2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Historic night in Oxford,
This review is from: Oxford Poly 18th June 1977 (Audio CD)
I was at this gig way back all those years ago. I recall that Tim Blake was simply awesome, but Hear and Now had a great deal of trouble with their sound. Daevid Allen for the most part kept a low profile, but now and then contributed quite well. I recall a member of the band commenting on the un-togetherness of one number. So I was a little surprised by this CD as it seems the tape machine caught the gig a little better than my ears. Don't get me wrong this is not a classic performance. Here and Now could take your head off on a good night, but it's not as bad as I recall. I do also recall that we could not find any hash for sale, so experienced the gig rather too straight. Even so this is one for Here and Now fans only, and is not a good place to start if your new to the band. This is an important part of the collective experience of those of us who were into H&N, and enjoyed the freedom of the free festive scene of 77. In many ways this was the peak year of post 60's Hippydom in the UK. I do hope that a tape of Stonehenge 77 emerges one day, as for me that was the best Here and Now gig ever, through Hawk-winds excellent equipment.
This then is a must own CD for those of us who were there, or who wished we had been there...for the rest of humanity there are better Here and Now recordings to get started with.