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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN' ? -                    ::
  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                         Issue # 140                          ::
  ::               Wednesday, September 29th, 1999                ::
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Hi Rattlers,

Sorry for the delay since the last WR but there has been an unusually low amount of e-mails lately. Thanks to Pip Pyle for the messages below which make us most of this issue. There won't be another issue for the next three weeks as I'll be away. I hope we'll have MANY messages when I'm back !

Aymeric Leroy


Subject: Old recordings of fussy old farts
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 1999 13:04:36 -0400

Dear Aymeric,

Relaxing in Miami which, is basking in the calm sunny aftermath of Hurricane Floyd which threatened to nip the prospect of weeks of rehearsals with Absolute Zero here in the smartly bud by the simple artifice of sweeping Enrique and Aislinn's house up into Wizard of Oz territory on the very day I arrived here. So we're going to get as much work done before Hurricane Gert which is scheduled to besiege us in the next few days. Looking forward to doing some gigs with this team, although as usual promoters here talk with forked tongue and send contracts in disappearing ink. (Anyone out there want to book a wacky Miami art rock rodeo 3 headed, 3 footed dance band at their local ballroom in the next two months?).

I've read quite a few letters in your pages from people seemimgly interested in seeing some old concerts from bands like National Health and Hatfield & The North getting released on CD. A couple of people said we don't care about what comes out, some that we're too fussy, perfectionist, iconaclastic, senile, whatever. I 'd just like to say that, while these groups existed, no one in the music business and largely in the general public could give two flying fucks about these groups or their music and getting anything releaed was a 25 hour a day job.

Now all of us are involved in  exciting new projects which I  expect someone will get around to listening to in 20 years time. Meanwhile, it seems people are just getting the hang of what we were doing 20 years ago. While this is better than nothing, I think you can understand that while I have some fond memories of this music, it just isn't a burning issue anymore artistically. However, I think there are a few exceptions which we think deserve some time and attention.

Among these are several John Peel sessions of Hatfield which someone alluded to in What's Rattlin' recently. We listened carefully to these and came to the general conclusion that about 30 mins of this was of interest either because of different versions to the albums or improvisations etc. So we're looking for at least another 15 minutes music to make this viable. Someone had a tape of a big band version of Hatfield at the Roundhouse with, Robert Wyatt, a woodwind and brass section  featuring Geoff Leigh, Jimmy Hastings, The Northettes etc. This would have been wonderfulbut the sound is just too dreadful to unleash on a CD. Honest. Maybe, something decent may crop up. Richard Sinclair was trying to track down some very early (1972) stuff recorded on tour in Holland when we last discussed this project. Maybe someone reading this may have some ideas, but please don't send 10th generation cassette copies of concerts that sound like a 1960s episode of Doctor Who that's been force fed though a transistor radio in a public urinal.

Thanks to everyone for your interest and support.

Love, peas, sausage, mushrooms, crosby, stills and mash


From: Gary Davis <artshop@artist-shop.com>
Subject: Canterbury related news
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 21:42:52 -0400

Hi, folks:

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 few Canterbury related
excerpts from that newsletter.

We've got a lot of new and forthcoming releases added to our Voiceprint page
<http://www.artist-shop.com/voiceprt> many of which have just come out in
the last month including John G. Perry/Sunset Wading - John G. Perry is best
known as the vocalist and bassist for Caravan, Quantum Jump and the Rupert
Hine band.  This is his debut solo album produced by Rupert Hine and
originally released in 1976.  Each background sound draft was recorded in
The Lake District over a period of several months in real time.  The line up
includes percussion by Mike Giles (King Crimson), viola and flute by
Geoffrey Richardson (Caravan), string arrangements by Simon Jeffes (Penguin
Cafe Orchestra), contributions from Rupert Hine and a guest appearance by
Roger Glover of Deep Purple.

We have brand new reissues on our One Way page
<http://www.artist-shop.com/oneway> that will excite a lot of you!!!  Happy
the Man/Happy the Man and Crafty Hands - After all these years, the wait is
finally over.  At least it is for adventurous music fans who rightly  regard
the two albums Happy the Man released on Arista Records more than 20 years
ago as a holy grail for aural gratification.   Hailed then and now as two of
the finest progressive rock albums ever made, 1977's self-titled Happy The
Man and 1978's Crafty Hands are both filled with wondrous, genre-leaping
music that transcends time, place and easy categorization.  Now, thanks to
One Way Records, which had been inundated with requests from Happy The Man
fans, for the first time these two classic releases are each available in
this country on CD in their entirety.  Better still, they have been
meticulously remixed by the band's synthesizer wizard, Kit Watkins, and
reissued with the same art work that was featured on the original vinyl

On our LoLo Records page <http://www.artist-shop.com/lolorec> we have a new
release from Hansford Rowe - No Other - Ten sumptious songs that will singe
your soul!  The American-born bassist, better known as "Hanny" to his
friends, made his debut on the New York club scene where he met drummer
Pierre Moerlen with whom Hansford reformed the award winning jazz rock
group, Gong.  As interest in the band grew exponentially, so did
opportunities to collaborate with the likes of Mike Oldfield, Allan
Holdsworth, Bireli Lagrene and LaMonte Young.  He regularly cultivates a
bunch of musical projects with fellow ex-Gonger, guitarist Bon Lozaga, under
the auspices of their company, LoLo Records (including work with artists
such as Gary Husband, David Torn, and David Fiuczynski).  Hansford is
finally putting out his first solo album - No Other - that features such
guests as Happy Rhodes, Bon Lozaga, David Fiucynski, Bob Muller and more!

Also on our LoLo Records page you'll find the latest tour dates for Bon and
Project Lo:


Bon Lozaga - guitar
Hansford Rowe - bass
Vic Stevens - drums

September 27 - Cincinnati, OH... Buzz Coffee Shop (513) 221-3472
September 28 - Louisville, KY... Artswatch Gallery (502)-893-9661
September 29 - Columbus, OH... TBA
September 30 - Phila., PA∑Upstairs At Nicks (215)-928-0665 w/ Percy Jones
October 1 - Wheaton, MD... Phantasmagoria (301) 949-8886 w/ Percy Jones

Project Lo - featuring Happy Rhodes

11 Chicago, IL - Martyrs Club
12 Detroit, MI (Mt. Clemens) - JD's Macomb Theater
13 Harrisburg, PA (New Cumberland) - The Wire
18 D.C. (Wheaton) - Phantasmagoria
19 Phila., PA - Tin Angel (2 shows)
20 Albany, NY - Valentines

We have a number of new releases on our Cuneiform page

[deleted as this was already in the previous issue of WR]

You'll find the following forthcoming release on our import pre-order page
at <http://www.artist-shop.com/catalog/imports/preorder.htm>:

Digitally remastered reissue of the prog/ space rock group's 1973 LP for
Virgin on deluxe 180 gram wax. 'Flying Teapot' is widely considered their
most important album. Comes packaged in the original gatefold sleeve.


                          Gary Davis
The Artist Shop                              The Other Road
http://www.artist-shop.com          artshop@artist-shop.com
phone: 330-929-2056               fax:330-945-4923
       Check out the latest Artist Shop newsletter at


From: "John M. Gregury" <gregury@citizen.infi.net>
Subject: Caravan's 1997 re-issue of ALL OVER YOU
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 12:49:45 -0400

Per your discography, ALL OVER YOU was re-issued in 1997 with two
additional tracks.  Was the acoustic version of "Chance of a Lifetime"
recorded at the same time as the original ? If not, when was it recorded ?

The "edit" of "If I Could Do it All Over" - is this an edited version of the original recording or a different recording ? if a different recording, when was it recorded ? - was this originally released on a single or was it unreleased until 1997 ? - please provide details regarding this recording ------ Your response will be greatly appreciated

John Gregury -- gregury@citizen.infi.net

[As far as I know, this version of "Chance Of A Lifetime" was recorded as a bonus track for the Japanese edition of "Battle Of Hastings". The result actually inspired the "All Over You" project - AL]


From: PIP PYLE <absolute-zero@pop.mindspring.com>
Subject: Absolute Activities
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 1999 23:35:42 -0400

Dear Aymeric,

Hope all is well and your webpages buzzing as usual.

Having a great time here in Miami. Been hanging out in the day mostly on the beaches  and rehearsing with Los Zeros in the evenings. We'd love to have a few more gigs, if there's anyone interested in the period 8th Oct until 14th Nov  (except the dates below and I'm not available 1st  -  6th. Nov) please contact this email address, or phone/fax detail above. The music's  starting to sound good anyway!  I don't know if you have the time left to help at all in getting a bit of promo for this tour (or at least for the band) on your webpages or on any related ones that I know you're connected to like GAS, or Facelift or any other fanzines, webzines whatever,  but it would be much appreciated by everyone. I've already sent this list to Mark Hewins.
Ihis outfit work really hard for their music against all the odds and have done so for years and really deserve a bit of earhole attention.

Cheers, old paper bags, broken drumsticks
Love & Love

* * * *

Press Release follows:

Absolute Zero

Music is a Revolution

Enrique Jardines - bass au contraire
Aislinn Quinn - samplers, vocals, flute
Pip Pyle - drums

1999 Tour Schedule

October 9
Nine Mile Music Compound
9800 Westbank Expressway
Westwego (near New Orleans), Louisiana
playing with Kirby and Brown Sox

October 10
The State Theatre
687 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, Florida
playing with Shim

October 16
Hennessey's Tavern
2777 Roosevelt Drive
Carlsbad (near San Diego), California
playing with Trap

October 19 (to be confirmed....check www.absolute-zero.net)
Mr. T's
Los Angeles, California

October 21 (to be confirmed....check www.absolute-zero.net)
California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, California

October 23 (sponsored by Expose magazine)
The Boathouse
1 Harding Road
San Francisco, California
playing with Trap

November 9
5501 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida

Recording Schedule (CD to be released in 2000)

October 27-29
Springs Theatre
Tampa, Florida
For other information, contact Absolute Zero:


Concert Quotes

"Ambitious, rigorous, composition-intensive...cutting edge with the force and precision of a semiconducting supercollider.  Demand that they record the
rest of their set!"
Michael Bloom "Live Reviews" Boston Rock magazine (USA)

"All edge, all unabated intensity...Startling complexity-formally, rhythmically, and technically...This is music not to soothe, but to awaken, to arouse, to
challenge, and to alarm. Absolute Zero's voice should be heard 'round the world."
Barbara Engel "The Paris New Music Review" (France)

"...Contains all of the elements that define a great band: Quirky, intelligent; global influences; the creative use of technology; and a snarl that's perfect for
the postmodern age..."
Keith Hedger, Trumpet player with The Flux Quartet


From: "David Voci" <david_voci@tcibr.com>
Subject: Fred Frith concerts
Date: 28 Sep 99 16:41:59 -0700

WWW.FREDFRITH.COM oftentimes has good info on tours and stuff...

Fred/Chris/Tom Dimuzio played the Bay Area this past weekend and by the sound of it(1 hour show) was pretty intense(I had other commitments so I didn't go, foolish me)... Anyway, the Mexico dates are on the website and Fred is planning on doing some European shows and what not then returning to the Bay Area/California to wrap up or continue his professorship at Mills College in the Oakland Hills area...Viva Fred amigos...

For any rattlers who don't own/know John Surman material, my recommendation is that you get it pronto...I ventured a try from the recent Wayside paper catalogue and found this music to be quite adventuresome... Charig/Evans/Beckett/McLaughlin/Dave Holland to name a few on the bigger ensemble recordings...as the Trio add only Stu Martin-Drums and Barre Philips-Bass




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

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

Oct 10 - Newark-on-Trent, Live & Direct Festival [ticket hotline: 01636 671156] / Oct 20 - Nancy (France), Jazz Pulsations Festival [also Gong/Magma] / Nov 17 - London, Royal Festival 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), Phil Manzanera (gtr), Jeanette Mason (kb), Liam Genockey (d) and Gazy Azuks (pc). (Robert Wyatt *will not* be appearing, although he will be attending various rehearsals to lend his ideas and direction; Julie Tippetts will not be appearing at the Nancy concert; it is not known who will replace her)

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

Oct 15 - Glastonbury, Town Hall / Oct 16 - Southampton, The Brook / Oct 18 - Leverkusen (Germany), Jazz Tage (tbc) / Oct 20 - Nancy (France), Chapiteau de la Pepiniere (Jazz Pulsations Festival) [with Magma & Annie Whitehead 'Robert Wyatt Project']

Plans for 2000: Israel gigs, European Tour, South American Tour

==> 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.

==> CAROL GRIMES / PHIL MILLER / MARK HEWINS <===========================

Oct 02 - London, Vortex Jazz Bar

==> 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/

==> CHRIS CUTLER <=======================================================

Oct 02 - Budapest, Big Ear Festival [solo and trio with Erno Kiraly and Ladik Katulin]
Oct 22 - Angra (Azores) [with Telectu]

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

Sep 30 - Philadelphia (PA), Upstairs At Nicks [with Percy Jones] / Oct 01 - Wheaton (MD), Phantasmagoria [with Percy Jones] / Oct 02 - New Cumberland (PA), The Wire [Happy Rhodes w/Bon Lozaga]


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*                        AND OTHER GOOD GIGS...                         *
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==> BILL BRUFORD'S EARTHWORKS <==========================================

Oct 01 - NYC, Birdland / Oct 02 - NYC, Birdland / Oct 20 - Brno (Czech Rep), Babylon Club / Oct 21 - Prague (Czech Rep), Lucerna / Oct 22 - Hradec Kralove (Czech Rep), Aldis Concert Hall / Oct 23 - Bratislava (Slovakia), Park Of Culture (Bratislava Jazz Days) / Oct 30 - Sofia (Bulgaria), National Palace of Culture (Sofia Jazz Festival)

==> THE CHA.CY <=========================================================

Dec 17 - Montelimar (France), Theatre / Dec 18 - Bresse-sur-Grosne (France), A L'Ouest de la Grosne

with special guests: Chris Karrer, Jean-Herve Peron, John Weinzierl
Info: (+33) 4 75 01 70 83

==> 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

==> PETER HAMMILL / NORTH-AMERICAN TOUR <================================

Oct 26 - Quebec City / Oct 27 - Sherbrooke / Oct 28 - Montreal / Oct 29 - Ottawa / Oct 30 - Trois Rivieres / Nov 02 - Philadelphia / Nov 03 or 04 - New York City (tbc) / Nov 06 - Wheaton (MD), Phantasmagoria / Nov 07 - Towson (MD), Recher Theatre / Nov 08 - Los Angeles or New York City (tbc)


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