Revelations

A Musical Anthology For Glastonbury Fayre

20th-24th June 1971

Revelations

Tracks:

  1. Dark Star - Grateful Dead [24.06] Empire Pool Wembley, 8 April 1972
  2. Love Song - Brinsley Schwartz [4.02] Olympic studios
  3. A Blanket In My Meusli - Mighty Baby [16.06] Glastonbury Fayre 25 June 1971 5 a.m.
  4. Sunken Rags - Marc Bolan [2.36] Marc's Home
  5. Classified - Pete Townshend [3.58] Peter's Home
  6. Supermen - David Bowie [2.44] Trident studios, rare alternate version - see Illustrated db Discography
  7. Silver Machine & Welcome - Hawkwind [7.28] Roundhouse Chalk Farm 13 Feb 1972
  8. Sun Music - Skin Alley [5.20] Trident studios
  9. Glad Stoned Buried Fielding Flash And Fresh Fest Footprints In My Memory - Daevid Allen and Gong [23.00] Glastonbury Fayre 22 June 1971
  10. Do It - Pink Fairies [3.20] Glastonbury Fayre 24 June 1971
  11. Uncle Harry's Last Freak-Out - Pink Fairies [19.43] Glastonbury Fayre 24 June 1971
  12. Out Demons Out - Edgar Broughton Band [20.00] Glastonbury Fayre 24 June 1971

Release information:

Revelations REV1/2/3, April 1972 (UK) - limited edition of 5000.

I can't find any info on CD releases, but I did find an entry at the CD Database for Disc 1 of Glastonbury Fayre Festival 71. Official release? Bootleg? Any more info would be most welcome.

Big Bucks
Revelations has indeed been released on CD. I managed to get hold of a copy (it's a double disc ) about 18 months ago. The pressing you mentioned appears to be a single disc, missing out Gong, Pink Fairies and The Edgar Broughton Band. My copy is number 0811 of 1000 pressed, complete with all the booklets and even the same cutout pyramid (obviously scaled down!) that appeared in the original sleeve. The catalogue number is Fest 1/2, and it appears to be a German pressing. The sound quality, I must add, is not that fantastic, but for a collector, it's fine!

Hold onto you LP copy - it's worth big bucks - I was offered over 300 Pounds for mine about four years ago!
-- Leon Economides, January 1999
I was there!
You mention a bootleg CD release of the Glastonbury Fayre Revelations album. I was actually at the Fayre in 1971 (I was then at university in nearby Bristol), and appear for about a second at the edge of one frame of the movie! I once had a copy of the original album which got lost years ago. However, when living in Holland around 1992-93 I picked up a bootleg set of the album which seems to be different from the one you mention.

This one is renamed Glastonbury Fayre Festival, and is a double CD on Buccaneer Records (catalogue number BUC 029/2) including miniature (too small to read!) copies of the original sleeve and cutouts. It includes all the original tracks in OK quality (presumably taken from a good copy of the LPs).

I understand that the movie is now available on video, and intend to purchase a copy. It's advertised at http://www.videoshop.co.uk/n/n-musz-f.htm if you're interested.

Best regards,
Rod Parkes, May 2000
Revelations2

Comments:

I bought this triple LP in December 1975 on a sale for R3 (a new single LP cost then about R5.50!). [R=Rand, South African currency]

I was intrigued by the artist line-up; some of my favourites like Bowie, Edgar Broughton Band and Gong were featured, as well as bands I had heard of, but not heard before, like The Grateful Dead, Pink Fairies, etc.

There was no writing on the front cover, just the wonderful pyramid pictured above. In fact the whole sleeve unfolds into one big poster. The track list is on a separate sheet ("The Electric Score") which was slipped into the back of the plastic protective sleeve. This LP also included a photo booklet of the event with weird hippy stuff and a cut-and-fold miniature silver pyramid.

Front page of booklet:

Glastonbury Fayre was held at Worthy Farm, Pilton, near Shepton Mallet, Somerset, from Sunday June 20 to Thursday June 24, encompassing Midsummers Day. It was a fair in the medieval tradition, embodying the legends of the area, with music, dance, poetry, theatre, lights and the opportunity for spontaneous entertainments.

There was no monetary profit - it was free.

Performing Schedule:

A performing schedule is included in the booklet. It is typed, but with numerous hand-written strike-throughs, crosses, additions, etc. There is an entry "'Jimi Hendrix - Rainbow Bridge' Midnight" - presumably this film was screened at midnight on the Monday night.

It seems Pink Floyd were scheduled to play at 1 a.m. on the morning of the 23rd, but their name is scratched out!

A random selection of performers from the schedule (not listed above): Traffic, Terry Reid, Toad, Magic Michael, Dave (probably Dave Cousins as his name appears next to a scratched-out Strawbs), Quintessence, Quiver, The Fantasees, Arthur Brown, The Illusions...

Extracts from The Glastonbury Fayre History Webpage:

The festival moved to the time of the Summer Solstice and was known as the "Glastonbury Fayre". It had been planned by Andrew Kerr (Randolph Churchill's PA for many years) and Arabella Churchill who felt all other festivals at the time were over commercialised. It was paid for by the few who supported the ideal so the entrance was free and took a medieval tradition of music, dance, poetry, theatre, lights and spontaneous entertainment. It was in this year that the first "pyramid" stage was constructed out of scaffolding and expanded metal covered with plastic sheeting, built on a site above the Glastonbury-Stonehenge ley line. The musicians who performed recorded a now very rare album. The festival is also captured "a la Woodstock" by a film crew that included Nick Roeg and David Puttnam. This film was called "Glastonbury Fayre".

Acts included: Hawkwind, Traffic, Melanie, David Bowie, Joan Baez and Fairport Convention.
Attendance: estimated at 12,000.
Price: Free

Extract from Gong discography page:

According to various sources, the Gong tracks on this album were not recorded during the actual festival, but in Belgium several months after, by which time Laurie Allan had become the band's drummer.

Extracts from "The Electric Score" (sleeve notes):

Gong At Glastonbury

...and if you were wondering who was playing in the band - so are we. How was Peter Pussydog, the Tangerine Flash in California, and how come Laurie Allen was gigging in London with Fat Harry when Gong appeared at Glastonbury? So who in their right mind would want to work out the everyday rational reason when the result is (anyway) this recording by Venux.
-- Daevid Allen, 1972
  1. Introduction
  2. It's Only The World Said The Girl
  3. Dexter (Electricity cut)
  4. Fun Gods:
    • Ha Ha
    • Name Game
    • Toe Cake
    • Awe Mantram
    • Dingobox
  5. John Peel's Judgement
  6. Divine Mother
  7. Radio Gnome (Explosion)
  8. Bambolay (Ya Sunne, wicked ole target)
  9. Applause/Dexter

No, I don't know what it all means either!


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