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The Keef Hartley tapes

These tracks are from a couple of gigs at The Marquee Club on 13th & 14th June 1971 which were later released as the "Keef Hartley Band - Little Big Band" album. They were recorded by Phil Dunne via the tielines to The Marquee Studios. Performers included Derek Wadsworth and Henry Lowther, who are also credited with the brass arrangements, Barbara Thompson was also playing and Miller Anderson was on vocals and guitar. There were many fine musicians playing together on those two nights.

These four tracks were recorded directly from the stereo mixdown to a 2 track machine in the studio whilst the 16 track machine captured the performance at the same time. The 16 track tape was subsequently taken to be mixed at Trident Studios, where it was overdubbed and false reverb added to the vocals, and the resulting mix that was released on the album caused problems as it was not to everybody's liking.

The tracks below are all a different mix to the released album and show how exciting a live recording can be.

Tracks 1 and 3 are the same number but sound like different perfomances so must be taken from each of the two nights.

Reel 57 tk3Me and My Woman (1)5:08s
Reel 71 tk1You Can't Take It With You7:59s
Reel 71 tk2Me and My Woman (2)5:24s
Reel 71 tk3Not Foolish Not Wise5:17s

(I had the pleasure of recording Keef Hartley in the early 80s at a small 8 track studio I built in Slough for a friend, and the young tape op who was working that night labelled the tape box as "Keith Hardy". I got him to correct it, hopefully before anyone saw it.)

The complete duration of each track is shown, however all playable samples have been edited to 30 seconds in length.