Live at the Roundhouse 1975

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Live at the Roundhouse 1975
Live album by Pink Fairies
Released June, 1982
Recorded The Roundhouse, 13 July 1975
Genre Psychedelic rock
Label Big Beat Records - WIK14
Producer Jerry Green
Pink Fairies chronology
Kings of Oblivion
(1973)
Live at the Roundhouse 1975
(1975)
Vampires Stole My Lunch Money
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Live at the Roundhouse 1975 is a 1982 album of a 1975 concert by the UK underground group Pink Fairies.

A one-off reunion concert featuring all five previous members of the group was organised by Ted Carroll, head of Chiswick Records. At the time of this gig, Rudolph was also playing bass for Hawkwind whilst Wallis was playing guitar for Motörhead. The tapes were licensed from Douglas Smith for release in 1982, although only part of the concert was issued, the rest being deemed unsuitable for public consumption.[2]

It was pressed on pink vinyl with a cover by long standing collaborator Edward Barker featuring a pig which had become the band's ident. The track "Going Down" is a cover of the Freddie King song, but was erroneously credited to Lou Reed on the original release.

The actual concert included many live favourites from the Pink Fairies history not represented on the LP (which is in the wrong order anyway). Other songs performed at the concert included Do It, 3/5 Mile in 10 Seconds, The Snake, Street Urchin & Bye Bye Johnny plus a drum solo... poor recording quality led to a sadly abbreviated release. This was in truth the 2nd reunion of the year, the first having taken place in Feb 75 without the presence of Twink and generally considered the better of the two despite the Fairies non-headlining status at the earlier gig. Demand was so high that those locked out attempted to burn down the doors of the venue. The stage was 'enhanced' by a large polystyrene Mandrax tablet erected by the road crew and the distribution to the crowd of many cannabis 'joints'. Such was the reaction that the trio of Wallis/Sanderson/Hunter went on to tour at length after the second concert, Wallis juggling his commitment to Motorhead.

When this album was released on CD, several unrelated bonus tracks were added. On the CD release, the first five tracks are from the live performance at the Roundhouse. The following six are a collection of previously unreleased tracks, recorded by The Pink Fairies. After this follows a further three tracks, credited as being created by "Twink & The Fairies" in fact a wholly unrelated project, the only other 'fairy' being Sanderson on bass for the woeful Do It 77.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "City Kids" (Wallis, Sanderson)
  2. "Waiting for the Man" (Lou Reed)
  3. "Lucille" (Albert Collins, Richard Penniman)
  4. "Uncle Harry's Last Freakout" (Pink Fairies)
  5. "Going Down" (Don Nix)
CD reissue bonus tracks
  1. "As Long As The Price Is Right"
  2. "Waiting For The Lightning To Strike"
  3. "Can't Find The Lady"
  4. "No Second Chance"
  5. "Talk of The Devil"
  6. "I Think It's Coming Back Again"
  7. "Do It 1977" (Twink & The Fairies)
  8. "Psychedelic Punkeroo" (Twink & The Fairies)
  9. "Enter The Diamonds" (Twink & The Fairies)

Personnel[edit]

  • Paul Rudolph – guitar and vocals
  • Larry Wallis – guitar and vocals
  • Duncan Sanderson – bass, vocals
  • Russell Hunter – drums
  • Twink – drums and vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Fairies Wear Boots – Kerrang! 1983 – HawkFanFare (Internet archive)