August 10, 2010

TEB's 1969 "Top Gear Session" will be realised on August 31th, 2010 by E.M.I.!

On next August 31th, 2010 E.M.I. will realise the official "Top Gear Session" Third Ear Band (Sweeney, Minns, Coff, Smith) played on July 27th, 1969.
The tracks ("Hyde Park Raga", "Druid" and "Ghetto Raga") will be available just in  MP3 format by download from Web site (read at the page
It is possible also to listen a brief sample of each tracks: the  sound's quality  seems better than all the versions circulating in these years amid the fans...

Product Details (from Web site)
Original Release Date: August 16, 2010 
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Copyright: (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd
Total Length: 19:57
Genres: Rock/General

It would be a great thing if we could listen in the future some other radio recordings from the BBC vaults (read a list of the recordings known at

Post scriptum (22-09-2010): please read in this archive at

no©2010 Luca Ferrari


  1. really wonderful to find your blog...there is a serious absence of information online regarding the third ear band. whatever happened to them?

  2. Hi.
    Thanks for your comment. You're right, the aim of this archive is just to inform about the band with first-hand sources and stuffs because generally journalists biographers used to repeat the same old commonplaces about it (i.e. Wikipedia or something like this...).
    I've been managing the band in the Eighties and I've known very well Glen and the others... I'm still in contact with some of them... For having some news about the band and his fate you can start to read the history at the page
    Anyway thanks for your interest.

  3. Hi Lucca!
    Regarding the Top Gear session ,John Peel announces after "Druid" That the TEB Are Paul Minns Oboe,Richard Coff violin a lady called Ursula on cello and Glen Sweeney on percussion and stuff(A rough transcript.)No Ben (Shame!)
    Also ,As it has been pointed out to me,The picture outside the Roundhouse,the guy next to Paul is Paul Buckmaster and not Ben Cartland.
    I can only repeat, This is a wonderfull thing
    you have created , Many thanks!
    Regards Will.

  4. Yes, Will, I'm wrong... About the Peel Session it's just a silly mistake,because I knew it and having the tape it's enough to listen it...
    About the photo, you're right again, because in that right period Buckmaster was in the band... (read the page at
    So, thanks. I'll correct everything...

  5. The confusion about TEB's line-up in this session comes also from the official BBC Radio 1 site, that mentions Ben Cartland instead of Ursula:

  6. the way, has anyone listened to these mp3s? Do they really sound better than the "unofficial" versions?

  7. Not yet, Mirco, even because you can download the session only from USA, not Europe. But you can listen few seconds of each tracks and the sound quality seems better than the botlegs one.