In 1972, the organizers of the Glastonbury Fayre released an amazingly lavish, triple album set to raise funds for the fair. Only 5,000 copies were pressed up, and although bootlegged version have appeared over the years, the rare originals invariably traded for sizeable sums. Rarity begot misconceptions, not least being that the set was recorded live at Glastonbury itself. Some of it was indeed, including Mighty Baby, both Pink Fairies tracks, the Edgar Broughton Band and Daevid Allen and Gong. Others were indeed recorded live -- like the Grateful Dead's side-long "Dark Star...Bury" extravaganza, and the original, unmixed version of Hawkwind's "Silver Machine" (barely recognizable here as the hit that would soon devour the planet) -- but on other stages: the Dead were captured at Wembley Stadium earlier that year, and Hawkwind at the Roundhouse. Marc Bolan and Pete Townshend handed over more personal offerings, a song each recorded at their respective homes, while other artists delivered unreleased studio recordings.
Barney Bubbles did all the artwork for the album and booklets and mock-ups.
"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."
" The choice of Glastonbury , rich in myth and legend , is deliberate. Glastonbury Abbey is supposed to have been built as a spiritual successor to Stonehenge and in accord with the same hidden elements of geometry and numerology. The organizer of this strange amalgam of modern pop culture and ancient magic is Andrew Kerr- 37 year old ex director of Randolph Churchill's research team which worked on the biography of Sir Winston. For the festival , Kerr has had his own pyramid of steel girders built over a blind spring . 75 ft across at the base and 48 ft high , exactly a tenth the size of the Great Pyramid. The climactic moment apparently , occurs early on Monday Morning . "Imagine ," says Kerr, " we're going to concentrate the celestial fire and pump it into the planet to stimulate growth. " Yes it will be nice to be there on the day. Will this energy be visible ? Will it be possible to feel it ? - "we shall have to wait and see ",says Kerr, " I am sure we shall all experience something very wonderful " "
Dark Star - Grateful Dead [24.06] Empire Pool Wembley, 8 April 1972
Love Song - Brinsley Schwartz [4.02] Olympic studios
A Blanket In My Meusli - Mighty Baby [16.06] Glastonbury Fayre 25 June 1971 5 a.m.
Sunken Rags - Marc Bolan [2.36] Marc's Home
Classified - Pete Townshend [3.58] Peter's Home
Supermen - David Bowie [2.44] Trident studios, rare alternate version - see Illustrated db Discography
Silver Machine & Welcome - Hawkwind [7.28] Roundhouse Chalk Farm 13 Feb 1972
Sun Music - Skin Alley [5.20] Trident studios
Glad Stoned Buried Fielding Flash And Fresh Fest Footprints In My Memory - Daevid Allen and Gong [23.00] Glastonbury Fayre 22 June 1971
Do It - Pink Fairies [3.20] Glastonbury Fayre 24 June 1971
Uncle Harry's Last Freak-Out - Pink Fairies [19.43] Glastonbury Fayre 24 June 1971
Out Demons Out - Edgar Broughton Band [20.00] Glastonbury Fayre 24 June 1971
A. Metallic silver & black cardboard piece which can be assembled into a pyramid.
B. 4-panel fold-open insert with a great poster on one side & how to make a dome paper cutout (your very own 2V Triacon 1/2 sphere!).
C. 4 panel fold-open double-sided booklet explaining artist contributions to the album (complete with photos and illustrations).
D. 32 page concert booklet filled with pictures, drawings, maps, text and bits of knowledge, lore and sprinkle of the magic that was there then.
Three 12" vinyl discs = all in VG++ to NM condition / PLUS a fold-open wrap-around cover with more pics (including the famous pyramid). Includes plastic outer cover. Complete.