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  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                          Issue # 37                          ::
  ::                Wednesday, January 15th, 1997                 ::
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From: Andrew Wolfe <Andrew_Wolfe@scientia.com>
Subject: Caravan album
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 1997 13:03:06 -0000

Do you know where I can buy a copy of "If I could do it again, I'd do it all over you" by Caravan (preferably on CD)?

I have tried a number of the Internet music shops but to no avail.

I do hope you can help.

Andrew Wolfe


From: neato@pipeline.com
Subject: history of gong pt.2
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 1997 11:37:58 -0500

[In WR#37 Aymeric Leroy wrote:]
> In October 1970, one Michael Brown reinforced the band on sound effects and > vocals, following the departure of Daniel Laloux. He appeared on the French > radio program 'Pop 2' on January 5, 1971, sharing vocals with Daevid and
> Gilli.

neato says:
I have always wondered whether this Michael Brown (who according to Gilli's
CD notes, was an American)  was the same guy who founded the Left Banke (Walk Away Rennee, Pretty Ballerina) and later the stories (Brother Louie)... certainly be an interesting link if it indeed was.


                            all my mistakes were once acts of genius
                                            neato@pipeline com


From: nickl@lsi-logic.co.uk (nick loebner)
Subject: Soft Machine Singles
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 97 16:47:12 GMT


Biffy commented:-
>  I seem to recall that "Soft Space" also came out as a single (in
> France?) divided into parts one and two.

Indeed so: Soft Space Pt1 (Disco version!)/Soft Space Pt2 - I kid you not. UK edition, 1978 on Harvest (PSR 419) with a picture sleeve.

Probably remixed as well as edited, but I can't bear to play it to confirm.  :)

- Nick.


From: Vernon Fitch <Vernon_Fitch@notes.cch.com>
Subject: The History Of Gong, Part 2
Date:  8 Jan 97 13:53:45

[In WR#36, Aymeric wrote:]
> Gong played its debut British gig at the Glastonbury Fayre festival in
> June, and was featured on both the film and the record of the event
> [rumour has it that most of Gong's contribution to the album was in
> fact recorded in Belgium several months later, with Laurie Allan on
> drums].

The film of Glastonbury Fayre that I have seen does not show Gong performing.
However, there is one segment in the film that features their music in the
background while showing people walking in a field. It is difficult to tell if
the music that was used was recorded live at the festival or is from a studio

[In Wyatt's biography, "Wrong Movements" by Michael King, there is a review of Gong's "You" by Wyatt published in some paper at the time, and Wyatt writes : "Drummer Pip Pyle brought his busy, urgent style to the band at the right moment, in time to record the really impressive "Camembert Electrique" record. And a little later, the great Laurie Allan's ability to do "Bat Shadow" Milford Graves-type drumming provided the basis for the most un-earthly (and least whimsical) tapes the group ever made : the live concert recording used on the Glastonbury Festival compilation"... - AL]


From: nomad@netrover.com
Subject: SOFT HEAP
Date: Wed, 08 Jan 1997 15:14:45 -0800

Hi Rattlers!

Does anyone know where I can find a copy of SOFT HEAP's first cd in CANADA or the USA???

Thanks,-----JULIAN "Ranting Man"


From: MARTIN WAKELING <marwak@globalnet.co.uk>
Subject: WR Question
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 1997 19:30:07 GMT

Dear Rattlers

Concerning the recent listings of Soft Machine singles in WR, can anyone give me a catalogue number, label and release details (country, promo etc) of the following:

>Save Yourself / Lullabye Letter

I need to know because of the Kevin Ayers interest, I wasn't aware that these tracks were a single. Many thanks


From: "Mark J. Hewins" <hewins@musart.co.uk>
Subject: Re: WR#36
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 1997 16:57:13 GMT

Hi Aymeric,
I'm afraid the Venue has a different address now... Could you do a
WRaddendum for us.
Correct address of Millers/Hewins concert.

St Johns Arts and Rec. center
Market St. Old Harlow, Essex


[I'm sorry I couldn't forward this in time. I was in Paris for a few days... I apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused - AL]


From: Jim Grainger <Jim@regneag.demon.co.uk>
Subject: WR Slapp Happy and Friends
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 1997 23:36:15 GMT

Dear Canturbury Oracle,

Can anybody give me more information on Slapp Happy and Friends? I have heard
one track on Robert Wyatt's "Flotsam Jetsam" but don't know much about them. Is there anything available on CD in the UK? What's the history of the band?


Jim Grainger

[The Canterbury Oracle responds : Slapp Happy existed between 1971 and 1974, and included Dagmar Krause (vocals), Anthony Moore (piano, compositions) and Peter Blegvad (vocals, guitar). They never performed live, although they - as you mention - recorded a few radio sessions. They recorded two albums, a further two with Henry Cow, and an unreleased session with backing by Faust was released, basically the second SH album with different versions. After the two joint albums with Henry Cow, Dagmar joined HC, Blegvad worked with John Greaves and many others, then solo, and Anthony Moore recorded a few solo albums. He's now a lyricist, working with Pink Floyd among others. Now over to you, WRers, for opinions on Slapp Happy's recorded legacy - AL]


From: aaa <aaa@megabytecoffee.com>
Subject: By the way............
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 1997 15:16:16 -0800

As much of a Soft Machine fan as I am and have been for so long, I'd have to say that "Soft Machine 7" isn't exactly my favorite album of theirs.  "Carol Ann" is very nice, and the first tune's pretty cool, but the air of holding pattern/contractual obligation pervades -- the sound of a band just waiting for Allan Holdsworth to breathe some energy back into it.  A few years ago, however, I made a discovery about this album which I'd like to share with your readers -- for those with vinyl copies, rather than CDs, side two of "7" sounds GREAT at 45 r.p.m.!!! In fact, that's the only way it sounds right to me anymore, and I find myself playing it often -- way more than I ever did before!


From: sid smith <106050.2211@compuserve.com>
Subject: Syd Barrett / Pink Floyd
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 1997 14:17:56 -0500

Sorry this is so off the beaten track for this digest but can anyone e-mail
me with the address of a Syd Barrett or Pink Floyd page ?
Please e-mail me privately if you can help.

[The Canterbury Oracle responds (ok, I'll stop now :)
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/PFArchives <- recommended !
http://kali.nas.com/~tristandcw/timeline.html - AL]


From: "Dave Harris" <daveh@layla.lynx.co.nz>
Subject: History Of Gong
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 1997 23:27:02 +1300

Thanks for the great article in What's Rattlin'. Where does Continental Circus fit here? And were you aware that Blues For Finlay was used as the theme for a French sports program? Hope this helps you, will post more as I think Of it. Looking forward to your next article


[The next instalment of the Gong story will come with the next WR - AL]


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