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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN' ? -                    ::
  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                         Issue # 101                          ::
  ::                  Tuesday, August 25th, 1998                  ::
  ::                                                              ::


From: Erik Low <elow@math.uio.no>
Subject: Re: WR#100
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 15:54:38 +0200 (MET DST)

[In WR#100, Aymeric Leroy wrote:]
> So yes, with a few exceptions they're all still there. If I'm proud of
> anything about Calyx and WR, it's probably that some of the old fans of the
> Canterbury scene have been made aware of all these people's current
> projects.

Hallo Aymeric,

I'm one of those old fans! I want to say thank you for running this wonderful website which made me aware of all this activity. I was very into Canterbury music in the 70s, but since 1980 I have not followed the scene. I did buy Robert Wyatts stuff and the Caravan Of Dreams CD, essentially because these were the only ones I had heard of. But your website has made me aware of all the things going on and I have recently bought CDs by Mont Campbell (Music from a round tower), John Greaves (Songs + Little bottle of laundry), In Cahoots (Parallel), Mashu and  Richard Sinclair's RSVP and all of these are very interesting. With all the online music shops I had no problem finding these for a reasonable price. This also made me excavate those old records from my collection, great stuff that I had not played for years! (Interestingly, my old Canterbury collection is almost identical to the top 50 poll of the AGE project)

So thank you again for renewing my interest!

Erik Low
Oslo, Norway


From: Nick <bnn@cbbr.bryansk.ru>
Subject: Keep Rattlin'!
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 17:28:29 +0400

Dear Aymeric,

It's me, a guy from Russia, who asked you to put him on a mailing list about a couple of weeks ago. I've already received two last issues of WR (just got the #100) -- thank you very much for keeping me in touch and supplying with the latest news & events.

This is just great, though I am a bit uncomfortable and I'll try to explain why. First, I feel that I have to respond and write something even just to let everybody know that I'm here. You see, reading new WR issues and keeping silence makes me feel like I'm peeping through a neigbour's key-hole. But what new to someone can write a guy, who:
1) has got only 7 Caravan, 1 Gong and 11 Camel albums;
2) never ever heard the music created by the other glorious Canterbury musicians and never had a chance to be on their concerts!

That's why I only have to absorb at the moment, hoping that one day we'll see (who knows!) Caravan or Gong in Russia and then I'll share my experience with you, folks.

Anyway, Keep Rattlin'!


P.S. I didn't mean to sound complaining, -- just decided to let you know I'm here and keep getting WR issues.


From: "JP Jacob" <jpjacob@bu.edu>
Subject: Peter Blegvad Trio gig
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 09:52:34 -0700


Will you please add to your concert schedule that the Peter Blegvad Trio, with Peter, Chris Cutler, and John Greaves, will be performing at the Morse Auditorium, 602 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, on September 9th, 8pm. Advance tickets are for sale at the Middle East (617) 354-8238. Or at the door. Tickets are $12.


John Jacob


From: mihra@cerbernet.co.uk (Roger Bunn)
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 18:26:28 +0100

Any one got a handle on Lyn Dobson alive or dead, in the UK or outside... I am thinking of reforming ENDJIN my Pete Brown supported avant unit of the  early 60s, just as a contribution to What's Rat's 100th birthday if nothing else..

[Thanks for the thought, Roger ! - AL]

If can do, then should be a riot... Should have a few more chords and scales than the usual...

BTW the most ridiculous thing we have heard in the last  month is the UK Government (the non con-servative part of it) telling us that the music industry is "the same" as all other industries?

With an approach like that, one has to consider communism as a deffinate plus for those who can play an Eflat Lydian huh?

Love a level playing field, don't you? ;-)

Roger Bunn


From: "Takeo Matsui" <o-tsq@mvf.biglobe.ne.jp>
Subject: Caravan live in London
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 11:55:38 +0900

Hello, Mr. Leroy,
This is Takeo Matsui from Japan.
I would really love to go to the 10th of Oct. CARAVAN 's concert.
Would you tell please tell me how to get a ticket for it?
I really like their music for all my life, and appreciate this site.
I wouldn't be able to find even how they are now without you.
                thanks, o-tsq


From: Peter Rijnsburger <100627.474@compuserve.com>
Subject: Top 10 favorite Canterbury albums
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 1998 15:49:19 -0400

Hello Aymeric and fellow rattlers,

First of all I would like to say how nice it is to see there's still a lot of interest in everything the Canterbury scene has done and is still doing. Luckily a lot of the musicians are still active, and so am I, collecting recent and not so recent stuff on CD. This year for instance I bought John Greaves' "Songs" at a bargain price (4 pounds) and "Guitar solos" by Fred Frith at midprice. Both well worth hearing.

But even better than those is the new Slapp Happy album "Ca va". It took some time to obtain a copy (I bought mine last month), but after a couple of spins it sounds as if it's a real winner. Marvellous stuff. The same is true of Robert Wyatt's "Shleep" but that's already been mentioned enough in "What's Rattlin'". Apart from the music on disc and CD, I also have witnessed some ourstanding performances by artists featured in WR, among them Fred Frith, Dagmar Krause (with Phil Minton and Steve Beresford plus The Maarten Altena Ensemble), Lindsay Cooper and David Thomas together, Kevin Ayers and a solo concert by Richard Sinclair (the last two in the 90s). And only in 1996 I saw an excellent one-off performance by Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin during the Unknown Public Holiday at London‚s South Bank Centre. Especially their version of "Shaking all over" was splendid.

There are of course many more memories that come to mind (during a summer holiday in the late seventies I spent one night in Canterbury in a caravan because the youth hostel was full; the caravan was parked in the garden of an old-pensioners home; I'm not making this up!), but my fascination with Canterbury music is perhaps best illustrated by presenting my top 10 of alltime favorite albums from Canterbury related groups and artists. It's the least I can do in return for all the interviews and other information that is contained in every issue of What's rattlin‚. And I suppose I'm not the only one busy making top 10 lists and enjoy reading about them. So, here they are.

1 Robert Wyatt - Rock bottom
2 Hatfield And The North - The Rotters' club
3 Slapp Happy - Acnalbasac noom
4 Caravan - In the land of grey and pink
5 A. More - Flying doesn't help
6 Quiet Sun - Mainstream
7 Soft Machine - Soft Machine (first)
8 Caravan - Caravan (first)
9 Fred Frith - Gravity
10 National Health - Of queues and cures

It's mostly seventies stuff, but those are the "golden years" for me, because I started listening to Canterbury bands and other "progressive" music like Genesis, Gentle Giant and King Crimson in the early seventies.
Those first albums I bought are really the ones that I tend to remember longer than the recent music coming out of Canterbury (or anywhere else). One reason of course is that I'm listening to much more music nowadays than I was 25 years ago. Perhaps I've heard The Rotters‚ club more than 40 times, which is easy enough to do when you buy only 20 records a year! Since the 1980s I buy a lot more albums a year, so a maximum of 15 spins is the most if I'm lucky (and if the music is any good). Not forgetting the longer duration time of CDs, which doesn't help to increase the spinning average.

Finally, two words from Richard Sinclair which can be applied to top 10 lists:  "please do not take it seriously" (Share it, The Rotters' club) and to writing about Canterbury music: "keep on caring" (Caravan of dreams).

All the best,

Peter Rijnsburger


From: Age Rotshuizen <age@cable.A2000.nl>
Subject: Elton Dean Discography
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 11:46:46 +0100


I've just started an Elton Dean Discography on AGE Projex and I hope it will turn out to be a good one too - please take a look and send me any additions and/or corrections,


Several interesting Elton Dean releases have just been released or are about to be released:

* The Soft Machine - Live 1970 (Blueprint, Jul 27th, 1998)
I saw copies when I was in London a week ago and it looked promising, although I'm especially curious after the Lyn Dobson line-up without Elton Dean....

* Elton Dean - Three's Company, Two's A Crowd (Culture Press, 1997)
This CD was released in 1997 actually, but since I got my copy two months ago, it seems to me like a new record. Pretty freaked out avant-garde jazz from the late 70s (no exact year is given), both in trio (with Marcio Mattos on double bass and Ivan Zagni on guitar) and duo (Pip Pyle!). Rumours were going 'round that Culture Press already has deleted the Hopper catalogue (?) and this is one of the few Elton Dean solo-recordings from the 70s released on CD, here's two reasons for buying this one.

* Elton Dean - Just Us (Cuneiform, Sept 8th 1998)
The re-issue of his first solo-record, Steve F. told us all about it.

* Elton Dean's Newsense (SLAM, early 1998)
I bought this one in London and it's great! Definately more structured than I would have expected. Bandmembers include Roswell Rudd, Annie Whitehead, Jim Dvorak, Marcio Mattos (on cello!) and Alex Maguire. They play a re-arrangement of "Fara" from the first Soft Heap record....

* Elton Dean Trio - Into The Nierika (Blueprint, Aug 30, 1998)
This seems to be the trio-recording mentioned on the Musart Noticeboard. Elton Dean in the Newsense booklet: "Into the Nierika.... and back. I'll have more of that... thanks lads... and the lass."

And I'd like to congratulate Aymeric with this WR#101 - the start of another hundred!



From: Tony Brower <tonyb@interport.net>
Subject: have you heard Arthur e o Gigante by Arthur Maia?
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 11:37:26 -0500

I used to really love Hatfield and the North, National Health, Robert Wyatt, Bill Bruford and all of that music and was amazed when, recently, I heard a track on a recent Brasilian CD that brought it all back to me. The CD is self-titled by a Brasilian bassist Arthur Maia (OXX 1237-1) from 1996. It's on the Paradox label.

The track Arthur e o Gigante (Arthur and the Giant) sounds like a cross between Hatfield, Bill Bruford and Weather Report. The keyboards sound like Dave Stewart, the bass reminds me off Jeff Berlin and the vocals are very Hatfield.

It just blew me away because while I'm very much into Brasilian music now, the last thing  I expected to hear was such clear references to Hatfield!

If you want to hear the track I have an mp3 of it and I can email it to you. In the past I've purchased cd's on the basis of liking an mp3 I've gotten over the web so I assume that  distributing this mp3 would bring the artist more sales than otherwise.

Tony Brower <tonyb@interport.net>


From: "Takeo Matsui" <o-tsq@mvf.biglobe.ne.jp>
Subject: Caravan London gig
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 11:55:38 +0900

Hello, Mr. Leroy,

This is Takeo Matsui from Japan.
I would really love to go to CARAVAN 's concert in London.
Would you tell please tell me how to get a ticket for it?
I really like their music for all my life, and appreciate this site.
I wouldn't be able to find even how they are now without you.
                thanks, o-tsq

[Can anyone help Takeo? Thanks! Reply directly to him - AL]


From: bnn@cbbr.bryansk.ru
Subject: Marc Chagall's Art In Kent
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 16:55:14 +0400

Hi everybody,

Just came across a rather sad but, nevertheless, a very lovely message in the  WR#100 issue by Ramona (sorry Ramona, but couldn't get directly to you via your e-mail address). When I read about Marc Chagall and visit to Canterbury, I immediately associated these two things with my own experience when I travelled across England, way back in 1990. You see, then I knew nothing about Canterbury music, and I regret it right to this very day 'cos otherwise, I'd planned that trip quite in a different way!

Well, maybe some of you folks'd get interested to know that I discovered a small village called Tudeley (Kent), not far from Tonbridge, and there was a beautiful Marc Chagall stained glass altar window there in All Saints Church. It's a lovely place, very peaceful, not crowded and I still keep a picture of it in my mind.

So, that's it. Don't miss Tudeley next time you're in Kent, Ramona.

Cheer up!


From: "Alan Terrill" <alan.terrill@connect-2.co.uk>
Subject: Caravan lyrics
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 22:00:46 +0100


I just found your web site and amused myself reading through some of the lyrics to my favourite tunes. I've been a fan of the Canterbury bands since I was about fourteen and the first Caravan album was one of those albums I first bought (along with Soft machine 2, Van der Graaf Generators 1st, Pink Floyd's Piper, High Tides Sea Shanties) which got played to death and had a profound influence on the rest of my future musical tastes.

I wrote to someone advertising a Caravan Appreciation Society around the time of their first album, and I received a photo and a book of lyrics and nothing thereafter. I no longer have this book unfortunately, but I do have a good memory and I can remember the lyrics to most of the album- Grandma's Lawn in particular  is unintelligible in parts, so I'm attaching what I believe are the correct lyrics. Richard Sinclair had an early taste for macrobiotic food, hence the references to Comisio soup etc and the meal having too much Yin and not enough Yang. Yin and yang are opposites and a balanced meal needs a bit of both, like too much sweet but not enough sour I suppose, but not so literal. Also in Policeman the lyrics should be "Do come in, we'll offer you a rissole"  and "We will pay our parking fines, soon"  also "You can't stop me laughing Mr Policeman, you'd better find out what I'm smiling for. No, I ain't broke the law".

I saw Caravan just after their first album was released in a tiny club in Brighton, Sussex where I sat only a few feet from them. They played the entire album, and reproduced the sound very accurately. This was only just after a gig at a club in London where Pye Hastings was thrown across the stage by an electric shock from a microphone - the club in Brighton had antiquated wiring with no earth, so the gig was delayed while the roadies ran an earth wire downstairs to the nearest tap!

I also read the lyrics to the 1st Hatfield and the North album and was surprised to find a song called `Oh what a lovely lifetime' - where does this come from? Its not on my vinyl or CD version of the album - was it an extra on the American release or something?

Also I do reviews for the UK magazine `Audion' - I recently did a review of the first Caravan album reissue and have in the past done reviews of Caravan of Dreams (album & live) and maybe some others - do you want copies of these? I'll try and fish them out if you do.

Best Wishes,
Alan Terrill.


From: NYLifer@aol.com
Subject: Sinclair
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 19:28:37 EDT

[In #100, Aymeric wrote:]
>The only real M.I.A. these days is Richard Sinclair. There are probably

[But later on, David R Ashcraft <105704.1431@compuserve.com> informs us:]
>A small group of fans in Chicago has been putting on some concerts over the
>past few years including Present, Boud Deun, and Richard Sinclair.

Great news. I guess Richard is hiding in the mid-West US :-)


>Please pass the word on to everyone about these shows and we hope to see
>you there!!

Thanks David. Have you recorded any of these shows, esp. with Richard? Please
write me off-line.

Peace, Robert


From: "Grant Penton" <gpenton@on.aibn.com>
Subject: Wyatt guesting
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 00:24:12 -0400

Has anybody heard of a band called Millenium, who's recent CD "A Civilized World" contains some Wyatt contributions?  It's on CNR records.



From: Gary Davis <artshop@artist-shop.com>
Subject: Soft Machine
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 11:30:00 -0400

Hello Friends:

The latest Artist Shop newsletter is out and you'll find it in its entirety at <http://www.artist-shop.com/news.htm>.  Here are a couple items from the newsletter that will be of interest here.

We also have an alert for fans of Soft Machine.  I'm sad to report that four of their albums on One Way, Fourth, Five, Six, and Seven, have been discontinued!  There is some remaining stock, so you will find them in the list of Close Out titles at the bottom of the page.  But if you're thinking of getting these CD's, don't delay.  One Way has little stock left of these! Our One Way page is at <http://www.artist-shop.com/oneway>.

Issue #15 of the progressive periodical, Expose, went to the printer on Monday 7/27.  Highlights of this 80 page issue include features on the Baja Prog festival in Mexicali, Kraftwerk,  Mickey Simmonds and Patrick Forgas, plus interviews with Michael Brook,  XII Alfonso, Cloud Chamber, Stan Whitaker of happy the Man, Nick Didkovsky of Doctor Nerve, and keyboardist Benoit Widemann, formerly of Magma.  Also included are the Expose' Writers best of '97 choices, plus Roundtables, New Releases, Archives, Demos and Reissues - Over 240 Reviews in all.  As with issue #14, a comprehensive index of all reviews is provided.  If you have not yet subscribed to this great progressive journal, please check out our Expose page at <http://www.artist-shop.com/expose.htm>.


                          Gary Davis
The Artist Shop                              The Other Road
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phone: 330-929-2056               fax:330-945-4923
       Check out the latest Artist Shop newsletter at


From: CuneiWay@aol.com
Subject: Blegvad Cutler Greaves tour info
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 10:54:16 EDT


Monday, September 7th
NYC, NY - The Knitting Factory
74 Leonard St. (212) 219-3006
[augmented by Fred Frith]

Wednesday, September 9th
Boston, MA -  Morse Auditorium
[Photographic Resource Center at Boston University]
602 Commonwealth Ave (617) 353-0700
[intersection of Commonwealth & Blanford St]

Saturday, September 12th
Philadelphia, PA - Nick's
16 South 2nd St. (215) 928-9411

Sunday, September 13th
Wheaton, MD - Phantasmagoria
11319 Elkin St. (301) 949-8886

Monday, September 14th
Pittsburgh, PA - Millvale Industrial Theater
2100 East Ohio St [Rt. 28] (412) 321-6488
[with David Thomas & Two Pale Boys]

Wednesday, September 16th
Cleveland, OH - Speaking In Tongues
4311 Lorain Ave (216) 631-8790
[with Les Batteries]

Thursday, September 17th
Chicago - Martyrs
3855 North Lincoln (773) 404-9494


From: Mark Jones <mc3.jones@uwe.ac.uk>
Subject: Subscribe to Whats Rattlin
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 09:52:31 -0700

Hello Aymeric,

Mark Jones here.  Please put my e-mail address on your subscription list. I have only just found your site and am currently ploughing doggedly through 99 back issues!  

At some point I will send you a VERY long e-mail as I have been listening to and buying 'Canterbury' and Canterbury-related jazz music (as well as a lot more - I'm selling a great deal of my old collection and have attached a copy of my list for you to look at.  It's a bit out of date as I've sold about two hundred lps to Reckless in London over the last couple of weeks to get a bit of quick cash together!  A lot of it is more 'mainstream' and might not appeal to Canterbury purists but I would be grateful if you could give it a plug in WR - I'll hopefully be updating it in the next month or so) for a very long time and have a lot of original/rare/promo releases going back to Soft Machine's first US-only release and thus am able to answer a few of the questions as well as adding to your huge store of trivia.

Could I be useful?  Well, for a start I've got a rather nice Khan rarity which I would be happy to tape and trade for tapes etc. It's a 7" acetate:  Break the Chains (unreleased)/Mixed Up Man of Mountains (shorter and earlier version of the album track).  I sent a copy of the tracks to Jonny Greene at GAS a couple of years ago so it might have cropped up on one of the GAS tapes but I should be transferring it to CD in the near future so the quality should be a little better than Jonny's 2nd generation copy.

On the subject of Khan, there was a US reissue on Jem or Passport (I forget now as I sold my copy about 15 years ago).  It was single-sleeved and had some interesting sleevenotes by none other than Dave Stewart which, if memory serves alluded to the initial plan of Steve Hillage's to record something quite 'new'.  DS, however, states that what finally emerged was nothing more than a pop album, albeit a rather interesting one!  He also alluded to the drummer's beard length!

Well, that's all for the moment.  If this is the sort of thing you like I can bore you for hours with similar stuff.

All the best, Mark.


From: RogerScho@aol.com
Subject: Soft Machine Live 1970 CD
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 07:07:58 EDT

Hi everybody,

Just bought the new Soft Machine CD Live 1970 (Blueprint 290).
It's really great to hear them live again. Well I was packed by them as Hugh Hopper writes in the linernotes - seeing them live, I think it was April 1970 at a big Festival in Cologne, they came up on stage round midnight, and played a continuous 1 hour set, it was so intense and dark with these fuzzy and wah-wah sounds, Robert's voice, the organ (especially) and the sax (it was with E.Dean)

Really great, far better than the records (although I was so impressed by tracks on a bargain record, which come out in Germany on HörZu-Black label (it was my first Soft Machine record), and had tracks from the 1st and 2nd LP, it was so strange (Hibou, what a track, what a structure !!!), and then of course the beginning of Facelift on Third, when the organ sets in, what a tremendous sound!!!)...

I was so hungry to get this sound to my ears ever and ever; but there were not live records - in these times it was easy to find bootlegs from Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, but no Soft Machine, some years later I could get 2 bootlegs-LPs: the legendary Live 1969 on the Priscilla label (as a trio), and the Kralingen 3-LP set, where they played one side (flip is Pink Floyd).

Also later I come into the live tape circuit, where I could get some really great tapes, and now I saw that Veron Fitch is also on the list (how great after ca. 15 (?) years to see your name, so many greetings to you, Vernon (from Roger from Mainz,Germany)) and some others where I get a lot of the Hatfield and National Health-Live stuff; but my heart still beats for the Soft Machine in this special period 1969/1970, but I never saw a recording from this Cologne Festival (does anybody knows something ??)

BTW: are there any filmstockings except German BeatClub, they also played Berliner Jazztage 1971 w/Phil Howard, there must exist some stockage or from the Amougies Actuel Festival) - And now I was very pleased to see this new CD, and I was wondering if anyone knows from which 2 concerts these recordings came up (unfortunately no infos at the CD).

The first (w/Lyn Dobson) has the weaker quality, but was far more interesting IMO, unfortunatley they only gave us excerpts on the 2 tracks (Facelift (4'57") and Moon (5'55")), WHY ???? (they fade out Moon in June just before Robert begins to take over the vocals: NO permit by Robert to release this stuff ??? I can't understand it).

The second concert has very good quality, and they play a great concert; tracks: Out-Bloody-Rageous /Facelift /Pig /Orange Skin Food /A Door Opens and Closes /10:30 Returns To The Bedroom (2. concert has 9 indices on the CD for 6 titels (I didn't study this difference yet), and a total playing time of 48 min.) May be someone on the list has more infos, it would be great to get some. Last question: are there any live recordings of the Soft Machine, when they played the States 1968 ???

Thanks a lot for the space and your patience to read this long mail.

Bye for now

[As you suggest there is no information regarding the recording the dates of the material on this CD: the two gigs performed by Soft Machine without Elton Dean and with Lyn Dobson are February 13th and 14th, 1970 - Swansea and London School of Economics respectively. The other tracks are from the Royal Albert Hall performance previously released as "Live At The Proms" - AL]


From: fanzi@hesp.it (Giancarlo Passarella - Fanzine.Net/Solid Rock)
Subject: WR#100
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 22:36:02 +0200

Dear Aymeric,
I'm very proud to send you best congratulations about WHAt'S RATTLIN' #100:
it's brilliant success!
As you know into Fanzine.Net web site there's section dedicated to you and
Canterbury Music: anyway this kind of music is still famous in Italy.
So I'm inviting you to visit our FORUM section: during July'98 we've 8442
documentable hits per day, so we're very happy about it!
I hope our mutual link is good way to contact you.

Giancarlo Passarella
Fanzine.Net Editor


From: owner-omnews-l@apocalypse.org
Subject: ESD News August 1998 [excerpt]
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 18:22:44 -0400

   HENRY COW -- Legend (original mix - ESD 81342)


From: "Arne Jonasson" <kun.da@skelleftea.mail.telia.com>
Subject: Kundalini
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998 11:48:01 +0200

Dear Aymeric,

I'm looking for transcriptions of Canterbury music, especially Hatfield's and National Health, as we consider to contribute to the tribute Mellow are planning. Do you know of any source for that? Some parts are not so easy to pick up by ear........

All the best,


From: "BRIAN BEECHAM" <b.bee@bigpond.com>
Subject: Signing on
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 98 10:38:45 PDT

Dear Aymeric

I only got onto the Internet a few weeks ago, but lost no time in checking out sites for my favourite music. Discovering What's Ratltin' has been by far the highlight to date, and it's hard to imagine finding anything better (I just wish there were similar publications for some of my other musical preoccupations - RIO/Cuneiform and 60s psychedelia are connected with WR's area of interest, "free" music and 60s jazz less so, and previous jazz styles hardly at all).

Like so many other "Canterbury" lovers before me, I offer my heartfelt thanks.

I've downloaded the first 100 issues from the Musart site and read the first 79. When I'm up to date and have my thoughts in order, I hope to start making some contributions.

FYI, I rate Soft Machine's "Third" and Henry Cow's "Legend" as two of the finest achievements of human civilisation to date. I'm really glad the latter is coming out on CD in the original mix.

Keep rattlin', shakin' and tremblin' and of course feelin', reelin' and squealin'


From: RogerScho@aol.com
Subject: Your SOFTMACH-Site
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 1998 05:26:03 EDT

Hi Ameryk,

well I looked to you Soft-Machine Concertdates site, and I like to add one
on October 10, 1971 Soft Machine played in Frankfurt, Kongreßhalle and support
was IF.

I was there and I find my ticket from this concert yesterday !!!! So it's
real. I remember I was a little dissapointed cause I was waiting for Robert
Wyatt, but there was Phil Howard on drums, but nevertheless a good concert.
I think they made a tour in Germany, so the following dates should also be
Germany, and supported by IF.

OK bye, bye and greetings from


From: Age Rotshuizen <age@cable.A2000.nl>
Subject: Hopper/Kramer/Wyatt/Windo
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 1998 17:24:37 +0100

I've got this from the Shimmy Disc site (www.shimmydisc.com) - I don't know if it's of any interest, but it explains how Wyatt ended up singing on the Hopper/Kramer album and how they got Gary Windo to play some sax:

"The first of two collaborations between myself and another old hero of mine, the inventor of the fuzzbass, ex-SOFT MACHINist and all-around nice guy, Hugh Hopper...we sent Robert Wyatt a cassette of a piano improvisation I had done that Hugh felt Robert might like. A week later Robert sent it back with a second cassette featuring his lyrics and singing. I was floored. I spent a week trying to sync the two cassettes and transfer it to the 24track 2" master, with limited success. Later Hugh sent a DAT of some of Gary Windo's last solos, stripped from some unused tracks the two had done together shortly before Gary's untimely death from an asthma attack in upstate NY. I quickly found the perfect songs against which to juxtapose these solos, and that's how I got Gary on yet another record 2 years after he'd died. This release, as much as any, shows the power of the recording studio and how it can make time stand still. Hugh and I eventually toured Japan where we met a lot of wonderful people, ate an awful lot of sushi, and where Hugh signed an awful lot of Soft Machine albums".



From: Niko.Paech@t-online.de (Niko Paech)
Subject: Subscribe
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 22:48:07 +0200

Dear Aymeric

I seem to remember that Magma-Tours had been anounced by WR or Calayx in
the past. So, it may be of interest that Magma is going to give a concert on the
Leverkusener Jazztage (Germany) on the 22th of October. The WWW side is


From: Tortoise <zepelin@plaza1.snu.ac.kr>
Subject: Hi.
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 20:37:09 +0900

I love Canterbury Music and your Site. Thank you for your offer.
I manage Korean Rock Homepage in English. Visit my site once...^^

I hope to know lyrics of Henry Cow. But I can't get that anywhere.
Lyrics of 'In Praise of Learning' is on the CD.
Sadly those of  'Desparaight Straights' and 'In Concert' isn't.
I want your help.

Always be happy.

From a Prog Music Fan of Far East.

œ¢   URL:http://plaza1.snu.ac.kr/~zepelin   œ¢
œ¢e-mail:zepelin@plaza1.snu.ac.kr           œ¢
œ¢Millions now living will never die        œ¢

[I'll be adding Slapp Happy/Henry Cow lyrics on the site soon - AL]


From: Randy Nutt <rnutt@fig.cox.miami.edu>
Subject: tickets on sale now!
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 1998 18:14:28 -0400

Boy,can there be anything better than this?
Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St, NYNY
Web site as per name, phone 212-219-3055.

September 5-8.
Sept 5 - Brainville with Hugh Hopper, Daevid Allen, and Pip Pyle.
Sept 6 - Roy Harper.
Sept 7 - six original members of Henry Cow including Fred Frith and John Greaves.
Sept 8 - Tribute to Robert Wyatt with everyone.....

Checking local listings will not do for this one. They are not touring. Here and now is the deal... I saw Soft Machine with Hendrix in 68 but Hugh was not with them. I've been chomp'in at the bit, to see the artist that helped inspire the music that followed that astonishing beginning and has kept creating music that is more a life form than a style.Smooth energy....Yes,yes,yes...
Randy Nutt


From: "47.watt" <47.watt@iol.it>
Subject: Robert Wyatt news
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 1998 17:26:58 +0200


My name is Carlo Bevilacqua
I'm an italian film director and photographer.
With a friend of my, Francesco di Loreto, I'm working, since three years,
on a Robert Wyatt's video documentary.
It will be ready in October / November and Poligram Italy and CPI will publish it video in Italy .
I e-mail you a document where you can find more information on this project and one other.
If you need more information don't you hesitate to contact me.
All the best
Carlo Bevilacqua

     *          *          *          *          *          *          *

                                ROBERT WYATT
                  "The different you - Robert Wyatt e noi"

                             JOVANOTTI - Jolanda
                  GINEVRA DI MARCO/CRISTINA DONA' - Maryan
                           MAX GAZZE' - O Caroline
                          ROBERT WYATT - Del mondo
                          AREA - A Sunday in Madrid
                   MAURO PAGANI - Amber and the amberines
     ALMAMEGRETTA vs DUB COLOSSUS feat. JULIANNA - Re-born again cretin
                     MARCO PARENTE/LA CRUS - Gharzbadegi
                     IN CIRCOLO/MIRA SPINOSA - Memories
                ESTASIA - Little red Riding Hood hit the road
                             CSI - Chairman Mao
          ANDREA CHIMENTI/MARA REDEGHIERI - Free will and testament
             DISSOI LOGOI - Five black notes and one white note
                             CI S'HA - Sea song
                  GIANCARLO ONORATO / MADASKI - Left on men

  C.P.I. is producing an album dedicated to Robert Wyatt. The idea for the
 project came after Gianni Maroccolo and Francesco Magnelli (two members of
   CSI, now the most important alternative band in Italy) met Wyatt at the
 Music Salon in Turin. For them it was a meeting that realised a dream come
true, made possible by Davide Sapienza (italian press-agent of Rykodisc) and
                    in turn by the availabilty of Wyatt.

      Needless to say that Robert Wyatt is one of the great artists of
  contemporary music. A pyschedelic experimentor with the Soft Machine, an
 architect in the Matching Mole, a sophisticated solo artist from the album
  Rock Bottom till now. He is gifted with a unique voice, a very sensitive
man, deeply involved in social issues and always fighting for human rights.

 In the album dedicated to Wyatt there are artists from all musical spheres
  united by the common passion for Wyatt, and Wyatt himself participates in
              the project with a version of CSI's 'Del Mondo'.

  As well as Robert Wyatt the cast for the album is made up of Ulan Bator,
Marlene Kuntz, Here, CSI, Franco Battiato, Cristina Donà, Almamegretta, Saro
Cosentino, Mauro Pagani, La Crus, Marco Parente, Jovanotti, Estasia, Ginevra
Di Marco, Giorgio Canali, Area, Mira Spinosa, In Circolo, Max Gazzé, Ci s'ha
                 and others whom we are waiting to confirm.

 The album cover and graphic project will be designed by Alfie, companion of
            Wyatt, painter and author of all of his album covers.

 Together with the album a film by Francesco Di Loreto and Carlo Bevilacqua
 on the life of Robert Wyatt significantly entitled 'Little Red Robin Hood'
 will be released by CPI. The film includes old footage, concerts, radio and
  television appearances, video clips, and contributions from many friends
 including David Mason, Hugh Hopper, David Allen, Elvis Costello, Brian Eno,
 Phil Manzanera, Paul Weller and Andy Summers. The film will also include an
       interview with Wyatt and all those participating in the album.


* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
*               FORTHCOMING CANTERBURY-RELATED CONCERTS                 *
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

[for more info : check out the 'Concerts' page of CALYX - see URL below]

Sep 07 - The Knitting Factory, New York City (with Fred Frith)
Sep 12 - Philadelphia, Nick's
Sep 13 - Silver Spring, Phantasmagoria
Sep 14 - Pittsburg, Millvale Independent Theatre (with David Thomas)
Sep 16 - Cleveland, Speaking In Tongues
Sep 17 - Chicago, Martyrs [3855 N. Lincoln Ave], 9pm

The Knitting Factory, New York City
Sep 05 - Brainville (Allen/Hopper/Kramer/Pyle)
Sep 06 - Roy Harper
Sep 07 - Peter Blegvad Trio/One-Time Quartet (PBT+Fred Frith)
Sep 08 - a combination of the former + others

Aug 31 - Lisbon, Expo'98 [w/Telectu]
Aug 31 - Lisbon, Expo'98 [w/ Jorge Lima Barreto]
Sep 11 - The Knitting Factory, New York City [w/D.Thomas etc.]
Sep 30 - Paris, Instants Chaviers [w/R.Lussier]
Oct 17 - Berlin, SFB Radio Haus [w/S.Hirsch/L.Glandien]
Oct 24 - Bucarest, Radio Haus [w/I.Dumitrescu]
Nov 14 - Berlin [w/L.Glandien]
Nov 16 - Kracow, Goethe Institut (Audio Art Festival) [w/ P53]
Nov 19 - Paris, Instants Chavires [w/JJ.Pauvros/JM.Montera/T.Buck]

Oct 30 - London, Astoria

Sep [22-30] - Irish tour
Oct [2-10] - UK tour

Oct 10 - Torino, Salone Della Musica Festival
Oct 11 - Vilnius, Jazz Festival

Sep 03 - Paris (France), Petit Journal Montparnasse [tel: 143.215.670]
Sep 11 - Paris (France), Studio des Islettes [tel: 142.586.333]
Sep 12 - Paris (France), Studio des Islettes [tel: 142.586.333]
Sep 23 - Paris (France), Peniche 'La Balle Au Bond' [tel: 140.518.706]
Oct 09 - Paris (France), Peniche 'Le 6/8' [tel: 143.807.454]
Oct 23 - Paris (France), Theatre Dunois (tbc) [opening for John Wetton]
Nov 13 - Paris (France), Le Glaz'Art [tel: 140.364.849]

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