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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN'? -                     ::
  ::     The Weekly (or so) Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts   ::
  ::                         Issue # 176                          ::
  ::                 Friday, February 13th, 2001                  ::
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From: RAYMBEN@aol.com
Subject: National Health's "Playtime"
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2001 07:55:33 EST


While I welcomed the release of the new National Health "Playtime" CD, I must admit I'm a little disappointed in it because of the omission of Pip Pyle's wonderful "Foetal Fandango" middle-bit in "Pleiades" ("Seven Sisters"). I saw the band in New York twice in 1979 during this period, and it was that piece that stood out the most. I've always wanted that piece in a recording and have waited 20 years for it.

When I heard that "Missing Pieces" was coming out, I thought, "Oh boy, it will finally be on that!" It wasn't. Then Pip's solo album "7 Year Itch" came out and sure enough, there was "Foetal Fandango" on it-- but it was completely re-arranged and sounded totally different. Grrrrrr. THEN, when I heard the brilliant folks at Cuneiform were going to release live material from the 1979 Health band, I thought "Wow!  This will finally have it!" But it DIDN'T!  A different version of the song was used that had omitted the "Foetal Fandango."  So... despite all the good stuff that *is* on the CD, I am prejudiced against it.  

Pip, if you're reading this, when will we ever get to hear NH's version of that great piece of music?

Raymond Benson

[The "Foetal Fandango" bit was introduced to "Seven Sisters" for the US tour. When "Seven Sisters" was performed in Europe earlier in 1979, it had a totally different middle section which, unlike "Foetal Fandango" - which has also appeared on the first Equipe Out album - has never been recorded since. This is why the recording from the European tour, which also had better sound quality, was chosen instead of the US version. But I do agree that, provided good tapes exist, there would be enough unreleased, rare of different stuff to make up a "Missing Pieces #2" - AL]


From: mihra <policy.office@mihra.org>
Subject: Thanks to Chris and Janika
Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2001 10:37:58 +0000

Dear Aymeric

I wonder if folks realise that Keith took to the stage at Bristol Uni as part of the first ever concert held by Jazz Against Apartheid. And thanks to the info provided just in time today. Tonight I shall head for the Jazz Cafe, now its no longer in the hands of the weirder than usual Jon Dabner to listen to Keith's performance. As I am a great admirer of his work and as we both, and Julie, go back a "long long way". I would like to thank What's Rattling for this head up. And if possible, I will review Keith's new album for the absolute delight of your readers.

Finally, it looks as if "Piece of Mind" my solo album (69) with Dutch National Orchestra, will be re-released "big time" from out of Italy. More on that later when the lira starts to arrive..


From: Henk Weltevreden <henk@weltevreden.demon.nl>
Subject: Radio broadcast
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2001 11:32:05 +0100

Hi Aymeric,

Thanks again for this WR. I just came back from Tanger and made a VPRO-radio program - it was broadcast last week tuesday (30th of january 2001).

One of the subjects was my visit and stay in the very same room in Tanger (Villa Al Muneria) where William Burroughs (author of the book 'Soft Machine') wrote his famous book 'Naked Lunch' in 1959. Also Allan Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac lived in that same room for some time. At that spot I recorded all kinds of sounds and mixed it with music of the Soft Machine (Volume I) and the sound/voice of William Burroughs reading parts of 'Soft Machine' and 'Naked Lunch'. Maybe worth mentioning in WR?

This is not history (looking back) but actual (post-modern). A way of digging up the past and creating a new momentum now.


P.S.: You can hear the broadcast via http://www.vpro.nl and then on to the program Ongehoord and check the date (30 01 2001 from 15.02-16.00 hours)


From: Alexander Domrin <alexander-domrin@uiowa.edu>
Subject: Live recordings
Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2001 08:36:48 -0600

Greetings from Iowa City -

Does anybody on the list collect live recordings of the Canterbury (and related) bands and artists?

Send me a private message, if you'd like to see my lists.



From: Pierre Tassone <musbymail@get2net.dk>
Subject: Releases from See For Miles
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2001 14:33:58 +0100

Hi Aymeric,

I received recently an interesting offer on some recordings from the label See For Miles and I thought some of it might be of interest for members of this list.

They include:
Lol Coxhill "To Verbal Sweet" (72) Beau "Beau" (69) + "Creation" (71)
Birtha "Birtha" + "Can't Stop The Madness" (73)
Blonde On Blonde "Contrasts" (69)
Arthur Brown "Dance" + "Chrisholm In My  Bosom" (77)
Jasper "Liberation" (69)
Paul King & King Earl "Been In The Pen Too Long" +  "Trouble At Mill" (72)
William Lyall "Solo Casting" (76)
Occasional World "The Year Of The Great Leap Sideways" (69)

But there's some more.

If interested  please mail me privately at: musbymail@get2net.dk

Ciao... and keep rattling !
Pierre Tassone


From: Nick Loebner <loebner@synopsys.com>
Subject: Soft Machine on Video
Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2001 16:44:53 +0000

Hi all,

I just noticed that Amazon has copies of the Psychomania video (on VHS) featuring the Softs' c1967 German TV performances of "Soon, Soon, Soon" & "I Should've Known" (IIRC) - also featured on the semi-legitimate 1995 "Soft Machine" CD (Movie Play MPG 74033) (along with the Paradiso set).

Check out thie details:-


Just so's y'all know!

- Nick.


From: Peter Muir <info@pmpr.co.uk>
Subject: Nick Loebner/Old Grey Whistle Test
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2001 18:01:17 -0000

The BBC finally dusting down the Old Grey Whistle test archive? Great news and about time, too. There is a substantial tranche of footage lurking  in the BBC basement and I am stuck to pin down any one performance.

That said... one Canterbury-scener who appeared on  a number of occasions was Kevin Ayers. I am going to vote for his and (either Decadence or 747)'s exuberant performance of Shouting In A Bucket Blues  at the conclusion of which presenter Annie Nightingale observed how  physically-alike Ayers and Marianne Faithful were!

Market Square Records

[The address where you can vote is: http://www.bobharris.org/ - AL]


From: Roger Bunn <policy.office@mihra.org>
Subject: Tender Moments
Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2001 02:09:04 +0000

T'is the most tender of magical moments that I am happy to witness, why I doth not know. And sometimes who too, as I mistook Elton Dean for Tony Levin at the Jazz Cafe. But smiles or not,I cannot write the whole experience of listening to Tippett, the man of classical hugs, with both his line ups.

But tomorrow, I will get my daughterthing to read me my notes about her uncle Keith and company. Nothing more now, except to say that there is nothing more impressive than listening to the cream in action.

Which brings me to home and to a message on my machine from Pete Brown, lyricist for the Cream. Who is pleased to hear the news of an Italian nonmafiosi connection to my music, and wants to advise me the best as he can. How not to get shot.

More, maybe, later.


From: "vivienne Steffensen" <vsteffensen@sprint.ca>
Subject: New Caravan remasters - when?
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2001 18:21:32 -0500

Hi Aymeric,

The Artist Shop is taking advance orders for the new remastered (and hopefully full of bonus material) Caravan CDs. Do you know when they are due for release in USA/Canada. I have seen no mention of them in your new releases page yet.



[The remasters will be issued on February 26th, on the day of Caravan's gold disc presentation in London - see #175 - with the exception of the debut album which will be released on June 1st. The Canterbury Festival 2001 will take place on August 18th, and the line-up - which will include Caravan - will be announced on February 26th too - AL]


From: Mike Johnson <mike.johnson1@tinyworld.co.uk>
Subject: Old Grey Whistle Test
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2001 00:01:21 -0000

It's great to hear that some of the BBC Whistle Test archive is to be
released on DVD. However, I don't hold out much hope of seeing Canterbury music represented very strongly! Caravan might get a look-in but I doubt if the jazzier end of the spectrum will make it.

As for the National Health appearance on Whistle Test - after Nick's suggestion in WR#175 I listened to my tape of the session and was reminded immediately of my impressions at the  time - disappointment!

After their amazing performances in London over the previous years this slimline group appeared to be full of anger - and musically ragged. The introductory section with John Greaves drunkenly uttering some strange unfathomable storyline and the casting of a tray of cutlery over the studio floor set the scene for the roughest rendition of 'The Collapso'  ever. An abortive attempt by Phil Miller to terminate John's bass solo on  the return to the main theme results in two false starts with an embarrassing  lull in the middle! No thanks.

Let's remember them at their best and vote for Dave Stewart's appearance with Bill Bruford, Allan Holdsworth and Jeff Berlin playing 'Back to the Beginning Again' from the 'Feels Good to Me' album. Annette Peacock's wonderful crooning vocals and a shattering rhythm section would make for a real stunning contribution to the DVD.

Just one more thing - Jeff Clynes 'Turning Point' played in London with National Health during their finest period and should  be added to the Canterbury list of honorary musicians!

Mike Johnson
Wokingham UK

[I seem to remember reading that it was Neil Murray on bass replacing Jeff Berlin on that particular Bruford appearance - AL]


From: Roger Bunn <policy.office@mihra.org>
Subject: Mihra on Keith Tippett the Magician
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2001 03:07:11 +0000

Keith Tippett at the Jazz Cafe.

The music of the multimusician "Centipede" was as much a tribute to anarchy than to anything else, and from out of that period, that dimension of the euro-original, wherein busloads of "rags" visited such estates of culture as Paris, which survived the invasion, came many of the most creative musicians who have survived the course until, at least, the present time. Tippett's 100 musicians on, or beside the road in Paris was never a combo at large with exclusively jazzer or rockers, but a mix of the two. At the Jazz Cafe on Tuesday the 6th of Feb 2001, Keith Tippett brought to the stage both a string ensemble that read notes that disappeared into the night so fast, that the flies were bothered as to whether they needed ever to go to the toilet again. And the roar of the lion of the piano underpinning the clustering structures brought to mind, echos of Tristano, Gigi Gryce and his classic "Emperor Suite" and all who dared to challenge harmonics thereafter. But after a while comparisons cease and one is listening to the man himself. And once feeling safe among all this beautiful discord chaos, one is assuredly surrounded by a music that is far beyond the norm.

"There is nothing new in music, its all been played before" - John Coltrane. Is a truism of note. But one could be forgiven when watching Keith Tippett add his wooden blocks and his rounded stones to the strings of the grand piano, that Coltrane may have wished to reconsider his statement. His impressions would be of hands that fly, on an intensity of purpose. Wherein fingers pluck strings with soft digits of expertise. And there is nothing left to say, except that being said by the carefully orchestrated creative work Tony Levin on drums and the most excellent and sensitive wide reeds of Paul Dunmall, on tenor and soprano. And it was nice to watch those friends present, Elton Dean, Gary Curson, my daughterthing and a crowd of around 150, enrapt at the musical integrity of the moment.

Dave Le Page and Chris George (violins), Malcolm Allison (viola), and Phillip Shepard (cello), who had a solo of his own, have a talent that both I, and many other jazz musicians lack. In that Tippett's "Lunuckia" is a writing and reading piece of massive proportion. It takes almost a hour to play, and everyone is at just about full concentration steam at all times. When an occasional  diminuendo is on offer, it's only because there is very little that can follow such ripping structures, except a certain degree of silence. Tippetts "Lunuckia" can move from Zappas musical expletives through and well beyond the keyboardistics of Andrew Hill. But as I said to Paul Dunmall, "I never talk music, only music can do that". So describing this performance is a hopeless task for any writer, even one who "can play a bit" himself.  You will just have to check it our for yourself. The next gig close to London on the tour should be in Basingstoke, but as I have yet to get details of the tour itself, and to whence it wanders. And as Keith wasn't too sure himself, for this info you will have to wait. However, as those who already know Tippett's works, it may just be worth it.

Roger Bunn
Music Industry Human Rights Association
February 7th 2001


From: "David Weston" <David.Weston@btinternet.com>
Subject: National Health & Gong Articles
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2001 20:53:32 -0000

Just to let you know that the Bathtub of Adventures contains articles on Gong, National Health (new), the 2000 Canterbury Festival and more...
See URL below.

David Weston

Dip into the Bathtub of Adventures at http://www.bathtub-of-adventures.com

A site covering the best in progressive, psychedelic and improvisational rock  music including the English Phish page 'Phish & Chips' and the Flower Kings fan page 'Flower Power'.

Or visit the Box of Rain band site at http://www.box-of-rain.org.uk


From: "Luc Pilmeyer" <lucp@swing.be>
Subject: new Webcartoons
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 02:54:22 +0200

I've worked on some new webvideos and once again, Mark Hewins allowed me to use some good tracks as soundtracks

all those realplayer files are at Webvideos section at

Music by SOFT HEAP (excerpt from THAID UP)
(Elton Dean, John Greaves, Mark Hewins and Pip Pyle)

Music by Mark HEWINS, Bob LOVEDAY and Pip PYLE
also downloadable as mp3 at

also downloadable as mp3 at

Music by MASHU : Used to (excerpt)
(Hugh Hopper, Shyamal Maitra and Mark Hewins)

Music by MASHU (Elephants)

Music Loop by Mark Hewins

Hope you'll enjoy it
Comments are welcome

Luc Pilmeyer


* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
*               FORTHCOMING CANTERBURY-RELATED CONCERTS                 *
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

        [for more info : check out the 'Concerts' page of CALYX]

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

Jul 22 - BURG-HERZBERG Festival (Germany)

Info: mailto:think.progressive@t-online.de

Held between July 19-22, 2001, the festival will also feature Magma, Porcupine Tree, Ozric Tentacles, Anekdoten, Keef Hartley Band, Embryo, RPWL and Birth Control.

Aug 18 - CANTERBURY Festival

Other plans for CARAVAN include dates in Italy and Southern France during the Spring, and an appearance at MexProg Festival (Mexico) in September 2001.

Line-up: Pye Hastings, Dave Sinclair, Richard Coughlan, Geoff Richardson,
         Doug Boyle, Jim Leverton, Simon Bentall

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

Apr 15 - OSAKA (Japan), Club Quattro / Apr 16 - TOKYO (Japan), Club Quattro /  Apr 17 - TOKYO (Japan), Star Pine's Cafe

==> DIDIER MALHERBE & HADOUK TRIO <======================================

Mar 09/10 - PARIS, Sunset / 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


* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
*                        AND OTHER GOOD GIGS...                         *
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

==> BILL BRUFORD'S EARTHWORKS <==========================================

Info: http://www.bbprod.demon.co.uk/news.html

==> JOHN ETHERIDGE [ex-Soft Machine guitarist] <=========================

Info: http://www.johnetheridge.f9.co.uk

==> SCOTT McGILL's HAND FARM <===========================================

Apr 04 - NEW YORK CITY (NY), Wetlands Preserve / Apr 07 - BALTIMORE (MD), Orion Sound Studios

Line-up: Scott McGill (guitar), Michael Manring (bass),
         Vic Stevens (drums)

These shows coincide with the release of the band's new album "Addition By Subtraction", released on The Laser's Edge. (http://www.lasercd.com)

Band info: http://www.ghostland.com/handfarm

==> ALLAN HOLDSWORTH TRIO <==============================================

Mar 19 - VIENNA (Austria), Reigen / Mar 20 - NANCY (France), Academie Internationale de Musique / Mar 21 - HELLENDOORN (Netherlands), De Lantaarn / Mar 22 - ZOETERMEER (Netherlands), Boerderije / Mar 24 - BERLIN (Germany), Quasimodo

Mar 26-31 - LONDON, Ronnie Scott's Club

Apr 01 - CORTEMAGGIORE PC (Italy), Fillmore / Apr 02 - INNSBRUCK (Austria), Treibhaus /  Apr 04-05 - ROMA (Italy), Big Mama /  Apr 06-07 - STOCKHOLM (Sweden), Fasching Jazzklubb / Apr 08 - GOTEBORG (Sweden), Nefertiti Jazz Club

with Dave Carpenter (bass) and Joel Taylor (drums)

Info: http://www.allanholdsworth.com

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

Feb 23 - SAINT-ETIENNE (France), Hall C / Feb 25 - PORTE-LES-VALENCE (France) / Feb 28 - SETE (France), Theatre / Mar 01 - TOULOUSE (France), Le Bikini / Mar 02 - PAU (France) / Mar 03 - CARCASSONNE (France) / Mar 09 - POITIERS (France), La Blaiserie / Mar 10 - ORLEANS or TOURS (France) / Mar 29 - DIJON (France) / Mar 30 - FRIBOURG (Germany), Fri-Son / Mar 31 - VITRY LE FRANCOIS (France), L'Orange Bleue / Apr 19 -  NANCY (France), Salle Poirel / Apr 20 - St.PETERSBURG (Russia), Festival / Apr 27 - BORDEAUX (France), Salle du Vigean / Apr 28 - AGEN (France)

May 29 - OSAKA (Japan), Club Quattro / May 30/31 - TOKYO (Japan), On Air West

Jul 21 - BURG-HERZBERG Festival (Germany)

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

==> MARSHALL - TRAVIS - WOOD <===========================================

Feb 28 - LEEDS, The Wardrobe [info: 0113 2742486]

==> MUJICIAN <===========================================================

Feb 15 - BASINGSTOKE, The Anvil / Feb 21 - TOTNES, Dartington Arts / Feb 22 - SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, The Cliffs Pavillion / Feb 23 - MANCHESTER, The Royal Northern College of Music

Line-up: Keith Tippett (piano), Paul Dunmall (sax),
         Paul Rogers (bass), Tony Levin (drums)

==> NEARFEST 2001 <======================================================

Jun 23/24 - BETHLEHEM, PA (USA), Lehigh University

Featuring: Banco, Porcupine Tree, After Crying, The Underground Railroad, Under the Sun, Deus Ex Machina, California Guitar Trio, Djam Karet, White Willow and Birdsongs of the Mesozoic.

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

==> B.THOMPSON'S PARAPHERNALIA <=========================================

Mar 02 - LUZERN (Austria), Stadtkeller / Mar 03 - DORNBIRN (Austria), Conrad-Sohm-Halle / Mar 05 - INNSBRUCK (Austria), Treibhaus / Mar 06 - WORGL (Austria), Komma / Mar 07 - HALLEIN (Austria), Stadttheater / Mar 08 - KLAGENFURT (Austria), Kamot / Mar 09 - OSLIP (Austria), Cselley-Muhle / Mar 10 - St.POLTEN (Austria), Buhne im Hof / Mar 12 - VIENNA (Austria), Szene / Mar 13 - SPIELBERG (Austria), Kulturzentrum / Mar 14 - GRAZ (Austria), Orpheum / Mar 15 - LINZ (Austria), Posthof / Mar 17 - ZWETTL (Austria), Gasthof Dichter Hamerling / Mar 18 - BUDAPEST (Hungary), Darshan Culture Centre

Mar 20 - ROTH (Germany), Kulturfabrik / Mar 22 - TUBINGEN (Germany), Mensa / Mar 23 - STUTTGART (Germany), Liederhalle-Mozartsaal / Mar 24 - ELSOFF (Germany), Lasterbachhalle / Mar 25 - KARLSRUHE (Germany), Tollhaus / Mar 26 - FRANKFURT (Germany), Mousonturm / Mar 27 - WOLFSBURG (Germany), Congress Park / Mar 29 - KIEL (Germany), Pumpe / Mar 30 - HANNOVER (Germany), Pavillion

Apr 02-07 - LONDON, Ronnie Scott's Club

==> THEO TRAVIS <========================================================

Feb 18 - KINGSTON, Surrey Boaters [with Simon Carter Trio] / Feb 23 - BRISTOL, Bebop Club [with Andy Hague Quartet] / Mar 29 - OXFORD, Wheatsheaf Hotel [with Pete Oxley Trio]

Info: http://www.travis33.demon.co.uk


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