Third Ear Band

Third Ear Band

British experimental rock and folk cross-culture band. The Third Ear Band were rooted in 1960's London underground scene, and stem from two bands: 1. the duo Giant Sun Trolley: Glen Sweeney (percussion) and Dave Tomlin (guitar, violin, voice), and 2. a parallel band called Hydrogen Jukebox: Glen Sweeney (percussion), Barry Edgar Pilcher (sax), Dick Dadem (trombone) and Clive Kingsley (guitar). The Third Ear Band started life circa 1967/68 as a some sort of psychedelic rock and jazz group, although no recordings are known. After a concert at the Middle Earth Club in July 1969 when a lot of their equipment was stolen, the guitarist called it a day, but the rest of the band decided to keep on. But, what to do? They had no money. Soon, after a total rethink the all acoustic Third Ear Band was born, featuring: hand drums, violin/viola, oboe/recorder, and cello.
Unquestionably the strangest band on the Harvest label, and enthusiastically championed by DJ John Peel, the Third Ear Band invented a new genre of instrumental music, rooted in the medieval, but with Eastern ethnic elements and aesthetically "rock" avant-garde. Their most famous release is the soundtrack to Roman Polanski's "Macbeth". During the 1970's the band went through numerous changes, mostly only documented by live appearances and radio sessions. In the 1980's they reformed for a special one-off at an Italian festival, after which a new Third Ear Band existed for more years than the original, recording several more albums.

Third Ear Band Discography


SHVL 756 Third Ear Band Alchemy (Album) Harvest SHVL 756 UK 1969 Sell This Version
EOP-80551 Third Ear Band Third Ear Band (Album) Harvest, EMI EOP-80551 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
SHSP 4019, 2C 062-04966 Third Ear Band Music From Macbeth (Album) Harvest, EMI SHSP 4019, 2C 062-04966 France 1972 Sell This Version
MASO CD 33047 Third Ear Band Live Ghosts (Album) Materiali Sonori MASO CD 33047 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
ADN RECO1 Third Ear Band New Forecasts From The Third Ear Almanac (Album) ADN ADN RECO1 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
MASO LP 33053 Third Ear Band Magic Music (Album) Materiali Sonori MASO LP 33053 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
Maso CD 90045, 12957.0045.2 Third Ear Band Brain Waves(CD, Album) Materiali Sonori, Materiali Sonori Maso CD 90045, 12957.0045.2 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
VPR017CD, VPR 017 CD Third Ear Band Radio Session(CD, MiniAlbum) Voiceprint, Voiceprint VPR017CD, VPR 017 CD UK 1994 Sell This Version
VP157CD Third Ear Band Live (Album) Voiceprint VP157CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
SONIC.005 Third Ear Band Necromancers Of The Drifting West (Album) Sonic Book SONIC.005 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
BP257CD Third Ear Band Magic Music(CD, Album) Blueprint (4) BP257CD Europe 1997 Sell This Version
TPM 02217 Third Ear Band Raga Live(2xLP) Turning Point Music TPM 02217 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
SJPCD173 Third Ear Band The Magus (Album) Angel Air Records SJPCD173 UK 2004 Sell This Version
HST40CD Third Ear Band V Roberto Musci Third Ear Band V Roberto Musci - Mosaic A Tribute to Third Ear Band(CD, Album) Gonzo Multimedia HST40CD UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

EOR-10140 Third Ear Band Fleance(7", Single) Odeon EOR-10140 Japan 1972 Sell This Version


SHSM 2007 Third Ear Band Experiences (Comp) EMI SHSM 2007 UK 1976 Sell This Version
BP283CD Third Ear Band Songs From The Hydrogen Jukebox(CD, Comp) Blueprint (4) BP283CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
CRESTDCD 067 Z, CRESTDCD 067 3rd Ear Band* Hymn To The Sphynx(2xCD, Comp) Mooncrest, Mooncrest CRESTDCD 067 Z, CRESTDCD 067 UK 2001 Sell This Version
GOTTCD010 Third Ear Band Alchemy / Elements (Comp, Album) Gott Discs GOTTCD010 UK 2004 Sell This Version
HST311CD Third Ear Band Necromancers Of The Drifting West(CD, Album, Comp) Gonzo Multimedia HST311CD UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
HST371CD Third Ear Band Exorcisms(CD, Album, Comp) Gonzo Multimedia HST371CD UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version


HST069DVD Third Ear Band The Lost Broadcasts(DVD-V, NTSC) Gonzo Multimedia HST069DVD UK 2011 Sell This Version