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TC Lethbridge - 2000TC was released in 2014 on Iron Man Records.
John Higgs researched, wrote and published a book called 2000TC: Standing On The Verge of Getting It On. There were only 111 copies and they were not for sale. There are no copies left.
To mark the occasion a year later (as opposed to making you wait for another 23 years) a Limited Edition T-shirt is now available, and better still, you can buy one.
I should admit that the run of shirts is only happening so the band can give 1 free T-shirt (Like bands do) to John Higgs for writing a whole book about them. John works for 15 years, writes a whole book about the band's last 23 years, and he gets a free T-shirt as a swap. Fair's fair.
But while we are printing a shirt to keep a starving author happy, we are going to print enough to make 111 in total.
The Shirts will go on sale from November 23rd 2015 and when all 111 Shirts have been sold there will be no more.
The Shirts will be Black with a print on the front and a print on the back. All Shirts will be £8 plus any postage if you order before 23rd November. (After that date the price may go up to £11.10 plus postage)
You are welcome to pre-order at any time before 23rd November and shirts will be mailed out as they become available.
The T-shirts will be Black GILDAN Extra Tees. These shirts are heavyweight shirts that should withstand plenty of washing and wear.
Sizes available in small, medium, large, extra large and extra extra large.
If you want anything other than whats currently on offer email email@example.com with your request and lets see what can be done.
This run will be limited to 111 Shirts so get them while you can. When they're gone, they're gone.
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‘2000TC’, recorded 1994 John Stewart Hall, Melbourne House, The Henge Shop, Avebury, 4 Track cassette, digitally remastered by John Davies 2014.
I was at Brian’s with Flint. He announced that he had a tape with him, and did we want to hear it? It was rough mixes of the 2000TC songs recorded in the Avebury hall, which he had pulled out of a box of cassettes under his stairs. I asked him recently what compelled him to take out this tape at that point, but he had no idea. He seemed to do it without thinking. It was just time. I was keen to hear it. I was a big fan of the Mina instrumentals although I recognised that, as music went, it was fairly niche and unlikely to gain a large audience. We settled down in Brian’s front room and put the tape on. I don’t know what I had been expecting, but it wasn’t the overwhelming sense of purpose that burst out of the speakers. I was reminded of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, which I was not prepared for. This stuff was good, and it had broad appeal.
There is one particular section of 2000TC that for me crystallises everything that Flint, Kev and Doggen were doing. It is music that you will never hear, but by now you’ll find it on iTunes or Spotify or wherever you get your music. It is at the end of the sixth track, although I do not know what that song is called, because time is out of whack for me and I only have an mp3 named ‘track 6’. The song starts simply enough, with an understated bass groove and the line “It’s all down to you” sung over and over again. But Doggen’s playing becomes increasingly possessed by some musical spirit, the like of which I have never heard before. I don’t have the musical grammar to understand where he is taking that music, yet it always sounds perfect and right and Kev remains locked in with him wherever he goes. As the song progresses you get the strange sense that those musicians no longer exist, that they have been replaced. They have sunk a deep well and been swept away by the sound gushing out of them. This builds and builds and… stops, abruptly. The tape ran out. But back in that hall none of them noticed. They continued, utterly lost in what they were doing, unable to say how much longer that particular improvisation went on for, other than to say that it was a while. And this is maddening, frustrating. To hear where they were when just before the tape ended is a cruel tease indeed.
It is tempting to see this ‘track 6.mp3’ as a summation of everything TC Lethbridge are about. It exists now. It has been mixed and mastered and we can all hear it. But it also points to those lost moments we can never recover, of three musicians in Avebury who had left their egos far behind and were producing, as Brian Barritt put it, “automatic writing in the sacred landscape.” – John Higgs