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The Flock at Bath.
             6-28-70.

The Flock onstage at Bath © Derek Halsall


 

 

 Featuring Jerry Goodman ( later of Mahavishnu Orchestra ) on violin, The Flock were one of the highlights of the Sunday show. The brass section really powered the band along and they were a fantastic live band featuring  lengthy jams where Goodman was the focal point. 

   Unfortunately rather short lived, I don't believe they ever toured the UK again after this show, they deserved more success than they achieved. 

   I have no complete setlist, but I do remember they played most of the tracks from their second album Dinosaur Swamps and possibly some tracks from the first album-the Flock .I have heard 10 minutes of their set , which is all that appears to be in circulation, yet to identify the song , its possibly Mechanical Man.

   A highlight was the track -Uranian Sircus, which has a really catchy theme and then develops into a huge jam .

Possible setlist.
           Green Slice
           Big Bird
           Hornschmeyer's Island
           Lighthouse
           Crabfoot
           Mermaid
           Uranian Sircus. 

           Store Bought Store Thought *(Goodman on Guitar )

          

 

 

 

© Mark Harrison

Flock onstage Bath 1970 © John Griffiths

    Flock preceded Led Zeppelin onstage at Bath .According to a recent article, because the sun was setting and Led Zeppelin could make use of the sun as a backdrop to their show, infamous Zep manager/svengali the late Peter Grant , pulled the plugs on Goodman in mid song .

   I have no recollection of this event happening and none of the reviews of the festival mention it either - I find this peculiar, as it would have been a major incident worthy of reportage, I mean how often do the plugs get pulled on an act mid way through their set at a major festival and no one actually reports it ? . What might have happened was that the set was cut short , but in the midst of a song , I doubt it , the tape we have cuts off right at the end of the song, but that could have just been bad editing or the tape running out.

   An apocryphal story ? Probably, although given the history of the former Led Zeppelin manager, it is possibly the sort of thing that Grant would have done to anyone who got in his bands way .

© Mark Harrison

Recently The Flock have reunited and feature a number of original members of the band ,for details visit their homepage .



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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1970 Bath Festival we have brought out a special commemorative set. Anyone interested can view it on http://www.rockmusic-offer.co.uk/

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