Ginger Baker vs Elvin Jones, Lyceum 1970

Supplied by Colin Gibson

Colin Gibson… Ginger vs Elvin, Lyceum 1970. A young Gibson in the middle.

Alan King… cymbal-head

Claire Hamill… Brilliant!

Steve Cooke… Great pic Colin!

Liane Carroll… WALLOP!!! XX

Bernard Goffredo… I remember that

Marcus J Lamb-Bentley… Fantastic

Jimbo Tipler… Too cool!

Alan King… looking for ‘the one’

Phill Gill… You probably still have the same strings on that bass.

Phil Thornton… Cool pic !!

Tom James Cowan… the best drummers are all jazzers… ginger buddy charlie john densmore….elvin..

Yvonne Cleland… humungous

John McCormack… Cracking shot

Russell Field… Great stuff. Elvin Jones had synesthesia. Must have been mad to play with.

Billy Darlington… Top work Gibson!

Marcus de Mowbray… Yup, I was there! I was about 15 and a teacher took six of us who were keen on music to see that gig. The teacher was a close friend of jazz drummer Phil Seaman, Ginger’s mentor and friend, and this teacher also booked Phil to play a trio gig at the school a bit later. Phil played well but was in a dreadful state and died three weeks later. Many years later I depped for Liam Genocky in Rye and Colin was the bassist, great musician and very nice person!

Alan Esdaile… I wish I had a teacher like that.

Tony Qunta… Marcus, Yes the great Phil Seamen. So sad he left us so tragically. I saw him give a drum clinic at a music shop in Warrington. Absolutely amazing.

Roger Carey… I recall the drum play off with Ginger B and Elvin J being reported in the Melody Maker at the time- amazing you were on that Colin! Remember in Battle I performed ” I keep singing the same old song” by “Heavy Jelly” – you were in the audience (in Battle) and I said it was a mystery song/band and that you might know something about it… you shouted out “I wrote it!” So much great stuff you have been part of including of course one of my favourite bands “The Movies ” !

Chris Jolly… Nice Enough To Eat… almost literally!



Nice Enough To Eat – sampler Island Records 1969 & record covers


post suggested by Mark Sims & Eric Cawthraw

1. Fairport Convention – Cajun Woman
2. Mott The Hoople – At The Crossroads
3. Spooky Tooth – Better By You, Better Than Me
4. Jethro Tull – We Used To Know
5. Free – Woman
6. Heavy Jelly – I Keep Singing That Same Old Song
7. Blodwyn Pig – Sing Me A Song That I Know
8. Traffic – Forty Thousand Headmen
9. Nick Drake – Time Has Told Me
10. King Crimson – 21st Century Schizoid Man
11. Quintessence – Gungamai
12. Dr. Strangely Strange – Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal

Eric Cawthraw… Sampler albums eh! I’ve still got a copy of Island’s ‘Nice Enough to Eat’ – it was either 14/6 or 14/11, not too sure. It had some good stuff on it – Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Free and I particularly liked the Quintessence track – Gungamai. (I thing that’s the Ganges). It has been covered several times and was in the charts – by god knows who now! (John Storer – over to you, no pressure). Ah Quintessence – another great pier gig. As for the re-assurgence of albums – if you go to any major gig in the last 3 or 4 years – there is always LPs in the merchandising. I think the kids are beginning to get the fact that the artwork and the music are integral and should not be divorced as it is with downloads and even CDs for that matter. If anyone gets the chance to go to the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham – go to St. Paul’s Gallery. It’s an art gallery specializing in LP cover art. They do it all properly – getting licences from the artists/record companies and then produce limited editions, they’re damn expensive mind but some are signed by the original artists. There is/was a lot of Hipgnosis stuff: Pink Floyd and Wishbone Ash. They even had a copy of the Sgt. Peppers album cover – the one that wasn’t used in the end. I see they have a website now – worth a browse. When I was chatting to the gallery owner, we were berating the fact that the art and music were no longer integral. I said that in times gone by the composers were influenced by the painters and in turn, the painters by the composers. I also said that you know damn well that when that cave-man made rock drawings he was going to be chanting. OK, so I’m nearly old enough to remember it first hand – I hear you thinking. It impressed him and the Mrs. and I were invited to a private gig the next day at the gallery to see Gordon Giltrapp. We had to refuse as we were off back to sunny Hastings! I’ve not had the opportunity to go back there since – it was about 4-ish years ago now. I’m pleased to see that the business is still operating.

Hipgnosis link…

Patrick Lewis… I  had this one – favourite track :Time Has Told Me by Nick Drake.

Jim Breeds…. I  remember seeing that in the shops and always meant to buy a copy. n:-/

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To Sir With Love Film – Classic Gaiety Cinema 10th December 1967


Dave Nattress… I remember this film – almost/sort of attained Cult status. Great song and vocal and just look at all those amps and speaker cabinets behind Lulu. Marshall’s some of them for sure, although it’s a hazy image. Mind you the other film Karamoja – naked people indeed, must have been a bit out there for the time. I recall being all of 12 – 15 or so and hearing that there was one cinema in Hastings that had the reputation for putting on mainly “x” films, would it be the Curzon? We had none of that in sedate Bexhill you know! Even the Lone Ranger at the ABC minors was edited as too violent and the gun-shots were silenced otherwise they’d wake the old-folk up. One of which (so the numbers say, I suppose I am now). LOL. Life’s been glass half full mostly and then overflowing a lot of times thankfully, but it’s gone by so far damn quickly.

Andre Martin… Fact – in the end part of the film when they are at the School Dance the group appearing are “The Mindbenders” and this had been filmed in Windsor using an old barracks for the scene.