- Tintern Abbey (band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Tintern Abbey
Background = group_or_band
Years_active = 1967–1968
Past_members = Dan Smith
Tintern Abbey were a British
psychedelic rockband which disbanded in 1968.
Tintern Abbey released only one 45rpm single on
Deram Records, "Beeside"/"Vacuum Cleaner" (Deram 164), in December 1967. Produced by Jonathan Webber, the single failed to sell, and its follow-up, "How Do I Feel Today" / "Do What You Must", was slated for an April 1968 release but never appeared. A full-length LP was allegedly meant to follow in August 1968, but the group had disbanded by then.
David MacTavishwas later a member of Big Bertha and Velvet Opera, the latter of which latter-day Tintern Abbey guitarist Paul Brettalso later joined. Other band members were, at various times, Terry Goldberg (organist, originally of the Mark Leeman Five), Stuart McKay (bass), John Dalton (Drums), Dan Smith (Guitar).
Since the band's breakup, the single has been highly sought after by collectors (selling at £1000 plus) and has been hailed as one of the best examples of British psychedelia. [Allmusicguide|id=11:dnfqxqujldte~T1|label=Tintern Abbey] [Joynson, Vernon. "The Tapestry of Delights:The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras, 1963-1976". Borderline Productions, 1998, p. 533.] [Strong, Martin C. "The Great Psychedelic Discography". Canongate, 1997, p. 278.] As such, the band has become something of a
cultfavorite. Among other places, "Vacuum Cleaner" was re-released on the " Nuggets II" compilation.
A 7" vinyl EP was released in 2006 of 4 of the band's demo songs, including "How Do I Feel Today", as a benefit for
Oxfam. These songs were recorded in 1968 at Tony Pike's studios in Putney, London, but never released until recently and they are only copies of the original acetates. Paul Brett has a collection of songs from that era that he wrote for submission to the LP that never was, including a setting of Edgar Allan Poe's " The Pit and the Pendulum". Brett intends to record these songs and release them to the public
* [http://www.myspace.com/tinternabbey67 MySpace page]
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