And the next note (a classic!):
Of the 133,422 performances of “Sloth”, sadly only 28,156 have been recorded for posterity. Back at the hotel a few hours later after this San Antonio gig, Simon calmly announced his intention of leaving the group. I’m not sure of the connection between the timing of this announcement and the fact that – in my humble opinion – he plays some great guitar on this. Maybe it was the vocal harmonies. Rumours of a guitar supergroup with John McLaughlin and Stan Webb* later proved unfounded. N.B. : aside from a slight irreparable one-sided bias at the beginning, the “sucking/backward-running tape” sound you hear halfway through the second instrumental is the limiter being switched into the sound system as the engineer fails to cope with me smashing seven bells out of my symbals.”
So! Now all is revealed! It was the drummer, Dave Mattacks, who wrote these notes; he of course was the only other one of the three who were in the group (so far as it existed at all) throughout all the period in question, 1971 to 1974.
PS *guitarist with Chicken Shack; maybe some more about this band later….