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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN' ? -                    ::
  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                          Issue # 34                          ::
  ::                Thursday, December 26th, 1996                 ::
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From: Aymeric Leroy <bigbang@alpes-net.fr>
Subject: Seasons Greetings
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 1996 11:40:18 +0000

Dear WRers,

This is the last issue of WHAT'S RATTLIN' ? for 1996. I wish you all a very happy new year and thank everyone for their support. I hope this network will continue to grow and help the Canterbury scene get the attention it still deserves (especially with releases such as "Parallel" by In Cahoots).

See you next year !

Aymeric L.


From: MARTIN WAKELING <marwak@globalnet.co.uk>
Subject: The Wizzards Of Twiddly
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 1996 20:00:19 GMT

I went to see the sole Wizards gig for 1996 last Thursday and they were
magnificent - one of the finest performances I've ever seen from any band
and yes, I'm aware that that sounds like an exaggeration but it isn't,
honest! They really are a stunning outfit and pure Canterbury in spirit.
I'm almost 99% certain that they were so pleased with how it went that more
gigs will follow.  Let it be so for bands like this can't just die....



From: ALEXCARY@aol.com
Subject: Robert Wyatt bootleg
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 1996 00:25:39 -0500

I'm finally responding with regards to my early 1980's bootleg of R. Wyatt
(what I called his most depressing music thusfar). It's mostly instrumental
and you'd recognize his style (post SM). I'd say it is post MM too, but
otherwise can only tie it to the early eighties when I bought it in a
specialty record store on a visit to Washington DC. Here are the titles to
the songs (sorry I see no title to the tape):
1 In the watches of the night; 2 The quiet Sleep (this could be the tape
title); 3 The wild dream; 4 The insufficient rest. I apologize for not being
sure of the number of songs, but as I said last time, I lost the original
(I've got 1800 LP's/Tapes and CD's and this is one of two titles I've
misplaced-wouldn't you know it). If I were to hazard a guess, I'd say this is
Roberts first experiment into keyboards, guitar and synth drum sounds after
his accident. And by the mood, he's really down. I just had another listen to
this and I correct the above. This is completely instrumental, no Wyatt
vocals here. It really sounds as if it might predate "The End of an Ear" in
sophistication and my guess is he is playing all the instruments. I could
send you a copy. Perhaps you have the digital technology to clean it up. Then
again, maybe you'll recognize it. Let me know your thoughts. I suppose it
could be a collectors item but it doesn't fit in the scheme of Wyatt music we
all know.

On On,

Dave, aka ALEXCARY


From: Julian Christou <jchristo@eso.org>
Subject: Soft Machine ...
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 1996 08:13:57 +0100

[In WR#33, Ingo Brode wrote:]
> I also have a mispressing of "BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert" (Windsong WINCD
> 056), same cover, same text on  cover and CD only the music is not from
> Soft Machine:

I too had to buy four copies of this CD before I got th Softs. (This is the
Widsong In Concert Vol II). The band in qusetion is ACE and it sounded to
me like some BBC In Concert Sessions from the early-Mid 70's. I taped it before returning it. In terestingly enough, I've not seen a Windsong "Ace In Concert" release ...



From: Chris Cutler <e-mail address deleted>
Subject: Peter Blegvad's "King Strut"
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 1996 10:41:42 +0000

[In WR#33, Michael Bloom wrote:]
> The Silvertone edition of "King Strut" is long out of print. When he came
> over to promote "Just Woke Up" (three gigs in NYC and one in Boston) there
> didn't seem to be any interest in their part in printing any more.
> Pity, it's a wonderful record.

"King Strut" will be reissued in the USA by ESD, who have licensed it. "Downtime" and "Just Woke Up" are still in print on CD ("Downtime" also on vinyl) and available for £11/$17 by mail from RER MegaCorp, 79 Beulah Rd., Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 8JG (UK), or e-mail at megacorp@dial.pipex.com

We have just finished recording a new CD (Peter, John Greaves and myself) which should be out in the Spring. 'The Principal Cause For My Fall' is from the song 'Alcohol'. 'Strayed' is the song on "Desperate Straights" which starts 'All my dismembered, half-remembered yesterdays...'. Please relabel that cassette - what is the quality like, by the way ?

Chris Cutler


From: neato@pipeline.com
Subject: tippett cd's
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 1996 16:39:47 GMT

[In WR#33, Julian Christou wrote:]
> Anybody out there know where I can pick up the Keith Tippett Group's
> first two albums on CD :
> "You Are Here ..."
> "Dedicated To You ..." ?
> Wayside (Steve?) had the first one in stock for a short while which I
> believe was a vinyl transcription and I believe that Line have rereleased
> the second.

Be careful with the Tippett CD's... I got a copy of Centipede which was recorded from an extremely poor vinyl copy... (as stated) One of the above is definitely a vinyl copy as well... The distinguishing (bootleg) trait is that the CD jewel box has a white plastic spine instead of the normal black.

neato@pipeline com


From: CuneiWay@aol.com
Subject: Flotsam Jetsam
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 1996 08:21:07 -0500

[In WR#33, Vernon Fitch wrote:]
> Can anyone tell me if the Robert Wyatt CD, Flotsam-Jetsam, has been issued
> in an alternate version? It seems to me I've read somewhere (Facelift?)
> that it was to be issued in the U.S. in a different form (with a couple of
> different songs, perhaps?). Did this ever come about?

There was some talk at one time of Rykodisc releasing Flotsam/Jetsam, although I was always under the impression that it would be identical to the UK version.

Anyway, it never did come out, & I'm pretty sure that this is no longer under consideration by Ryko.

Best rgds

Steve F.


From: neato@pipeline.com
Subject: Ancient Peter Blegvad gigs/zu
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 1996 16:54:43 GMT

[In WR#33 Michael Bloom wrote:]
> "In New York City in November 1978, there was this all day concert called
> the Zu Manifestival....Peter Blegvad did three songs, accompanied by Frith
> (playing my guitar)"

One of the odd things about Blegvad was his use of the Rickenbacker 360 guitar... Not exactly the typical "prog" guitar...no doubt inspired by earlier Beatles/Byrds roots, which came through in moments like the instrumental off sort of and strayed

Perhaps the best part of the whole day, which for the audience became sort of a test of endurance , was when it was finally broken up by the nyc police!... Allen couldn't have asked fora more surrealistic finale

> "Giorgio Gomelsky, the impresario who'd promoted the Zu Manifestival and
> the subsequent New York Gong tour of America, had this house on 23rd St...
> the first floor was a performance space, and a number of interesting
> things happened there. "

The space was important for a number of bands... I remember the Sun Ra Arkestra playing there quite a bit when no other clubs would have him... Also John cale and Nico...it was a cool little spot... dark, dank and disorganized

neato@pipeline com


From: sid smith <106050.2211@compuserve.com>
Subject: Costly Disc Imports
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 1996 08:52:12 -0500

Can someone tell me what do we call each other ?  I also subscribe to Elephant Talk, the digest for King Crimson fans.  Here we are called Crimheads or ETer's.  I can't really think of an appropriate name.  "WR's" doesn't really feel that comfortable but I've used it for convenience in this posting.  Any views or ideas ?

[So far, mainly "Rattlers" and "WRers" have been used - AL]

Re: Ingo Brode's mispressing of that Softs CD.  I'm not sure but judging by the title of at least one of the songs it looks like its a Radio One In Concert session by a group called Ace - most definitely not a Canterbury band.  Who knows though in years to come, it might be worth a fortune as a Softs rarity.

On the subject of Softs CDs,  I too have recently bought the One Way Record releases.   However, whilst welcoming these cheaper alternatives to the costly Japanese imports, I was disappointed by the lack of new sleeve notes or critical commentaries.  Seems to be somewhat of a missed opportunity given the comments in WR about Hugh Hopper's readiness to supply sleeve notes.  

I did get a second - hand copy of Fifth on Japanese import which contained
copious notes. Not surprisingly, these were in Japanese which I do not understand. Do any WR subscriberís out there have a translation ? I'd be really grateful.

What do WR's make of the "new" Soft Machine CD Spaced ?  I realise that this subject may have been covered in previous editions of the digest, however as a recent subscriber I may have missed the discussion. Clearly, it's difficult to see the album in its original context given the lack of documentation of the event.  That said though, the music is certainly strong enough to stand up of its own accord and is in my view a very welcome release.  

It's fun listening to it and realising that several sections later turned up on Third (especially Facelift !). This might be a good competition - Spot The Spaced Track.  There are at least three moments that I can link to Third.  Can WR subscriber's point out any more ?

Finally, I noticed in the small ads that a new Hopper/Gowen CD has been released.  Whilst I enjoyed the majority of the pieces, I have to say I found the bonus tracks with the excellent Nigel Morris sadly a bit lukewarm and disappointing.  Obviously, this is just a question of personal taste but it does feel as though they are feeling their way for an idea and the music just sounds too tentative for my liking.


From: "Philm Freax" <freax@as-if.com>
Subject: ... consider The Philm Freax Digital Archive unleashed!
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 1996 21:00:03 +0100

Hey now,
          We thought that after 6 months or so of round the clock tweakery,
email ping-pong and extensive rethinks and refits, that the run-up to Xmas
and the New Year was a good time to take down the "preview" note on the
front door, leave the key under the mat, and take this opportunity to to
thank you for your support and interest.

          While there's still no time for us to rest on our laurels (or
even sleep!), we're open now, and ready to party.

          The new hi-tech, digitally randomized, rotating Freax-o-rama
front door is in place, so please use that to enter for your next visit -
We aim to reduce stress on your visit/s to the Philm Freax Archive so just
sit back and relax while our new random-reload features Italy and
Miscellenia do the donkey work -  minimize your risk of aquiring Carpal
Tunnel Syndrome!

          Still in the process of conversion into electrons are features on
Andy Warhol, Dave Brock, Elton John, Gong, Vivian Stanshall, and more, plus
pages on Edgar Broughton, John Lennon, and whatever else we find lurking in
these old boxes that we think you'll like.

          We'll be adding constantly to the Phil Franks Gallery, the Philm
Freax Archive, and the Friends section, which has only really just begun to
take shape, we hope it will soon grow into a unique web resource, that's it
then ... consider The Philm Freax Digital Archive unleashed, snacks and
beverages are on the house!!!

                               ~The Philm Freax Digital Archive ~
         "It appears the future will consist of the digitally remastered past"


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