Judging from the intensity of the expressions
here, this was probably Theme from an Imaginary Western, the classic Jack
Bruce / Pete Brown song that
sounded, in 1969, so very like an escaped Procol Harum performance. We dedicated this piece in particular to the memory of Dave Ball.
"O the dancing and the singing, O the music when they played
O the fires that they started, O the girls with no regret
Sometimes they found it, sometimes they kept it, often lost it on the way
Fought each other to possess it ... sometimes died in sight of day"
Marvin ventures some nautical FX
Ronnie with his SG – sitting exactly where he
sat a year ago during the rehearsals for In Held 'Twas
NY – suddenly struck up
George Harrison's All Things Must Pass and everyone joined in, including Kenny on lap-steel guitar. Lovely!
Maestro Davila, percussing
Most of what you see in this picture came in
Don's car, along with the spare piano and an improbable abundance of cream cakes.
A bun dance, in fact.
Underneath the big synth there's an echt Hammond
Got a souvenir of London (or a 'sylvan-ear', as
it's pronounced in
this region, apparently). Linda playing the spoons.
We played this one twice, once to cover substitution-time when the piano broke down
Fellow Travellers: as the picture shows, this also seemed heavily poignant in the circumstances
"This life is a journey from shadow to shadow
We are all fellow travellers to the end of the day"
Barnyard Story (take three, finally with
substitute piano): very effective with twin voices. Bert broke away to
play drums during Kenny's guitar solo, then resumed his place at the mic to finish the singing
Marvin with drums, George with earplugs
No causal connection, I'm sure
There's a fantastic pipe-organ preset on the
Motif, which crowned Weisselklenzenacht very nicely,
and doubtless accounts for Don's Wagnerian demeanour in this picture
The end of the evening ... happy faces ... and
kudos to this old dog, who does a very good job keeping Gary C in order.
Behind, Lorraine and (in her arms) a glimpse of little Anthony. Imperials not pictured
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