The Lost Broadcasts are a series of DVDs featuring performances that have rarely been seen since the original transmission on German television, in some cases more than forty years ago. Some of the artists featured within the series are legendary and these 'lost' performances will be a fine addition to any music fan's collection. The series covers a number of styles and genres; however, all of the performances are of a high calibre.
Third Ear Band was an experimental music group founded in London by Glen Sweeney in 1968. The members had previously been with The Giant Sun Trolley and The People Band. The first album, Alchemy, was released in 1969 and actually featured British radio D.J. John Peel on jaws harp.
More famously, the band opened for The Rolling Stones at their Hyde Park concert in July 1969. The original line-up featured Glen Sweeney, Paul Minns, Richard Coff, Mel Davis and David Tomlin. Except for Glen Sweeney ,who was a constant with the band, the line-up was always considered fluid with members coming and going over the years.
At the time of these performances, which were recorded from September 1970, the band consisted of Glen Sweeney, Paul Minns, Denim Bridges and Paul Buckmaster, who would go onto work with Elton John amongst many other high profile artists.
Three pieces were filmed on 11th September, including the unreleased Hyde Park. The other two tracks were David Grocking and In D, which is thought to be Raga in D. Druid Grocking was played during a John Peel Top Gear session in the summer of 1969 and is an extended workout of the song Druid One from the Alchemy album. In D is a piece originally recorded at the sessions for the debut album Alchemy.
The band returned to the studio to film once more on 26th September and this time performed another slightly shorter version of Hyde Park. Third Ear Band would go on to record a very famous soundtrack in 1972 for the Roman Polanski film Macbeth. By this time future Hawkwind and David Bowie band member Simon House had joined.
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1. In D (11 Sept 1970)
2. Hyde Park (11 Sept 1970)
3. Druid Grocking (11 Sept 1970)
4. Hyde Park (26 Sept 1970)
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