A set of 5 CDs, recorded live at Zigzag magazine’s fifth anniversary concert, held at The Roundhouse on Sunday afternoon and evening, 28 April 1974, complete with a 32 page booklet celebrating the occasion.
In 1974, Zigzag, the UK’s first monthly rock magazine – much imitated but never surpassed – became five years old, and to celebrate this auspicious landmark the magazine’s founders Pete Frame and John Tobler organised a concert at London’s Roundhouse. And not just any old concert.
This momentous occasion, indelibly engraved in the memories of all who attended, featured a choice sample of Zigzag’s favourite bands and artists: STARRY EYED & LAUGHING, CHILLI WILLI & THE RED HOT PEPPERS, HELP YOURSELF, JOHN STEWART with ARNIE MOORE & PETE THOMAS and, topping the bill, MICHAEL NESMITH with RED RHODES.
Not surprisingly it was a day of peerless music, which, thankfully, was all faithfully recorded. Stored away and largely forgotten for nigh on thirty-six years, those dusty and flaking tapes have now been unearthed and their sound quality transformed by a process akin to alchemy into nuggets of audio and artistic perfection.
Zigzag magazine may no longer exist in the physical sense but, in the hearts and minds of anyone who is entranced and transported by this music, its spirit lives on . . . and, although equally dusty and increasingly flaky, we, the grateful guardians of that inextinguishable flame, are extremely chuffed to be able, at long last, to make these historic recordings available in a manner that befits their status.
Disc 1: Starry Eyed & Laughing Going Down/Nobody Home/Never Say Too Late/Down The Street/Money Is No Friend Of Mine/Everybody/Oh What/Chimes Of Freedom/50-50 (Better Stop Now)/Living In London
Disc 2: Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers I’ll Be Home/The Streets Of Baltimore/Papa & Mama Had Love/Midnight Bus/Older Guys/Desert Island Woman/Friday Song/Goodbye Nashville, Hello Camden Town/Walkin’ Blues/Just Like The Devil/Boppin’ The Blues/Choo Choo Ch’Boogie/Fire On The Mountain/Drunken Sunken Redneck Blues/Six Days On The Road
Disc 3: John Stewart Wheatfield Lady/Daydream Believer/You Can’t Look Back/California Bloodlines/Armstrong/Road Away/Last Campaign Trilogy: The Last Campaign, Wild Horse Road, All The Brave Horses/July, You’re A Woman/Runaway Fool Of Love/Lady And The Outlaw/Cops/Mother Country/Never Goin’ Back/Let The Big Horse Run
Disc 4: Help Yourself Running Down Deep/Reaffirmation/American Mother/Blown Away
Disc 5: Michael Nesmith Joanne/Some Of Shelly’s Blues/Silver Moon/Different Drum/Propinquity/The Grand Ennui/Wax Minute/Tomorrow And Me/The Upside Of Goodbye/Roll With The Flow/Marie’s Theme
ROAD GOES ON FOREVER Records