The Text of Festival

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The Text of Festival
The Text of Festival - Hawkwind.jpg
Compilation album by Hawkwind
Released 1983
Recorded BBC Sessions 1970-71; Colchester Technical College, 19-Feb-1971
Genre Space rock
Label Illuminated Records
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The Text of Festival is an archive album by Hawkwind consisting of BBC sessions and live performances between 1970 and 1971. It was originally released in 1983 after the band had exited their Active Records contract, and has continuously been repackaged and retitled ever since.

The copyright of the recordings on the first disc is owned by the BBC who were not approached for permission for their commercial use, so the legality of this album is questionable. The source tapes used are not from the BBC, but inferior-quality off-air recordings of the broadcast. The recordings have also appeared on The Weird Tapes, Hawkwind, Friends and Relations and Hawkwind Anthology.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Master Of The Universe" (Nik Turner, Dave Brock) – 6:00
  2. "You Know You're Only Dreaming" (Brock) – 4:15
  3. "You Shouldn't Do That" (Turner, Brock) – 5:52
  4. "Hurry on Sundown" (Brock) – 6:20

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Paranoia" (Hawkwind)
    "Seeing It As You Really Are" (Hawkwind) – 11:50
  2. "We Do It" (Hawkwind) – 13:45

Side 3[edit]

  1. "You Shouldn't Do That" (Hawkwind) – 21:35 [listed as "Sound, Shouldn't, Improvise"]

Side 4[edit]

  1. "The Reason Is?" (Hawkwind) – 11:35
    "Be Yourself" (Hawkwind) – 5:51 [listed as "Improvise, Compromise, Reprise"]

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • "Come Home" is listed on the album following "We Do It", but has never been included on any of the releases of this album. It does appear on the Hawkwind Anthology compilation set.
  • "The Reason Is?" and "Be Yourself" have never be issued on any of the CD versions.
  • Later releases erroneously claim that this recording is from the Cambridge Corn Exchange. There is a recording in existence from The Six Hour Technicolor Dream featuring Hawkwind, Pink Fairies and Syd Barrett at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on 27-Jan-1972, but so far it is unreleased — see FraKcman's Blog.
Sources
  • Track 4: Maida Vale, 18-Aug-1970; Broadcast: Top Gear, 19-Sep-1970. Tracks originally broadcast from this session: "Hurry on Sundown", "Seeing It As You Really Are" and "Some of That Stuff" [aka "Come Home"][1]
  • Track 5: Paris Cinema, London, 5-Nov-1970; Broadcast: John Peel Sunday Concert, 15-Nov-1970
  • Track 6: Playhouse, London, 19-Apr-1971; Broadcast: Top Gear, 24-Apr-1971 (with Quiver, Gnidrolog); Tracks originally broadcast from this session: "Inwards Out" [aka "We Do It"], "You Know You're Only Dreaming" and "You Shouldn't Do That"[1]
  • Track 1-3: Maida Vale, London, 19-May-1971; Broadcast: Sounds of the Seventies, 27-May-1971 (with Wishbone Ash) & 24-Jun-1971 (with Cochise)
  • Disc 2: Recorded at Colchester Technical College, 19-Feb-1971 (with Uriah Heep).
Credits

Release history[edit]

Date Title Format Region Label, Catalogue Note
Jul/1983 The Text of Festival 2x12"vinyl UK Illuminated Records, JAMS29
Jul/1985 In the Beginning CD UK Demi Monde, DM005 sides 1 and 2
Nov/1988 The Text of Festival 2x12"vinyl UK, Germany Thunderbolt THBL 2.068
Dec/1988 The Text of Festival CD UK Thunderbolt CDTB 2.068 sides 1-3
Jul/1992 Masters of the Universe CD UK, USA, Germany Thunderbolt, CDTB105 sides 1 and 2
1993 The Text of Festival CD UK Thunderbolt CDTB 068 sides 1-3
1996 Masters of the Universe CD digipak France Spalax, SPALAXCD14972 sides 1 and 2
Jan/1996 Masters of the Universe CD USA Magnum America, MACD028 sides 1 and 2
Feb/1998 Welcome to the Future CD1 of 4 UK Dressed to Kill, CLP0220-2 sides 1 and 2
Feb/1998 Welcome to the Future CD4 of 4 UK Dressed to Kill, CLP0220-2 sides 1-3
Mar/1999 The Entire and Infinite Universe of Hawkwind CD1 of 4 UK Dressed to Kill, REDTK98 sides 1 and 2
Mar/1999 The Entire and Infinite Universe of Hawkwind CD4 of 4 UK Dressed to Kill, REDTK98 sides 1-3
Aug/1999 Live 1970 1972 CD UK Pegasus, PEGCD197 sides 1-3
Sep/1999 Year 2000: Codename Hawkwind CD2 of 2 UK New Millennium Communications, PILOT33 sides 1 and 2
2000 Bring Me the Head of Yuri Gagarin: Live At the Empire Pool 1976 CD2 of 2 Germany Falcon sides 1 and 2, omits "Master of the Universe"
Oct/2002 Cosmic Overdrive CD2 of 2 UK New Millennium Communications, PILOT 146 sides 1 and 2
Mar/2005 Codename Hawkwind CD UK Neptune Records, TUNECD102 sides 1 and 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Garner, Ken. In Session Tonight: The Complete Radio 1 Recordings. BBC (c) 1993. ISBN 0-563-36452-1.