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  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                         Issue # 138                          ::
  ::                 Thursday, September 3rd, 1999                ::
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From: gong-gas <gong-gas@gpo.sonnet.co.uk>
Subject: August 99 GAS Rolling e-flyer
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 99 08:40:43 +0000

Gong have started to record a new studio album, their first since 1992’s Shapeshifter. More recoding will take place in September. The line-up at present is Daevid, Gilli, Mike Howlett, Theo Travis, Chris Taylor and Didier Malberbe. It is scheduled for a Spring 2000 release.

Gilli Smyth will be in San Francisco to contribute to a celtic album at the begining of September.

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GIGS and EVENTS                    

RETURN OF THOM TOUR 1999 (pre-Milennial fever!)
Fri 3rd Sept    UK - London-Slam Championships: Planet Restaurant
4/5th Sept    UK - Bristol-International Poetry Festival: Cube Cinema
Thur 9th Sept    UK - London-Vice Verso
Fri 17th Sept    UK - Bradford: 1-12 Club-Kosovo Benefit
Wed 29th Sept    UK - Bradford: Melbourn Pub
Fri 1st Oct    UK - Huddersfield: Media Centre
Sat 2nd Oct    UK - Bradford: JB Priestley Centre
6/7th Oct    UK - Yorkshire:School workshops
12/13/14th Oct    UK - Yorkshire:School workshops
Wed 20th Oct    UK - Cheltenham Literature Festival : Attic with Jean Binter Breeze.
Wed 27th Oct    UK- Horbury Library-Childrens Poetry Workshop10-11.30am-Adult                     performance 7.30 pm with Alex Krysinski. Gigs, shelter and support                     welcomed for this travelling troubadour world poet!

mailto:worldpoet@rocketmail.com or tel USA 512-416-7435

GONG Line-up at least Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Mike Howlett, Theo Travis, Chris Taylor with Didier guesting in France.
Fri 15th Oct UK-Glastonbury: Town Hall-to be confirmed. tel 01749-676-624
Sat 16th Oct UK--Southampton: The Brook-to be confirmed
Wed 20th Oct France-Nancy Jazz Festival : Chapiteau de la Pepinière  

Gong play this festival mid recording so expect some new songs.

GONG MATRIST with Gilli Smyth
Gilli, Pierce on bass, James on Keys and programming, Aryeh on electric violin, harp and  flutes.
After 24th Oct         USA-California-2 gigs: -to be confirmed

FUTURE POSSIBILITIES Hubble bubble, simmering ideas.

PLANET GONG : USA Tour Plans being hatched for Daevid, Steffe, Keith Missile, Steve Cassidy & Mark Robson to bring the perfect, anarchic, space-punk set/band to the States. Oh Ali Baba, Ali Baba....make it so.


GONG : 2000. Israel gigs, European Tour, S. American Tour?

Further updates on the Gong/GAS website (hopefully).

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Available now (all prices in UK pounds stirling)
CD Here & Now- Gospel of Free-Live 76-78 (GAS) 12.50
A wild live, psychedelic experience with Here & Now from the vaults. The accompanying 32 page booklet is crammed with the photographs and artifacts, the history and thoughts and the tall tales of those transforming times.

CD Goddess T- Electric Shiatzu (Voiceprint) 12.50
Organic techno/trance. The band is Gilli Smyth, Orlando Allen, Tone, Nick Spacetree with Mark Hewins and Daevid guesting many of the tracks,  Plus the help and input of a host of other musicians and a whale! Highly good.

CD Brainville- The Children’s Crusade (Shimmy Disc) 13.50
Daevid, Hugh Hopper, Kramer and Pip Pyle together as Brainville
Mind-bending psychedelic noise. Hard yet gentle, heavy yet ethereal.
You want beautiful extremes... you got them here.

CD Daevid Allen’s University of Errors-Money Doesn’t Make It (InnerSpace) 12.50
Imagine Gong’s Continental Circus crossed with New York Gong and a                     splash of Camembert and you have a picture of this release.
A Rhythmic gliss and guitar fest.

CD Kangaroo Moon-In Transit (K. Moon) 12.50
Latest and best Moonie studio CD. Simply superb. Like a huge jouney round the world on a Kangaroo.

2LP Various-Open Air Berg Herzberg (Think Progressive) 12.50
New 180 gsm collectors vinyl release for this collection of live tracks from this famous German festival. Gong’s contribution is a 19 minute track called Would You Like Some Tea. Other bands incl Hawkwind, Faust, Guru Guru and Man. We also have theCD version at 13.50.

LP Daevid Allen-Bananamoon (Get Back) 12.50
New 180 gsm collectors vinyl re-release of Daevid’s first album from 1970. Gatefold sleeve.


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Release Autumn    CD: Russell Hibbs (with bonus Daevid tracks)- ? (Voiceprint)
Finishing Artwork    CD: Hawkwind (with Tim Blake)- The Complete Live 79 (Hawks)
Finishing Artwork    CD: Didier Malherbe’s Hadouk - 2nd CD
Mixing        CD: Daevid Allen’s University of Errors- 2nd CD (Inner Space)
Recording        CD: Tim Blake- Crystal Island (Voiceprint)
Recording        CD: Steffe- ?
Recording        CD: Invisible Opera Co. of Tibet- ?
Recording        CD: Gong- ?
To be mixed        CD: Anima Rising (Steffe/Cheryl Newsam)- ?
Mixing/Artwork    CD: Daevid Allen-Seven Drones
Recording        CD: Daevid Allen’s University of Errors- 3rd CD (Inner Space)
To be mixed        CD: Lady June/Mark Hewins- Rebela
To be scheduled    CD: Tim Blake- New Jerusalem (Voiceprint)
Recording        CD: Bubbled Up On Dub- Vol 2 (Gliss)

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GAS bits
Daevid would like to sell his Coloursound Wah Wah pedal. It is in excellent condition and is still in it’s box. He would like 50.00 pounds stirling for it. If you are interested please contact me.

We still have about 15-20 copies of the 100 copies produced of the special 22 Meanings subscribers edition  CD left. They come in a unique illustrated card slip case with a special aeolian php card by Daevid, how has also signed each one. They cost 16.50 pounds incl postage.

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Surrealist Proverb for today: Mazes aren’t meant for dogs


From: ANDREW GARIBALDI <andygee@dial.pipex.com>
Subject: Steve at Cuneiform & Canterbury Allsortz
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 1999 23:36:48 -0700

What Steve at Cuneiform says about the hurdles to overcome if a CD is to be released is true. He is in contact with the musicians but I wonder if everyone is talking to everyone else. You see, I was contacted by a label who claimed they had been asked to put together a CD of pre-'Third' unreleased music (by anything featuring Robert Wyatt but specifically Soft Machine) by Robert himself. Now I don't know if this is true but the fact I was asked for 'archive' tracks indicates there is a release there that can come out if the music can be found. Now, the BBC don't have the '68 Softs Peel session any more - they have still got a whole lot more than you'd think from the '70's but there are gaps. So, let's say my tape of the session (or anyone's) is useable, if the BBC don't have it anymore, can it just be issued if the musicians OK it, and do they all have to OK it?

This leads on to quality - I hear what Steve says, but when you consider, and no offence, the quality of some of the music on the 'Canterburied Sounds' CD's, released in the name of 'archive interest', my tapes sound pretty good.

THIS then leads to the tapes in circulation that are AMAZING quality - for example. BBC sessions, of which a lot of Softs, all the Hatfields and Gilgamesh (yes, I have the Gilgamesh - or nearly all of them, anyway) - surely the musicians can't object to these coming out? In fact I know that the Hatfield guys were intending to put the Peel stuff out but the idea drifted apart when Richard went abroad. Dave said a while back that they really must 'resurrect the idea' but nothing more has happened. I get the feeling, like the aforementioned Wyatt thing, that the musicians don't mind something coming out as long as all the work that doesn't involve playing, is done for them and a 'finished package' is presented that all they have to do is OK it and there it goes.

THIS leads on to the musicians. They listen to their music with different ears from the rest of us - they can spot a bum note at 40 paces and feel it ruins the whole thing and also somehow demeans them in the eyes of the adoring fan base - not the case. So, how about the Fax label idea - a ltd run of, say, 500 and 500 only, for the fans, done by a label who doesn't have to worry about the profit angle (as long as costs are covered for this project - and that really only means manufacturing) so that the ltd run can mean increased royalties for the artists and everyone's happy.

The fact is that, in areas outside of 'Canterbury' music, the archives are being trawled by many artists and a lot of garbage is emerging. I can't help thinking that the Canterbury crew have a misguided idea of both the actual music played in terms of its appeal and the thought that there is a considerable queue of people (enough to make it worthwhile) to buy the music. A definitive performance by each line-up of many of them would be welcomed by many, so who's going to start the ball rolling, then? Are we all talking now?

Andy G. (Dead Earnest)


From: CuneiWay@aol.com
Subject: Garbled
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 1999 08:25:24 EDT

The following sentences in my posting in WR#137 should have read:

I've heard this tape. The music is pretty good, & as Mal says, very interesting & definitely a taste towards Hatfield. But the sound is awful, & there is no reason to think that a better copy exists, as Steve Miller cooperated with us when we were working on the Delivery CD & he gave us access to his archives, & it wasn't in there.

Don't know why it got garbled, but this should make more sense....

Steve F.


From: PS <salembier@isp.fr>
Subject: Wyatt
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 1999 19:51:08 +0100

For those who can read french there's an interesting (at least for me) interview of RW in the July-August issue of the french magazine "Jazz Mag"... Guess it must have been already noticed by some of you, but...



From: Nick Nelson <nickn@pacificnet.net>
Subject: "Up All Night"
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 01:51:05 -0700 (PDT)

[In WR#136, SPACETUNES@aol.com wrote:]
>Can anyone out there help ? In the early 80's there was a show on the USA
>network I think was called Up All Night and they ran cult type movies and
>concerts of bands not in the mainstream. Somewhere about 1983-84 I was up
>at 5 a.m. for whatever reason and on more than 1 ocasion I saw a tape of a
>live Soft Machine show . . .

The show you're thinking of is probably Night Flight, I remember watching it (not the Soft Machine one) too, soon after I got cable, and being extrememly jazzed that such a thing existed. This was back in days when people talked about cable being a "narrowcasting" phenomenon, where small subsets of the general audience could be targeted because there were so many channels and it was relatively cheap to deliver. Nowadays it seems every channel is going for the biggest audience they can get so there's no room for this kind of thing.  If you find out anything more please post it here.


From: Eric Rutten <Eric.Rutten@inrialpes.fr>
Subject: Wyatt on the Garcia Lorca 2CD, Ayers/Bedford's The Garden of Love
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 13:59:31 +0200

Hello All,

I saw that a spanish Frederico Garcia Lorca-based 2CD sampler came out, featuring Robert Wyatt on 1 song, and on others John Cale and spanish artists whom I don't know. Has someone heard it? What is it like?

Also, I came across Ayers/Bedford's The Garden of Love. I haven't listened to it more than once yet. It is a concert with kind of experimental music of the early 70s, a mixture of pop, played by The Whole World (incl. Robert Wyatt on drums), string music played by a quartet I think, Kevin Ayers singing a poem by Blake (?), and "six beautiful girld" dancing. Interesting and funny, but maybe for completists still :-) I see it is in the Calyx oh so beautiful discography (congratulations).




From: Michael Clare <mykelc@earthlink.net>
Subject: Gong House Of Blues Webcast
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 22:28:17 -0700

Thought you might like this---




From: Geoff Castle <geoff@turret.demon.co.uk>
Subject: Paz tribute for Dick Crouch
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 1999 18:36:25 +0100

Dear Aymeric

This Friday 3rd September at the Bull's Head Barnes, South West London, Latin fusion band Paz will be paying a tribute to Dick Crouch, the former leader and vibes player who died recently. Former members of the band will be invited to sit in with the latest incarnation of Paz.

Admission £6 on the door.

Geoff Castle


From: Michel Delville <mdelville@ulg.ac.be>
Subject: New Kevin Ayers dates
Date: Thu, 02 Sep 1999 09:43:45 +0200


Sep 14: Verviers, Belgium, Spirit of 66
Sep 15: Leuven, Belgium, Libertad
Sep 16: Stekene, Belgium, Het 1e Verdiep,
Sep 18: Teralfenen (Affligem), Belgium,
Sep 19: Bornem, Belgium, Cultureel Centrum
Oct 23: Aberdeen, U.K., Aberdeen Arts Centre


From: Roger Farbey <mmr@easynet.co.uk>
Subject: Metropolis
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 1999 14:47:11 +0100


After nearly thirty years, Mike Westbrook's great album 'Metropolis' has finally been re-issued on CD this week. On the BGO Records label  (BGOCD454) this important British re-release features some well known Canterbury-linked musicians such as Gary Boyle, George Khan, John Marshall, Alan Skidmore, Ray Warleigh and Harry Beckett, to name but a few of the 25 musicians involved.  This 1971 recording was a milestone in British modern jazz. One of the first of the 'concept' jazz albums it was long overdue for re-release. Mike Westbrook received an Arts Council bursary to assist in its writing and it was first performed live at the Mermaid Theatre, London on May 18, 1969.  It was originally released on RCA's now defunct Neon label but full marks must go to BGO for re-releasing it. But then they were also enlightened enough to re-release the first two Nucleus albums on a two for one double album. For any Canterbury fan who has never heard this album it is probably nearer to say, Slightly all the time from Softs' Third or tracks from Fourth than, say, Isotope/Gilgamesh/Hatfield. But this is a bit of an unfair comparison since it broke new ground anyway.  The main point of the album is that it is comprised of nine parts which all seem to join together seamlessly. It is a real treat to hear and parts of it (such as Norma Winstone's wordless haunting solo) are indescribably beautiful. A major achievement.

Roger Farbey

From: "David Voci" <david_voci@tcibr.com>
Date: 27 Aug 99 17:10:24 -0700

Hello Aymeric and All,

Just a few comments in agreement with others on recent WR's regarding old concert material.

While we have had some positive feedback from bands and record company owners lately I would like to add my fuel to this engine inasmuch as regards Hatfield/Health and Matching Mole concerning this archive release, live recording topic.

These three bands, if what I've read is true about archive recordings, are also bands that would do each live show a bit differently and maybe change things up a bit in the way of improv.

So what I really want to say is YES, please entertain fans pleas/desires to look at quality/availability of recordings in archive so that we may be rewarded with some live material similar to the direction Henry Cow members (not to mention archive stuff from Zappa/Canterburied Sounds/Klaus Schulze/Grateful Dead via Dick's Picks/Soft Machine/Cutler-Frith/King Crimson/Caravan etc.) have taken in the last few years to at least explore these possibilities.

I have recently acquired Canterburied Sounds Vols 1 and 3 to which I am very pleased... raw as all hell recording quality but a brilliant project by Brian Hopper and Voiceprint... Shows that Soft Machine, as a group of people, really did their first stuff back in 1962, yes 1962... Amazing stuff here, very loungey in places, a great blues song by Zobe I believe on Vol 1 that sounds a bit like Fleetwood Mac/Danny Kirwan era, and generally a good buy for all enthusiasts CBury. Price for me was around 12 dollars US and the reason I mention it is that this is a Euro release and also very prized material IMO. CD length is 70 minutes plus on most volumes I would suspect. Kinda like Cuneiform stuff, which in most instances are packed to the capacity of time allowed for that format (My longest CD time is 79:56 for a K Schulze disc and I have never seen one that has an 80 minute time so far).

And, Khan/Space Shanty...found this on Mantra Records(France), used, at local shop and had to get it...Nice to hear our friends Hillage/Stewart on what would appear to be the coming together of sounds Egg/Arzachel etc. A nice recording, vocals somewhat limited but listenable and some great guitar/organ passages. Still hooked on the psychedelic song on Arzachel CD called 'Good, Clean Innocent Fun'.

Enjoy Yourselves,



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

==> CARAVAN <============================================================

Oct 01 - London, Astoria
[+ special guests Annie Haslam/Michael Dunford and Amazing Blondel]

It is hoped that a European tour will take place in Spring 2000. If you know of any potential venues, please write to <bigbang@alpes-net.fr> and the information will be forwarded to the people in charge.

==> DIDIER MALHERBE / HADOUK TRIO - FRENCH DATES <=======================

Sep 29 - Paris, Satellit Café / Sep 30 - Paris, Satellit Café / Oct 12 - Paris, FNAC Forum des Halles [showcase] / Oct 16 - Nancy, Festival Jazz Pulsations Vertigo / Oct 29 - Boulogne-sur-Mer, Festival Cote d'Opale Tendances / Nov 10 - Cholet (49), Jardin de Verre / Dec 09 - Paris, New Morning

Didier will also appear with Les Gnawas d'Essaouira at the Museum of African & Oceanian Arts in Paris on October 22/23 (8pm)

Official website: http://www.multimania.com/malherbedidier/

==> BON <================================================================

Sep 02 - Richmond (VA), Hole In The Wall / Sep 03 - Wilmington (NC), Bessies / Sep 04 - Chapel Hill (NC), Local 506 / Sep 05 - Raleigh (NC), Borders Books & Music / Sep 08 - Red Bank (NJ), Internet Café / Sep 10 - Mt. Holly (NJ), Down To Earth / Sep 11 - Marlton (NJ), Music Wizard / Sep 12 - Arlington (VA), Iota / Sep 23 - Cleveland (OH), Diamondback Brewery / Sep 24 - Cuyahoga Falls (OH), Borders Books and Music / Sep 27 - Cincinnati (OH), Buzz Coffee Shop / Sep 28 - Louisville (KY), Artswatch Gallery / Sep 29 - Columbus (OH), venue TBA / Sep 30 - Philadelphia (PA), Upstairs At Nicks [with Percy Jones] / Oct 02 - Wheaton (MD), Phantasmagoria [with Percy Jones]

==> GONG <===============================================================

Oct 15 - Glastonbury, Town Hall (+ 1/2 other UK dates - tba) / Oct 18 - Leverkusen (Germany), Jazz Tage (tbc) / Oct 20 - Nancy (France), Jazz Pulsations Festival [with Magma & Annie Whitehead 'Robert Wyatt Project']

==> E.DEAN / H.HOPPER / K.TIPPETT / J.MARSHALL <=========================

Sep 04 - Chemnitz (Germany), Augustusburg Castle

Info: http://home.t-online.de/home/Olaf.Seidel/

==> ANNIE WHITEHEAD / ROBERT WYATT PROJECT <=============================

Oct 10 - Nottingham / Oct 20 - Nancy (France), Jazz Pulsations Festival [also Gong/Magma] / Nov 14 - London, Queen Elizabeth Hall

This project will consist of Robert Wyatt compositions performed by a 10-piece band featuring Julie Tippetts (vocals), Ian Maidman (vocals/bass), Didier Malherbe (sax/fl), George Khan (sax), Harry Beckett (tpt), Jeanette Mason (kb), Liam Genockey (d) and Gazy Azuks (pc). Phil Manzanera (gtr) will also be appearing. Please note that Robert Wyatt *will not* be appearing, although he will be attending various rehearsals to lend his ideas and direction.


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*                        AND OTHER GOOD GIGS...                         *
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==> THINKING PLAGUE <====================================================

Sep 05 - Chapel Hill (NC), Progday Festival / Sep 06 - Richmond (VA), Hole In The Wall [with ENE] / Sep 08 - NYC, Knitting Factory [with Dr. Nerve & The Hosemobile] / Sep 09 - Philadelphia (PA), Upstairs At Nicks [with Krakatoa] / Sep 10 - Lowell (MA), VOIX [with Roger Miller's Binary Systems] / Sep 11 - Baltimore (MD), Orion Sound Studios [with The Hosemobile] / Sep 15 - Milwaukee (WI), Cactus Club [with Kopecky] / Sep 16 - Chicago (IL), Martyr's

==> FAUST <==============================================================

Oct 18 - New York (NY), Knitting Factory / Oct 19 - Philadelphia (PA), Nicks / Oct 21 - Pittsburgh (PA), Millvale Industrial Theatre / Oct 23 - Chicago (IL), Lounge Ax / Oct 26 - San Francisco (CA), Great American MH

==> COLOSSEUM <==========================================================

Oct 08 - London, The Astoria 2 + other UK dates Oct 01-09


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