Q: Ibex recording: with or without Brian & Roger?
I think both PG and Pootle are correct.
Remember this is a pub band. Two sets. Traditionally one set, an interval, then followed with the final closing set. Even to-day, most pub bands follow this routine.
Set one was recorded reel-to-reel. This makes sense because it was a reference reel. (That is - let's hear what we sound like so we can improve the service). The whole set was recorded - but has since been edited to make it a more "enjoyable" listening experience. (So it's not music that has been excised - but long pauses between tracks - and insignificant chatter/banter).
Some of this banter "...thank you Roger..." remains, and helps demonstrate that Mr Higgins recollections are indeed true.
The tape for the second set did NOT accidently run out. This is a horrible dis-service to the work Geoff Higgins did. Actually, the second set was NOT recorded.
With Roger and Brian in the audience, it was pretty certain that they would join in the encore sometime. (Let's face it - you don't travel to a gig with the red special under your arm just for the fun of it!)
The reason this encore set was NOT recorded was this was to be an Ibex reference reel - not Ibex and Smile guests, because it was never imagined that either band would hit any major heights. The sole need for a reference reel is short-term. (How do we improve next week's gig?). With Smile on board as guests - what lessons could be learned for next week's performance?
(I think this idea worked because apparently the bass was never allowed to be so slack again!)
Also, prices were very, very steep at that time. A reel-to-reel blank tape (in real terms if you excuse the pun) was very expensive. Scotch tapes sold around £2.00, which at that time was roughly one third of the average wage. (If the average wage is now £200.00 per week - that means a reel would be roughly valued at £66.00).
Once recorded, (because of price) these tapes were usually re-recorded over. So we are lucky that any of this stuff survives at all. But my point is why waste expensive tape on an indulgence like an Ibex/Smile hybrid, as it would serve no useful purpose.
Ofcourse, hind-sight is a perfect science, and if the TARDIS was free this weekend, then it would be very easy to return back in time to ammend this situation. However, given the circumstances of the situation, I think that what was achieved was truley remarkable.
Finally: Roger and Brian played only on the encore, NOT the first set - therefore, can NOT be on the surviving tape. (That to me seems sound commomn sense). The rumour that they play on certain tracks was actually started by a certain Mr Brooks - but as the old press standard goes, "Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story"
(But that's what happens when you pinch someone else's research!)
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