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An oyster harboring a musical pearl
on 4 July 2008
Like the previous reviewer, I've given this five stars. The film, I agree, is quite astoundingly atrocious: however, it is one of my most prized possessions, due to the appearance (in Beatland) of none other than the Graham Bond Organization.
For me, it's worth owning this title just for that short segment, in which they give a typically mind-blowing rendition of "Harmonica" (unfortunately, and presumably under duress, whilst miming, but that's in keeping with the film of course). Graham is his usual larger-than-life self; the irrepressible Dick Heckstall-Smith (whom I knew as a friend and much admired) is looking cool in his shades; Jack Bruce is hilarious during the following scene where the teacher berates them for their playing style (he also tells Graham he isn't "beaty enough"); and Ginger Baker just looks totally bemused by the tackiness of the whole thing.
For those who know and love the GBO, this scene is a priceless treasure!