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  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                          Issue # 41                          ::
  ::                Saturday, February 15th, 1997                 ::
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From: Jeremy Kirkup <JeremyK@the-accounting-house.co.uk>
Subject: Pierre Moerlen
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 1997 18:16:03 -0000

Can you or anyone you know help?.  I have been looking for a rare album
by Pierre Moerlen's Gong originally on Arista records called "Leave it

Is there any way I can get a copy of this music from you guys - even a
tape copy.  I would be willing to pay a very good price.

Hopefully yours ..



From: "Syd Schwartz" <sydster@ix.netcom.com>
Subject: Caravan...
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 14:22:52 -0500

[In WR#40, PETERGIF@aol.com wrote:]
>On the other hand, Caravan's Battle of Hastings has grown on me, and I
>have listened to it constantly... 3 cheers for the Pye man......
>Does anyone else agree with this?

I've tried Peter, but it just doesn't do anything for me.  I suppose that I'm just partial to the Richard Sinclair involved Caravan projects.  Don't get me wrong, For Girls..., Cunning Stunts, and Blind Dog... are all fine albums that I listen to regularly, but they can't hold a candle to Grey & Pink or Waterloo Lily IMHO.  I think that both of Richard Sinclair's solo projects of the last few years (Caravan of Dreams and R.S.V.P.) are much better than the last couple of Caravan offerings, especially "All Over You" which I can't stomach at all.

I wish Pye and Richard would call an end to the feud and record some new material as Caravan, and then tour over here in the U.S.!!  And while I'm making a wish list, how about a Caravan box set with some unreleased live material and studio outtakes?  And how about reissuing "The Best of Caravan Live" with a couple of bonus tracks?

Finally, anyone know if we're likely to see any new music from Richard Sinclair in the near future?

Regards from New York,

Syd Schwartz

- --==- -- ~^v^v^~- -=-[- ^v^ Twisted Sydster ^v^ -]-=- -~^v^v^~ -- -==-- -
"He who breaks a thing to find out what it is has | sydster@ix.netcom.com
left the path of wisdom" --Gandalf The Grey        | Wind-up Records


From: "Jeri Unselt" <junselt@hotmail.com>
Subject: Caravan
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 17:55:33 -0800 (PST)


I just started an unoffical Caravan page here in the US.
Can you take a look at it and tell what more I can add to it?





From: Michael Peters <MPeters@compuserve.com>
Subject: subscribe
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 1997 02:36:51 -0500

Also ... any idea where to get National Health's Missing Pieces in London?

Michael Peters   



From: markj@artsMIA.org (Mark Jung)
Subject: some music for exhange
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 1997 06:59:54 -0500

i've managed to cobble together an updated trade list of cds and vinyl that
might be of interest to many of you. drop me a note and i'll send a copy -


Mark Jung
Museum Shop
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870 3100


From: Canterbury Music server <mail@musart.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 1997 13:31:28 GMT

Hi Aymeric

Many people have mailed me, so here's the information...

< http://www.musart.co.uk/mashhp.htm >

The way to order the new MASHU CD on the web is through Voiceprint, We will have a stock soon, but at the moment they have all the copies. The URL is;

< http://webworlds.co.uk/the-wilderness/voiceprint/index.html >

They have an on-line order form, I think!

< http://www.musart.co.uk/form2.htm >

BTW... I'll get a small sound sample put up soon.

     < http://www.musart.co.uk/hewins.htm >
    (try the new CHORD PICKER)
                             < http://www.musart.co.uk/chords.htm >


From: moroni@pangea.it (Dr. Mauro Moroni)
Subject: ANAID
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 1997 10:43:01 +0100

Has anyone ever seen the first ANAID LP???
I've tried to put my hands on it since it was out.
I'm ready to pay a lot for this...

Dr. Mauro Moroni


From: Gregg Westgate <MelGreg@macconnect.com>
Subject: hello, hello
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 1997 23:11:02 +0000

Hello Everyone,

I am new to the WR newsgroup but am extremely excited to be a part of it. I am now twenty-five and have been listening to Canterbury music since I was fifteen. Gong, "Angels Egg," was my first expierence. Every time I identify my favorite album, or band, it happens to be the one I am listening to at the time. It is easier to name my favorite musicians which are: Daevid Allen, Robert Wyatt, David Stewart, and Frank Zappa.
(Even though Zappa isn't Canterbury. Maybe he should be!)

I think it was Lisa who asked way back in issue 3(?) if any younger generations listen to these groups. Well, I have a whole lot of friends who all agree Hatfield and the likes are the greatest groups ever. In fact, about seven of them started a group called "Canterbury Sunrise" in which they covered tunes like "Waterloo Lilly," "Drop," "Catfood"....to name a few. Incidently, they also had a group that played rock versions of Eric Satie pieces.

I would also like to mention to Steve at Wayside that during my high school years, my friends and I would memorize Wayside catalogs every time they were updated. Thanks for the virtual education!!! If only WR was around then!

It was a dream come true for me to be able to see Gong on their last tour here in New York. They opened with Dynamite and then played mostly trilogy songs. I was shocked by how hard they grooved. Bloom Dido did a French rap with only Pyp's accompaniment, which was fantastic. I will never forget the excitement generated by Daevid walking on stage in his Blue Octave-Doctor Bishop Suite with the four foot pointed hat!! Or when he jumped around singing "Love... Hate.... Death... War... You big daddy in..." I was also pleased to see that the club was sold out and the audience knew all the lyrics!!!

-so long for now.
-Gregg Westgate


From: mail@musart.co.uk (MUSART - mail)
Subject: Dennis Gonzalez
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 1997 10:51:30 GMT

Another little Canterbury-connection fact,

Dennis Gozalez (Texas trumpet player) who recorded a CD with Elton, Keith Tippett, Louis Moholo etc. in the 'late '80's - I forget what it was called.
Someone on WR a few issues ago mentioned it.

He played with me in Europe-Yugoslavia, and hired me to do an album in NYC with him and Andrew Cyrille (Cecil Taylor Unit). One of Andrew's other claims to a Canterbury connection is the 'Kew Rhone' album from Greaves/Blegvad-he was the Drummer.

Also Rich Sinclair played with me and Dennis in Texas and in Canterbury too!
Definate Trans-Atlantic connection, would'nt you say!

Blegvad sang with my big band (FF) which I notice is mentioned in the 'Adreamor' biog.... Do you want information on this Canterbury connected band to include in Calyx?



From: bigbang@alpes-net.fr (A. Leroy)
Subject: Updates
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 1997 12:11:32 +0000

Dear WRers,

For those of you with web access, I have done a few updates on the CALYX site. This includes individual profiles on musicians such as Allan Holdsworth, Andy Ward, Benoit Moerlen, Bon Lozaga, Chris Cutler, Dave MacRae, Dave Stewart, Hansford Rowe, Jimmy Hastings, Keith Tippett, Laurie Allan, Mark Hewins, Mel Collins, Mike Ratledge and Peter Lemer.

I welcome any comments, suggestions, additional info etc. !

Further updates are planned whenever I find the time...



From: Shyamal Maitra (by mail)
Subject: various
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 1997

Shyamal has been kind enough to forward the dates of his forthcoming solo "Jungle Of Spices" French tour :

Apr 03 - Nimes, Festival de Jazz
Apr 23 - Paris, Theatre d'Amandiers
May 10 - Macon, Festival

The Paris gig will be recorded and broadcast by France Musique (national radio network).

Adds Shyamal : "Also, I am now the artistic director of the next India/Martinique festival. As a result, I'll be travelling there 5 times to teach at training courses and work on a collective show to be staged in July 1998".

"If all goes well, there should be a Mashu tour in late May and June".

Thanks, Shyamal !


From: bigbang@alpes-net.fr (A. Leroy)
Subject: Review - GRITS "Rare Birds"
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 1997 16:56:31 +0000

From the prestigious Cuneiform label comes yet another gem. Grits were a Washington-based progressive band which existed from 1970-79 but never got the opportunity to record, let alone release, an album. Yet they gained a cult following and a widespread reputation as one of the hottest live acts around. This CD, recorded at what the band consider, in retrospect, to have been one of their very best gigs [in the Muffins' backyard, FYI], sets the record straight. In three words : they were *great* !

Some of you may have heard the first Grits CD, released in 1993 : "As The World Grits". This was a collection of demos from the early 70's. It showcased two radically different aspects of the band's music : a parodic side, which saw them running through pisstakes of various musical genres (50's style rock'n'roll/ballads, glam/metal rock etc.); and a "serious" side, apparent in sophisticated, Canterbury/prog compositions that displayed the quartet's abilities. Let's note, at this point, that guitarist Tom Wright and bassist Amy Taylor also play, respectively, viola and violin. Rick Barse mainly plays electric piano and organ. The line-up is rounded up by Bob Sims on drums.

On this live release, the focus is on the second category. Those who may have been disappointed by the more "accessible" part of "As The World Grits" will find plenty to enjoy here. Four of the tracks are very long (& instrumental) : 13, 12, 14 and 26 minutes. Three shorter songs, in the 3-4 minute range, have been added, two of which were already on the first CD.

Wow - this band cooks ! For my money, this is surely one of the best Canterbury-related recordings to have emerged in recent years. The prominent use of electric piano makes for Hatfield similarities, but there is a rockier side to the rhythm section, less British eccentricity, and the occasional use of violin/viola breathes fresh (& lyrical) air into the line-up, and gives the band a sound of its own, especially on the highlight title suite.

The compositions are superbly arranged, and while giving frequent opportunities for the band to improvise, they never get out of control or too 'free' (well, maybe they could have handled this anyway). Six years into the band's existence, you can feel the tightness from countless gigs and rehearsals. You're hooked to the music from beginning to end.

Should I say more ? I guess not. Hear this for yourselves. Highest recommendation !!!

A. Leroy

P.S. : Great news : ex-Grits keyboard player, singer & composer Rick Barse is currently working on new material with the help of Bob Sims on drums !


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