Various Artists: 50th Anniversary Bath Festival 1969-70 3 CD Set

Various Artists: 50th Anniversary Bath Festival 1969-70 3 CD Set


The Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music was a counterculture era music festival held at the Royal Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England on 27–29 June 1970. Bands such as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin performed. The was the second Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music promoted by the Bannisters, the first held on 28th June 1969, which headlined Peter Greens Fleetwood Mac and featured soon the be Rock Gods, Led Zeppelin playing a mere one hour set in the mid of the afternoon set, along with - John Mayall, The Nice, Ten Years After, Colosseum, John Peel, Keef Hartley, Roy Harper. And the audience.

The 1970 festival started at midday on the 27th (a Saturday) and finished at about 6:30 am on Monday morning. A DJ played records for early arrivers from the Friday evening and continued to do so between many of the sets until the end. The festival featured a line-up of the top American West Coast and British bands of the day, including Santana, The Flock, Led Zeppelin (headlining act), Hot Tuna, Country Joe McDonald, Colosseum, Jefferson Airplane (set aborted), The Byrds (acoustic set), The Moody Blues (unable to play), Dr. John (acoustic set), Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, Canned Heat, It's a Beautiful Day, Steppenwolf, Johnny Winter, John Mayall with Peter Green, Pink Floyd (premiering their new masterpiece, the yet to be named Atom Heart Mother Suite), Pentangle, Fairport Convention, Keef Hartley, and the Maynard Ferguson Big Band. This line-up was approaching the level of the more famous Isle of Wight Festival held in August of the same year. As it attracted less press coverage at the time and was a smaller affair, it has generally received less attention in the years since. The Bath Festival was the brainchild of promoter Freddy Bannister and his wife Wendy Bannister. The 1970 show attracted a significantly larger crowd of 150,000. Michael Eavis was attendant at the festival and was inspired to hold, later that year, the first event of what would become the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts.

These 3 discs feature the restored recordings from both festivals!



1 Ten Years After I Woke Up This Morning 2 Ten Years After Good Morning Little Schoolgirl 3 Blodwyn Pig Aint Ya Comin' Home 4 Blodwyn Pig Cats Squirrel 5 Taste Same Old Story 6 Collosseum Walking in the Park 7 Fleetwood Mac (inc Peter Green) Blues Jam 8 Fleetwood Mac (inc Peter Green) So Many Natural Ways 9 Fleetwood Mac (inc Peter Green) Red Hot Mama 10 The Nice Karelia Suite 11 The Nice She Belongs To Me


1 Donovan Mellow Yellow 2 Steppenwolf Sookie Sookie 3 Steppenwolf Born To Be Wild 4 Johnny winter Guess I'll Go Away 5 Johnny winter Johnny B Goode 6 Johnny winter Have You Ever Been Mistreated 7 The Byrds Rock n Roll Star 8 The Byrds Bugler 9 The Byrds Black Mountain Rag 10 The Byrds Mr Tambourine Man 11 The Byrds Pretty Boy Floyd 12 The Byrds Antique Sandy 13 The Byrds You Ain't Going Nowhere 14 The Byrds Baby Do You Want Me to Do


1 John Mayall It Might As Well Be Raining 2 John Mayall Crazy Woman 3 Canned heat Reefer Blues 4 Canned heat Something's Gotta Go 5 Frank Zappa Mom And Dad 6 Country Joe Silver and Gold 7 Country Joe Martha Lorraine 8 Country Joe Fixing to Die Rag 9 Santana Black Magic Woman 10 Santana Incident at Neshabar 11 White Bird It's A Beautiful Day