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London: Revelation Enterprises Ltd., 1972. Triple-LP set (REV 1-3; arc text and outline of the Revelations logo and ‘flame’ effect on the labels printed in yellow).

Large 3 foot by 2 foot fold-out poster sleeve and four inserts, all designed by Barney Bubbles, as follows:

i) 32pp. photo-illustrated booklet;

ii) a photo-illustrated tracklisting;

iii) a fold-out/cut-out geodesic dome;

iv) silver pyramid insert (this copy has been cut out but not stuck together).

The slightly worn PVC outer sleeve has a short tear to upper seam, but the printing has survived well, with only partial loss to the first few words. The sleeve itself is free from splits or excessive creasing, though there is the almost inevitable age-related corner wear and rubbing along the folds. The vinyl is clean, shiny and black, with very little spindle wear, and plays very well. Overall, an excellent copy of an item more commonly found incomplete.

Intended as a fundraiser for both the festival and the cost of making the package (Revelation Enterprises gave its address as 281 Camden High Street, ie. Compendium bookshop), the album comprises performances by some of the acts who appeared at Glastonbury (June 22nd-26th, 1971), and others, including the Grateful Dead, Pete Townshend and Marc Bolan, who didn’t.

The six sides of vinyl feature live recordings made at the festival by Mighty Baby, Daevid Allen & Gong, the Pink Fairies and The Edgar Broughton Band, along with studio, home or live recordings (made elsewhere) from David Bowie (tapes of him performing at the festival exist, but he always refused to grant permission for their release), the Grateful Dead (widely rumoured at the time to appear), Brinsley Schwarz, Pete Townshend, Marc Bolan, Hawkwind and Skin Alley. The Glastonbury Fayre (so-called after the Renaissance Faires of California) was instigated by Andrew Kerr (an admirer of the work of John Michell), who realised that the farm owned by Michael Eavis sat within the Sagittarius figure of the ‘Glastonbury Zodiac’. The 1971 event, the first and only free Glastonbury, also featured the first incarnation of the Pyramid Stage, conceived by Bill Harkin.

In reviewing the festival for IT, Mick Farren felt that the countercultural vibes and atmosphere of mystic reverance was at least as important as the music: “The development from Phun City to Glastonbury Faire is surely part of the progression that must lead to a permanent rural community. It has been proved that people can live together, that free food is a reality. The time for planning the festival where you don’t go home is now.” The free food Farren mentions was given away by Sid Rawle and the Digger Action Movement, and soon afterwards Rawle became involved with Ubi Dwyer in organising the Windsor Free Festival. In his review of the album for IT a year later (August 1972), Farren’s compadre, Dave ‘Boss’ Goodman, asks “Was Glastonbury Fayre England’s alternative culture’s finest hour? Along with Phun City, it probably was.”.

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