The legendary Dave ‘Maha Dev’ Codling, ex Quintessence rhythm guitarist, has recently revitalised his 1979-80 US band Made In Japan, fronted by Tony Fried. Here’s a video for new song ‘Think Pink’.
For a while this year I noticed that the most recent Quintessence archive CD I worked on, ‘Spirits From Another Time: 1969-71’, wasn’t appearing when one searched for the band name on amazon.co.uk in their CDs & Vinyl section – weirdly, though, when one searched using the album title a note came up saying ‘some adult items may be restricted’ and if one carried on, there it was – a Quintessence album, hidden from the world for no good reason!
Brian at Hux Records just rang to tell me that he’d noticed orders for this release (but not other Quin CDs on his label) have fallen off a cliff and he couldn’t figure out why.
I explained the amazon thing. We both checked the site, while on the phone, and – deeply weirdly – while I can now find the album (seven down the page when searching for ‘Quintessence’ under CDs & Vinyl), Brian couldn’t! He read out what he could see and everything was in the same order as on my screen EXCEPT that ‘Spirits from Another Time’ was missing.
I emailed him the URL of the pge I was seeing and when he looked, he was still » Continue Reading.
I found this on David Hepworth’s Twitter feed. It’s a fascinating look at the underground scene around Notting Hill in 1971. Some of it is more than a little self-conscious and cringe-worthy now, but it’s still very interesting, especially to those of us who lived there at the time.
All the usual suspects are here: Richard Neville (looking super cool and talking very earnestly), Caroline Coon (beautiful and frighteningly articulate as always) and, of special interest to @colin-h , there’s footage and interviews with Quintessence.
There’s lots of stuff about Oz, It and the underground press in general and it’s a wonderful snapshot of a more innocent (some would say painfully naïve) time when life was so much simpler.
At 9:33 check out the poster for Danish progsters Burnin Red Ivanhoe on the office wall
Here is a fabulous piece of anthropology: a half-hour doc on 60s countercultural lifestyles in London, featuring nearly 5 mins of Quintessence rehearsing the title track at All Saints Church in 1969 (from 17:10 – 22:00).