IBEX - SINK CLUB LIVERPOOL 1969  

 2 CDR
Label: Uxbridge 1416.
Country: Japan.
Released: February 2021.
Recorded: Live at Sink Club, Liverpool, UK 9th September 1969.
Sound: Audience recording.
Comments:  This is the only known live recording with Freddie's early group IBEX.
Previously available on other cd's, but this cd claimed to have the best sound quality.
I do not have this cd, so I can't compare.
Roots: Audience recorded tape.
Time: 30:38

Front cover
 CDR 1
 1. I'm So Glad (Cream cover)
 2. Communication Breakdown
(Led Zeppelin cover)
 3. Rain
(The Beatles cover)
 4. We're Going Wrong
(Cream cover)
 5. Banter
(Freddie acknowledges Roger Taylor in the audience)
 6. Rock My Plimsoul
(Jeff Beck Group cover)
 7. Stone Free
(Jimi Hendrix cover)
 8. Jailhouse Rock
(Elvis Presley cover)
 9. Crossroads
(Cream cover)
 10. Vagabond Outcast
 11. I'm Going Home
(Ten Years After cover)


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Back cover
From Internet page.

This is a live album recorded at the local club "SINK CLUB". This recording is known as IBEX's only sound recording ... So, before that, let's start with "What is IBEX?". First, let's put the hands back on the clock until 1969, when Freddie graduated from Ealing Art College.

This is about a year from Freddie's college graduation to the start of QUEEN. IBEX was an amateur band formed by a trio of Mike Versin (guitar), John Taylor (bass) and Mick Smith (drums) and performed only once in May 1969. Then in August, Freddie joined and performed live 3 times (4 times depending on the material). In October, the name was changed to "WRECKAGE" and a demo was left, but it was disbanded in November. It was a local band of foam that is often found in rock biographies.

[The one and only live album recorded by the people concerned]
By the way, this work is the only recording of such IBEX. I haven't mentioned "sound board" or "audience" from earlier, but in terms of type, it's spatial recording using a microphone ... that is, "audience recording". However, it is not just a guest recording, but a person concerned. The band's Rodi, Jeff Higgins, was also a recording enthusiast, recording various bands on his beloved Grundig TK14. He also ran tapes on IBEX and later sold it to QUEEN researcher John S. Stuart. In addition, the Beatles cover "Rain" was officially released from this tape and included in Freddie's box set "THE SOLO COLLECTION".

As anyone who has experienced "THE SOLO COLLECTION" knows, the quality of this work proves the above process. Although there is a sense of space in the growth of vocals, each instrument is in close contact with each note due to the feeling of a closed room in a small club. The vintage feel oozes from the tape state, but no dubbing marks are felt, and the sound and separation are super vivid. Whether you use a microphone or record on line, it's a great recording that is so on that you might think it's not that different.

This work is a complete version of the recording digitized from such a unique reel master. There is also a reason why I purposely added "recording". This tape finishes in about 30 minutes, but there was an encore after that on the day. This encore was also historic, and in fact Freddie responded to Roger's cheering "Thank you, brother!" In the MC after "We're Going Wrong" by Brian May and Roger Taylor who were on the scene as spectators. ) Jumped in. Unfortunately, the encore wasn't recorded, but it was the night when the three of them co-starred for the first time.

[Real-time feeling that the initial hard rock is burning]
Of course, the essence of this work is the 10 songs of the main show. Freddie's original song "Vagabond Outcast" is also performed, but the remaining 9 songs are all covered. The biggest point is Freddie's innocent singing voice, but the selection is also interesting, and there are plenty of recent songs that were springing up in England at about the same time. I also play the Beatles mentioned above, but the main one is CREAM, and I also performed 3 songs, "I'm So Glad", "We're Going Wrong", and "Crossroads". Furthermore, if you think that you have taken up the repertoire "Rock My Plimsoul" and "Jailhouse Rock" of the first JEFF BECK GROUP, the ultimate is LED ZEPPELIN's "Communication Breakdown" which has just debuted.

The flow of hard rock creation by the three major guitarists "CREAM → JBG # 1 → ZEP" is brilliantly suppressed, and Jimi Hendrix and TEN YEARS AFTER also pop out. The new music "Hard Rock" that was burning Britain right now. Freddie has a wide range of musical tastes from his later creations, but he was also completely immersed in hard rock. It is also a live that makes me happy when the heat is transmitted to Ali Ali.

It is a valuable live album that teaches "Freddie Mercury before QUEEN (Freddie Balsara at that time)". When it comes to pre-debut sound sources for big bands, only the material value tends to be prioritized, but this work is also a real rock album with hot vocalization and a hard rock soul. One piece that makes the fist held by Goo hurt when he grins unintentionally at the innocent 23-year-old singing voice. Please enjoy it carefully.

★ The one and only record of the phantom band IBEX where Freddie Mercury was enrolled before QUEEN. A complete version of the tape that Rodi recorded at "September 9, 1969 Liverpool Performance" and was partly recorded in the official BOX "THE SOLO COLLECTION". Freddie, who was 23 years old, sang a group of early hard rock masterpieces such as CREAM, JEFF BECK GROUP, and LED ZEPPELIN. Brian May and Roger Taylor are also in the audience, and you can hear Freddie responding to Roger's cheers with "Thank you, brother!".

★★ The full length version is the first in history. It's super valuable.

(Remaster memo))
★ The first three songs were a little late, so after adjusting, I raised the overall sound pressure.