Preamble

Thanks for stopping by.
Hope you find something of interest.
I hope to be able to upload some of my obscure 60s sessions from Top Gear Saturday Club etc. Strictly limiting this to 1967-1971.
If you have any sessions you think I might be interested in -leave a comment

Friday, 25 January 2019

FAMILY on Top Gear 26/11/67

FAMILY Top Gear 26/11/67

The Burning Shed 8CD & DVD box set has recently been released, and whilst it repeats much of what is already available, we finally have  'Scene through the eye of a lens' and 'Winter' from Top Gear 26/11/67.
Scene is not a million miles from the 45 version, and I can't help wondering if this were truely cut in the studio, or just an acetate version the band brought along to the BBC; whatever it's nice to catch up with it. (Cynical moment here), it sounds like a cut and paste with new vocal overdub and some extra Grech parts. It would be a minor miracle if this could have been achieved one take at the BBC.
Does anyone have more info on this?
The real revelation is 'Winter' Here a full on psychedelic version akin to 'Scene'.
I thought I would post the missing two tracks from this session, 'Voyage' and 'Peace of mind' from Alexis Korner show but syndicated from the Top Gear session.
They are pretty rough sounding, as they were sourced from a short wave broadcast on BBC World Service. For fans of the early band, they are however essential.
While you are at it, check out their Hyde Park gig from 24/8/68, it's only 14 minutes long, and is available on Sugarmegs. Also the Bouton Rouge segments on Youtube.
If anyone can upgrade any of this -please get in touch.

FAMILY Top Gear 26/11/67

Friday, 18 January 2019


The PRETTY THINGS In Concert 1970


I believe the Pretty Things recorded two concerts for the BBC during 1970.
I don't know which one this is, or even if it is complete.
Sound is a bit iffy, but listenable, and would love to get an upgrade if anyone has one.
My thanks to the original taper from long ago, whose details I have lost.
I was reminded of this by the excellent work that "Ace Rimmer" is doing on Youtube,
and who has recently uploaded some unique 1971 sessions by them.
Tracks are:
In The Square-The Letter-Rain; Sickle Clowns and Old Man Going, which has some
tasty guitar from (presumably) Peter Tolson.
Get it here:

PRETTY THINGS 1970
















Friday, 14 December 2018

Unknown 60's/Early 70's Jazz Piece

Unknown 60's/Early 70's Jazz Piece

This came from a tape of predominantly live BBC sessions.
Probably from 1969, and probably from Mike Harding's "Sound of the 60s" show. You can just hear a second of the DJ at the end.
Can anybody identify it? It is certainly superior stuff imho.

Here it is:
Unknown Jazz Piece 1

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Unknown 70's Acetate "Understanding"

UNKNOWN 70's ACETATE "Understanding"

Found on the back of a Eula Cooper acetate is this pleasant (unrelated) track called 'Understanding'.
Sort of America meets Alone Again Or.
Can anyone identify it?
No doubt it is a case of a group reusing an unclaimed single sided acetate. There is no identifcation on the acetate at all.
Listen to it here.
Understanding

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Top Gear 26th January 1969 Pt1

Top Gear 26th January 1969 Part 1

It's only been a year since my last post.
Here (for what it's worth) is the first half of this program.
I say that, because the sound is fairly awful. It was rescued like its predecessor from a single channel muffled tape, and I have done what I can to improve it.
As a show it is of some interest, with some excellent sessions from The Fairports, Jethro Tull, Idle Race and a great Keef Hartley blast.
Also a preview of The Misunderstoods 'Children of the Sun' presumably from acetate, as John ponders whether 'My Mind' will be the flip. (It wasn't).
So I hope you can enjoy it amidst the scrapes bangs and heterodyne whistle!
Here's the link
Top Gear 26/1/69


Monday, 30 October 2017

Top Gear with John Peel 13/4/69 with sessions by:
Glass Menagerie; Terry Reid; Blodwyn Pig and Bonzo Dog Band


Here is the first part of Top Gear 13/4/69. I rescued this from a muffled recording on one track only.
Eq'd to the best of my ability, it is still far from perfect, but is at least listenable.
Now you may be aware of other sites hosting Top Gears by the hundred, though mostly from the 80's and later, but it has quickly become apparent that these are designed for "stamp collectors", who avidly copy them and then never play them again, or those who crave copies of the "Festive 50" more than life itself.
Well each to his own, just stay away from me. OK?

For me, the magic of these early shows is the often unique sessions and the early Peel commentary, long before he became a star. There is no doubt in my mind, that the magic quickly faded after John Walters took over production from Bernie Andrews.

If you were around in the 60s and have some parts of uncirculated Top Gear from that period on tape then do get in touch.

Lastly - feel free to copy and distribute these shows as you see fit, even if it gets on my wiki!

Play it here: TG130469pt1.mp3 

Depending upon the interest, I will post part 2 shortly, and a whole load more uncirculated shows.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

(Hats off to) Roy Harper - His 1968 Top Gear Session

(Hats off to) Roy Harper - His 1968 Top Gear Session




I hope Mr. Harper will not object to this:

From two different sources, here is Roy Harper's second Top Gear session.
Originally tx on 13/3/68, tracks 1-3 come from a repeat of the session tx 12/5/68
The final track was sourced from Sugarmegs.
As far as I can devise this has not been released.
The superb orchestrated backing comes from the Keith Mansfield group of 9 musicians.
Apologies for tape hiss and small glitch at the end of Night Fighter

1. Night Fighter
2. Life Goes By
3. A Beautiful Rambling Mess
4. All You Need Is

Usual request for upgrades, and the first session from late '67
Thanks to Tony for having the foresight of taping this, and Knees at Sugarmegs, whose indepth
analysis of the similarity/differences between the LP and Top Gear versions, is worth reading.
Here's the link:    ROY HARPER Top Gear 1968

Check out Colin Harper's excellent site on You Tube, where amongst other things, has uploaded a better version of Night Fighter