The Lost Broadcasts are a series of DVDs featuring performances that have rarely been seen since the original transmission on German television, in some cases more than forty years ago. Some of the artists featured within the series are legendary and these “Lost” performances will be a fine addition to any music fans collection.
The material featured on this DVD is drawn from a session that took place in March 1972 and included the songs Memphis Tennessee, Let It Rock , In The Wee Wee Hours, Oh Carol, (which initially starts as Let It Rock but which breaks down before the band re start and Chuck leads them into the proper take of Oh Carol), School Days, C’est la Vie, Roll Over Beethoven and an extended interview. Incidentally for this session Chuck was backed by Liverpool band Rocking Horse who featured former member of the Merseybeats Billy Kinsley on bass alongside Jimmy Campbell on guitar, Dave Harrison drums and Michael Snow on piano.
The performances featured on this DVD are drawn from two sessions filmed just over a year apart. The first session from January 1970 saw John pioneering a line up without a drummer. The then current album was Turning Point and featured Jon Mark on guitar and John Almond on sax. Holding down the bottom end was bassist Steve Thompson who left shortly before this session was filmed and would eventually join Stone The Crows. The bassist featured here was Thompson’s short lived replacement Alex Dmochowski. Two tracks were performed live in the studio one of which would be familiar to those people owning the Turning Point album as I’m Gonna Fight For You JB featured on that live album. The second track is the extended workout of The Train.
The next session was filmed in February 1971 by which time John Mayall had formed another band, this time featuring American musicians including Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Paul Lagos, Larry Taylor and Harvey Mandel the latter two musicians had previously been with American blues band Canned Heat. The two tracks featured here My Pretty Girl and Deep Blue Sea would feature on the USA Union album which had been released in late 1970.
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