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John Martyn - The Island Years (17CD/1 DVD Box Set)

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John Martyn - The Island Years (17CD/1 DVD Box Set)

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The Island Years is the most exhaustive career retrospective from one of Britain’s most original and enduring singer/songwriters. Housed in an LP size hard-back slip case, this lavish box set contains 18 Discs including:

 
• 17 CDs featuring 12 key studio albums, recorded for Island between 1967 and 1987, now with previously unreleased mixes, Out-Takes, unheard songs and 2 complete, previously unreleased live solo concerts from 1972 and 1977 and the complete demos for The Apprentice, the last album Martyn delivered to Island.

• 1 DVD containing rare television performances from the Old Grey Whistle Test, Sight and Sound – In Concert, A Little Night Music and first time on DVD for the VHS release, Foundations.

• A hard-back book featuring a new essay by The Island Years compiler and researcher John Hillarby plus rare and previously unseen photographs and extensive memorabilia.
There is a strong selection of previously unreleased alternative takes from Martyn’s career defining 70s albums Stormbringer, The Road To Ruin, Bless The Weather, Solid Air, Inside Out, Sunday’s Child and One World; plus there are extensive outtakes and a number of unreleased songs from Martyn’s 80s Island releases: Grace And Danger, Sapphire and Piece By Piece.

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"Previously released outtakes and recordings have been excluded in favour of never heard before material.

There are also two complete, superbly recorded, previously unavailable solo acoustic concerts. The first of these was recorded at The Hanging Lamp, Richmond, in May 1972; the second was recorded at The Town Hall, Sydney, Australia in August 1977 where John shared the bill with Bert Jansch.

Among the other live recordings, the box set will include the original Live at Leeds from 1975, Martyn’s Rock Goes To College performance at Stirling University in March 1981 and his Glastonbury performance from June 1986, both recorded for the BBC.

Among the BBC studio sessions, two previously unreleased tracks from John and Beverley Martyn from 1970 have been found, ‘Traffic Light Lady’ and ‘The Road to Ruin’.

The final disc includes over three hours of live footage. This includes John’s appearances on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1973, 1978 and 1981, Sight And Sound In Concert, 1977 and a particularly stunning performance for BBC Bristol’s A Little Night Music in 1981. Plus, an expanded version of the Foundations VHS was recorded at London’s Town & Country Club in 198"

DISC ONE – LONDON CONVERSATION and THE TUMBLER

London Conversation  (1967)
01: Fairy Tale Lullaby ( 2:49 )
02: Sandy Grey ( 2:23 )
03: London Conversation ( 2:40 )
04: Ballad of An Elder Woman ( 2:41 )
05: Cocain ( 2:55 )
06: Run Honey Run ( 2:35 )
07: Back To Stay ( 3:27 )
08: Rolling Home ( 5:42 )
09: Who’s Grown Up Now ( 4:01 )
10: Golden Girl ( 2:31 )
11: This Time ( 3:05 )
12: Don’t Think Twice ( It’s Alright ) ( 4:12 )

The Tumbler  (1968)
13: Sing A Song Of Summer ( 2:18)
14: The River (  2:53 )
15: Goin’ Down To Memphis (  3:07 )
16: The Gardeners (   3:11 )
17: A Day At The Sea (  2:29 )
18: Fishin’ Blues (  2:34 )
19: Dusty (   3:01 )
20: Hello Train (   2:32 )
21: Winding Boy (   2:18 )
22: Fly On Home (  2:28 )
23: Knuckeldy Crunch and Slippledee Slee Song ( 2:51 )
24: Seven Black Roses (  4:01 )

DISC TWO – STORMBRINGER (1970)

01: Go Out And Get It ( 3:07 )
02: Can’t Get The One I Want ( 2:54 )
03: Stormbringer ( 4:16 )
04: Sweet Honesty ( 8:02 )
05: Woodstock ( 1:42 )
06: John The Baptist ( 3:11 )
07: The Ocean ( 3:40 )
08: Traffic-Light Lady ( 3:17 )
09: Tomorrow Time ( 3:49 )
10: Would You Believe Me ( 5:16 )
11: John The Baptist – Alternate Take ( 2:58 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
12: Go Out And Get It – Alternate Take ( 3:11 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
13: Traffic-Light Lady – BBC Radio International – 23/3/1970 – First Time on CD
14: It’s One Of Those Days – Demo ( 5:41 )
15: I Don’t Know – Demo ( 3:50 )
16: John The Baptist – Demo ( 2:54 )
17: Traffic-Light Lady – Demo ( 3:01 )

DISC THREE – THE ROAD TO RUIN (1970)

01: Primrose Hill ( 2:56 )
02: Parcels ( 3:26 )
03: Auntie Aviator ( 6:01 )
04: New Day (  3:57 )
05: Give Us A Ring ( 3:51 )
06: Sorry To Be So Long ( 4:42 )
07: Tree Green ( 3:10 )
08: Say What You Can ( 3:04 )
09: Road To Ruin ( 6:23 )
10: Say What You Can – Alternate Take ( 3:06 )  – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
11: Road To Ruin – BBC Radio Int. – 23/3/1970 ( 3:04 ) – Previously Unreleased – First Time on CD
12: Here I Am Now – Demo ( 4:24 )

DISC FOUR – BLESS THE WEATHER (1971)

01: Go Easy ( 4:14 )
02: Bless The Weather ( 4:27 )
03: Sugar Lump ( 3:40 )
04: Walk To The Water ( 2:46 )
05: Just Now ( 3:37 )
06: Head and Heart ( 4:52 )
07: Let The Good Things Come ( 3:04)
08: Back Down The River ( 2:38 )
09: Glistening Glyndebourne ( 6:30 )
10: Singing In The Rain ( 1:29 )
11: Glistening Glyndebourne – Alternate Take ( 7:46 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
12: Go Easy – Alternate Take # 2 ( 4:33 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
13: Head and Heart – Alternate Take ( 4:59 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
14: Sugar Lump – Alternate Take ( 6:01 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
15: Just Now – Alternate Take ( 3:37 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
16: Bless The Weather – Alternate Take ( 4:51 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
17: Go Easy – Alternate Take # 3 ( 4:14 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
18: Singing In The Rain – Alternate Take ( 3:39 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD

DISC FIVE – LIVE AT THE HANGING LAMP – RICHMOND – 8th MAY 1972

01: The Easy Blues (  4:04 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD
02: Bless The Weather (  5:10 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD
03: May You Never (  4:15 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD
04: Don’t Think Twice (  1:05 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD
05: Back To Stay (  3:13 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD
06: Head and Heart (   3:57 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD
07: Singin’ In The Rain (  2:38 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD
08: Sugar Lump (   2:14 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD
09: I’d Rather be The Devil ( 7:45 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD
10: Outside In ( 11:19 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD
11: The Glory Of Love ( 2:35 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD

DISC SIX – SOLID AIR (1973)

01: Solid Air ( 5:44 )
02: Over The Hill ( 2:52 )
03: Don’t Want To Know ( 3:01 )
04: I’d Rather Be The Devil ( 6:17 )
05: Go Down Easy ( 3:35 )
06: Dreams By The Sea ( 3:16 )
07: May You Never ( 3:40 )
08: The Man In The Station ( 2:52 )
09: The Easy Blues ( 3:21 )
10: Solid Air – Alternate Take ( 4:31 ) – First Time on CD
11: Over The Hill – Alternate Take ( 3:18 ) – First Time on CD
12: I’d Rather Be The Devil – Alternate Take # 2 ( 6:02 ) – First Time on CD
13: I’d Rather Be The Devil – Alternate Take # 3 ( 5:43 ) – Previously Unreleased version -First Time on CD
14: Go Down Easy – Alternate Take #2 ( 5:11 ) – First Time on CD
15: Go Down Easy – Alternate Take # 3 ( 3:42 ) – First Time on CD
16: Dreams By The Sea – Alternate Take ( 3:22 ) – First Time on CD
17: May You Never – Alternate Take ( 3:46 ) – First Time on CD
18: Man In The Station – Alternate Take ( 2:58 )  – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD

DISC SEVEN – INSIDE OUT (1973)

01: Fine Lines ( 3:49 )
02: Eibhli Ghail Chiuin Ni Chearbhaill ( 3:06 )
03:Ain’t No Saint ( 3:37 )
04: Outside In ( 8:22 )
05: The Glory of Love ( 1:57 )
06: Look In ( 2:56 )
07: Beverley ( 3:53 )
08: Make No Mistake ( 5:57 )
09: Ways To Cry ( 3:00 )
10: So Much In Love With You ( 2:50 )
11: Make No Mistake – Alternate Take ( 6:45 )  – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
12: The Glory of Love – Alternate Take ( 2:39 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
13: Fine Lines – Alternate Take ( 3:55 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
14: Outside In – Alternate Take ( 9:34 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
15: Beverley – BBC Radio Session – 15/10/1973 ( 2:13 ) – Previously Unreleased – First Time on CD
16: Make No Mistake – BBC Session – 15/10/1973 ( 3:12 ) – Previously Unreleased – First Time on CD

DISC EIGHT – LIVE AT LEEDS (1975)

01: Outside In ( 18:58 )
02: Solid Air ( 7:11 )
03: Make No Mistake ( 5:04 )
04: Bless The Weather ( 4:34 )
05: The Man In The Station ( 2:40 )
06: I’d Rather Be The Devil ( 8:47 )
07: Solid Air – Live at Glastonbury 21/6/1986 ( 5:42 ) – Previously Unreleased – First Time on CD
08: Bless The Weather – Live at Glastonbury 1986  ( 4:10 ) – Previously Unreleased – First Time on CD
09: Love Of Mine – Live at Glastonbury 21/6/1986 ( 4:07 ) – Previously Unreleased – First Time on CD
10: Fisherman’s Dream – Live at The London Palladium ( 4:52 ) – First Time on CD
11: John Wayne – Live at The London Palladium ( 8:04 ) – Previously Unreleased – First Time on CD

DISC NINE – SUNDAY’S CHILD (1975)

01: One Day Without You ( 2:58 )
02: Lay It All Down ( 1:50 )
03: Root Love ( 4:33 )
04: My Baby Girl ( 2:29 )
05: Sunday’s Child ( 3:17 )
06: Spencer The Rover ( 4:10 )
07: Clutches ( 1:52 )
08: The Message ( 2:29 )
09: Satisfied Mind  ( 3:31 )
10: You Can Discover ( 3:43 )
11: Call Me Crazy ( 7:27 )
12: Eight More Miles – Alternate Take ( 2:44 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
13: Sunday’s Child – Alternate Take  (  6:31 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
14: Root Love  – Alternate Take   ( 5:17 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
15: Ellie Rhee – Alternate Take  ( 3:54 )
16: Spencer The Rover – BBC In Concert – 31/12/1977 (  3:53 ) – First Time on CD
17: John Stevens Away -  Anni – Part 1 and Part 2 ( 7:36 )  – First Time on CD

DISC TEN – LIVE IN SYDNEY – 14th August 1977

01: Outside In ( 14:29 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD
02: Spencer The Rover ( 4:17 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording– First Time on CD
03: One Day Without You ( 3:57 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD
04: The Easy Blues ( 3:14 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD
05: My Baby Girl ( 3:08 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD
06: Make No Mistake ( 4:25 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD
07: Bless The Weather (  4:45 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD
08: I’d Rather Be The Devil ( 9:47 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD
09: May You Never ( 4:32 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording  – First Time on CD
10: Over The Hill ( 3:57 ) – Previously Unreleased Live recording – First Time on CD

DISC ELEVEN – ONE WORLD –ORIGINAL UK MIX (1977)

01: Dealer ( 4:58 )
02: One World ( 4:09 )
03: Smiling Stranger ( 3:29 )
04: Big Muff ( 6:31 )
05: Couldn’t Love You More ( 3:07 )
06: Certain Surprise ( 3:54 )
07: Dancing ( 3:43 )
08: Small Hours ( 8:43 )
09: Dealer – Alternate Take  ( 5:15 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
10: One World – Alternate Take ( 4:20 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
11: Smiling Stranger – Alternate Take ( 3:35 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
12: Couldn’t Love You More – Alternate Take ( 3:13 ) – Previously Unreleased  – First Time on CD
13: Small Hours – Alternate Take ( 9:50 ) – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
14: Black Man At Your Shoulder – Alternate Take ( 8:31 ) – Previously Unreleased – First Time on CD

DISC TWELVE – ONE WORLD – OUT TAKES

01: One World – Alternate Take # 3 – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
02: Smiling Stranger – Alternate Take # 3 – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
03: Big Muff – Alternate Take – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
04: Couldn’t Love You More – Alternate Take # 2 – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
05: Certain Surprise – Alternate Take # 2 – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
06: Dancing – Alternate Take – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
07: Small Hours – Alternate Take # 2 – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
08: Dancing – Alternate Take # 2 – Previously Unreleased version – First Time on CD
09: Black Man At Your Shoulder ( 17:32 ) – Alternate Take # 2 – Previously Unreleased version
10: Big Muff – Extended remix – First Time on CD
11: Anna  ( 4:11 )

DISC THIRTEEN – GRACE AND DANGER (1980)

01: Some People Are Crazy ( 4:20 )
02: Grace and Danger ( 4:05 )
03: Lookin’ On ( 5:15 )
04: Johnny Too Bad ( 3:58 )
05: Sweet Little Mystery ( 5:26 )
06: Hurt In Your Heart ( 4:58 )
07: Baby Please Come Home ( 3:55 )
08: Save Some ( For Me )  ( 3:31 )
09: Our Love ( 3:59 )
10: Hi-Heel Sneakers – Previously Unreleased Cover Version ( 3:16 ) First Time on CD
11: Grace and Danger – Alternate Take ( 7:37 ) – Previously Unreleased / First Time on CD
12: Small Hat – Alternate Take ( 7:15 ) – Previously Unreleased / First Time on CD
13: Johnny Too Bad – Alternate Take (  7:18 ) Previously Unreleased / First Time on CD
14: After Tomorrow Night – Alternate Take ( 4:36 ) Previously Unreleased / First Time on CD
15: Dead On Arrival – Alternate Take ( 5:57 ) Previously Unreleased / First Time on CD

DISC FOURTEEN – GRACE AND DANGER ERA

01: Running Up The Harbour – Previously Unreleased / First Time on CD
02: Some People Are Crazy – Previously Unreleased / First Time on CD
03: Untitled Instrumental – Previously Unreleased / First Time on CD
04: Our Love – Previously Unreleased / First Time on CD
05: Johnny Too Bad – Previously Unreleased Alternate Take # 2 / First Time on CD
06: Grace and Danger – Previously Unreleased Instrumental / First Time on CD
07: Johnny Too Bad – Version – First Time on CD
08:  Sweet Little Mystery – BBC Old Grey Whistle Test – 10/1/1981
09: Some People Are Crazy – Live at Stirling University 2/3/1981
10: Grace and Danger – Live at Stirling University 2/3/1981
11: Save Some ( For Me ) – Live at Stirling University 2/3/1981
12: Johnny Too Bad – Live at Stirling University 2/3/1981 / First Time on CD
13: Hurt In Your Heart – BBC A Little Night Music – 12/8/1981
14: Sweet Little Mystery – London Palladium 3rd March 1986 / First Time on CD

DISC FIFTEEN – SAPPHIRE (1984)

01: Sapphire ( 5:15 )
02: Over The Rainbow ( 3:23 )
03: You Know ( 3:10 )
04: Watching Her Eyes ( 3:51 )
05: Fisherman’s Dream ( 4:16 )
06: Acid Rain ( 4:09 )
07: Mad Dog Days ( 4:56 )
08: Climb The Walls ( 4:11 )
09: Coming On Time ( 3:31 )
10: Rope-Soul’d ( 4:45 )
11: Love In Your Life – Unreleased Song ( 3:27 ) – Previously Unreleased / First Time on CD
12: Sapphire – Andy Lyden mix ( 4:48 )  – Previously Unreleased mix / First Time on CD
13: Over The Rainbow – Andy Lyden mix ( 3:47 ) – Previously Unreleased mix / First Time on CD
14: Fisherman’s Dream – Andy Lyden mix ( 4:34 ) – Previously Unreleased mix / First Time on CD
15: Acid Rain – Andy Lyden mix  ( 4:06 ) – Previously Unreleased mix / First Time on CD
16: Mad Dog Days – Andy Lyden mix ( 5:21 ) – Previously Unreleased mix / First Time on CD
17: Rope-Soul’d – Andy Lyden mix ( 4:50 ) – Previously Unreleased mix / First Time on CD

DISC SIXTEEN – PIECE BY PIECE (1986)

01: Nightline ( 5:06 )
02: Lonely Love ( 3:17 )
03: Angeline ( 4:42 )
04: One Step Too far ( 3:19 )
05: Piece By Piece ( 3:49 )
06: Serendipity ( 4:10 )
07: Who Believes In Angels ( 4:56 )
08: Love Of Mine ( 4:46 )
09: John Wayne ( 6:51 )
10: Tight Connection To My Heart ( 3:48 )
11: Advertisement # 1  ( 1:02 )  – Previously Unreleased -  First Time on CD
12: John Wayne – Alternate Take ( 5:51 ) – Previously Unreleased -  First Time on CD
13: Lonely Love – Alternate Take ( 3:22 ) – Previously Unreleased  First Time on CD
14: Angeline – Alternate Take ( 5:03  – Previously Unreleased -  First Time on CD
15: Advertisement # 2 ( 0:54 )  – Previously Unreleased -  First Time on CD
16: Piece By Piece – Alternate Take ( 3:58 ) – Previously Unreleased -  First Time on CD
17: Who Believes In Angels – Alternate Take ( 4:56 ) – Previously Unreleased -  First Time on CD
18: Love Of Mine – Alternate Take ( 4:27 ) – Previously Unreleased -  First Time on CD

DISC SEVENTEEN – THE APPRENTICE – ORIGINAL MIX (1987)

01: Live On Love – Previously Unreleased mix -  First Time on CD
02: The River – Previously Unreleased mix -  First Time on CD
03: Income Town – Previously Unreleased mix -  First Time on CD
04: Send Me One Line – Previously Unreleased mix -  First Time on CD
05: Deny This Love – Previously Unreleased mix -  First Time on CD
06: Hold Me – Previously Unreleased mix -  First Time on CD
07: Upo – Previously Unreleased mix -  First Time on CD
08: No. 9 – Previously Unreleased mix -  First Time on CD
09: The Apprentice – Previously Unreleased mix -  First Time on CD
10: Lifeline – Previously Unreleased Song -  First Time on CD
11: The Moment – Previously Unreleased mix -  First Time on CD
12: Patterns In The Rain – Previously Unreleased mix -  First Time on CD
13: Patterns In The Rain – Live at the Island Records Birthday Party – 4th July 1987  -  First Time on CD
14: The Apprentice – Live at the Town & Country – 13th November 1986
15: Send Me One Line – Live at the Town & Country – 13th November 1986
16: The Moment -  Live at the Town & Country – 13th November 1986

DISC EIGHTEEN – DVD

01: Make No Mistake ( 3:07 )  – Old Grey Whistle Test – 16/10/1973 – First Time on DVD
02: Outside In ( 4:31 ) – Old Grey Whistle Test – 16/10/1973 – First Time on DVD
03: You Can Discover ( 4:53 ) – Old Grey Whistle Test – 17/1/1975
04: Outside In ( 14:30 )   -  Sight and Sound – In Concert – 15/10/1977  – First Time on DVD
05: Spencer The Rover ( 3:55 ) -  Sight and Sound – In Concert – 15/10/1977  – First Time on DVD
06: Dealer ( 5:05 ) -  Sight and Sound – In Concert – 15/10/1977  – First Time on DVD
07: Sweet Little Mystery ( 5:00 ) – Old Grey Whistle Test -  10/1/1981– First Time on DVD
08: Lookin’ On ( 5:00 ) – Old Grey Whistle Test – 10/1/1981– First Time on DVD
09: One World ( 3:53 ) – A Little Night Music – 12/8/1981 – First Time on DVD
10: Johnny Too Bad ( 3:52 ) – A Little Night Music – 12/8/1981– First Time on DVD
11: May You Never ( 3:30 ) – A Little Night Music – 12/8/1981– First Time on DVD
12: Inside Out ( Outside In ) ( 10:40 ) – A Little Night Music – 12/8/1981– First Time on DVD
13: Hurt In Your Heart ( 6:47 ) – A Little Night Music – 12/8/1981– First Time on DVD
14: Mad Dog Days – from Foundations – Live at the Town & Country – 13th November 1986
15: Angeline – from Foundations – Live at the Town & Country – 13th November 1986 – First Time on DVD
16: The Apprentice – from Foundations – Live at the Town & Country – 13th Nov1986– First Time on DVD
17: May You Never – from Foundations – Live at the Town & Country – 13th Nov 1986 – First Time on DVD
18: Solid Air – from Foundations – Live at the Town & Country – 13th November 1986 – First Time on DVD
19: Deny This Love – from Foundations – Live at the Town & Country – 13th Nov1986 – First Time on DVD
20: Send Me One Line – from Foundations – Live at the Town & Country – 13th Nov 1986 – First Time on DVD
21: John Wayne – from Foundations – Live at the Town & Country – 13th November 1986 – First Time on DVD
22: Dealer – from Foundations – Live at the Town & Country – 13th November 1986 – First Time on DVD
23: Johnny Too Bad – from Foundations – Live at the Town & Country – 13th Nov 1986 – First Time on DVD
24: Over The Rainbow – from Foundations – Live at the Town & Country – 13th Nov 1986 – First Time on DVD
25: Sweet Little Mystery – from Foundations – Live at the Town & Country – 13th Nov 1986 – First Time on DVD
BONUS FEATURE
26: Fisherman’s Blues -  Out Take from Foundations – Live at the Town & Country – First Time on DVD
27: Lookin’ On – Out Take from Foundations – Live at the Town & Country – First Time on DVD
28: Outside In – Out Take from Foundations – Live at the Town & Country – First Time on DVD
29: One World – Out Take from Foundations – Live at the Town & Country – First Time on DVD
30: The Moment  – Out Take from Foundations – Live at the Town & Country – First Time on DVD
BONUS FEATURE
31: Bless The Weather ( 5:24 ) – Out Take from  Old Grey Whistle Test 10/1/1978 – First Time on DVD
32: Outside In ( 13:11 ) – Out Take from  Old Grey Whistle Test 10/1/1978 – First Time on DVD
33: Spencer The Rover ( 4:03 ) – Out Take from  Old Grey Whistle Test 10/1/1978 – First Time on DVD

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