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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN' ? -                    ::
  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                         Issue # 102                          ::
  ::                Saturday, September 5th, 1998                 ::
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From: David R Ashcraft <105704.1431@compuserve.com>
Subject: Richard Sinclair
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 23:24:21 -0400

Robert from NY mentioned my reference to a concert by Richard Sinclair. The actual date of that show was May of 1994 at Chicago's Abbey Pub. The good news is that we shot a video of the show. It is strictly a single camera product but the show was great and the soundman did a very nice job so the tape is quite good. Material is Caravan of Dreams plus some Hatfield classics and a few tastes of RSVP. It's a solo concert and Richard plays mostly acoustic and electric guitars with some rather cool bass guitar excursion. The whole show is nearly an hour and a half long.

I gave Richard a copy of the tape but alas he can't play it in England. We had the pleasure of hosting Richard & Heather at our house for two days and it was a wonderful experience as they are both delightful people. Richard told some tales of the Hatfield days but showed some real frustration with the music business which is probably why he's back to doing carpentry.

I would be willing to make people a copy of the concert tape but want to be fair to Richard. How about if anyone wants one I'll make it for you in return for sending me a check MADE OUT TO RICHARD SINCLAIR. Then I could send them over to him in Holland. How about ten bucks? I'll make you the tape and send it to you for free as long as you enclose a check "For Richard" (to quote the song title).

How's that for fair?

                     Regards, David Ashcraft
                                         1323 Ada Lane
                                          Naperville, IL


From: RAYMBEN@aol.com
Subject: Aksak Maboul
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 19:40:33 EDT

Hello friends--

Anyone into Aksak Maboul (or Aqsaq Maboul)?  Their first album, "Onze Danses Pour Combatre La Migraine" (1977), I feel, is very Canterbury-like, almost a mixture of Hatfield and Henry Cow.  The second album, "En Peu de L'Ame des Bandits" (1979), was more Henry Cow influenced (as several Cow members guest on it). This second one was released on CD, but the first one hasn't been. I've always liked the first one better. Anyone know if it's going to come out on CD?  

Off Canterbury-topic, I recommend Ozric Tentacles' new live album "Spice Doubt Streaming" and Wim Mertens' new album "Integer Valor."  Look for my interview with Wim Mertens in the next issue of "Progression" magazine (to subscribe call 1-800-545-7371 in the U.S., or email Progzine@aol.com).
--Raymond B.


From: drj_saro <drj_saro@neo.lrun.com>
Subject: Canterbury tribute
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 98 19:57:26    

[Arne Jonasson <kun.da@skelleftea.mail.telia.com> wrote:]
>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........

NO NO NO!!!!!
kill them all!!!
kill them NOW!!!!!
these are not "tributes", they are INSULTS!!!

I have heard the Mellow "tributes" to Genesis, Gentle Giant, and Van der Graaf Generator...while _some_ of the music is acceptably played, _most_  of the vocals are _totally_ unacceptable, and not just because of badly-accented English,  they are _often_ outright WRONG (and it is _not_  hard to find all of these lyrics on the Internet, sos there is NO excuse!).

Also, it has been alleged that Mellow records have not payed the artists for the use of their material!


[I do hope the CALYX lyrics archive will help solve this problem with this particular tribute album... This plus the fact that a lot of Canterbury music is instrumental could be good thing. As regards the idea of a Canterbury tribute, I can't help but finding the idea interesting myself, although we all know the final results of such endeavours are always mixed... I agree that if it all sounds like Mirage covering "O Caroline" on the _Live 1994_ CD, we may be in for a bad trip... If it sounds like Cuneiform's "Unsettled Scores", that is, talented artists/arrangers covering talented composers, could be nice ! - AL]


From: c cutler <cc@megacorp.u-net.com>
Subject: Knitting Factory gig
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 1998 10:08:01 +0100

erroneously advertised here at KF NY as
>Sept 7 - six original members of Henry Cow including Fred Frith and John
Should be. Two shows, both with PETER BLEGVAD, JOHN GREAVES, FRED FRITH and
CHRIS CUTLER. The First featuring 'Unearthed' and related materials, the
second The Peter Blegvad trio with guest Fred Frith.
to avoid confusion

Chris Cutler
79 Beulah Rd. Thornton Heath
Surrey CR7 8JG. UK.
Fax 181 771 3138


From: nickl@lsil.com (nick loebner)
Subject: Oh what a lovely lifetime
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 10:37:49 +0100

Hi all,

[Alan Terrill asked in WR101:]
> 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?

This track was incorporated in a version of "Your Majesty Is Like A
Cream Donut" which was recorded in 1974 for the Virgin compilation
album "V". This rarity is excellent but sadly wasn't included as a
bonus track on either of the CD reissues of the original Hatfield
albums by on CD.

- Nick.


From: "Mark A. Cermak" <markcer@ameritech.net>
Subject: Mirage CD
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 21:26:14 -0700

I would like to commend you on this nice web page. I'm a huge Caravan / Camel fan and would give almost anything to get a copy of that out of print "Mirage" live from 1994 CD. With all of     your many contacts, can you help? I've got a very extensive LP collection for trade or else just good ole' CASH !!!!!

Please let me know,



From: Earl Rapp <donnamx@waterw.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 1998 07:55:39 -0400 (EDT)

Hello Everyone:

My wife and I are making plans to see Peter Blegvad Trio
in Philadelphia September 12th. Has anyone in this forum
seen these Canterbury Cats ?? If you have; would you please
e-mail me privately and tell me about your concert experience.

Also really looking forward to the re-issue of Elton Dean's
first solo album in September on Cuneiform

Best Wishes:
Earl Rapp


From: phil howitt <facelift@gpo.sonnet.co.uk>
Subject: various
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 1998 17:15:11 +0100 (GMT/BST)

Hi Aymeric

First off, congratulations on reaching issue 100. I worked out that it would take Facelift until about 2039 to reach a hundred issues, so your workrate is admirable.

Just got back from my travels in Indonesia (more of which later) to a heap of mail both electronic and otherwise. A few bits of info to pass on:

Recent CDs recieved for review:

Pierre Moerlen's Gong 'Full Circle Live' - (Outer Music) - decent quality performance from 1988 promoting Second Wind, but with versions of tracks all the way back to Expresso II.

Greaves/Blegvad/Herman - Kew Rhone (Voiceprint) - think you all know about this reissue of the classic LP from '77 - includes multimedia track in PC and Mac formats - some of these tracks have reappeared in different form on the current batch of John Greaves reissues, also on Voiceprint

Ayers/Oldfield/Wyatt: Garden of Love (Voiceprint): fairly 'difficult' soundtrack instrumental mini-CD from Whole World era.

Soft Machine Live 1970 (Blueprint) - classic era but pretty low sound quality on this one.

Third Ear Band (BLueprint): Songs from a Hydrogen Jukebox - no date details on this one but this is the third CD from latter era (early 90s) Third Ear Band which included Lyn Dobson in the line-up, which possibly answers one of the questions in your last WR.

Kevin Ayers: Too Old to Die Young/Banana Follies - 2 BBC concert session CDs on the Hux label - the first a double CD. The first CD of this is Whole World sessions, the second including Ollie Halsall/Andy Summers/Zoot Money. Banana Follies is an extended Archibald line-up including Archie Leggett, Lol Coxhill, David Bedford from 1972.

Elton Dean/Mark Sanders/Roberto Bellatella: Into the Nierika - Blueprint CD produced by Mark Hewins

Faraway - Far from the Madding Crowd (Resurgence) - new project from Harry Williamson (MotherGong) and Liz van Dort. Soft of operatic voice meets gentle dancebeats and atmosphere.

Pip Pyle's Seven Year Itch - just in from Voiceprint, this is proving to be pretty much glued into my CD player - I could spend pages and pages describing this album - it's so varied in styles, so many different musicians play on it and each track tells its own story. I suppose the closest comparison I could come up with is a John Greaves album, since it's essentially songs based but has real complexity and depth in its compositions. Phil Miller, Dave Stewart, Jakko in particular make their mark on more than one track. It's every bit as good as we all hoped it would be. All I can say to every WR reader is buy it when you get the chance!

Gig news - just heard about a gig at The Fleece, at Boxford in Suffolk (01787 211123) - they put on regular jazz and have booked The Theo Travis Band including Bill Bruford for 11 September. You may remember that Theo Travis has just released an album with John Marshall and Nucleus guitarist Mark Wood. Internet site for the Fleece is http://cswww.essex.ac.uk/FSS/Fleece/jazz.html

Answer to a couple of queries: I too was rather annoyed that the Isotope 2 on 1 CD release missed out a track from the Illusion album, particularly as the track missing was Sliding Dogs, a Hugh Hopper original. I was looking forward to hearing this version again as the same track turns up twice on Hugh's 'Monster Band' album recently released on Culture Press.

In answer to the person who was talking about Canterbury sheets music, there is certainly a Soft Machine sheet music book out there somewhere, which I remember seeing some photocopies of (indeed, the front cover of Facelift issue 3 was actually a miniaturised reproduction of the sheet music for none other than the track 'Facelift'! (no-one has ever commented on this apart from Hugh Hopper - did anyone actually notice?). From memory I think it was published around 1972 but will certainly be years and years out of print. But it does exist.

One question of my own: Pip Pyle's excellent album reminded me of his previous work with each of the Domancich sisters: has anyone been following the careers of Sophia and Lydia Domancich since their CDs were released on the French label Gimini? I suspect that Gimini are no longer going, but have either of them released further solo albums since then?

One last thought - whilst travelling around Indonesia in July and August (in particular Bali) I found it practically impossible to avoid the sound of the gamelan orchestra. For those uninitiated, the gamelan orchestra consists of several dozen men playing tuned percussion instruments making music that is more rhythmic than melodic. These are not the marimbas and vibraphones that Pierre Moerlen and company play, but mainly instruments consisting of metallic plates which produce a clear ringing tone. The sound of 20 or so of these instruments together is extraordinary - it sounds almost anarchic but is actually carefully scripted - everyone plays their part in constructing the rhythm. The reason for mentioning this? Well, what do you think an orchestra of gamelan players is known as???


FACELIFT MAGAZINE has been exploring the Canterbury scene and beyond since

Facelift 18 (92 pages), including a mammoth Bill Bruford interview, and Facelift 19 (76 pages), with Dirk Campbell, Pierre Moerlen interviews are now available for £2 each (£2.50 Europe, £3 elsewhere) from Phil Howitt, Facelift, PO Box 69, Manchester M16 8RD, UK.

For this and details of back issues and subscriptions you can also e-mail us at:  facelift@gpo.sonnet.co.uk


[About Sophia Domancich - she is now the pianist in the Orchestre National de Jazz, so she has less time for her trio, but it's still going. Gimini did apparently have problems in the past years, and Sophia's third trio album was released on Magma's Seventh label, but her latest is on Gimini. - AL]


From: Jeff Kamil <harryhat@harryhat.com>
Subject: Pip' 7 year itch
Date: Tue, 01 Sep 1998 14:22:07 -0700

Hi Everyone,

Is there any word if Pip Pyle's "7 Year Itch" CD is available yet, and if so, how and where can it be purchased?


Jeff ("H the H")

[It has apparently just become available from Voiceprint. I guess it's available online from Musart - http://musart.co.uk/pippy.htm - AL]


From: "Bailey, Jim" <baileyj@donmspcn.cmail.southam.ca>
Subject: Fred Frith played Toronto!
Date: Wed, 02 Sep 98 20:10:00 EDT

Greetings all,

Sorry I wasn't able to post advanced notice of this gig, but it was at rather short notice, and with the nature of the digest format it probably wouldn't have made it in time anyway. Still, here's the scoop:

Fred not only played a club date here, but also did a workshop after which there was a performance with the participants. Unfortunately, I was unable to take part in or attend the latter, but did manage to see the first one. And all this while on holiday, apparently (or so the promoter said). Perhaps that's why it was so sudden.

The club gig was at a place called the Rivoli, which has had a number of good shows over the years. Kevin Ayers played there a couple of years back, as did The Matchbox Purveyors (Lol Coxhill and Ian Hinchliffe), whom I managed to record with Lol's permission. Fred did a trio set first, with two local musicians; Anne Bourne on 'cello, and John Oswald (of Plunderphonics fame) on alto sax. It had a bit of a droning sound, probably due to a seeming reluctance of Ms Bourne to do anything too adventurous. Oswald did his usual sparse blurting on sax, and occasionally speaking through it as he has taken to doing recently. Fred? well, the usual assortment of implements and bizarre playing styles, although not too extreme, probably so as not to overshadow the others. He came back for a solo set later, however, and managed to stretch out considerably, playing a hollow-body electric, and a peculiar looking small-body acoustic. Naturally, the e-bow was there, as were the ribbons, metal cups, rice, etc. A very entertaining evening all round (despite the $20CDN cover charge and $4 bottles of beer).

Apparently he spent a few days, after the workshop, at a cottage somewhere north of Toronto before heading off to join Cutler and Blegvad in the States.

I know someone who was helping out with the workshop, so I'll try to find out what I can about how that went.


Jim Bailey  


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*               FORTHCOMING CANTERBURY-RELATED CONCERTS                 *
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[for more info : check out the 'Concerts' page of CALYX - see URL below]

Oct 16 - Argenteuil
Oct 17 - Massy
[more tba]

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 06 - Roy Harper
Sep 07 - Peter Blegvad Trio/One-Time Quartet (PBT+Fred Frith)
Sep 08 - a combination of the former + others

Sep 11 - The Knitting Factory, New York City [w/D.Thomas etc.]
Sep 30 - Paris, Instants Chavires [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 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 [opening for John Wetton]
Nov 13 - Paris (France), Le Glaz'Art [tel: 140.364.849]

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