JB's 1999 RAH concert - as it was when the BBC were going to be filming the second half. It got changed when filming didn't go ahead.
The second half of JB's Royal Albert Hall was to have been filmed and would have formed the centre-piece of the 'Omnibus' programme. Unfortunately, they were a few thousand short in the budget department and the idea was abandoned - much to JB's fury!
These things are very expensive to put on, particularly as JB likes a large orchestra. He had designed the programme so many of the 'hits' and new material would be in the second half. But once filming was abandoned, the programme was altered.
"Being one of the lucky ones, I attended the 1972 Filmharmonic Concert at RAH that this album was based on. More...
Prior to the album being released, Gordon Gray, who was A&R man at Polydor and in charge of the albums release, advised me over the phone that the arrangement of 'Zulu' played in the concert - much more dramatic and vibrant than the original, togeher with 'The Knack' and 'ipcress' were 'on the list' for inclusion on the album. Alas, they never made it.
So, I presume they are gathering dust somewhere, possibly never to be heard................ unless, of course Sony (Universal, ed.) have access to ALL the tracks recorded for the album and include them, but I'm not holding my breath!!"
Source: Ian MacDonald, John Barry Yahoo group.
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