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  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                          Issue # 48                          ::
  ::                  Wednesday, April 2nd, 1997                  ::
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A personal note before this issue starts. For the second time in just over three months, my hard disk has broken down. This time I was wise enough to copy most of my files to an Iomega Zip driver, so I'm able to maintain the WR service. However, I am not as responsive as usual, for which I must apologize. I hope this gets solved soon... A.L.


From: bienvenu <bienvenu@epi.roazhon.inra.fr>
Subject: Peter Blegvad
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 16:04:51 -0500

Peter Blegvad is appearing in a concert at the Mercury Lounge (New
York)on Friday, the 28 of march. Unfortunately, I don't have here the
name of the three other musicians who will play with him (people I had
never heard of before), but does anyone know what kind of concert it
might be ?
 Anyway, I'll go and tell you.

Manuel Bienvenu


From: HuskerDeux@aol.com
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 18:40:48 -0500 (EST)

I'm with you on the  Pizz 5 album-Made in the USA, the second domestic cd isn't so good however, it along with the last two Stereolab and Combustible Edison releases are the best in (oh no, dare he say it!)cocktail-PROG. No kidding!
Sorry for the NON-Canterbury input, but I will relate that the John Stevens Away-Touching On is on CD in limited quan. at Wayside and is worth a spin, even better is the LP,  John Stevens Away-"Mazin Ennet." -Billy Francis


From: Miciah@aol.com
Subject: John Martyn
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 1997 01:47:25 -0500 (EST)


'Just a few comments towards the John Martyn thread:

I would agree with most of the positive comments I've seen posted here. Martyn has been a favorite of mine since the early (mid?) 70s when I saw him open for Yes (if the old memory isn't failing me - also, don't let this remark fool you - Martyn may have opened for Yes but he isn't progressive rock, Canterbury rock, or any other rock of that flavor).  He has a wonderful guitar style (when he decides to play), a wonderful vocal style (everyone for whom I've ever cold-played his music thought he was an old black blues singer), and a knack for melody and lyricism that is second to none.

Dave Wayne compared him to Richard Thompson (not a bad comparison), but I've always found myself pairing him with Bruce Cockburn - both can play great guitar (both are more concerned with feel than technique), both started out young doing mostly acoustic folk albums, both moved on to the electric guitar and rock, both have a great sense of melody, etc.  And they've both written some of the best love songs of the last 25 years (that's Martyn's forte - Cockburn mixes his love songs with spirituals and political activism). However, as their individual styles developed they moved into different directions.  Martyn embraced more jazz than Cockburn, and then ultimately gravitated hard towards the mainstream.  

[Dave Wayne wrote:]
>The band on his first solo record (...which I heard once, and I believe was
>titled "Live At Leeds"... but please correct me if I'm mistaken!)
>was pretty incredible

Actually, "Live At Leeds" was first released in 1976, well into Martyn's career.  It was basically a homemade boot of 10,000 copies that he personally sold from his house.  I believe it was later re-released by a label in 1987.

Some comments to Alex Cary's post:
>(Danny Thompson on most). Dave Pegg, Mattacks, Phil Collins, Steve Winwood
>have all played with him. [not to mention Hansford Rowe of Gong - AL]

And Tony Reeves, Dave Lawson, Richard Thompson, Roger Powell, Chris Wood, Jon Field, Morris Pert, Neil Murray, John Giblin, Eric Clapton, Max Middleton and Mel Collins, just to name a few more.

>He started out late in life picking up the guitar

I may be wrong about this, but Martyn was playing guitar on his first lp, and I thought that Martyn did his first album in 1968 when he was only 16.

>the best of his early years will be found on "No little Boy"(on Mesa Records)

I would only agree with this from the standpoint of the songwriting. "No little Boy" is not a compilation of the actual early recordings, but is a release of new reworkings of compositions from the early days.  While it is a great lp, very interesting for the Martyn fan, and contains great music, the style of most of the music is not the same as the original performances. For that reason you should definitely go for the originals: "Bless The Weather," "Solid Air," "Sunday's Child," "One World," "Glorious Fool," etc.

I would also be interested in whether anyone knows if the American mix of "One World" has ever been released on CD.  All I have been able to locate is the UK mix.



From: PAUL KOHLER <paulkohler@enter.net>
Subject: LINK
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 1997 03:45:42 -0500


Would you consider placing a link to my web site from your web site?
I would be happy to do the same for you, please let me know, thanks.





From: " petit  sebastien" <ptitseb@hotmail.com>
Subject: Hugh Hopper's band concert in Northern France
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 1997 02:03:40 -0800 (PST)

Hello the Rattlers,
I've been to the fantastic concert of Hugh Hopper's Franglodutch band in Bethunes (Northenr France) on the 22th of March. How great and how professional are all these musicians !It was obvious that Hugh Hopper's bass is the fondation of the other musicians who goes into solos around him (hum, hum: I'm not english, as you may understand...). Saxophonist and drummer (with awful dutch names...) have very intense solos (the soprano sax on Seven for Lee is unforgettable!!).But the more interesting was the french Patrice Meyer at guitar: what an original style !They played classic tunes as "Wanglosaxo", "Seven for Lee", "Shuffle demons", and others fine tunes of "Carousel (no improvisations).
The Theatre de Poche is a nice place to play jazz and intimist music which have contacts with many ex-Canrterbury's musicians (On 4th April: Didier Malherbe).

Unfortunately, ther was only few persons to see the fabulous concert... I was very disappointed, and I promise to do the more to promote their concerts in the future: I'm a radio DJ of Sleepless.

Sebastien Petit,


From: Julian Christou <christoj@ug1.plk.af.mil>
Subject: Canterbury Best Selling Album???
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 1997 10:23:45 -0700 (MST)

Along this thread (if we don't count Mike Oldfield), then I think it may be Soft Machine II, but I'm not sure. I remember seeing advertisements in the colour section of the Sunday papers way back in the late 60's/early 70's for cigarettes and their was a gold record featured. I remember this because the LP was Vol. II. Anyone else remember this?



From: Christine Varniere <isambert@mail.telepac.pt>
Subject: Seeking Allen recording
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 11:05:02 +0200


Several years ago, I used to listen to a record by Daevid Allen I'm just mad to hear again... but I just can find it and I thought perhaps you could help me. I first browse your site but found no reference to what I'm seeking.

I must apologize because my reference to that record are very thin. Here they are, (and the worst is, they maybe wrong!): it was a maxi 45, recorded in Holland. The first song had the following text (at least at the beginning) "Time on emotional, Action reaction, Maximum attraction...". Ain't much as a cue, hum!

Well, if you can be of any help, I'll be glad. Anyway, I do thank you for your attention.

Have a nice day!


From: d-wayne@lanl.gov (Dave Wayne)
Subject: Bobby Previte's new band(s)
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 16:33:28 -0700

Hi Aymeric,
I just pulled this off "rec.music.bluenote", the Jazz & blues discussion on
Usenet. I would hope that some Rattlers would be interested. If it weren't
for my own geographical impairment (I'm in ew Mexico), I'd be there!

>ANNOUNCE: Bobby Previte Unveils New Band at Knitting Factory 4/2/97
>Bobby Previte's new band Latin for Travelers makes its American debut at
>the Knitting Factory Wednesday night, April 2.  This quartet - Jamie
>Saft from the latest version of Weather Clear, Track Fast on keyboards,
>Stewart Cutler on guitar and Jerome Harris on bass - is billed as
>Bobby's "bar band."  They've just come off a successful European and
>Australian tour (where the band featured guitarist Marc Ducret, who was
>unable to make it to the States) and recorded a week of shows in
>Australia for a new disc for Enja.  The reviews were quite
>interesting.., several mentioned a prog-rock feel to the material, like
>Soft Machine, of all things.
>The 8 pm set will be played by Latin for Travelers, while the 10 pm set
>will be the "orchestral" (read: largest-ever) version of Bobby's fusion
>repertoire band The Horse (You Rode In On...).  This is a really cool
>live band that stretches out on material from '70s era Miles Davis and
>his contemporaries, and has recently worked up some even more
>adventurous charts like Dave Holland's "Conference of the Birds."
>For ticket information call (212) 219-3006.  And for those unable to
>make it down, remember that all Knitting Factory shows are broadcast
>live over the internet at http://www.knittingfactory.com/TheClub.html
>Steve Smith

PS: I would recommend Previte's recordings with the band called "Empty
Suits" ("Empty Suits" on Gramavision and "Slay the Suitors" on Avant)
unreservedly to fans of progressive fusion-type music!! I also really
enjoyed his 3rd recording as a leader called "Claude's Late Morning"

Dave Wayne


From: Perfect Sound Forever <perfect-sound@furious.com>
Subject: Robert Wyatt interview
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 1997 23:39:15 -0500

Hi Aymeric,

We have an interview with Robert Wyatt up at our music magazine at this


Do you think you could list this on your Cantebury page?  Could we also
include this in your What's Rattlin' ? mailing list?  We'd be happy to
return the link.

Thanks for your time,
Jason Gross


From: peter hartl <p.hartl@netway.at>
Subject: Gong's Missing pieces
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 1997 16:06:03 +0000

[In WR#46, Age Rotshuizen wrote:]
>[...] why two recordings, once released on LP, were never released
>on CD. I'm talking about the Glastonbury Fayre songs & the Greasy
>Truckers live set.

The Greasy-Truckers Gong-Part is coming from two shows: Bataclan 5.73
(released on CD & Vinyl) and Sheffield 10.73 (released as Sheffield 74
on CD & Vinyl).


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Apr 04 - Thumesnil (59) (France)
Aug 02 - Dranouter, Folk Festival (Ypres) (Belgium)

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May 08 - San Rafael (Ca), New George's
May 12 - Los Angeles (Ca), Billboard Live
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