Supershow

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Supershow (later with the subtitle "The Last Great Jam of the 60's!") 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 in 2003.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Performer(s) Length
1. "Those Who Are About to Die Salute You"   Dave Greenslade, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jon Hiseman, Tony Reeves Jon Hiseman's Colosseum  
2. "Love Potions"     Buddy Miles, Stephen Stills, Jack Bruce, Dallas Taylor, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Chris Mercer  
3. "Under the Jasmin Tree"   John Lewis Modern Jazz Quartet  
4. "Mary Had a Little Lamb"   Traditional, Music by Buddy Guy Buddy Guy, Jack Bruce, Buddy Miles  
5. "Primitive Ohio"   Rahsaan Roland Kirk Roland Kirk Quartet  
6. "Dazed and Confused"   Jimmy Page, inspired by Jake Holmes Led Zeppelin  
7. "Checking on My Baby / Texas Blues"   Sonny Boy Williamson II Buddy Miles, Glenn Campbell, Buddy Guy, Stephen Hoard, Chris Mercer  
8. "Visitor from Venus"   John Lewis Modern Jazz Quartet  
9. "Bad Hat"     Glenn Campbell with The Misunderstood  
10. "Hoochie Coochie Man"   Willie Dixon Buddy Guy  
11. "Debut"   Dave Greenslade, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jon Hiseman, Tony Reeves John Hiseman's Colosseum  
12. "Crossroads"   Robert Johnson Stephen Stills, Buddy Miles, Dallas Taylor  
13. "Stormy Monday / Kansas City"   T-Bone Walker / Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Buddy Guy, Roland Kirk, Jack Bruce, Jimmy Hopps, Ron Burton  
14. "I Say a Little Prayer"   Burt Bacharach, Hal David Roland Kirk Quartet  
15. "My Time After a While"   Ron Badger, Sheldon Feinberg, Robert Geddins Buddy Guy, Jack Bruce, Buddy Miles  
16. "Black Queen"   Stephen Stills Stephen Stills, Buddy Miles, Jack Bruce  
17. "Slate 27"     Eric Clapton, Roland Kirk, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jack Bruce, Jon Hiseman, Ron Burton, Vernon Martin  
18. "End Jam"     Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Stephen Stills, Duster Bennett, Plus Others  
Total length:
70:49

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.

External links[edit]