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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Nabbed....' but with permission!, 27 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Infinite Love: Live At The Queen Elizabeth Hall 1971 (Audio CD)
As the Prof has said above, Ralph Beauvert's excellent mooncow website - especially Prof Cornelius' relatively recent interviews with three ex members reflecting on their time in the band - was indeed a major source for the notes. But it was by no means the only one, and (lest anyone think plagiarism was involved!) express permission to use the material was sought and given, by Ralph, before even a word of the 18,000 word notes was committed to type!

Other sources for quotation (all credited) include a substantial amount of the band's 1969-72 UK press coverage from NME, Melody Maker, Sounds, Disc, Zigzag, etc. Some of this material was acquired from press cuttings kept by band member Dave Codling but a lot was bought from rare magazine dealers specifically for the project by me (using a large part of the modest fee for writing said notes!), the writer of the notes and overseer of the mastering and design (36 page full colour booklets, no less). The notes are, without doubt and deliberately so, what historians would term a 'work of synthesis': taking disparate existing materials - primary and secondary sources - and weaving them into an accessible, substantial overview. Band members Phil and Dave are, I'm very happy to say, very pleased with the end result - and both looked over the notes BEFORE the CDs were printed and both also contributed personal anecdotes and extra bits of information - such as Phil's dealings with the Sun Records label and Dave's memories of the St Pancras gig, which can be heard on the 'Cosmic Energy' CD that accompanies this one - that were added in (either in paraphrase or in the form of direct quotation).

Also included in the booklet is a band chronology of gigs, TV, radio and recordings dates which, again, is a work of synthesis, being - as very clearly stated in the text and acknowledgements - sourced in terms of its backbone from the excellent 'Marmalade Skies' website which lists what was happening around the UK during the late 60s/70s month by month. Other sources for the chronology involved this writer scouring through his own collection of vintage music mags for further concert dates alongside Ken Garner's 'In Session Tonight', old concert flyers on the mooncow site and other sources.

The point to all this being that a very considerable amount of work was put into assembling notes, quotes and chronology into a whole that was both readable and accurate. It is, to my knowledge, the first time the Quintessence story (for the 1969-72 tenure of the original band - I don't follow the story beyond that point) has been written in any substantial form. And I'm very pleased to have done so!

Hopefully most Quintessence fans will enjoy the end result!
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Initial post: 3 Nov 2009 11:08:31 GMT
N. Black says:
Colin, absolutely hats off to you for the collation of the material and you did a really good job on it. To all and sundry, the sleeve notes provide a really exhaustive history of the band and are excellently presented... Prof C

Posted on 8 Nov 2009 20:40:50 GMT
A. Roberts says:
I haven't bought these two new CDs yet, but have perused tjem at a friends and I think Colin's sleeve notes are fantastic- it's almost a book! Until I read them I was absolutely and utterly convinced I saw Quintessence at Bradford St George's Hall on March 4 1972 - but the sleeve notes assure me it was '71!

Posted on 12 Nov 2009 23:33:28 GMT
N. P. Ladd says:
After years of dreaming about such releases, even thinking abt writing a book abt them, I am so glad you have all done this collective piece of work :-)

Now to find the TV/live footage ! Colin, you cud try BBC/ITV East Anglia for the broadcast footage from an Easter gig
at Norwich Cathedral [transmitted later I presume]. Maybe being small stations they wud keep stuff that HQ would wipe ?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2009 13:32:57 GMT
Colin Harper says:
Alas, NP, the Norwich film no longer exists. It's possible Swiss TV still have their film of the 1970 Montreux festival broadcast. aside from that there's 2 songs from St Pancras in the BFI archive (non-viewable without restoration inspection) and raw footage from the hollywood festival (ditto); BBC have 20 seconds from Glastonbury 1970 (seen in 'Glastonbury: the Movie'); LWT have 2 songs from 1971 ('God Rock') but their 'Freedom Roadshow' performance for Granada no longer exists; nor does John Hopkins' video film from guildford civic hall 1970. Freddie Robertson, who shot unused documentary footage in 1971, has proven untraceable (even via Lord Puttnam). there's privately held footage from Hyde Park 1969 which I've been unable to access. and I've been unable to trace any of the bands German TV appearances - they're not the usual suspect (ie Beat Club). Danish TV have nothing either. there is, though, 3 mins from Kralingen festival 1970 on the german release DVD 'Rock Fieber' and 9 mins from Glastonbury 1971 in 'the 'Glastonbury fayre' DVD. And that's it, as far as I'm aware...

Posted on 27 Dec 2009 13:53:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Dec 2009 13:55:01 GMT
The Fool says:
Please can someone tell me if the booklet in the St Pancras CD is different to the booklet in the Queen Elizabeth Hall 2CD?

I have the Queen Elizabeth Hall 2CD, so if you can tell me if there are different chapters (and pics?) in the other one that would be interesting to know.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2009 00:54:58 GMT
Colin Harper says:
Yes, the booklets are different: BOTH booklets are 36 page full colour affairs and the only shared material is one double page colour pic of the whole band at the start and the 4 pages of concert chronology at the end (the designer insisted in not splitting that info across two releases for some reason!). The rest of the text and illustrations are wholly different. Indeed, Cosmic Energy starts the band's story and Infinite Love finishes it, although each is designed as far as possible to be a stand-alone release. In an ideal world both Cosmic Energy and Infinite Love might have made a good 3CD box set with notes/pics in 'long format', but commercially it would be insane. Hats off to Hux for (a) licensing and releasing the material at all (b) acquiescing with only a momentary tremble at the notion (from a determined designer and sleevenoter) of full colour 36pp booklets times two. And hats off to Phil and Dave from the band for giving it all the once over and a hearty thumbs up before release.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2009 10:07:31 GMT
The Fool says:
thanks for the reply :-)
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