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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN' ? -                    ::
  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                         Issue # 145                          ::
  ::                 Thursday, December 23rd, 1999                ::
  ::                                                              ::


                MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!
           (no, not 'new millenium' - that's next year!)


From: "Doug Bartel" <spiflicate@hotmail.com>
Subject: Arthur Brown
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 01:51:44 GMT

Hi Rattlers,

I saw on WR#144 Mike King recounting what Victor Schonfield said about Arthur Brown (i.e. that he had no talent and what the hell is he doing these days). I must confess to only having his first album "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown". Having never seen him live, I can't say if the studio album is, by virtue of collaboration with the string and brass arranger (Vincent Crane?), superior to his live act, but the man is certainly not without talent. I don't know if he dropped out of the music scene for any period of time, but he has many releases to his credit. One of the most recent, if not the most recent, is called Kingdom Come (available on Ponk Records). Also he has a track on a Ponk Records Sampler CD. In recent years he has been involved in music therapy: composing songs for people in conjunction with a therapist in order to help them work through problems in thheir life. Someone who appears to have no talent at the onset, can still develop into an artist of worth if given the chance.

- Doug Bartel

[I may be wrong, but I'm quite certain Mr Schonfield was being ironic... Why would he mention that anecdote without knowing that Brown *did* go on to become quite successful (in his own right as well as with guest appearances with the likes of Gong and Klaus Schulze)... - AL]


From: YAN PAVKOVIC <yanleozaia@earthlink.net>
Subject: calyx
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 1999 00:05:30 -0500

hi there,
i'm enjoying your calyx page...
i'm a big fan of canterbury music, especially soft machine, hatfield ,
and gong...also, i'm a big fan og english jazz..
i'm wondering if there is any video footage of soft machine from the
golden period available...


new york

[I assume there's very little available commercially. There's a little snippet from the Beat Club '67 appearance in the "Little Red Riding Hood" video, and possibly other footage from the 1967 trio on some 'Sixties' video compilation but I don't have that. Other than that, I'm afraid there's nothing, although obviously there's lots of stuff in television company archives everywhere in Europe... - AL]

From: Xavier.Marchon@aventis.com
Subject: WR +...
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 1999 10:42:55 +0100


Two weeks ago I found a Mike Gibbs CD at bargain price, and listening to
it, I had a kind of surprise...

I knew Michael Gibbs had a 'Canterbury' connection. He made at least two albums in 1970 and 1971 with people like Phil Lee, John Marshall, Harry Beckett, Roy Babbington, Jeff Clyne and many others : look out for 'Michael Gibbs', and 'Tanglewood 63', they're very fine albums in the tradition of modern-jazz-rock-big-band in the vein of groups like the Mike Westbrook Concert Band, Keith Tippett group or the Brotherhood of Breath (all these bands shared musicians in the early 70's). In fact it's the most 'jazz-oriented' part of the Canterbury music that I like the most. By the way, I suspect Karl JENKINS to have been inspired by Mike Gibbs' 'Some echoes' (on his self-titled debut album in 1970) when he composed 'Song for the bearded ladies' for Nucleus (this track being later reworked for Soft Machine under the title 'Hazard profile'). It's the same rythm line, played a little faster by Nucleus. But I digress...

So, I was happy to find another album by Mike Gibbs, titled 'The Only Chrome-Waterfall Orchestra' dating from 1975, with a line up consisting of Charlie Mariano, Steve Swallow, Alan Skidmore, Kenny Wheeler, Tony Coe, Derek Watkins to name a few. There is also a young guitarist named Philip Catherine, composer of a track called 'Nairam'. You all know Philip Catherine through his participation to Robert Wyatt's Shleep, where he composed the track 'MARYAN'. See the point ? 'Maryan'-'Nairam'... Yes ! It's the same track to which Wyatt added words ! The Wyatt version is very close to the original that appeared some 22 years earlier. So, this first instrumental version by Mike Gibbs Orchestra could now be a Karaoke version for Wyatt afficionados !

Funny isn't it ?



From: "Theo Travis" <travis@travis33.demon.co.uk>
Subject: THEO TRAVIS NEWS - December 1999
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 1999 19:37:35 -0000

The new Theo Travis album "Passion Dance- Live at Ronnie's" is now out
featuring the quartet of Theo on tenor sax and flute, David Gordon on piano,
Andy Hamill on double bass and Marc Parnell on drums. The album was recorded
during the quartet's week at Ronnie Scott's club in London in July 1999. The
album features four new original compositions together with live versions of
popular Travis tunes Nightmare in New York and Shore Thing, plus imaginative
interpretations of various jazz classics including McCoy Tyner's title
track. Copies of the CD can be ordered online or by sending a cheque for £12
(payable to T. Travis) to Travis Mail Order at 20 Strathmore Gardens, London
N3 2HL. If you would like an autographed copy please ask.

Theo Travis Quartet  - Live Dates 2000:

15 Jan  Farnham -  The Pit, Itchell Lane, Crondall (0171 538 5633)
17 - 22 Jan London -  Ronnie Scott's Club, Frith St (plus Jose Neto Band) (0171 439 0747)
27 Jan   St Austell ˆ Cliff Head Hotel, Carlyon Bay (01726 68532)
28 Jan   Launceton,-Kensey Vale Bowling Club (01566 772117)
29 Jan   Somerset - venue tbc
30 Jan   Bristol -The Albert Inn, 1 West St (0117 9661968)
10 Feb  Dorking -The Watermill, Reigate Rd (01372 275293)
12 Feb  Bracknell -South Hill Park Arts Centre (01344 484123)
18 Feb  Brighton -The Lift, 12 Queen's Rd (01273 330933)
12 March  Lichfield -The Guildhall, City Centre (01543 262223)

Cipher is the name of the ambient project Theo has been working on with Jade Warrior bassist Dave Sturt for the last 4 years. Their debut CD "No Ordinary Man" was released on September 20. The CD features much of Theo's lyrical and spacious soprano sax sound with multi layered beatless textures and floating dark atmospheric soundscapes underpinned by hypnotic and melodic fretless bass lines. Guest musicians include Richard Barbieri (Japan/Rain Tree Crow) and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) For fans of Brian Eno's ambient albums or Robert Fripp soundscapes this is a must. Warning: this is not a jazz album! Copies available from Travis Mail Order and also http://www.cipher.f9.co.uk and http://www.travis33.demon.co.uk

A music book comprising the sheet music of 11 compositions of Theo's from his 3 solo albums is now finished and available. Tunes included are Lulworth Night, Shore Thing, Freedom, The Book, Three People, Full Moon Rising, Waterlily Boogie, Out of Sight Out Of Mind, Sex, Food and Money (Part 2 ), Fish and I'm Coming Home. Parts are in concert key and also written out for Bb instruments. Copies are £12 each. If you would like one, write to Travis Mail Order as above, or mailto:travis@travis33.demon.co.uk

Theo is now a full member of classic progressive/experimental rock band Gong and recently completed the recording of their new album entitled "Zero to Infinity", to be released on Snapper label on February 21 2000. Playing tenor and soprano saxophones, flute, keyboards and samples Theo also co-wrote about two thirds of the album. There will be live appearances in the UK, Europe, and the USA next year. Dates will be announced on Theo's website.

http://www.amazon.co.uk  now stocks all Theo Travis CDs. For easy online shopping, check out this excellent store.

Wishing you all a happy Christmas/Chanukah/whatever, and great new year and
much mulled wine to you all

Theo Travis Website http://www.travis33.demon.co.uk


From: Michael King
Subject: Moon In June
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 22:13:14 -0600


In last weeks What's Rattlin Beau Mansfield asks about the lyrics for Robert Wyatt's ancient epic 'Moon In June';

>There is, however, one line between "I wish I were home again" and
>"Just before we go on to the next part of our song," which you didn't
>transcribe. I wish I could be of more assistance, but all I have ever
>been able to decipher Wyatt as singing is:
>"F****** with the ledger pens."
>Could this be even remotely accurate?

If it helps, what follows are the complete song lyrics EXACTLY as reprinted in the gatefold of the CBS/SONY Japanese vinyl edition of Soft Machine 'Third' (which uses the inside group photo as the outside cover).

Mike King

[These Japanese transcriptions have a justified reputation of being generally quite bad. Apparently this one is no exception. I'm adding in brackets the most obvious mistakes. If anyone has more suggestions... - AL]

Moon In June

On a dilema
Between what your laid lord just wants
    [Between what I need and what I just want]
Between your thighs, you feel a sensation
    [... *I* feel...]
How one can resist this temptation
    [How long can I...]

I got my bond
    [I got my *bird*]
You got your man
Someone else needs me
    [So who else do we need, really?]
Now I get up to open my eyes, open my heart
Now I'm with you for we decide how far to go
And thinking of time to do it
Now and if its love I offer you and its not for me
    [Ouch! It's actually closer to:
    Now I'm here [?], I may as well put my other hand in yours
    While we decide how far to go
    And if we've got time to do it now
    And if it's half as good for you as it is for me
    Then you won't mind...]

If we lie down for a while, just for a while
The only thg I want is thee
You're all the thing, all I need

I want you more than I can know
    [more than *ever now*]
Here on the floor and you are there
    [we're on the floor and you want more]
And I feel almost good
    [almost *sure* ?]
That's as now we've agreed that we did what we need
    [...that *we've got* what we need]
And all the things I must need is wanting

I realized when I saw you last we've been together
Now and then
From time to time, just here and there
Now I know how it feels, from my head to me heels
This at the horns of my dilemma
    [to have you at...]

Oh wait a minute



Living can be lovely here in New York State
Ah, but I wish that I were home
And I wish I were home again
Back home again, home again, back home again
Home again
There are places and people here
That I'm so glad to have seen
Ah, but I miss the trees
And I wish I were home again
Back home again, home again, back home again

The sun shines here all summer
It's nice 'cause you can get quite brown
Ah, but I miss the rain - ticky tacky ticky
And I wish that I were home again
Home again, home again, home again, home again
Living is easy here in New York State, State
Ah, but I wish that I were home again

Just before we go on to the next part of our song
Let's all make sure we've got the time
3 o'clock in school, before the faction
    [ouch! this is rather:
    Music-making still performs a normal function]
Background noise, people sleeping and teaching
That's alright by me, don't think that I'm complaining
After all it's only pleasure time, isn't it?
    [*leisure* time?]

How I love your eyes
See how the time flies
She's been learning to hate but it is just to late for me
If there's a song without love
    [it was the same with our love]
It just wasn't enough for me
Funny how the spirit dies
    [*So before*...]
Know that a distance can tell lies
    [Remember how distance...]

    [er... all right!]

I see her eyes and it leads to despises on you
    [Could almost see her eyes
    Is it me she despises or you?]
You're awful nice to me
And I'm sure you can't see where they're getting you
    [see what her game is]
She's doing her face just as if it's a race
    [She's learning to hate...]
That you win, that you win
    [And you're winning]
She just can't understand
That you'll be everything just to get her
    [That for me everything's just beginning]
So before this feeling dies
Remember that a distance tells us lies


From: policy.office@mihra.org (Roger Bunn)
Subject: UK music biz
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 1999 00:08:31 +0000

Econ facts for creators  :

Music and the historic lack of UK legislation?
Nothing much happening here 2nite.
Been asleeep for a few hours.... Wide awake, unentertained... argh!!!

(the same old wealthy gonna get even more wealthy music making faces.)
Its all Paul and Cliff this Christmas.
All one would need  woud be Elton, who is outa favor for what "he did with boy scouts" and how he dressed as Madame Pompadour at the monster gay show at the Royal Albert recently... and one would spend the whole period being sick down the pan.

Talking about pan.

Its a strange word. Strange connotations.

Peter Pan never grew old. The Peter Pan clause in UK music law is the only law that permits the conduits and the cartel to actually give royalties via a will. During James Callaghan's reign as PM . this was installed on behalf of the author JM Barry ?

And now? The difference between music and TIN PAN ALLEY? The latter of which can brainwash generations of the open minded musically arrogent and defiantly under educated.

tv lousy ... may have to watch old GOLF tapes!!!


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