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T.Rex recorded a performance of Jeepster for the german programme Beat-Club .
Beat-Club was a infamous German music program that ran from September 1965 to December 1972. Jeepster was performed in front of a blue screen, graphic’s were added later and the finished film was transmitted on November 13th T. Rex were a British glam rock band formed in 1967 by singer/ songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan.

The band formed as Tyrannosaurus Rex, releasing four underground folk albums under the name. Tony Visconti (their producer for several albums) claimed in a documentary on the band that he had taken the abbreviated term “T. Rex” as a shorthand. This initially irritated Bolan, who gradually came around to the idea and officially shortened the band’s name to “T. Rex” at roughly the same time they started having their first big hits (and shortly after going electric).

After earning success in the early and mid-1970s, the band broke up after Bolan was killed in a 1977 car accident. In 1971 T. Rex performed their Hit Single “Jeepster” live at the Beat Club Show in Bremen

 

Rory Gallagher, one of the finest Blues-Rock guitarists to come out of Ireland, passed away twenty years ago today. Rory was a great front-man for a Blues band, with a wild, rough voice, astonishing skill and sensitivity as a guitarist, and he was a brilliant songwriter too

Taste feat. Rory Gallagher – Beat Club 52
Setlist:
It’s happened before it’ll happen again #1
If the day was any longer
Morning sun
It’s happened before it’ll happen again #2

Surviving Members Of Fotheringay For London Show

The surviving members of folk music giants Fotheringay have announced a London concert on June 19th, their first such show for 45 years. Jerry Donahue, Gerry Conway and Pat Donaldson will reunite under the band name for the gig at Under The Bridge.

News of the performance comes on the day March 30th that Universal release the four-disc set ‘Nothing More: The Collected Fotheringay,’ by the group formed by vocal legend Sandy Denny, on her departure from Fairport Convention, with her future husband Trevor Lucas. She had named the group after her 1968 composition which was inspired by Fotheringhay Castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned. That song became part of Fairport’s landmark 1969 album and Sandy Denny’s debut with the group, ‘What We Did On Our Holidays.’

The new set features their one released album, from 1970, a 1971 follow-up that was abandoned when Denny left the group, plus unseen TV footage, previously unreleased live recordings from August 1970 and seven tracks recorded in session for BBC radio. This 3CD/1DVD set is the most comprehensive compilation yet of the group’s recordings, including hitherto unseen television footage, previously unreleased live recordings from a festival in Rotterdam (both from August 1970) and, for the first time, the official release of the seven existing tracks which Fotheringay recorded in session for BBC radio. The final DVD disc is the real Holy Grail for her fans. The four songs recorded by the group for the German TV show Beat Club effectively double the existing footage of Sandy Denny in performance. Two of these, ‘Nothing More’ and ‘John the Gun’ were never even broadcast at the time. Nothing More comes in hardcover book format complete with rare and previously unseen photographs of the band plus previously unseen original sketches for the Fotheringay cover by Marion Appleton, Trevor Lucas’s sister.

Lucas, Conway and Donahue all went on to join Fairport in 1972; the unfinished second album was finally released in 2008 as ‘Fotheringay 2,’ leading a whole new audience towards the delights of this short-lived but seminal outfit.

Buy ‘Nothing More: The Collected Fotheringay’

Rory Gallagher and band live at the Beat Club from German TV in your town , as evidenced by this dozen-track collection of live-in-the-studio work from the early years of his solo career. This disc officially appeared in September 2010 and collects four tunes from three separate sessions recorded May 1971 through June 1972 for the German Beat Club TV series (a companion DVD was released simultaneously). The songs will be familiar to Gallagher fans, as most are available on his first few albums. All but Junior Wells “Messin’ with the Kid” and Sonny Thompson‘s “Toredown” (probably best known through Freddie Kings version) are originals, played by his sturdy backing trio featuring Wilgar Campbell on drums and longtime bassist Gerry McAvoy. While there aren’t many musical surprises, these versions are noticeably leaner and tougher than their associated studio performances. The sound is terrific for live music of the time — full, rich, and well recorded, with every instrument easily identifiable in the mix but displaying all the rawness and crackling sparks that made Rory Gallagher such an iconic figure in the history of blues-rock.

The Rory Gallagher musical well isn’t dry quite yet, as evidenced by this dozen-track collection of live-in-the-studio work from the early years of his solo career. This disc officially appeared in September 2010 and collects four tunes from three separate sessions recorded May 1971 through June 1972 for the German Beat Club TV series (a companion DVD was released simultaneously). The songs will be familiar to all Rory Gallagher fans, as most are available on his first few albums. All but Junior Wells‘ “Messin’ with the Kid” and Sonny Thompson‘s “Toredown” (probably best known through Freddie King‘s version) are originals, played by his sturdy backing trio featuring Wilgar Campbell on drums and longtime bassist Gerry McAvoy. While there aren’t many musical surprises, these versions are noticeably leaner and tougher than their associated studio performances. This also makes a logical companion piece to Gallagher‘s breakthrough release, Live in Europe, since it’s recorded with the same band but only repeats four of its selections. The blues-rocker was young, hungry, and scorching hot during these years and Germany was one of the first countries where he found success. Numbers such as “Crest of a Wave,” “Sinnerboy,” “Used to Be,” the aforementioned “Toredown” along with the acoustic “Just the Smile” and “I Don’t Know Where I’m Going” don’t show up often in concert versions, if at all, even with the plethora of live Gallagher material available, so clean, live recordings of them are a real find for fans. The guitarist hit his groove on these sessions, as can be heard on a surging “I Could’ve Had Religion,” where his slide work simply burns. The song “Hands Up,” caught here from the 1971 show, wouldn’t appear on a studio title until 1973’s Blueprint, although the arrangement didn’t change markedly over the years. Rory Gallagher rips into a seven-minute take on his slow blues “Should’ve Learned My Lesson” with the type of intensity Jimmy Page routinely displayed, and Campbell‘s drums have ferocity similar to John Bonham‘s. The sound is terrific for live music of the time — full, rich, and well recorded, with every instrument easily identifiable in the mix but displaying all the rawness and crackling sparks that made Rory Gallagher such an iconic figure in the history of blues-rock.

There was or is No better guitarist than Rory Gallagher, This superb two disc DVD set tells for the first time the complete and fully authorised story of Rory Gallagher. On disc one “Ghost Blues” follows Rory s life and career from his upbringing in Cork, his early days with a showband, the brief success of Taste and then his legendary solo career leading up to his health problems in later life and tragic death at the age of just 47. There are archive interviews, both audio and visual, with Rory and contributions from many of his friends and admirers including his brother Donal, Bob Geldof, The Edge, Cameron Crowe, Slash, Johnny Marr, James Dean Bradfield, Ronnie Drew, Bill Wyman, Martin Carthy, band members Ted McKenna and Gerry McAvoy and many more. Disc two The Beat Club Sessions then shows what Rory Gallagher was really all about a magnificent live performer. Drawn from three different appearances on the German TV series Beat Club , this disc contains over 90 minutes of previously unreleased live performances which ably illustrate why he inspired so many of the musicians who pay tribute to him in Ghost Blues .

Manassas was an American Rock band formed by Stephen Stills in 1971. Predominantly a vehicle for Stills’ artistic vision, the band released two albums during its active tenure, 1972’s Manassas and 1973’s Down the Road. The band dissolved in October 1973. The band’s first album simply titled Manassas,was  a double-album sporting a cover photo from the shoot in Virginia, released in May 1972. The album was well received, and Manassas globally toured behind it for most of 1972, including television appearances on ABC-TV’s In Concert in the United States and Beat-Club in West Germany

01 Carry on 00:00
02 Know You Gotta Run 03:58
03 Word Game 09:56
04 Remember The Americans 13:34
05 So you want to be a rock ‘n roll star 15:54
06 Go Back Home 18:42
07 Pensamiento 23:33
08 49 reasons ~ 25:40
09 For What It’s Worth 32:19
10 Find The Cost of Freedom 35:16

I think this was recorded for Beat-Club (not for the MusikLaden, which replaced Beat-Club on December 13th, 1972). The show was broadcast on March 25, 1972 (referred to as Episode #1.77)

In 1972, with an already embarrassingly rich resume Stephen Stills career with Buffalo Springfield, Super Session, CSN&Y, Stephen Stills’ finest hour was still to come. Along with ex-Byrd/Burrito Chris Hillman, Stills co-founded Manassas and issued a 2LP set that was called “a sprawling masterpiece” . Manassas was barely 6 months old when they convened at the film studios of Germany’s Radio Bremen to record this excellent 35+ minute live performance for the TV show, Beat Club. Released on DVD in 2000 and reportedly, the only visual documentation of the band, Manassas, with no audience, expertly fusing Stills’ musical passions (blues rock, Latin & country) into a distinctively potent blend. Note this set’s suite of songs, beginning with “Song Of Love” and running uninterrupted through to “Jet Set (Sigh).” Instead of concluding the run as originally recorded on the LP (with “Anyway”), Stills throws the band a live curve ball (you can actually see and hear the momentary confusion at the 20:45 mark) and, in front of the rolling cameras, kicks off an extended jam instead (at 22:00). The DVD is worth owning just to see Stills’ short-lived Manassas in performance mode, something most of us never got the opportunity to experience. Find the DVD at Amazon,

manassas
Manassas was a fairly short-lived project, but a highly creative one. The double album was in a sense a concept album of different genres from which the band could quite easily and most skilfully draw upon.
The core members of Manassas were:
Stephen Stills: vocals, keyboards & guitar (CSNY, ex-Buffalo Springfield)
Chris Hillman: vocals, mandolin & guitar (ex-Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers)
Al Perkins: steel guitar & guitar (ex-Gram Parsons and Flying Burrito Brothers)
Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuels: bass, backing vocals (ex-CSNY and John Sebastian)
Paul Harris: keyboards (played with John Sebastian during 1968-71)
Dallas Taylor: drums (ex-Clear Light, CSNY and John Sebastian)
Joe Lala: percussion, backing vocals (ex-Blues Image and Pacific Gas & Electric)