same year.
Info and pre-order

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