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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN'? -                     ::
  ::     The Weekly (or so) Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts   ::
  ::                         Issue # 170                          ::
  ::                  Friday, December 8th, 2000                  ::
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Hi Rattlers - Sorry for the delay since last issue. I was away for three weeks, very simple explanation. Quite a packed issue as a result, I hope you enjoy reading it. And don't forget to support our musician friends!


CARAVAN in Paris - Sorry, no review (a retaliation measure after no UK citizen bothered to review any of the recent British gigs!). The setlist was exactly identical to the gigs of the past couple of years, and the band were magnificent when playing their best material (I won't mention my personal preference, although you can be sure it's not their rendition of "O Caroline"). I talked to Dave Sinclair who insisted that he doesn't want any more Caravan gigs before some new material is ready. Sadly the original plan to rehearse new material before the recent UK tour had to be abandoned due to Pye Hastings' hectic professional schedule, but he should have more time around Christmas. The next gigs should take place next spring, with plans for dates in Italy and possibly Southern France, and if I remember correctly at least one summer festival appearance in Germany is in the works. The Bataclan was only half-full, possibly due to the almost total lack of (visible) promotion, but the crowd was obviously VERY enthusiastic - still clapping furiously ten minutes after the end of the encore... Geoff Richardson was chattier than we've seen him in years, visibly happy to speak in French to a very responsive audience, and his electric spoons solo was a highlight of the performance. Also of note was the presence, mentioned by Pye Hastings, of Richard Sinclair's ex-wife Patricia in the audience - "Golf Girl", written about her, was logically dedicated to her. It was also nice to see contingents of fans from Holland and England; apologies again to Jasper Smit & co for the much too brief meeting!


                     PATRICE LEMOINE IS BACK !!!

Among the audience at Caravan's concert at the Bataclan was a musician whose face wasn't seen for many years on the music scene. Patrice Lemoine, Gong's keyboard player on the seminal "Shamal" album, has been out of the public eye for the best part of two decades. Now, in late 2000, he's back in action with his first solo album, "Riding My Rockin' Clock", which reflects his interest in the drum'n'bass scene as well as alluding to his "Canterbury" past.

Before he joined Gong in the summer of 1975 for an intense year of touring and recording, Patrice had been acknowledged as one of the most promising keyboard players on the French progressive scene - he was the man behind the hypnotic organ work of Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes, a cult group on a global scale but a very popular band in France at the time.

His contributions to Gong were different - at the time the band was going through a more jazz-rock period and Rhodes piano was his main instrument (although he also used the Lowrey organ sound made famous by Mike Ratledge in his solos). He was a vital part of the fascinatic mix of musics and cultures that made "Shamal" so special.

Patrice insists that his original influences - Terry Riley, Soft Machine and of course Gong - are still very much at the root of his inspiration, although obviously his music also embodies more "contemporary" influences, in much the same way as Steve Hillage's System 7 or Gong's "You Remix" for instance. Well worth checking out for anyone into that type of music. A vinyl 12" will be released in January.

More "mainstream" Canterbury fans may be interested to know that Patrice also plans another album that would be in a more "classic" Canterbury vein ("but not nostalgic!", he is quick to point out), and on which he hopes to feature some of his former colleagues from that scene.

"Riding My Rockin' Clock" is out on the M10 label in France and available in most Fnac stores. European and international distribution is still in the works - hopefully it will be available through GAS? Stay tuned...   


From: policy.office@mihra.org (Roger Bunn)
Subject: Save your Roger
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2000 21:38:13 +0000


Buy a copy of his 1969 album now on CD!

Made in Holland with the Dutch National Orchestra at the same time as Abbey Road. "Piece of Mind" stands the test of time.

If I was sick I would go to a professional not a quack, same goes herein. If there was an industry wherein

Roger Bunn

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         MUSIC 1969 to 2001

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Contracted by Phillips, Roger Bunn, now director of the Music Industry Human Rights Association http://www.mihra.org/2k. And along with the best musicians in Holland and the Dutch National Orchestra, recorded the most prestigeous album ever to be recorded in Alkmaar. Over the last 30 years, "Piece of Mind" by Roger Bunn has become a cult album, and has now been
taken from vynal onto CD format.

Since those latter 60s days , Roger Bunn has worked with many artists in the jazz, folk and pop fields. Playing double bass on Peggy Seeger's "Sweet Heroin" and other works. Marianne Faithful held him for a while, as did, of all people, Mike Patto, Boz Burrell, Bad Company, Ollie Halsall, Graham Bell, Traffic, Capaldi / Winwood, Roxy Music, The Scaffold, Billy Idol, Rolf Harris, Danny Williams, Robert Palmer, Elkie Brooks Vinegar Joe, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Bobby Tench, Arhur Brown, Zoot Money, Alan Spenner and various members of the Grease Band, Wee Wille Harris, Grahm Bond, Jack Bruce, The Blue Notes, Chris McGregor and Dudu, Pete Brown, Horowitz Brown Poets  and jazz, Stan Tracey, Clark Tracey, Guy Barker, Alexis Korner, Keith Tippett, Mervyn Africa, Steve Lodder, Giant Sun Trolley, Denny Mann Big Band, Jim Mullen, Bobby Wellins, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Dick Pierce, Don Weller, Harry Beckett, Ken Stevens Orchestra, Roy Babbington, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, George Khan / Stagecoach, Daevid Allen of the Soft Machine, Henry Lowther, Lyn Dobson, Kenny Brown,  Brian  Auger, Jazz Against Apartheid, and even Ronnie Scotts !

Copies of this acclaimed and historical Dutch / UK work - recorded at the
same time as his friends the Beatles, who helped to make this album
possible, were recording "Abbey Road" - are now available by contacting:

- phone: Holland 72 512 1294
- or by sending and Email to: mailto:ajsloot@worldonline.nl

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Backstage in the UK
Jefferson Airplane guys were great fun on Monday night, I had not seen them Live since 68 (before you were born) with Morrison and the Doors in London.. Good fun, will stay in touch with them I hope, they used to be quite "political". Now they have no record contract at all!


From: Mauricio Pineda <maupineda@yahoo.es>
Subject: Chile
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 21:03:59 +0100 (CET)

Dear Friends,

Here in Chile there are a lot of people who like progressive rock, jazz and Canterbury music. Personally my favorite groups are: Soft Machine, Matching Mole, Gong, and Robert Wyatt, of course. Also Yes, King Crimson, Magma, Univers zero, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, UK, Frank Zappa, Rush and Genesis (with Peter Gabriel). In jazz music I like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Brandford Marsalis, Ornette Coleman, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Wheter Report, among others.

It is a pride for my that such an important musician as Robert Wyatt, recognize and interpret two Chilean musicians as Victor Jara (murdered in Pinochet's military dictatorship) and our Violeta Parra, in 'te recuerdo Amanda' and 'Arauco' respectively. Both musicians are some of the maximum exponents of our Latin American culture, the same as our poets Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral, besides many other less well-known ones.

Again I congratulate them for their excellent web page and any consultation that you want to make me related with national groups or south american , will be thanked in responding them.

My questions are:

- That new group has been won a place in the Canterbury scene??

- For their it paginates I know that Robert Wyatt doesn't make tours. That he would be necessary to make to bring to RW, as soloist, to Chile, it will be impossible?

Mauricio Pineda


From: "simon meader" <herbedaceous@hotmail.com>
Subject: Caravan Reissues
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2000 00:06:16 GMT

Anyone know when the Caravan Reissues come out please??

All the best


[I asked the question to Mark Powell at Caravan's Paris gig, and he told me the release date for the first batch of remasters has been pushed back to February 2001 - AL]


From: PT <normalsf@grin.net>
Subject: please add this to your gig list
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 19:36:20 -0800

The band Mushroom will be joined by Daevid Allen on Wednesday Dec 13th in San Francisco at The Tongue & Groove club, Van Ness avenue at Union street.

This will be unique show in which rather than play Daevid Allen & University Of Errors material, Daevid will be playing Mushroom material.

Also playing that night as the support will be Matt Piucci of the 1980s psychedelic band Rain Parade.


From: monopoly@dircon.co.uk
Subject: Caravan video
Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2000 17:18:21 +0100

Hi Aymeric

At last! The rough-cut of the Caravan video is complete and I am only  waiting for Pye's comments on it on his return from Paris before carrying out the final edit next Friday, 1st December. I will then be in a position to despatch copies to all the fans from Norway, Sweden, France, Germany, Holland, the USA, Canada and the UK who have either ordered it (in some cases paid for it already) or asked for information.

The price is £15 + £2.50 P & P in the UK, £15 + £4.50 in Europe. SECAM and NTSC versions are available at £20 + P & P (£5.50 for US and Canada).

The video runs two hours and includes, archive footage, stills cuttings, interviews with six of the seven current members of the band (Simon Bentall wasn't around), rehearsal footage and the complete set from the Canterbury Sound Festival on 31st July. A bargain for Christmas!

Kind regards.

Peter Carlton
+44 77 11 044 945


From: "Progradio.com" <bparker@progradio.com>
Subject: Progradio.com plays Canterbury Rock Part 1
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 07:08:27 -0800

To all of us Canterbury Friends out there, http://www.progradio.com is playing its great Canterbury Rock Part 1 show. Check out the Daily Schedule for play times.

Please pass this on. Keep listening.
Thanks, Brian


From: Tom Landon <landon-raskine@chello.fr>
Subject: Tea and Symphony
Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2000 2:26:36 +0330

Dear Aymeric and all,

I have just been browsing around an English band called 'Tea and Symphony' who I have an album of (Jo sago, 1969 - weird but good) and I remembered that I bought that album because I had heard a song on the infamous Harvest sampler "Picnic" by the same guys, called "Maybe My Mind (With Egg)" (this record also contains kevin Ayers' 'Eleanor or the Cake which Ate Her' - my initiation, probably). I always assumed that this meant that Egg happened to be hanging around the recording studios and helped them do the track, but their titles were so strange that this may not be the case.

So, is it Egg? or just a title?

Can anybody tell me (it's mmy brother who has 'Picnic'- it's scratched  and we're not speaking, so it's purely academic). My memory of the track is that it's quite good but all the instruments rather melt together, so...

Come on Rattlers, anoint me with your wisdom...

Love to all

Tom Landon

P.S. me and Ian Chippett are still looking for a drummer near Paris.


From: "Wyatt Moss-Wellington" <wyattmw@hotmail.com>
Subject: Of Sparrows and Lumps (and a few trumpets)
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 12:30:05 +1100


Pardon me - I'm not exactly certain if this is the right place to ask,  but if anyone here could help: Have any Ivor Cutler albums been re-issued on CD? I'm trying to track some down for a school project, but have found an  apauling lack of enlightenment on the matter. More specifically, the albums Jammy Smears, Velvey Donket (oop! - Velvet Donkey, that is) and Life In A  Scotch Sitting Room.

Actually, while I'm here, I might as well make meat of both those birds  with this here single stone. I'm also studying Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom  (the joys of self-directed scholastic learning!) and have found, yet again, an apalling lack of enlightenment on Mongezi Feza. Could anyone tell me anything about him - how did he die? Sadly enough, very little remains on  Dudu Pakwana and the mob, who I gather to have been quite integral figures to the London jazz scene.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

-Wyatt Moss-Wellington
(and no, I wasn't named after who it seems I may have)


From: Danilo Baiardo <Danilo.Baiardo@italtel.it>
Subject: Calyx
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 21:36:29 +0100

Thanks a lot for your site: it's quite wonderful, with almost all the lyrics and a lot of info about my favourite music (and it still works after 30 yrs and more...). Well, I'm slightly concerned, it sounds like my grandfather: "the music of 25 yrs ago is the best one..."but, in this case, IT IS, really!!!

ciao e grazie,


From: Hansford Rowe
Subject: Gongzilla dates
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 10:34:12 EST


I heard that you didn't have the correct dates in What's Rattlin.
These are the correct dates.



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Bon Lozaga - Hansford Rowe - Marc Wagnon - Phillip Kester
Dec. 10 - Providence, RI Met Café (401) 861-2142
http://www.lupos.com/ - 9:00pm

Dec. 12 - Pittsburgh, PA Millvale Industrial Theater (412) 422-8864
http://www.mit.telerama.com/ - 9:15pm

Dec. 15 - Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom (216) 383-1124
http://www.beachlandballroom.com/ Drumplay will open - 9:30pm

Dec. 16 - Cincinnati,OH Mole's Record Store (513) 861-6291

Dec. 17 - Chicago, IL Martyrs (773) 404-9494

These shows include the special participation of Phillip Kester on drums and Marc Wagnon (Brand X) on tuned percussion.

For more info go to: http://www.lolorecords.com/


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

==> DIDIER MALHERBE / HADOUK TRIO <======================================

Dec 18 - PARIS, New Morning / Jan 19 - CHOISY-LE-ROI, Theatre Paul Eluard [Festival Sons d'Hiver] / Mar 23 - VILLEBON-SUR-YVETTE, MJC Bobby Lapointe / Apr 05 - TRAPPES, Le Grenier A Sel / Apr 24 - QUIMPER, Theatre de Cornouailles

with Loy Ehrlich (hajaj & synth) & Steve Shehan (percussion)

More info: http://www.malherbedidier.com


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*                        AND OTHER GOOD GIGS...                         *
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==> DREAMTIME <==========================================================

Dec 13 - LONDON, Red Rose Club (Finsbury Park)

Line-up: Gary Curson (sax), Jim Dvorak (trumpet),
         Nick Evans (trombone), Keith Tippett (piano),
         Roberto Bellatella (double bass), Jim LeBaigue (drums)

==> F.FRITH/I.MORI/Z.PARKINS <===========================================

Jan 12 - PARIS (France), Sons d'Hiver [solos evening] / Jan 13 - PARIS (France), Sons d'Hiver [Traffic Continues w. Ensemble Modern]

==> MAGMA <==============================================================

Dec 22 - RENNES (France), Salle de la Cite


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