April 21, 2015 – 5:18 am

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Bern 1971 [William Tell Edition 099, 2CD]

Live at the Restaurant Jardin, Bern, Switzerland; March 23, 1971. Fairly good audience recording.

Richie Unterberger, allmusic.com:

The unusual power duo of keyboardist/vocalist Eddie Hardin and drummer Pete York made a few albums in the late ’60s and early ’70s, and were aptly described as a cross between Traffic and Procol Harum. They leaned closer to Traffic than Procol Harum, with their blend of hard rock, soul, progressive, and jazz influences; the swirl and swell of Hardin’s Hammond organ; and Hardin’s Stevie Winwood-esque vocals. And they came by that Traffic influence honestly: York had played alongside Winwood in the Spencer Davis Group before Winwood formed Traffic, and Hardin joined the Spencer Davis Group on keyboards and vocals after Winwood’s departure.

Although Hardin & York weren’t that big in the UK or US, they had more success on the European Continent, particularly in Germany, where they were big both on record and as a touring act. In fact, they were the last band to play the famous Star Club in Hamburg in 1970 before it closed and were popular enough to be honored by a bootleg recorded in Germany in the early ’70s. In 1971 each member started playing with their own bands as well (the Pete York Percussion Band and Hardin/Fenwick/Newman), occasionally playing in those bands on the same bill as live Hardin & York concerts.

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Thanks to Doctor Robert, who recorded the show; and to William Tell and Lucifer Burns for sharing the tracks at Dime. Thanks also to Zubbid for the song titles.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Freedom Suite 18:16 (30.7MB)
Freedom Shuffle/Like A Rolling Stone/Freedom
Track 102. Tomorrow Today 7:08 (12.0MB)
Track 103. The Pike 21:07 (35.5MB)
47 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Deep In My Despair 8:20 (14.0MB)
Track 202. For The World 4:56 (8.3MB)
Track 203. Rock-N-Roll Medley 7:30 (12.6MB)
Jailhouse Rock/Mean Woman Blues/Rip It Up
Track 204. Northern Medley 14:33 (24.4MB)
Lady Madonna/Norwegian Wood
36 mins

Eddie Hardin - organ, vocals
Pete York - drums, percussion

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  1. 8 Responses to “HARDIN & YORK - SWITZERLAND 1971”

  2. This is some amazing and varied stuff y’all come up with for us every day Mr BIGO !

    By jack bond on Apr 21, 2015

  3. ive overburned cds to 82mins but this is 83mins. i have never been able to squish 83mins to a cd. none of the tracks here are that short.. the shortest being 202 at just under 5mins. i dont like taking tracks out of order when burning to cd. taking the first or last track off and burning the rest to a cd is one thing but one track out of the middle? no. its just wrong. if a min or more of applause could be chopped off of tracks to make this fit onto a cd that would be great but im not savvy enough anymore to go to that effort. perhaps if the other show/boot from germany is offered and is shorter it would make it worthwhile to put this on one cd leaving the final track off and starting the 2nd cd with it. then putting the other boot on that 2nd cd it would work nicely and fit like a glove filling 2 cds rather than 3. just a thought.

    By darth on Apr 21, 2015

  4. maybe glen if you didn’t spend so much time at this site LYING & BANGING away on the keyboard nonstop as well as being just pure lazy…download audacity or any other music editor program learn to use it to chop up your files (cutting out the audience) to suit your needs…

    what a liar whiny bitch you are..!

    good day clown boy…

    By Jerry's Finger on Apr 21, 2015

  5. that much energy and effort to save one minute to fit it on one cd isnt worth it for me.. i would rather use 2 cds and fill in the 2nd cd with similar material as i suggested. i would hope to put the germany performance on it if i could. tay appention.

    By darth on Apr 22, 2015

  6. if that’s the case glen…

    quit your fucking bitching you damn whiny bitch boy…!!!

    good god you’re a attention seeking whore…

    By Jerry's Finger on Apr 22, 2015

  7. Hey, what a surprise! Hardin & York – «the world’s smalles big band». Unfortunately this live performance lackes the energie I’ve heard on their first two studio albums.
    Ah yeah, and there’s some darth bashing going on. Goddamn! Jerry’s Finger! How come that some people express so much aggression against this dude Glen?

    By Tony Lauber on Apr 23, 2015

  8. Hi there,
    I’ve been searching for this recording so long, but once again I’m too late. If you decide to reupload it, please let me know. By the way, Hardin & York were big on the famous 70’s festivals on the European continent, an unbeatable live act!

    By Paul on Apr 9, 2019

  9. Hi there,
    is there a chance, that this recording will be reupped?

    By Paul on Apr 19, 2020

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