Jonathan E. wrote:nigel w wrote: and the second side featuring the greatest hits of Quintessence (who I seem to remember once sung without the slightest trace of irony: "Things look great in Notting Hill Gate, we all sit around and meditate"!).
I loved that song, but thought the lyrics went "lie around and fornicate." That's why I went to Notting Hill Gate in 1971, anyway. I suppose I missed the good old days of innocent non-ironic meditation. I still have the Quintessence album In Blissful Company with that song on. I bought it at the Ipswich Music Centre before going up to Notting Hill Gate and falling into a life of depravity and more fun than meditating. Perhaps I shouldn't admit to owning that album in this forum for fear of ridicule, or someone asking me privately to please make a copy for them â€” but, you know, I haven't listened to it for at least two years! Yeah, I'll digitize it but whoever wants it will owe me â€” and I'll own them.
I've got "In Blissful Company" too, I bought it for 50p in 1973 and it's been my faithful friend ever since. With the booklet full of photos and pictures of Shiva and everything. Were they the only hippie/Hindu band? They certainly made Notting Hill Gate sound like the place to be but by the time I got here (1981) most of that kind of activity had given way to getting stoned and lounging about in squats pretending to be radical. Quintessence may have had risible lyrics but they could definitely play better music than Hawkwind and one suspects that they would have shared their brown rice and lentil curry more readily. There's some lovely flute playing on that record by Raj Ram (who's actually an East End Jew named Ron...)