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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN'? -                     ::
  ::     The Weekly (or so) Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts   ::
  ::                         Issue # 179                          ::
  ::                  Wednesday, March 28th, 2001                 ::
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From: Hag <hag.is@virgin.net>
Subject: K-Ostra Gig
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2001 16:59:40 +0000

Mark Hewins tells me you have a Gig list and will include this if I send you the details
Which are.........

K-Ostra, a free jazz/improvisation 9 peice band with humour, sensativity and nice grooves which features
 Lol Coxhill, Saxophone.
 Peter Lemer, Keyboards.
 Phil Miller, Mark Hewins, Hag, Guitar's.
 Dave Hammer, Trombone, Vibraphone, Percussion.
 Steve Ash, Nick Biggins, Bass's.
 Paul Dufore, Drums.
On      12 May 2001
At      St Johns Arts & Recreational Centre (01279 442447)
        Market Street
        Old Harlow

Thanking you in anticipation.

From: Jonny Greene <jonny@planetgong.co.uk>
Subject: MARCH 2001 GONG NEWS
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 23:54:49 +0000

Dear Friends, I do hope all is hunky dory with your good self and your beloved nearest and dearest and that the surge of Spring, or the misty mellowness of Autumn, depending on where you are on this old spinning beach ball earth, is exactly your required cup of tea at this juncture of the game.

Apologies for larger than usual size of this mailing, but it's been so long since last we were in contact that there is loads to catch up on. I hope you'll find things to inform, stimulate, humour and intrigue you.

Scroll down to find the following sections:-

New Gilli Smyth CD. Gong Dreaming II update. Gong Archive Project. plus much more.

New Mike Howlett site. Stof site. New links to gig/CD reviews, interviews with the band.

Didier's Spring dates, Gong in Japan, Zorch in Glastonbury, Gong Autumn Tour plans including the UK and just about everywhere in Europe...phew!

Updated and annotated news on recordings and releases by:- Theo Travis and Daevid,  Didier, University of Errors, Glissando Orchestra, and many more.

Soft Machine anthology, new In Cahoots CD.

New Harry Williamson CD, Violeta de Outono CDs


The new Gilli CD is finished and we should have copies in few week's time. More than a year in the making...it was originally conceived as a follow on to the Goddess T's  'Electric Shiatsu', but developed into Orlando's dance orientated album 'Tiger Eyes', which then split naturally into two CDs, one more Clubby mixes, the other, Gilli's 'It's All a Dream', a more luscious, experimental, ambient lyrical dub style release. Both Daevid and I agree, it's Gilli's strongest release to date.

One of my favourite Gong Family albums has always been Gilli's 'Mother', and this release reminds me of that album. Not just because there are a few small samples of 'Mother' in Orlando's swirling mix of sounds but because it has the same rich and real,  but at the same time otherworldly and etheric quality as that album, there is similar sensuousness. It really is somehow 'Mother' brought directly into the new century.

It was composed and produced by Orlando who has greatly matured as a producer and sound sculptor. He has shaped the music and textures perfectly to fit  the atmospheres of the lyrics. Orlando remixed 'I am You' for the Gong 'You' remixes, created 'Cyberwhale' (released on Gong's 'Family Jewels') for the Hervey Bay Whale Sanctuary, has dance tracks on Edgecore (Australia) releases, and others coming out in Germany.

Guests include: Scott Tinkler-wonderful Miles Davis inspired muted trumpet, Daevid Allen- glissando guitar as only he play, Tom the World Poet-treated word play, Harry Williamson- great electric and acoustic guitar, Microcosmic-organic synth 'Water' and Taliesin-the baby on the front cover of the Gilli's 'Mother' album, now in his adult form, the awesome voice telling the bardic story of 'Taliesin' by Taliesin (6OO A.D.). Plus Wolves, Lions, Lyre birds and more.

I simply haven't stopped playing it for the past week. We will get some samples on the site as soon as we can.

1   I am invisible 7.19                      
2   Dreaming 1.21                                
3   Mysterious Stranger 5.43              
4   Taliesin 2.09                                   
5   Brink of the Future 5.42                   
6   Robot  0.46                                    
7   Voices in your head 5.11                            
8   Shia 3.34
9   Another World 5.37
10 Breathe Light 7.27
11 Water 6.36
12 Flower 3.08
13 Goddess T and the Virgin Mary 1.20
TRT 55.59

Ah...the saga continues....The layout of this semi-mythological tome, is being worked upon in Australia. The co-designer of the first volume with Daevid, David Gregson, was in Byron Bay (Oz) and they burnt the midnight oil to get more done on the book. So a further lurch towards it's realisation is underway. Now they are in regular e-mail contact so chunks of Gong Dreaming are continuously spanning the globe.

Well you can see from the above entries what Gilli and Daevid have been up to. Gwyo Zepix is having fun working in a studio in Germany to keep body and soul together. Chris Taylor been running percussion workshops both in schools and for companies and gigging non stop with loads of different bands in the South of England. Mike has been doing a spot of lecturing (well he always did have that professorial air) and Theo,  gigging and recording as usual, details on his site

Many of you have heard about the recent Japanese release of some Gong and related CDs in reproduction minature LP-type sleeves. These were Bananamoon, Magick Brother, Camembert Electrique, Flying Teapot, Angel's Egg, You, Live Floating Anarchy '77 and New York Gong. And there's no doubting they are beautifully produced little objects. They use the original sleeves (gatefold or single), are full of minature reproductions of any inserts or booklets (Angel's Egg even has two little Blue Books, one in english, the other in Japanese!) and all have been done with 20 bit re-mastering. But....

Even though I have chosen to adopt the policy of selling Charly releases to support the endevours to maintain a Gong presence. I couldn't bring myself to stock these.

They were licensed to the record company, Victor, by Charly, even though a couple of them were clothed in the original Virgin sleeves, which I find odd. They were also way too expensive, more than anyone should really have to pay for a CD. The dealer price in the UK was nearly £20.00 making the retail price nearly £30.00. And I see they are $35.99 from US net based operations.

Well that's the past...what about the future? A little pixie tells me that discussions have starting concerning the possibilty of a new Gong studio album...

Apart from the gigs listed in the Gig and Events section and the forthcoming Voiceprint reissues of 'Bloom' and 'Faton-Cahan' albums Didier is eagerly awaiting the publication of his volume of French sonnets. This should happen in the next few weeks. It's entitled 'L'anche des Metamophses' and published by Comp:act. (Hope the spelling is correct)

The new System 7 CD release will now be in September, with a new 12" single in August. There will be no more System 7 back catalogue reissues on the new a-wave label until next year. Steve however continues to produce like it's going out of fashion,  the latest album I know about bearing his production credit being Rachid Taha's 'Made in Medina' (apparently on vinyl and CD) which has been receiving good reviews.

plays the most amazing, scorching, treated guitar on much of the new Eat Static CD 'In the Nude' out now on their own Mesmobeat label. There is  also a strong possibility that he will be touring the States with them later in the year. Before Christmas Steffe and Cheryl went to Belgrade to play a full on DJ set before a large enthusiastic crowd. There may be a further trip in June.

If you are a Hawk/Gong fan you won't need telling who the good Dr. Moonweed was playing with before Christmas as I know many of you were there as the mighty Hawkwind did their thing before packed audiences in London. According to a couple of past GAS. For other up to the minute news it's http://moonweed.free.fr

Not sure what Pierre is up to right now. I know friendly e-mail communication was established again between him and the band after the mid-tour disappearance during the 1999 European Tour. There were even the beginnings of talk of collaboration between the new Pierre Moerlen's Gong and Gong. I expect something will shake down into existence, if not this year then maybe next. For up to the minute info check out his site

One of the pleasures of the Winter months have been regular trips to see my good friend Graham Hinton (a mate of David Id's, Gwyo and Zorch for more than 25 years) not too far from GAS in Glastonbury. At his studio we have been busy archiving to Hard Disc and CD all manner of Gong and related 1/4" tapes, DATs and cassettes.

Switch Doctor David Id has also been involved recently. He arrived last week to stay with Graham and then myself with a two large boxes of 1/4" reels of tapes and added much needed information and detailed remembrances of many of the tapes we worked on.

Thanks to a succession of Switch Doctors starting with Venux, Gong have always recorded as many gigs as possible. Tapes exist of gigs from all eras, line-ups and off-shoots; recording sessions, including the semi-mythological and fascinating 'Angel's Egg' sessions, rehearsals, rough mixes, interviews, experiments, tape collages...there's heaps.

However time passes and some of the tapes need saving and archiving before they become unplayable. And that's what we're working at. I can't express how lucky I feel to have discovered someone who is a dedicated Gong fan and as experienced and organised as Graham Hinton is, virtually next door,  to complete the task. The crazy thing is that he has been so close for 12 years quietly building and repairing studio equipment and recording Zorch... and I didn't know it until he made Gilli's Space Whisper FX controller last year! Simply a family member returned.

We will try and get some webpages up about it all so you can keep track the progress of this project, which will hopefully flower to everyone's enjoyment and  benefit one day.

I was recently asked by Virgin if I knew the whereabouts of the quad mix of 'You'. Apparently there was such a mix done in the '70's and now Virgin want to get their hands on it to produce a surround sound release. Wanna buy your favourite albums in yet another format?....Hmm!

Sometime Magick Brother and ex Gong violinist, is now playing in Jah Wobble's band, "mainly guitar, big layered pads of sound" and appears on half an hour of a forthcoming live CD by the combo. He is also recording with 808 State's Graham Massey, and also has a trip to Dubrovnik with Kora player Ravi planned. All his forthcoming gigs, including a couple of Wobble ones, one with those deep Hawkfans Spacehead and his regular Salsa gig in Manchester are listed on his website.

Once a Kangaroo Moon regular has embarked task of collecting the best 'public death' stories from a large range of musicians and performers with a view to publication. Many of these people will be well known to you. It will be a collection of humorous and terminally embarrassing stories where you will find out who has hurtled off stage into deep orchestra pits, what happened when a certain person's back seized up mid gig and many more.

Many of you have been asking what happening? All I can say is sorry for the rather long gap in the flow. We are working on on-line membership and some major surprises. There will be a mailing about all of this in the next couple of weeks.


The website is currently running at just over 200,000 hits per month. That's not individual people of course, it's files accessed, and here can be several of those on a pages. Sometimes I feel these figures are achieved by just one person out there in the Mid-West logging onto the site all day long (and I think I know who you are). The most staggering statistic of all is that in two months following the US Gong tour last year there were over 2.5 million hits a month! All this mind-bending and I alternate between being excited and feeling rather daunted.

New website by Mike with CV and detailing production work. He says the photographs of him and the sheep will be added at a later date.

Viddy and music downloads, photographs, the real story of Crystal Machines et al. Good stuff getting better all the time.

Details of French ambient trance boss and remixer extrodinaire. Also see the gig section.

New website, a most welcome addition.

Gong Band

Subterrania Gig
Canterbury Festival
Cambridge Junction
Hackney Empire

Live2 Infinitea
Live2 Infinitea

LAUNCH CDRom Magazine
This American CDR magazine is totally fantastic. Daevid called it "the best quality moving image of Gong I have seen". The Gong section comprises a live version of 'Oily Way' filmed at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles last year and 3 or 4 sections of Daevid being interviewed in a strange virtual reality café. All seems like real cutting edge technology to me. I'm sure their website will tell you how to get a copy. Find out how to get a copy from:


grouped by band or artist and then in chronological order.

With the deep involvement of You Remixer and Gong friend Stof. Go there now! Metro Jussieu or Austerlitz.
Wednesday 28th March -Paris, 7 Quai St Bernard. tel 0612 310 219

Sunday 1st April - London, Subterrainia (off Portobello Rd). 1pm-11pm.
Chilled DJs, dance, film, live bands, healing space, lights, decor and chai stall. All organised by a bod that knows a thing or two about enjoyable tomfoolery, Mr Grant Showbiz.

GONG Japanese Tour-April
Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Mike Howlett, Theo Travis, Chris Taylor and Gwyo Zepix take the Live 2 Infinitea experience to Japan. The rather wonderful X-Girls in on the 16th.
Sunday 15th April - Osaka, Club Quattro. 650 capacity
Monday 16th April - Tokyo, Club Quattro. 650 capacity
Tuesday 17th April - Tokyo, Star Pine's Cafe. 250 capacity

DIDIER MALHERBE French gigs-April/May
[see live section at the end of WR]

ZORCH UK gig-May
Saturday 12th May - Glastonbury Assembly Rooms
tel 01458 834677
More info: http://www.isleofavalon.co.uk/assembly-rooms/
More info: http://www.zorchmusic.com
Note:-Zorch's appearence in Brisol in April is now not happening

GONG USA/Canada and South America Dates- September
A slim possibility  of a return to the land of plentybigallthings  despite the money quirks of last time. We will know one way or another in the next few weeks.

GONG Israel - September and/or November
Being booked now, confirmed dates as they come in. At least one, perhaps two trips.

GONG Greek gigs - October
Booked but unconfirmed
Friday 5th Oct - Athens
Saturday 6th Oct - Salonika

GONG Irish gigs - Early September
Strong possibilities of a visit both North and South.

GONG UK Tour - October/November
Being booked now, confirmed dates as they come in
From the 10th Oct into early Nov revisiting some old haunts and branching out into some new areas.

GONG European Tour - November/December
Being booked now.  A full on jaunt around Europe including visits to: Holland, Belguim, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain and possibly Eastern Europe as well. Confirmed dates listed early in May.

The planned ending for this mega bout of touring is either a big Gong bash in London, or an all day/night festival type thingy with other bands. We'll let you know about this as it wobbles into existence...

Being booked now, confirmed dates as they come in, or you can keep track of evvents at:-

If you can help by booking a gig for any of the bands or musicians, or in any other way please contact us and we will try and connect you with the right people.



Updated and revised list, in alphabetical order, of the progress and planning of various recordings... and boy do they keep shifting before your eyes.

Absolute Zero with Pip Pyle
Status - mixed
Release - when a good deal is found
All manner of mishaps have befallen this project, including the very worst, losing the masters from hard disc! Arggh! But at the second time of recording it was apparently even better so fingers crossed nothing else happens.

Alien Cipher-Theo Travis and Daevid Allen
Status - finishing recording
Release - in time for the Autumn tours
An ambient gliss guitar, sax and flute project that was inspired by some wonderful pre-Gong gig soundchecking between these two. So off they went to the studio. I haven't heard any yet but I bet it's something else.

Bubbled Up On Dub-Vol 2
Status - recording
Release - later this year
The BUOD Tribe have been recording new tracks for Vol 2 of this
psychedelic dub series. About half the tracks have been completed.

Daevid Allen-Seven Drones (Gliss/2032)
Status - artwork, liner notes
Release -????
Well all the sound got sorted out.....?

Daevid Allen's University of Errors-3rd studio CD
Status - planning
Release - unknown
The idea is to record this around some planned UofE American dates in September.

Daevid Allen's University of Errors-'e2x10=tenure' (Innerstate)
Status - mastering
Release - unknown
A US release for the 2nd UofE CD. Apparently clothed in a new cover.

Daevid Allen's University of Errors-Live CD
Status - mastering
Release - Sometime after the US release of 'e2 x10=tenure' The Errors in full-on flow

Didier Malherbe-Faton/Bloom (Voiceprint VP217)
Status -
Release - unknown
Reissue of Didier's collaboration with Francis 'Faton' Cahen.

Didier Malherbe-Bloom (Voiceprint VP218CD) 1st time on CD
Status - Didier's writing new liner notes
Release - Autumn
Still awaiting the 'first time on CD release' of this great album. There have been a series of artwork delays... as so often happens. Will come with new liner notes from Didier.

Goddess T-Electric Dreaming
Status - See Gilli's 'It's All a Dream'
Release - not applicable
The work done on this album was sort of divided, cloned and developed to became Gill's 'It's All a Dream', Orlando's 'Tiger Eyes' (which I don't think is out yet) and possibly another one....all rather intriguing really.

Gong Matrix-It Just Is
Status - final mixes
Release - Autumn
The debut CD of Gilli's new US based band is being mixed in San Francisco by Pierce. A completely different style of music than that on 'It's All a Dream'

Hawkwind -Live at the Astoria 2000
Status - deal hunting
Release - unknown
I've heard a deal is being sought for this Hawkestra extravaganza which of course featured Tim Blake in the line-up.

Glissando Orchestra-Untitled
Status - recording
Release - 2002
A Glissando Guitar Orchestra was something Daevid and Steve Hillage first talked about years ago and this is an attempt to bring such a thing into being. Fabio Golfetti and Brian Abbott, of respectively the Brazilian and UK Invisible Opera Companies of Tibet, both fine gliss players,  have already laid down some tracks at Nigel Shaw's studio on Dartmoor.

The idea is for a world-wide chain-recording process. This intails sending recordings to the family of glissando players, them adding to the tracks that appeal and starting new ones if they want. Apart from Daevid of course, Steffe and Graham are primed to be involved. We still have to talk to a few other gliss-maestros to see if they would like to be involved, suggestions welcomed. Some magical sounds have already manifested themselves, when is the last time you heard heart-achingly, divine melodies sung by operatic diva backed by Tibetan Monks?

Invisible Opera Co. of Tibet (UK)-Open For Is-ness
Status - final mixing and mastering.
Release - unknown
Being completed at Brian Gulland's (once of Gryphon) studio in Wales as I type. The rough mixes sound great, easily the best UK Invisible release to date.

Lady June/Mark Hewins and loads of 'Canterbury' museos-Rebela
Status - artwork
Release - unknown
The late, and much missed, Lady June's final mistresswork brought into musical being by Mark. Guests include Pip, Daevid, Elton, Gilli, Theo, Keith tha Bass, Mike, Phil, John and on, and on. Nearly everybody in fact. A wonderful album with a modern mythological theme that is itself reaching mythological status.

Mark Hewins/Elton Dean-Bar Torque (Magnet Music)
Status - completed
Release - May
Recorded live at the Jazz Café in London in 1992.

Mark Hewins/Theo Travis-Coldec
Status - recording
Release - unscheduled
Ambient melodic album of flute, sax and guitars.

Pip Pyle/John Greaves/Philippe Marcel Iung- PIG (Voiceprint VP225CD)
Status - completed
Release - June

Soft Machine-Turn On (Voiceprint VP231CD)
Status - Brian Hopper's writing the liner notes.
Release - ?
Double CD of 1967 era Softs recorded live. No details of if it's before or after Daevid's departure.

System 7-New Recordings
Status - recording
Release - 12" in August, album in September.
If you want to see what direction the new work is taking there are been  a couple of mp3 files on the System 7 site. The reissue of System 7's  back catalogue on the new a-wave label will resume next year.

Theo Travis -Heart of the Sun (33 Records)
Status - recording
Release - August
Varied progressive jazz, a follow up to Theo's rather marvellous 'Secret Island'.

Tim Blake-Blake's New Jerusalem
Status - masters sitting on a shelf somewhere
Release - unknown
Although this has been often mentioned in the same news as Tim's 'Tide of the Century' and the reissue of 'Crystal Machine', both on Voiceprint, there seems no sign of this album yet. I'm told that there will have to be further contractual negotiations before the possibility of a release.

Various-Taliesin: Beyond The Ninth Wave
Status - mixing/editing/building
Release - before Christmas
Work continues in the States by Jan Deleth on this rather wonderful CDRom of Celtic myths and tales. Gilli is one of the main performers, speaking both traditional and new, self written works. Think way beyond Mother Gong's Fairy Tales album and with great celtic visuals and you'll have an idea of what it's all about. There might be info on Jan's site

Visitation (Steffe and Cheryl)-Arena
Status - final mixing
Release - unknown

Zorch-Retrospective CD
Status - compiling
Release - before the Autumn Gong Tours
What the hell we've waited 25 years, what a little longer between friends.



Soft Machine: Man in a Deaf Corner (Mooncrest CRESTDCD 026)
Live, double CD Soft Machine Anthology covering the years 1963-1970. Most of material has been available elsewhere before, in the main on various Voiceprint releases so I presume this selection is licensed from them. Daevid appears on 3 tracks, 'Dear Olde Benny Green Is A Turning In His Grave' from the Daevid Allen Trio 'Live 1963' CD and on 2 live tracks recorded in 1967, 'We Know What You Mean' and 'I Should've Known'.

Phil Miller and In Cahoots-Out of the Blue (CD5 CD)
Brand new album from Phil Miller and In Cahoots, (with the magnificent Mr Pip Pyle). Can be obtained direct from the musicians (the best way to buy anything). Details at

National Health-Playtime
The lineup of Alan Gowen, John Greaves, Phil Miller and Pip Pylerecorded live in 1979. Most of the CD is previously unheard compositions and it has a booklet of unpublished photos with expert liner notes by Aymeric Leroy.

Mark Hewins/Matt Knight-Big Big Spaces
Free downloadable ambient/techno album by ex Gong guitarist Mark. Available at http://www.musart.org/mp3/spaces


All prices in UK Pounds Sterling

Harry Williamson-Life in the World Unseen (Voiceprint VP232CD)
A new Harry CD with Didier Malherbe, Guy Evans, Gilli Smyth, Rob Calvert, Rob George, Conrad Henderson, (Mothergongers all over the years); Mark Robson and Greg Sheenan of Kangaroo Moon as well as many other fine musicians. The source recordings are taken from every period of Harry's 25 odd year career and all the recordings are previously unreleased. You can see from the wide range of musicians involved that the instrumentation is tremendous. Alongside more regular instruments are Tibetan instruments, didgeridoos and of course Harry's Angel guitar. They all go to create more wonderfully luscious, unique atmospheres and a mainly instrumental CD of rich musicianship.
UK/EU Price 12.50
USA/Rest of World Price 10.64

Violeta de Outono-Mulher na Montanha (Voiceprint VPB101CD)
A CD from the 'other' band of Fabio Golfetti, mainman of the Brazilian Invisible Opera Co. of Tibet which to my shame I missed out on earlier last year (but then again nobody told me). More Fabio gliss excellence in the 'Invisible' vein and efinitely worth exploring, and even though the lyrics are in Portugese their sentiment sparkles through. I like it.
UK/EU Price 12.50
USA/Rest of World Price 10.64


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From: "Felix Schneeberger" <neigemont@gmx.ch>
Subject: lost song
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001 17:02:35 +0100

Hi everybody

Not really a contribution but a question that has been bugging me for ages, ond i hope one of the WR readers can come up with the answer...  

Here goes: Sometime between 1982 and 1984, I saw an all night Eurovision rock show on TV with contributions from the BBC as well as irish, dutch, french, swiss and spanish television (maybe more)...

Spain contributed  quite a long piece filmed on a sunny day in a park with everyone (elderly  people, babies, boxers, nuns...) sporting multicoloured mohawks. It was set to the most amazing music, a sort of canterbury/prog instrumental with different parts seamlessly put together, including violins, reeds, rolling tribal tympani during the boxing match...

I've been wondering ever  since who was behind it.

Keep up the good work


From: "Brian Steffensen" <briansteffensen@home.com>
Subject: Caravan reissues
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 18:04:24 -0500

Hi Aymeric

Thanks for the brilliant feature on the Caravan remasters. I live in Canada.

Could you give me advice on the best way to get these cds on the web. I can not yet find them on the UK HMV site. Is there a special web site for ordering? Is there any discount for ordering all 6?

Can't wait to get my hands on them.

Thanks Again


[I can recommend two mail-order sources that are familiar to this list - Wayside Music <CuneiWay@aol.com> and The Artist Shop <artshop@artist-shop.com>. I know they both sell these CDs - AL]


From: "Stephen Holloway" <steve@sjholloway.fsnet.co.uk>
Subject: Kevin Ayers
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 21:30:31 -0000


I was wondering why there's been no mention of Kevin Ayers' announcement that he's retiring from recording and performing, or was it all just a bad dream I had one night?

I'm sure I can remember standing in Smiths, flicking thru' one of the music magazines, and reading this upsetting news. But there's been no mention of it in WR, Calyx, Musart or Kevin's own web site. Tell me I was dreaming, after all.

If however it is  confirmed, I'll forever be glad that I took the trouble to travel from Cheltenham to Aberdeen 2 years ago to see Kevin in concert, because I may never have the chance to see the great man perform again.

Can you let us know any news about this?

Steve Holloway

[As far as I'm aware, there hasn't been an actual statement from Kevin that he's retiring from music completely. However, his musical activities in the last few years have been few and far between, no new studio album since 1992, and brief tours of Belgium and California now and then. WR ran an interview with Kevin from June 2000 in which he explained his reasons for not doing more, stating that he had lost a lot of his interest in his own career, but not ruling out future projects. I guess that's all I can say at this point - AL]


From: "Big Bear" <bigbear@bigbear.com.ar>
Subject: Camel In South America
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2001 06:54:31 -0300

Dear Camel Friends

Camel is touring in South America for the first time in their 30 year history. The first show is in Brazil on March 22nd and the last one in Chihuahua Mexico on April 10th. They will also be doing shows in Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, and Costa Rica.

The dates are the following

22    Cataguases        Brazil
23    Belo Horizonte        Brazil
24    Rio de Janeiro        Brazil
25    Rio de Janeiro        Brazil
28    Sao Paulo        Brazil
29    Buenos Aires        Argentina
30    Buenos Aires        Argentina


01    Santiago        Chile
03    Caracas            Venezuela
05    San Jose        Costa Rica
07    Mexico City        Mexico
08    Mexico City        Mexico
10    Chihuahua        Mexico

For dates in Brazil please contact rocksymp@provide.psi.br
For dates in Argentina please contact anaconti@bigbear.com.ar
For dates in Chile please contact tprovidencia@hotmail.com
For dates in Venezuela please contact acic@musicven.com
For dates in Costa Rica please contact garbfilm@sol.racsa.co.cr
For dates in Mexico please contact aquarius@prodigy.net.mx

Best regards


From: Rick Chafen <rchafen@yahoo.com>
Subject: Now That I've Bought It All Over Again . . .
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001 10:04:17 -0800 (PST)

As usual, Aymeric covered the monumental Caravan news with enthusiasm, accuracy, rendering nearly anything I'd planned to say unnecessary. I would like to say that I'm very glad to have been able to buy them all over again. Every one is clearly an improvement on an existing masterpiece.  

After the Caravan ceremony in London had occurred, I began to count, and realized I'd now bought In The Land of Grey and Pink a total of seven times since first encountering it when it was just released. Hard to believe, but my admiration for the Land of Grey and Pink, and the band that recorded it, is actually increased by this further insight.  

Poor Mark Powell. All that material, and no place to put it all. The wonderful I Don't Know Its Name would have certainly fit on the original version, and we'd all be used to it long since. Last summer's teaser, with the full-length Golf Girl almost made me feel like we'd been cheated those thirty years without it. And, yet, there's so much extra material to cram in to the newest edition, no room for the extra two minutes of piccolo solo. (Perhaps Aristocracy could have been moved to Waterloo Lily.)

And, I guess I misunderstood something. I thought we'd been told that the alternate ending to Nine Feet Underground was sung by Dave Sinclair, but clearly this is not the case.  

I was delighted to see that they still had the real opening of Nine Feet Underground. Missing from every Decca CD version of Nine Feet Underground was the all-essential first half of the first note. It's been restored!  Thanks for that attention to detail, Mark.

And, one other little point. Great booklets and photos and liner notes, and still not a lyric in sight. Thanks to Aymeric, we have a pretty good reference to them, but still there's never been a Caravan album with lyrics included. In the recent video, and indeed throughout the many new liner notes, Pye is disparaging about his own lyrics, and maybe he still doesn't think theyíre worthy of being printed, but I sure do. Maybe a Caravan lyric book?

Oh, well, it's a delirious experience, expanding familiarity whilst soaking in a whole Caravan collection at once. (I chose reverse chronological order at first.)

Keep up the good work, Mark. Looking forward to Khan and the Camels.

And, as always, thanks to Aymeric for your persistent insight and tireless efforts.


From: "Mac Beaulieu" <bringoutyourdead@bigfoot.com>
Subject: What's Rattlin
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 21:30:38 -0500

Hi Aymeric,

I have an announcement that I'd like posted on the forum but I wanted to run it past you first. It's a cooperative project between Expose and  Gnosis. Please post the following message if you think it's relevant.

Mac Beaulieu    

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Well Aesop sure wasn't wrong when he said, "Laziness is the mother of  invention"... or something like that anyway. And our laziness has invented a  way for you to just sit back and let our vast progressive music resources be  handed to you on your silver platter! Introducing "Jestersaurus", a text-based email newsletter conveniently delivered to you each month. Finally, the numerical statistics of Gnosis are merged with the verbal descriptions of the blockheads at both Exposé and Gnosis! By combining the writing experience of one  of the world's most highly respected progressive music journals with one of  today's most cutting edge progressive music websites, Jestersaurus is a one-stop  "heads-up" that will include instant links to new and archived feature articles including interviews, album reviews, and band overviews, plus tasty previews of upcoming Exposé issues. Best of all, Jesteraurus will be an entertaining periodical with a refreshingly whimsical approach.

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From: "Benjamin May" <cosmostone@hotmail.com>
Subject: The northern lights?
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2001 12:07:14

Hi there!

Found a copy of the National Health record "The northern lights". Is this a rarity or something?, because this place takes about 27 pounds for it. It's a Japanese pressing on the Highland label. Do you know anything about this record?

Ben May - Uddevalla, Sweden

PS. Your site is very useful in many ways (one of my favorite places on the net)

["Northern Lights - Polar Lights" is another of those crap sounding bootleg CDs which I don't think even deserve mention in this forum, especially given the outrageous price they sell for. In short, quite a few of these recordings are demos and BBC sessions available since on "Missing Pieces", plus some live stuff from the first tour. Better to trade this stuff with fellow collectors - AL]


From: "Bill Duhigg" <duhigg4@worldnet.att.net>
Subject: New York Gong cd
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 11:32:04 -0500

I have a used copy of Daevid Allen's New York Gong "About Time" CD (Decal CD LIK 73) for cheap to a good home: $5 (includes shipping in US, more elsewhere).



From: "antonio siniscalchi" <antonjjo@inwind.it>
Subject: WR trading suggestions
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 09:11:25 +0100

Dear Rattlers,

What about trading suggestion for recommended listenings? We are obviously all Canterbury fans, but certainly with different involvements. As for me I am very far from being a completist and I should rather try something unknown than let's say a new old Soft Machine release, allthough I do have a couple. But if you like my idea you may go on like this: have a look at my favorites list and if you know those bands you  might kindly make the right recommendations for me. I am mostly interested in  the avantgarde and structured side of music, also among  canterbury bands.

So any of you who has this tendency and does not know some of the bands I  mention could give them a try. Thinking Plague- U-Totem- 5-uu's- Univers zero-  Present- Ak-sak-maboul- The science group- Blast- Doctor Nerve- Deus ex machina-  Tipografica- Motor Totemist Guild- Anyone interested in modern classic? W.Schuman- Penderecki- Lutoslawski- Berg-  Shoenberg (expressionist period)- orchestral Zappa- Petrassi.

I do not know if I would suggest any of these musicians or bands to a very Caravanesque listener (my love for them does not go further than Waterloo Lily), but I'd certainly do to a fan of the non improvisational Henry Cow( especially U-Totem).

One last thing I have got some videos of prog and avant bands, if you want to exchange lists...

Thank you all the best.
Antonio Siniscalchi


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*               FORTHCOMING CANTERBURY-RELATED CONCERTS                 *
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        [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

==> JOHN GREAVES TRIO <==================================================

May 21 - PARIS (France), La Maroquinerie

Line-up: John Greaves (vocals, bass), Patrice Meyer (guitar)
         Manuel Denizet (drums)

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

Apr 05 - TRAPPES, Le Grenier A Sel / Apr 24 - QUIMPER, Theatre de Cornouailles / May 20 - MANTES-LA-VILLE, Festival Ventissime / May 31 - PARIS, Auditorium St.Germain

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

May 06 - PARIS, Haute Foire (Fete des Jazz)

with Patrice Meyer (guitars), Philippe Foch (percussion)
     & Loy Ehrlich (synth)

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


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

May/Jun - US tour (dates tbc)

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

==> CAMEL <==============================================================

Mar 22 to Apr 10 - South American tour (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Costa Rica and Mexico)

Line-up: Andrew Latimer, Colin Bass, Guy LeBlanc, Denis Clement

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

==> CHRIS CUTLER - SOLO <================================================

Apr 01 - PHILADELPHIA (PA), Bennies / Apr 02 - BALTIMORE (MD), The Red Room / Apr 03 - CLEVELAND (OH), Speaking In Tongues / Apr 04 - CHICAGO (IL), Martyrs / Apr 05 - PITTSBURGH (PA), Millvale Industrial Theatre (with Ann LeBaron) / Apr 07 - WASHINGTON DC, MOCA-DC / Apr 08 - CHAPEL HILL (NJ), House Show / Apr 09 - ATHENS (GA), The Engine Room / Apr 10 - ATLANTA (GA), Earthshaking Music / Apr 11 - CHATTANOOGA

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

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

==> FRED FRITH <=========================================================

Mar 28/29 - PARIS, Festival Banlieues Bleues [world premiere of new choral composition, "Landing"]

Apr 05/06 - SAN FRANCISCO (CA), Yerba Buena Arts Center [The M'ad Din]

Apr 07 - OAKLAND (CA), Mills College [w.Amy Denio & Contemporary Performance Ensemble] / Apr 24 - OAKLAND (CA), Mills College [Contemporary Performance Ensemble, directed by Fred Frith & Steed Cowart]

May 21 - VICTORIAVILLE (Quebec), FIMAV [Frith-Zorn-Laswell-Lombardo]

May 23 - LONDON, Spitz [solo]

Jun 02 - PORTO (Portugal) [Frith-Drouet-Sclavis]

Jun 16 - BASEL (Switzerland) [with Arte Sax Quartet and Urs Leimgruber]

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

Apr 03 - PHILADELPHIA (PA), Pontiac Bar and Grill / 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)

Percy Jones will support on all three shows.

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

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

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 <==============================================================

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

May 27 - OSAKA (Japan), Club Quattro / May 28 - KYOTO (Japan) / May 30/31 - TOKYO (Japan), On Air West

Jul 21 - BURG-HERZBERG Festival (Germany)

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

==> PRESENT <=============================================================

May 11 - RALEIGH (NC), Berkeley Cafe [support: Polydactyl] / May 12 - COLUMBIA (SC), University of South Carolina / May 17 - PHILADELPHIA (PA), The Upstage [support: North Star] / May 18 - NORTH PLAINFIELD (NJ), Sound Studio [support: North Star] / May 23 - ATLANTA (GA), The Earl / May 27 - LOS ANGELES (CA), Knitting Factory [support: Upsilon Acrux] / May 31 - PORTLAND (OR), Berbati's Pan / Jun 04 - DENVER (CO), venue tbc / Jun 06 - CHICAGO (IL), Martyr's / Jun 08 - ANN ARBOR (MI), Firefly Club / Jun 09 - KENT (OH), Robin Hood / Jun 10 - LOUISVILLE (KY), venue tbc

Jul 22 - WURZBURG (Germany), AKW / Jul 27 - LIPNO FESTIVAL (Czech Rep)

with new 8-piece line-up [feat.Dave Kerman on drums]

Updates/info: http://www.totalzoo.com/present/concerts_data.htm

==> SUPERSISTER <=========================================================

May 02/03 - DEN HAAG (Netherlands), Koninklijke Schouwburg / May 04 - GRONINGEN, Oosterpoort

Line-up:  Robert Jan Stips (keyboards/voc), Marco Vrolijk (drums),
          Ron van Eck (bass), Sacha van Geest (flute)

More info: http://www.stips.net

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

Mar 29 - KIEL (Germany), Pumpe / Mar 30 - HANNOVER (Germany), Pavillion

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

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

Mar 29 - OXFORD, Wheatsheaf Hotel [with Pete Oxley Trio] / Apr 04 - SUTTON (Surrey), Secombe Theatre [one-off quartet] / Apr 06 - LONDON, Royal Festival Hall Foyer, 5.15pm [Theo Travis Quartet] / May 11 - LONDON, Royal Festival Hall [Roger Beaujolais Quintet], 5.15pm / May 15 - NORWICH, Red Lion [Mike Capocci trio] / Jun 07 - LONDON, Lauderdal House (Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, N6), 8.30pm [Theo Travis Quartet]

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


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