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Sunday, January 31st,
From: Sam Andreeff <email@example.com>
Subject: Soft Machine 2
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 17:28:09 -0500
> By the way, someone mentioned Soft Machine 2
recently. I have to agree it
> is one of the finest Canterbury records ever. The
finest RECORDS ever.
I agree. I would hold it as a high water mark of popular
music. The somewhat stream-of-consciousness of the songwriting,
the humorous lyrics ("Hulloder" is a good example) and the
references to 'pataphysics make it a favourite of mine. At turns
surreal, jazzy and downright hilarious, those records
(particularely vol. 2) indicate that these were hip and
> After all these years it is fun to hear what they
were singing about
> at last. Listening along with the lyrics is a fun
treat for us fans. What
> weird lyrics they were. That's part of their
innovation. And who knew that
> As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still was all about
Kevin! I can't believe it!
I'm not so sure that the lyrics were innovative, but they
were up to some clever stuff. Incidentally, I was one of the
people who hepled to transcribe that album. It's very tough to
make out most of As Long ... a lot of what I did was guesswork.
Subject: Stewart/Gaskin news?
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 18:14:42 EST
Does anyone have any idea what's going on with Dave
Stewart/Barb Gaskin these
days? For almost two years, their web site has said
they're finishing up
their new album and the last live appearance mentioned was
in 1996! Anyone
know if they have any performances coming up or if they
actually are working
on the new album? Dave Stewart and his associated
bands have always been the
highlight of the Canterbury scene for me and I'd love to
something new from him.
From: gong-gas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: GAS news Jan 99
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 99 17:52:42 +0000
Here is a digest of the latest GAS Rolling Flyer (Jan 99).
It's something we send out with any enquiries and orders and I've
always meant to get around to e-mailing it to all of you closely
connected, so here tis. I will try and make this a monthly event.
Hope you don't mind this bit of unsolicitated mail and that all is
well with you and yours
BEING OF ALL THINGS GONG
January 99 Rolling Flyer
PO BOX 871 Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9LJ
Eat Me Baby I’m a Jellybean AGASCD016
Daevid has returned to his roots and recorded a wondrously
fresh bebop album on which he sings quirkily reworked classic jazz
standards with a powerful, grooving, eloquent and emotional
quartet of master jazz musicians including:- Ndugu Chancler, a
supreme jazz drummer who has played regularly with Hugh Masekela,
Miles Davis, Santana, Freddie Hubbard and George Duke. Didier, who
of course as well as being Gong’s horney genius has regular gigs
with Pierre Bensusan and his own band Hadouk (it is so good
hearing Didier’s supreme straight be-bop playing), Eugene Maslov a
spectacular Russian improvising pianist who played regularly with
Antonio Carlos Jobim and who is currently recording in a trio with
Omar Hakim and Eddie Gomez.
The pedigree of the playing is of the very highest
standards and Daevid is in great voice throughout. His new or
re-written lyrics are also pure alien genius. Tracks include My
Funny Valentine, So What, It Ain’t Necessarily So, Slow Boat and
This is the music that inspired Daevid to become a
musician, create Soft Machine and Gong. Check it out. I think it
is a fascinating and totally rewarding experience on all levels
and it comes with a full lyric booklet and copious notes by Daevid
Pip Pyle-Seven Year Itch Voiceprint VP198CD
Totally recommended. The depth, intelligence and warmth of
Gong’s sometime drummer is revealed with a beautifully crafted,
exciting CD, a release he can be proud of. The large cast of
musicians includes John Greaves, Dave Stewart & Barbara
Gaskin, Didier, Phil Miller, Freddy Baker, Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper
and a dozen more. His version of Strawberry Fields Forever (the
only cover on the CD) is worth the price of admission alone,
Various-Wir Sind Der Revolte Vol 1 TPCD
Very good live tracks from Gong, Hawkwind, Faust, Man,
Embryo, Guru Guru recorded over the years at the huge alternative
Herzberg Festival in Germany. Gong’s track, from ‘97, the longest
at 18.53, is “Would You Like Some Tea?”, a good spacey improvised
piece leading into the ‘Master Builder’ Riff. The gig is notable
for being Pierre Moerlen’s first with Gong after a gap of 20
years. This CD is bound to become a rarity.
Seize-The Day It’s Your Life Wildwood CD 19801
A great, concerned, ethical and uplifting release. S.T.D.
are the writers of ‘No-One’s Slave’ recorded by both Daevid
and K. Moon, who also often sing S.T.D’s ‘Child of the Universe’
(also included here) live. S.T.D are full-time eco-warriors
devoting all of their efforts to ecological concerns around the
country and can be found on the front-line of many road/tree camps
and protests. Beautiful packaging with all the lyrics and lots of
illustrations & photographs.
At the moment Daevid and Gilli; are playing the odd gig in
Oz with all manner of musicians, looking after the close and
extended family, writing, recording, campaigning, recovering.
Some solo US dates for Daevid and Gilli (together &
separately) are being planned in March on the way over to Europe
for...a Gong Tour with gigs in N. France, Belgium, Germany,
possibly Switzerland and Austria at the beginning of May.
Gong-wise improvising seems to be the order of the day with some
surprising changes in band members also possible.
Also being hatched are Brainville (Daevid, Hu Hopper, Pip
Pyle & Kramer) dates in the US, N. Europe and the UK in
Daevid & Graham are off to Israel for a one off gig
and a lecture on the 28th and 29th April.
New band-Mask with Keith the Bass, Mark Hewins, Shaymal
probably gigs in April in Northern France.
All this means that both Daevid & Gilli will have solo
UK dates throughout the Spring in the UK starting in the 3rd week
of April and filling all non Gong or Brainville gaps. Gigs booked
Sun 18th April / Duchess of York, Leeds
Wed 21st April / Riddles Music Bar, Stoke
Thur 22nd April / Axiom Centre, Cheltenham–TBC
Sun 25th April / Cavern, Exeter (possibly on the Internet
Didier Malherbe & Pierre Bensusan
An adventerous evening with Didier & the brilliant
guitarist Pierre Bensusan.
Fri 26th Feb '99 / Theatre le Phoenix, Valenciennes (03 27
32 32 00)
Steffe is working on/talking about some Bubbled Up
Ambient/Dub type gigs in the N.W. States based around Seattle.
The Invisible Opera Company are gigging more regularly
these days and are also currently discussing the possibility of a
‘pixie power’ package tour of Europe with the Spacegoats.
Mark Robson and Kangaroo Moon will be back in Europe at
the end of May for a host of Summer gigs.
WORK IN PROGRESS/BUBBLING UNDER
Being pressed, illustrated, edited, mastered, recorded or
planned somewhere for release throughout next year are:- In
Transit - Kangaroo Moon (brilliant studio album), Live 76-78 -
Here & Now (psychedelic free festival madness) , The Seven
Drones - Daevid Allen (the ultimate chill-out/spiritual tune-up),
Anima Rising - Steffe (deep trance), a new Global CD, The Wound of
Love - Brainville, Daevid Allen’s Submarine of Salt/University of
Errors, Gnome - Bananamoon Band (lost 67 album), Radio Brainwave -
Gong, A new Orlando and Gilli studio Goddess T album, Rebella -
Lady June & the massed musicians of the ‘Canterbury’
We are working at getting a publisher for Daevid’s ‘Gong
Dreaming 2, Gong: 69-75’. It would be nice to get it out in time
for the 30th anniversary at the end of October next year. Failing
everything we can always put it all on the web-site.
As always working at the web-site, the ultimate Gong
Family discography, survival and increasing positivity everywhere.
Surrealist Proverbs for today : A shadow is a shadow
all the same.
From: Clay Gaunce <email@example.com>
Subject: "7 Year Itch"
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 14:24:42 -0500
Hello, Aymeric. Hope all's well with you. Pip
Pyle's CD made my "Best of
'98" list in case you'd care to see it:
From: "ges cambridge"
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 00:20:07 -0000
I would love to have a tape of "the best of Caravan live",
as of today I had never heard of it, so any friends that would
like to do it for me would be a friend indeed. Also that session
they do for Radio One, the one with the tracks we have never heard
18 Kent Close
Corby, Northants NN17 2TJ
I went to diss as a homage to a band which I had spent a
lot of time listening to and a little time supporting. My son who
is open to music had liked Caravan through
brainwashing... I mean playing all the time, "Nine feet
but he still likes the new stuff better. They are lovely
people, I had a "Battle of Hastings" CD which I bought in Russia,
a total bootleg, but at 1.50 a go I was not bothered, it had a
plain inner sleeve and Pye took the time to take my 15-year-old
son around all members of the band to get there autographs,
which was nice. I'm sure most people would not have the time
My son thinks Caravan are cool and Pye is Uncle Pye
in his eyes. I have tried to get him into this tape I have, of
Soft Machine live in Norway 1970 which is one long piece lasting
80-85 mins and is weird, but gong he loves, I was at the cambridge
folk festival lying in a drunken slumber when i was awoken by this
hippy girl, it was the end of the seventies selling Mother Gong
LPs which my mate bought one, being a Gong fan, a big Gong fan and
he thought it was crap, so I got it and I liked it, I still think
that "Softs" is Soft Machine's best album, though "Third" comes
close open minded or what.
So much for the memories, "Whats rattlin" is magic to
people like me who need the real thing in this false world,
one last thing bootlegs a band called Inner City Unit taped all
their concerts, all their soundchecks, and sold them to the fans,
so please help me out with the tapes.
Many thanks for reading keep up the good work
From: Stella Star <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 20:26:58 +0100
Thought you might like to have a look a my newborn
Website, which has a growing number of concert photographs from
the Canterbury Music Scene (and Beyond!).
("Fireflies in the Dark") :
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[for more info : check out the 'Concerts' page of CALYX -
see URL below]
HUGH HOPPER/POLYSONS & FRANGLODUTCH BAND
Feb 05 - Annecy (France), venue tbc
DAEVID ALLEN - FESTIVAL OF SEVEN MOONS '99
Mar 25-31 : California
(also gigs with Gilli Smyth and friends feat. Percy Jones
Apr 24-30 : Cornwall
May 24-30 : France
Jun 22-28 : Ireland
Jul 22-28 : USA
Aug 20-26 : Scotland
Sep 19-25 : near London
DAEVID ALLEN - SOLO TOUR
Apr 18 - Leeds, Duchess of York
Apr 21 - Stoke-on-Trent, Riddles Music Bar
Apr 22 - Cheltenham, Axion Centre
Apr 25 - Exeter, Cavern
and more t.b.a.
DAEVID ALLEN/GRAHAM CLARK DUO
Apr 29/30 - Israel
A European tour is being arranged at the moment.
A German tour between May 2-8 will be followed by dates in
Austria, Northern France (incl. Lyon) and possibly Switzerland and
This tour should bring many surprises - a radically
changed set, more improvisation-based; and an altered line-up -
Pip Pyle will be back on drums & other changes to be
Billed to perform at Progfest'99 in San Francisco, late
UK and European dates currently being arranged for June.
DIDIER MALHERBE/PIERRE BENSUSAN
Feb 26 - Valenciennes (France), Théatre le Phoenix [tel:
Feb 27 - Faches-Tumesnil [near Lille] (France), Les
Arcades [tel: 03.20.62.96.96]
Mar 06 - Jarny (France), Espace Gérard Philippe [tel:
INVISIBLE OPERA COMPANY OF TIBET
Feb 06 - Glastonbury, Assembly Rooms
+ full tour in March/April
SPACEHEAD feat. Graham Clark
Feb 03 - Derby, The Vic
Feb 04 - Preston, The Adelphi
Feb 05 - Stoke-on-Trent, Riddles Music Bar
Feb 06 - Buxton, Cheshire Cheese
+ two jazz gigs featuring Graham:
Feb 08 - Manchester, Blue Note Chorlton (jazz duo with
Steve Mead, guitar)
Mar 02 - Stockport, Three Shires (w/ resident rhythm
BARBARA THOMPSON'S PARAPHERNALIA
[Barbara Thompson/Billy Thompson/Peter Lemer/Paul
Mar 02 - Innsbruck (Austria), Treibhaus
Mar 03 - Dornbirn (Austria), Spielboden
Mar 04 - Luzern (Switzerland), t.b.a.
Mar 05 - Konstanz (Germany), t.b.a.
Mar 06 - Stuttgart (Germany), Theaterhaus
Mar 07 - Mainz (Germany), Frankfurter Hof
Mar 09 - Regensburg (Germany), Jazzclub
Mar 10 - Hockenheim (Germany), Pumpwerk
Mar 11 - Nürnberg (Germany), Hirsch
Mar 12 - Kufstein (Austria), Kulturfabrik
Mar 13 - Salzburg (Austria), Rockhouse
Mar 14 - Graz (Austria), Orpheum
Mar 15 - Wien (Austria), Metropol od. Szene
Mar 17 - Budapest (Hungary), t.b.a.
Mar 18 - St. Pölten (Austria), Bühne im Hof
Mar 19 - Oslip (Austria), Cselley Mühle
Mar 20 - Spielberg (Austria), Kulturzentrum
Mar 21 - Linz (Austria), Posthof
Apr 08 - Vlotho (Germany), t.b.a.
Apr 09 - Salzgitter (Germany), Kulturscheune
Apr 10 - Kiel (Germany), Räucherei
Apr 11 - Bremen (Germany), t.b.a.
Apr 13 - Kaiserslautern (Germany), Kammgarn
Apr 14 - Kehl (Germany), Stadthalle
Apr 15 - Pfullendorf (Germany), Stadthalle
Apr 16 - Heidenheim (Germany), Berufsakademie Heidenheim
Apr 17 - Singen (Germany), Gems
Apr 18 - Freiburg (Germany), Jazzhaus
Apr 21 - Osnabrück (Germany), Lagerhalle
Apr 22 - Gronau (Germany), Studio in der Brücke
Apr 24 - Tübingen (Germany), Zentrum Zoo
Apr 06 - Paris, festival Banlieues Bleues
Mar 15 - Paris, festival Banlieues Bleues
FRED FRITH GUITAR QUARTET
Feb 09 - Ivry-sur-Seine (France), Theatre Antoine Vitez
Feb 11 - Gent (Belgium), Vooruit
Feb 13 - Vienna (Austria)
Feb 14 - Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Feb 17 - Esslingen (Germany)
Feb 18 - Munich (Germany)
Feb 20 - Dortmund (Germany)
Feb 21 - Zurich (Switzerland)
Feb 22 - Florence (Italy)
Feb 23 - Marseille (France)
Feb 24 - Bordeaux (France)
Feb 25 - Coimbra (Portugal)
FRED FRITH/CHRIS CUTLER
Apr 14 - Torino(Italy)
Apr 15 - Roma
Apr 16 - Verona (Italy)
Apr 17 - Meldola(Italy)
Apr 18 - Bolzano (Italy)
Apr 19 - Milano (Italy)
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