― doomie x, Tuesday, 10 August 2004 13:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
The 2 I like are "Alchemy", even tho' it's a bit ramshackle in places, and the "Macbeth" soundtrack.
Whatever you do, don't get sucked into Harvest label collecting. If you have S&D Collins and T.E.Band releases, you probably have the best of it. A lot of it the other stuff on the label was pretty bad, so be careful, & don't spend too much!!
― Pashmina (Pashmina), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 13:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― Pashmina (Pashmina), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 13:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
ps don't be embarrassed. no hassle-no rush!
― doomie x, Tuesday, 10 August 2004 13:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
Several Harvest acts ("Quatermass" is one of them) were poor quality deep-purple spinoffs.
― Pashmina (Pashmina), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 13:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― doomie x, Tuesday, 10 August 2004 13:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 13:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― Marco Damiani (Marco D.), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 13:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
If yr looking at early '70's brit u/g music, check this guy's site out:
― Pashmina (Pashmina), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 13:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
hstencil - deffo check out third ear band -- i got the macbeth soundtrack which is good (but am obsessed with polanski at the mo') and this weirdo double album. it is an early 90s incarnation of the third ear (which indeed blows - picture stone hedge spinal tap and you aer almost there) but the second cd is their soundtrack to an early seventies television show which is like fourty minutes of freaky drones.
ps. red krayola review is in upcoming nme. hooray. how fucking bizarre is that? tis the year of the weird.
― doomie x, Tuesday, 10 August 2004 14:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 14:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
These pseudonyms get more arcane each time out...
― Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 17:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 17:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 17:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
but the second cd is their soundtrack to an early seventies television show which is like fourty minutes of freaky drones.
hmm - is this that Abelard & Heloise thing? I've always wanted to hear that but I've never come across a copy of the Blueprint release. Hey Doomie if you like the Third Ear Band stuff you might want to keep an eye out for that German band Limbus. They had two albums from the early 70s that are definitely cut from the same cloth. also Pete Brown Piblokto/Battered Ornaments are great! Nothing like Third Ear Band though; more toward the crazed Edgar Broughton end of Harvest stable. The Battered Ornaments record from '69 has an awesome version of "Politician" (which Brown wrote with Jack Bruce).
and hey Pashmina that Quartermass record is actually pretty good! But I'm easy to please. Then again I guess I'm just a fan of that whole Atomic Rooster/Crazy World of Arthur Brown/Rustic Hinge/Andromeda/Hard Stuff axis...
― Monetizing Eyeballs (diamond), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 18:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
― scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 18:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
the "alchemy"/"macbeth" love is flowing, but doesn't anyone like the s/t one? with "air," "fire," etc? it's got some really nice moments, i think.
(and i always thought of limbus as being way more abstrusely 'free' than the third ear band. but if you like limbus, check out horde catalytique pour le fin.)
― el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 20:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
"I was crashing in Notting Hill Gate, getting very hungry and we had no equipment, so I thought we should have a go at the folk scene, more or less! (Describes recruiting some of they guys...) So two violins, an oboe and I'd made myself a drum out of a shell I'd found in a pad! I'd managed to fix a skin on it and painted it up to look a bit Egyptian! We knew a guy, a guitarist called Davey Graham, who used to work down Les Cousins, really brilliant guitarist. We used to sit and eat daffodils together! He told us to get down to Cousins and he booked us a gig. We went down there. Davey was there. They gave us a free Coca-Cola, which didn't help at all and Davey finished his set. He announced us as the Third Ear Band--Carolyn (Glenn's missus) thought it up. At the time we only had about one number, we weren't sure about. We all decided to play our arses off. We went through this one number that must've lasted about 20 minutes, stood up for the applause and went to dismount at the side of the stage. The guy came up and said, 'Davey told me it's an all nighter.' He then gave us another Coke and we went back on and played this number over and over again...which is where the idea of Alchemy came from, you see. By the time we'd actually collapsed, he took pity on us and gave us three quid; we'd now got three numbers!"
The whole story of the band just goes on and on like this!
― Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 20:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
"Yeah, that was really bad news. It was a fuckup from beginning to end...It was bad news and we were bad news. My God!"
― Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Tuesday, 10 August 2004 20:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink
Is this offa any of the albums? This is the first I heard by 'em, but it's more 'song' than I figured they'd sound. Although it does keep on rolling. But very nice!
― gnarly sceptre, Tuesday, 14 August 2007 19:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink
from the comments:
this is pretty much as they sound on the Jan 71 BBC session - though without the conga player.
their "proper" albums, the 3 on Harvest, have no vocals. This sounds more like the 4th (unreleased) album "Magus".
The stuff from their late 80's reunion is all great as well - Live Ghosts, Magic Music, and Brain Waves.
― sleeve, Tuesday, 14 August 2007 19:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink
― admrl, Monday, 12 November 2007 17:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink
Wow at that youtube clip! Never heard that before. Who'd have thought popol vuh meets t rex would be such a perfect fit?
― Pashmina, Monday, 12 November 2007 18:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink
This sounds more like the 4th (unreleased) album "Magus".
it does! and i like that album quite a lot, now that i finally found a bloody copy.
― GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Monday, 12 November 2007 18:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink
i picked up the s/t album a little while back. it wasn't quite clicking for a good while there, but then i put it on as mood music before i went to sleep last night and it really got under my skin, damn near scaring the shit out of me. those discordant claps of violin never let up, like somebody poking a stick up your backside.
― charlie h, Thursday, 3 November 2011 03:23 (seven years ago) Permalink
I got that Harvest compilation lp A Breath of Fresh Air when I started doing a radio show in Dublin and fell heavily for the Third Ear Band lp on there so was playing it pretty frequently. I've had Alchemy for years but not got massively into it. A label called Gott put out the 1st 2 lps together about 10 years back which I've had on a shelf for most of taht time. I'm just ripping tracks to add to a new walkman so have that among the tracks being ripped.
It was interesting to see what material turned up on the LOst Broadcasts dvd cos it seems for the most part to be more electric than what is on those first couple of lps. May just be chance and an inevitable development since from what I understand they developed out of a band who had a lot of their electric gear nicked. So maybe they were likely to be electrifying as money came in for them to buy instruments.
― Stevolende, Sunday, 19 January 2014 13:16 (five years ago) Permalink
i love third ear band -- can anyone point me to other/contemporary bands that blend those particular medieval/drone/rhythm elements? i've been rewatching my herzog box set and fata morgana is up next. their music is so perfect for that movie!
― cross over the mushroom circle (La Lechera), Monday, 18 August 2014 19:21 (four years ago) Permalink
2019 update - my new band reminds me of third ear band :)
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 7 January 2019 19:55 (two months ago) Permalink
THere's a new box set version of the 2nd s/t lp alongside an unreleased lp from the time and some other stuffhttps://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/third-ear-band-third-ear-band-elements-1970-71-3cd-remastered-expanded-digipak-edition/meant to pick it up while I was in London but forgot about it. Read the review of the release as fresh news while on the flight over.
There's also a new remaster of the Macbeth soundtrack out.https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/third-ear-band-music-from-macbeth-remastered-expanded-edition/
both through Esoteric/Cherry red
― Stevolende, Monday, 7 January 2019 22:03 (two months ago) Permalink