has been a huge amount of interest in the rare clips used during
the show. They have all been covered in the past in Darker Than
Blue, but to all those wanting to know, here is a round-up of
the origins of all the clips used during the show.
1/ CONCERTO FOR GROUP & ORCHESTRA
Albert Hall, September 24th 1969.
The Concerto was filmed in full.
AVAILABLE : Issued on video cassette in 1984 by BBC (Beta/VHS)
then by Connoisseur in 1992 (VHS Pal & NTSC), now deleted. Reissued
by EMI 2002 on DVD.
2/ MONTREUX CASINO
discovered news footage of the Casino fire found by Isis researchers.
Promotional Film. EMI 1970.
film in colour shot at De Lane Lea. There are various versions
of this around on tape but a good clean 35mm print has not been
: Commercially released on UK Various Artists video collection
"Rock & Roll Years 1970" video in 1980s, long deleted.
FIREBALL WRITING SESSIONS
To Know, ABC TV, Australia : January 1971.
Footage of band taken during "Fireball" album sessions. Poor quality
: very fuzzy pirate copies with time coding on screen are around.
5/ HIGHWAY STAR
THE BEAT CLUB, Radio Bremen, GERMAN TV. Sept 1971.
Live in TV studio, with back projections and effects. "Highway
Star" first aired summer of 1972.
EXTANT : Beat Club series survives, released commercially in Japan
on VHS, laser disc and DVD.
AVAILABLE : on both Best Of The Beat Club DVDs and recent DVD
EP (though there is some question as to whether this is fully
Promotional Film. EMI 1972.
Colour or tinted mono. Promotional film shot on stage (much of
it seems to be Space Truckin') in early 1972 (probably in Scandinavia,
but not Copenhagen), synched up to the studio track.
EXTANT : Screened both in monochrome, and on a German TV show
Disco 72 in colour.
SMOKE ON THE WATER, SPACE TRUCKIN'
ABC TV IN CONCERT, USA, Hofstra University, NY, May 28th 1973.
Twenty edited minutes of the show was broadcast on July 6th 1973
(and KAUM-FM Stereo simultaneously). Last known Mk 2 film and
the only known live filmed performance of "Smoke..".
: Shown in Brazil in 1986 minus "Smoke..", and pirated but very
poor quality. The original footage now owned by the Dick Clarke
organisation. They (like most other film and TV companes now)
charge a huge fee (thousands of dollars) to license clips by the
minute, and have indicated that even if the money were found to
license the whole show they wouldn't let it go.
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