Supershow

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Supershow was a music documentary film made in 1969, which was directed by John Crome and produced by Tom Parkinson.

This film was intended to be Britain's first music 'super session', with several famous blues, jazz and rock artists of the time coming together to be filmed whilst performing. The project was instigated by the Colour Tel film company, the recent credits of which included The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus and Jimi Hendrix at Royal Albert Hall.[1]

Filming took place over a two-day period in March 1969 in a disused linoleum factory at Staines, England. Artists who were filmed on March 25 included Led Zeppelin, Buddy Guy, Jack Bruce, Buddy Miles, Dick Heckstall-Smith and Chris Mercer. Those filmed on March 26 included Eric Clapton, Jon Hiseman's Colosseum, Buddy Guy, Roland Kirk and Stephen Stills. This project also marks one of the rare film appearances of Glenn Ross Campbell and The Misunderstood. Allegedly Jimi Hendrix was due to appear but missed the plane from New York.[1]

The whole project was planned with great secrecy and filming went ahead at a reputed cost of £100 per minute.[1]

The film received a limited run in London, premiering at the Lyceum Theatre in November 1969. It later emerged as an official video release by Virgin Vision in 1986.[1]

Footage of Led Zeppelin's performance of the song "Dazed and Confused" which was originally filmed for Supershow later appeared on the Led Zeppelin DVD (2003).


Track listing[edit]

  1. Those Who Are About To Die Salute You - John Hiseman's Colosseum
  2. Love Potions - Buddy Miles (drums), Steve Stills (guitar), Jack Bruce (bass), Dallas Taylor, Dick Heckstall-Smith (tenor sax), Chris Mercer (sax)
  3. Under The Jasmin Tree - Modern Jazz Quartet
  4. Mary Had A Little Lamb - Buddy Guy (guitar), Jack Bruce (bass), Buddy Miles (drums)
  5. Primitive Ohio - Roland Kirk Quartet
  6. Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
  7. Checking On My Baby / Texas Blues - Buddy Miles, Glenn Campbell (steel guitar), Buddy Guy, Steve Hoard, Chris Mercer (sax)
  8. Visitor From Venus - Modern Jazz Quartet
  9. Bad Hat - Glenn Campbell with The Misunderstood
  10. Hoochie Coochie Man - Buddy Guy
  11. Debut - John Hiseman's Colosseum
  12. Crossroads - Steve Stills, Buddy Miles, Dallas Taylor
  13. Stormy Monday - Buddy Guy, Roland Kirk, Jack Bruce, Jimmy Hopps, Ron Burton
  14. Kansas City - Buddy Guy, Roland Kirk, Jack Bruce, Jimmy Hopps, Ron Burton
  15. I Say A Little Prayer - Roland Kirk Quartet
  16. My Time After A While - Buddy Guy, Jack Bruce, Buddy Miles
  17. Black Queen - Steve Stills, Buddy Miles, Jack Bruce
  18. Slate 27 - Eric Clapton, Roland Kirk, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jack Bruce, Jon Hiseman, Ron Burton, Vernon Martin
  19. End Jam

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Lewis, Dave and Pallett, Simon (1997) Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-5307-4, p. 23.