Label: Ace Records
Release date: 24.11.2023
“Incident At a Free Festival” is a tribute to the mid-afternoon slots at Deeply Vale, Bickershaw, Krumlin, Weeley, and Plumpton – early 70s festivals that don’t get the column inches afforded the Isle of Wight or Glastonbury Fayre, but which would have been rites of passage for thousands of kids. Bands lower down the bill would have been charged with waking up the gentle hippies and appealing to both the greasy bikers and the girls in knee-high boots who wanted to wiggle their hips. And the best way to do that was with volume, riffs and percussion.
Compiled by the venerated Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne, this is the heavier side of the early 70s they summarised on the acclaimed “English Weather” collection. There’s an air of menace and illicit thrills among tracks by Andwella, Stack Waddy and Leaf Hound (whose “Grower of Mushroom” album is worth well over £1,000). Bigger names include the rabble-rousing Edgar Broughton Band and kings of the festival freakout, Hawkwind. They are represented by the rare Ejection single. For every mystical Tyrannosaurus Rex performance there was something like Atomic Rooster’s Tomorrow Night or Curved Air’s Back Street Luv to capture the spirit of the day and stir the loins of festival goers; the tracks on “Incident At a Free Festival” were inspired by both Chicago’s percussive wig-outs and the Pink Fairies’ anarchic spirit. The sounds were heavy and frequently funky, with a definite scent of danger. Their message was clear and simple: clap your hands, stamp your feet, hold on to your mind. So, put on your wellies in your living room, drop the needle or fire up the CD player and enjoy.
Another terrific tracklisting of aural awesomeness, put together so passionately by Bob And Pete that you just need to sink into you armchairs or barstools, close your eyes and you're in the hard-rocking, funky-blues juicing territory of early 70's British Free Festivals.
Taking the vibes and feel of greasy bikers and humming hippies this mixes the angry brigade with the dancing parade with 20 tracks of grooving funky rock.
Whether you're into the roots of proto-metal, the 60's Yippie freakscene or what came after flower-power then this is the album for you. It'll equally appeal to DJ's with an eye for stoner-disco and far out bangers as well as being a source of awesome drums and fuzzed out samples! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AS EVER!
• 01 Chasing Shadows - Deep Purple
• 02 One Way Glass - Manfred Mann Chapter Three
• 03 Hold Onto Your Mind - Andwella
• 04 Hot Pants - Alan Parker & Alan Hawkshaw
• 05 Do It (Single Edit) - Pink Fairies
• 06 Tomorrow Night - Atomic Rooster
• 07 Taken All The Good Things - Stray
• 08 Out Demons Out - Edgar Broughton Band
• 09 For Mad Men Only - May Blitz
• 10 Backstreet Luv - Curved Air
• 11 Ejection - Hawkwind
• 12 Meat Pies Ave Come But Band's Not Ere Yet - Stackwaddy
• 13 Lovely Lady Rock - James Hogg
• 14 Third World - Paladin
• 15 Taking Some Time On (Album Version) - Barclay James Harvest
• 16 Ricochet (Single Version) - Jonesy
• 17 Led Balloon - Steve Gray
• 18 Big Boobs Boogie - Slowload
• 19 Freelance Fiend - Leaf Hound
• 20 Confunktion - Dave Richmond