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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN'? -                     ::
  ::     The "Periodical" Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts     ::
  ::                         Issue # 199                          ::
  ::                  Sunday, January 19th, 2003                  ::
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Dear all,

Happy new year to all of you. Over the last few weeks, messages and contributions have accumulated steadily although I didn't notice it until recently, so this issue is somewhat longer than previous ones - I don't think anyone will complain about that!

I feel I should update you on the current state of the Canterbury scene. 2003 certainly looks promising, with new albums from Caravan, Gong and In Cahoots, among others, expected for the coming weeks or months. Similarly several tours are forthcoming, and I am personally looking forward to gigs by Caravan, John Greaves, Hugh Hopper, Didier Malherbe, and hopefully In Cahoots if I make it to England or they make it to France!

A constant of the Canterbury scene has been the ceaseless personnel changes in the bands. 2002 saw the arrival of a new drummer (Mark Fletcher) in In Cahoots and a "new" keyboard player (Jan Schelhaas) in Caravan. In 2003 it will be Gong's turn, and changes will be much more radical if I am led to believe the newsbit from Gilli Smyth's website :

"Gong will record the next Gong album in Australia from 7th February which is when Josh Pollock (from University of Errors... new guitarist with Gong) arrives from San Francisco... and then Mikoto and Coton from Acid Mothers... The tour will be with those musicians, Orlando and Dharma as rhythm section, Daevid and Gilli. So the new Gong album will be out well before the Gong tour scheduled for next autumn (with of course those musicians)".

With this I suppose we must - rather reluctantly - say farewell, as Gong members, to Mike Howlett, Theo Travis, Chris Taylor and Gwyo ZePix... Perhaps not to Didier Malherbe as he was no longer a permanent member anyway and I'm sure he will guest on future French gigs by the new Gong (christened "youNgong", it seems), as he did with University of Errors in Paris last September... I found the 1999-2001 Gong to be an excellent combination of musicians, and I hope we'll get to hear them again in other contexts.

In other news, I have recently heard the completed & mixed SoftWorks album (the former SoftWare band, bringing together Elton Dean, Allan Holdsworth, Hugh Hopper and John Marshall from various eras of Soft Machine), hopefully to be released very soon, and it's definitely excellent. There were plans for more touring late in 2002, which were postponed due to delays in the completion of the overdubs and mix, but hopefully 2003 will see further activity from this remarkable line-up.

I have also had the pleasure to hear the latest 'official bootleg' from Richard Sinclair, mentioned in the last issue by Teatse Vogelaar. Teaste was the main man behind the Canterbury In Harlingen festival which took place in the Netherlands in September 1996. I was lucky enough to attend that superb musical event (featuring among others Hugh Hopper and Richard Sinclair's bands, and Robert Jan Stips of Supersister fame), but I had to miss the Sunday morning concert which took place in the Grote Kerk (big chuch) of Harlingen. This performance is precisely what is on offer in "What In The World".

The recording quality is not of professional standard, meaning that while the sound itself is absolutely fine (Richard's voice in particular sounds great!) there are occasional background noises, such as children's voices, etc. This doesn't detract too much, though, from the listener's pleasure in hearing these unusual renditions of familiar songs. Most feature the unique combination of Richard Sinclair's vocals and David Rees-Williams' church organ. There are some absolutely delightful moments, such as "Long Lingers Autumn Time", the cover of the Genesis song "For Absent Friends" or the title track. Additional magic is provided by Tony Coe on clarinet on his own "Canterbury Song" (originally on the first Lonely Bears CD) and "Barefoot".

More info on how to acquire this at http://www.sinclairsongs.fsnet.co.uk

I haven't been able to see the Robert Wyatt film mentioned in a couple of messages below, although I hope to get a tape of it soon. Hopefully it will be the subject of a DVD release sooner or later. Of particular interest are the 'live in the studio' songs recorded by Robert with Annie Whitehead's band, which are probably the closest we'll ever get to a Robert Wyatt live performance anytime soon...

To whet your appetite here's what Time Out Magazine wrote about the programme in last week's edition - which also featured an hilarious interview with RW -


A fascinating biography of one of our great musical eccentrics.

'Last Will And Testament: The Robert Wyatt Story' serves not only as an elegant and atmospheric portrait of one of English music's great mavericks - a gifted jazz-rock drummer, heartbreaking singer, weird and wonderful songwriter, witty wordsmith, outspoken communist, paraplegic and humanitarian - but also as an object lesson in how to make a music documentary.
It's been created by Jez Nelson's production company Somethin'Else, which provides many of the more interesting jazz, electronica and contemporary music strands for BBC Radios 1 and 3. It also made a series for C4 on great rock and dance music mavericks called 'Pioneers' – short films which managed to fit more into five minutes than most music docs manage in an hour.
Here they have 65 minutes to tell Wyatt's fascinating story – using childhood paintings, old photos of his family, home movie footage of Soft Machine on tour with Jimi Hendrix, clips of Wyatt as a beautiful young blond-haired yob, anecdotes about his drinking games with Keith Moon, discussions on politics, and testimonies from colleagues like Phil Manzanera, Hugh Hopper and a particularly lucid Brian Eno.
It helps that Wyatt and his wife Alfie are articulate and compelling interviewees, and it also helps that they find room to show half a dozen five songs with Wyatt's distinctive, croaky tenor voice accompanied by trombonist Annie Whitehead's tribute band, featuring the likes of Paul Weller and Harry Beckett. A rare example of how compelling music television can be.
John Lewis

'Last Will And Testament: The Robert Wyatt Story', Fri, 9pm, BBC4.

TimeOut, January 15-22 2003, p.165

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As usual I may have forgotten a few things - since so much time elapses between issues some messages inevitably get (temporarily) lost in the constant flow of e-mails (a lot of it junk mail unfortunately), so please bear with me and don't forget to remind me or re-send messages that should have appeared in WR. If they haven't, it's usually not on purpose!



From: Age Rotshuizen <a.rotshuizen@chello.nl>
Subject: new releases, coming attractions
Date: Sat, 21 Dec 2002 13:35:55 +0100


It's been a long time since I send a contribution to this list and I can't think of a valid excuse.

There are of course reasons, most of all I've been listening to few Canterbury-related albums lately, digging into other musical interests I have - not going to bore you with those.

Of course I'm still maintaining Hulloder and although the updates are fewer than ever it's still a valuable resource on the web, according to all Soft Machine fans that are sending me email :-)

Anyway, the main reason I'm writing again, yesterday I found in my mailbox a package from the GAS. In it were two Gong DVDs, the Classic Rock "Live on TV 1990" gig and the Subteranean Club one.

DVDs seem to be popping up everywhere nowadays. I've located the

Classic Rock Legends: Caravan
Classic Rock Legends: Hatfield and the North
Classic Rock Legends: Gong
Gong Live at the Subteranean Club 2000
Caravan - Night's Tale- Live in the USA
David Gilmour - Meltdown Live in Concert

First three don't need further explanation: all three were released on CD in the early 90's, all TV, all released without the artists receiving a penny.

I watched the Subteranean Club DVD yesterday and was blown away, especially by Masterbuilder that brought shivers thru my spine. Excellent!!

The Caravan DVD is on it's way, it's been released by Caravan themselves so I hope they make a couple of bucks for selling it.

The Gilmour DVD is a bit out of place here, but.... it has one track "Comfortably Numb" with Wyatt on guest vocals! That's right, Wyatt is singing part of the lyrics off stage from a piece of paper. Of course it's hardly worth buying a complete DVD just for this one track, but it is touching to see Robert making his first "public appearance" for the first time in 25 years.

One of the great re-issue series of 2002/2003 will probably be the Nucleus catalogue on BGO. They've started to release all of the Nucleus albums on 2CD-sets for a 1 CD price. So far I've been able to obtain only the first one (actually the third one, since they've already released two others a few years back), Solar Plexus/Belladonna and it sounds fantastic. The great missing link between The Soft Machine and Miles Davis ca. 1970. Two others have already been released, but so far I haven't been able to find them: Under The Sun/Snakehips Etcetera and Alleycat/In Flagrante Delicto.

Another upcoming release that might please many of us is a Sony digipack of Soft Machine's Third (the millenium edition?). It will be available early 2003 and I hope (I really hope) it's a better sounding one than the Rewind series 1991 CD from Columbia. Sony has so far released Fourth/5 and Six in 24-bit remastered form, let's hope this is their next cunning stunt.

And then there's of course:

Bone - Uses Wrist Grab (May, 2003)
A collaboration between  Nick Didkovsky, Hugh Hopper and John Roulat.

Soft Works - Abrakadabra (?)
The new Softs? Hopper, Dean Holdsworth and Marshall. Eagerly awaited.

Oft So Machine - ?
Hopper, Daevid Allen and Chris Cutler with assorted guest guitarists and saxophonists, according to Allen (on an interview from the Subteranean DVD) an album has already been recorded in Israel.

Nucleus - Live in Bremen
More Nucleus earcandy, 2CD from Cuneiform.

Gary Windo - His Master's Bones II
Volume 2 :-) on Cuneiform.

Robert Wyatt - Solar Flares Burn For You (1972-1974)
Complete BBC Sessions and more! Releasedate set on september 2003, Cuneiform (again).

Looking at the list above, 2002 has been a meager year. Only 5 releases stand out (for me i.e.). First of all there is Backwards, not surprisingly a Cuneiform release, a must-have for every Soft Machine fan. Followed closely there's Matching Mole's March (and again we can blame Cuneiform for that one). I already mentioned the Nucleus 2CD. And then there's two Caravan releases worth mentioning. The Lost BBC Sessions aka Green Bottles for Marjorie is beautiful, especially their two renditions of Feelin' Reelin' Squeelin'. Live at Fairfield Halls 1974 finally made it on CD this year and it's a great archival release.

"And the bluebird you search for will surely be found"

If you want to obtain one of the above try these first:


Happy new year!

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Age Rotshuizen


From: "Anthony Shaw" <tonyshaw@clinet.fi>
Subject: XL - a distant Canterbury descendent?
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2002 16:47:11 +0200

Dear Rattlers

I know many of you may hate the idea of extended dubious Canterbury connections, but for those of you long enough in the teeth to remember the Finnish band Wigwam and its bassist/composer Pekka Pohjola, you may be interested in the product of some of his musical decendents  - a band called XL.

It's basically a 4-piece with 2 prime composers: Vibraphonist Arto Takola and guitarist Jarmo Saari, who have produced 5 CDs over the last 8 years, the latest being the summer's Surreal on Pohjola Records (Mr P's label). There's a review (Not mine I hasten to say) at www.allaboutjazz.com which puts the band somewhere in the orbit of Weather Report, and I would add Isotope and even 1980's King Crimson as soulmates. Pekka Pohjola produced a number of 'solo' albums through the 80's and 90's whose melodic strength links firmly with Cantrebury. XL are the children of those years, equally at home with processing and midifying as with their original instruments. (One occasionally has to kick oneself to remember that some tracks are not Lionel Hampton and Charley Christian, bubbling vibes and chunky gritty guitar.) XL continue this rather grandiose melodic style, but with many a varied catch and twist of 21st century schizoid tone and bite. Even more exciting is the fact that they can do it live (see Live Ballet on same label from '99) - compounded for me last month when the bassist was the same P Pohjola.

If you pride the breadth and obscurity of your taste, join me in Pseud's Corner with Messrs Takola and Saari tracking down their works- even more so if you can find Saari's other Scandinavian flagship, the slightly ethno-prog Zetaboo (with Warttina bassist Pekka Lehti)

Rattle on along - TonyS


From: "Roger Farbey" <r.farbey@bda-dentistry.org.uk>
Subject: Nucleus web site
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2003 15:52:11 -0000

Dear Aymeric

Happy New Year! Just a quick note to say I have started the Unofficial Ian Carr + Nucleus Web site which can be found at:


I say it is 'unofficial' because it is strictly a fan (ie, me!) based site and non-commercial in intent. I thought I should let you know as a courtesy that I have put in a couple of links to the Calyx web site which, of course, has some crucial information on Nucleus and erstwhile band members of Nucleus. I have written to Ian about the site but only very recently so don't know what his reaction will be (positive, I hope). However, Tom Callaghan, who wrote the sleevenotes to BGO's re-issues of the first two Nucleus albums + Old Heartland e-mailed me a couple of days ago to congratulate me for starting the site. I felt I just had to do something, as there was no such site in existence (although there is a useful Nucleus discography on the web) and particularly as BGO Records has now commenced re-issuing virtually the entire Nucleus back catalogue. Ian Carr is an undervalued genius who has contributed much to both the jazz and 'progressive rock' communities and indirectly to the Canterbury music scene too.

If you want to post this on WR then please do.

Many thanks
Roger Farbey


From: Vernon Fitch <PFArchives@compuserve.com>
Subject: Soft Machine
Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2003 10:58:57 -0500

Hi everyone,

I am pleased to announce the completion of my latest project, a chronological history of the Soft Machine. I have spent a couple of months researching source materials, and put the results of my research up on a web site for the use of fans and other music historians.

I would appreciate any comments or feedback you might have about this site. Any links from other sites would also be helpful.

The Soft Machine - A Chronology 1966 to 1981:


Vernon Fitch
Pink Floyd Archives


From: "Stephen Yarwood (Freeserve)" <stephen@syjy.freeserve.co.uk>
Subject: Robert Wyatt - BBC4
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2003 08:19:57 -0000

Those of you in the UK with access to Digital TV  are in for a treat next week. One of the BBC's new digital channels BBC4 is showing a 70 minutes documentary celebrating the life and works of Robert  Wyatt.

BBC scheduling information is as follows:
9.00pm - 10.10pm Friday 17th January  BBC4
Robert Wyatt - Free Will and  Testament
"Originally a singer with Soft Machine, Wyatt has  created a vast body of work over the past 30 years. Here he performs six new  songs and discusses his life and work, illustrated by archive  clips."

Essential viewing if you have the technology!

Stephen Yarwood


From: "Jonathan Rhys-Lewis" <jonathan.rhys-lewis@ntlworld.com>
Subject: Robert Wyatt on the tele!
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 17:41:13 -0000

Hi Aymeric,

I thought that you and others would like to know that there is a programme on Robert Wyatt tomorrow night (17/01) on BBC 4. It will be transmitted at 09.00 In the UK. It is called "Robert Wyatt: Free Will and Testament". The write up suggests that he will be playing new songs from a new recording, but the only thing I know about is the re-release stuff on Cunieform (due in September). Is there anything?

Anyway, I hope this is of use and I am trying to get some of my satellite orientated friends to record it.

Best wishes,



From: Phil Miller
Subject: In Cahoots gig
Date: Sun, 22 Dec 2002 17:34:58 -0000

Dear Aymeric

Just a quick note to say In Cahoots will be playing the Vortex London on April 22nd, 2003, and the Garrick Theatre in Litchfield on October 31st, 2003.

We will be recording a new album in early January for release on Cuneiform in September.

Hoping you are in good health and spirits
All best


From: Hugh Hopper
Subject: hughhopper.com
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2002 20:48:29 +0000

Hi, everybody...

Just started : http://www.hughhopper.com



From: Burning Shed <burning.shed@virgin.net>
Subject: Hugh Hopper - Jazzloops
Date: Thu, 09 Jan 2003 12:52:19 +0100

* Hugh Hopper - Jazzloops

Ex-Soft Machine 'fuzz-bass' innovator Hugh Hopper has gifted Burning Shed one of the albums of his long and distinguished career. A computer manipulated collage of live and studio performances, 'Jazzloops' possesses the fizz and energy of classic Soft Machine along with an astute awareness the possibilities of contemporary technology that occasionally brings to mind the jazzier extremes of post-Trip-Hoppers DJ Shadow and Koop. Featuring mangled contributions from Robert Wyatt, Elton Dean and John Marshall (amongst many others).

The album is priced £10 inclusive of p&p UK and £11 for the rest of the world, and is available exclusively from www.burningshed.com.


From: "Jim Morgan" <jim.morgan@btinternet.com>
Subject: Please add to mailing list.
Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2002 14:31:34 -0000

I have just discovered this site. I am very interested as I was at UKC from
67 to 70... I saw Caravan a couple of times in the University and also in other
colleges. In fact we were not really aware of there being a special Canterbury scene. Soft Machine had split from Caravan and were creating their brand of Jazz. The other bands like Gong, Camel and so on came to prominence more in the early 70's. The big influence was John Peel. The social secretaries at Rutherford College knew him and arranged for many up and coming performers to play UKC. I will try and write up a more comprehensive set of reminiscences.


From: Grapard Francois <francois.grapard@axa.fr>
Subject: TIM BLAKE
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 10:21:14 +0100


For your information... Tim Blake has just released a new CD. It's "spacy" / relaxation music commissioned by a "balneotherapy" centre in Spain. Michel Huygen of the Spanish group Neuronium had already done something similar... I'll tell you more once I've heard it!



From: SPACETUNES@aol.com
Subject: Pierre Moerlen
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2002 12:03:53 EST

Any news on this great drummer ? I keep hearing of things being started but then never here anymore. His website is not up to date so any info on his music would be a great help!

Everyone support Buckyball Records - they put out some great CD's

Greg H


From: "Eternal Fusion" <eternalfusion@mail2earth.com>
Subject: Richard Sinclair On Radio Caroline Netherlands
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 10:29:27 -0000
Words + Music From Richard Sinclair

Tuesday 21st January 1800-2100 (UK)
Radio Caroline  (Netherlands)

On Tuesday January 21th you can listen to a very special edition of Symphorock on the Dutch Radio Caroline. Guest in our studio is Richard Sinclair, who was the co-founder of Caravan and Hatfield & the North. He also played in bands like the Wilde Flowers and Camel.

This Is:
In the first two hours of the show, Richard will talk about the bands he played in and the compositions he has written. Of course we will play much music from these bands!

Live performance:
In the last hour you can listen to a live-registration featuring Richard and some of the musicians he often plays with (David Rees-Williams, Tony Coe,Pip Pyle, Patrice Meyer, Andy Ward (also Camel) and Dave Cohen). The music ranges from old Caravan material to some very recent compositions. We also have some very rare recordings of a performace Richard  gave in the church in Harlingen in 1996 while David Rees Williams plays the church organ in a Rick Wakeman/ELP style!.

Please forward this message to all 'canterbury' types - merci!!  


From: "Marco Arienti" <arienti@arientifoto.it>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 11:36:02 +0100

Dear Aymeric,

I'm writing because just wanted to let you know about a Lol Coxhil cd i have recently bought and it doesn't appear on the discography pages of Calyx website, here are some few notes so that you can check about it (but if it's not listed under Lol Coxhill, wher could it be?), later of course if you need I can send you a complete set of scans about sleeves and notes, my copy has been re-issued by "See For Miles" (SEECD 480) and features 20' long bonus track

let me know


TOVERBAL SWEET / 1 bonus track* / 60'14
Recorded live at De Toverbal, Maasluis, 4 may 1971
1 Five to Four (6'43); 2 Clompen Stomp (0'25); 3 Spirit of Maasluis (0'04);
4 Association (2'59); 5 Or Alternatively Nine (3'18); 6 One to Three (1'38);
7 P.C. One (0'21); 8 Toverbal (2'22); 9 Toverball Sweet (12'04); 10 Jasper
and Out (4'58); 11 The Un-tempered Klavier and Heavy Friends (5'54); 12
Toverbal Recisited* (19'41)
LC (sax), Pierre Courbois (drums, percussion), Jasper Van't Hof (piano, el.


From: "C. Scholten" <c.scholten5@chello.nl>
Subject: The Soft Machine
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2001 22:52:05 +0100


Congratulations with your decision to investigate a most interesting development in musical and cultural history. I don´t know if you already have got the film material of The Soft Machine, playing for Dutch television in 1967? The song which is played is called "I should have known", and in a different style with another name on the Volume 2 album. The Video on which I found it was Psychomania, distributed by the Hughes Leisure Group 1991. Noticable dancing in the back ground is Simon Vinkenoog, a famous Dutch poet who was also active in advocating the use of LSD and still is a tobacco and reefer smoker and a regular drinker. Despite of his age, he still can be seen dancing at parties now and then!!

Good luck!
Arjan Witte  The Netherlands  


From: PHolmes444@aol.com
Subject: Magma in London!!
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2002 16:05:30 EST

Magma are playing Royal Festival Hall, London. Thursday 30 January 2003
Paul Holmes


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

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

Feb 01 - RIS-ORANGIS [nr Paris] (France), Le Plan / Feb 02 - VERVIERS (Belgium), Spirit Of '66 / Feb 04 - LILLE (France), Le Splendid / Feb 05 - RENNES (France), Ubu / Feb 06 - BORDEAUX (France), Bourbon Street / Feb 07 - RIOTORD (France), Le Climax / Feb 08 - SIX FOURS LES PLAGES (France), Espace Culturel

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

==> John GREAVES <=======================================================

Jan 30 - BORDEAUX (France), Bourbon Street
Feb 05 - PARIS (France), La Maroquinerie

"ROXONGS" trio with Jef Morin (guitar) & Manuel Denizet (drums)

Mar 26 - Festival Banlieues Bleues (near Paris)
sometime in May - PARIS (France), New Morning

"JAZZSONGS" trio with Sophia Domancich (piano) & Vincent Courtois (cello) on the occasion of the release of their upcoming CD; details tba

==> Hugh HOPPER Franglo Band <===========================================

Mar 13 - LES LILAS [nr Paris] (France), Le Triton

with Pierre-Olivier Govin (sax), Patrice Meyer (guitar)
& François Verly (drums)

==> IN CAHOOTS <=========================================================

Apr 22 - LONDON, Vortex Jazz Bar / Oct 31 - LITCHFIELD, Garrick Theatre

Line-up: Phil Miller, Elton Dean, Jim Dvorak, Peter Lemer, Fred Baker, Mark Fletcher

==> Didier MALHERBE <====================================================

Jan 25 - ALENCON (France), La Luciole
Apr 08-21 - LA REUNION

HADOUK TRIO with Loy Ehrlich (hajouj, kora & keyboards) & Steve Shehan (percussion)

Mar 22 - LES LILAS [nr Paris] (France), Le Triton

DM QUARTET with Patrice Meyer (acoustic guitar), Loy Ehrlich (hajouj, kora & keyboards) & Philippe Foch (percussion)


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

Jan 30 - LONDON, Royal Festival Hall / Feb 01 - GENEVA (Switzerland), Le Mad / Feb 07 - ROUEN (France), Hangar 23 / Mar 13 - TOULOUSE (France), Havana Café / Mar 14 - MARSEILLE (France), Espace Julien

Line-up: Christian Vander, Stella Vander, Emmanuel Borghi,
         Philippe Bussonnett, James McGaw, Isabelle Feuillebois,
         Antoine Paganotti, Himiko Paganotti


And many more on the CALYX website's concerts page


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