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  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                          Issue # 53                          ::
  ::                    Friday, May 16th, 1997                    ::
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From: Aymeric Leroy <bigbang@alpes-net.fr>
Subject: Lyrics
Date: Fri, 16 May 1996 17:24:12 +0000

Hi everyone,

Frequest visitors to CALYX's "Lyrics" section will have noticed that it's greatly expanded over the last few weeks. Unfortunately, most of the work has been my own as I get very few contributions (big thanks to Andy Murkin and a couple of others, though). Some of the transcriptions that I've put are really total nonsense (at least to me), some are not necessarily mine (for instance Caravan's "The Album" which I've never heard in its entirety so can't check the transcriptions I was given). Anyway, I think it's better to set a basis of work on which people can react and not have to go into the task of doing their own transcriptions.
My aim is to eventually gather transcriptions of ALL Canterbury-related lyrics that *aren't* on the CD booklets. A few suggestions for the kind souls who would be willing to help : I need Gong's "Magick Brother", "Camembert Electrique", "Shamal"; Caravan's "Blind Dog At St. Dunstans" and "Better By Far"; Soft Machine's first and second albums; and assorted tracks from other albums.
Please I need the help of as many of you as possible to change this Frenchism-infected pseudo-transcriptions to proper English lyrics (if they actually *do* make sense). Oh, and Spanish or Portuguese speakers are welcome to offer transcriptions of Robert Wyatt's song in that language on Soft Machine's "Volume Two" !



From: Aymeric Leroy <bigbang@alpes-net.fr>
Subject: WAWS
Date: Fri, 16 May 1996 17:33:27 +0000

I received the latest issue (#10) of Martin Wakeling's excellent Kevin Ayers fanzine yesterday. Star of the show is again a further instalment of the (nerverending?) Kevin Ayers story, this time focussing on the "Bananamour" era, including details on the last days of The Whole World, the start of the fruitful Ayers/Legget collaboration, KA & Decadence featuring (briefly) Steve Hillage etc. This features a lot of press clippings from the past which are great fun to read.
Also of interest in an extended review of the Wizards Of Twiddly's "reunion" gig from last December in Liverpool.
Another fine issue of "Why Are We Sleeping ?", available from Martin Wakeling at 112 Parkville Road, Withington, Manchester M20 4TZ (UK).
E-mail : marwak@globalnet.co.uk
Website : http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~marwak/index.html
3-issue subscriptions, in pounds sterling : 3 (UK), 3.60 (Europe), 4.50 (elsewhere)


From: Pablo Roufogalis <proufo@ccs.internet.ve>
Subject: The Soft Machine Turns On - The Peel Sessions
Date: Wed, 7 May 1997 12:21:19 -0400


After several years of search (I live in venezuela), I was able last week to find and purchase the Soft Machine album named The Peel Sessions, in NYC. The one I got is a double CD made by Strange Fruit Records, DEI8501-2.

The point is that the CD booklet lists 6 cuts for the first CD but it has only four. Out-Bloody-Rageous and Eamonn Andrews are not on the album.
Have you got any information regarding this?.

Many thanks in advance and regards,

Pablo Roufogalis L.


From: Frank Blades <Frank.Blades@bristol.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: Brand X Tour
Date: Wed, 7 May 1997 21:13:49 +0100 ()

Hi there,

Talking about Brand X dates, as we were,

If anyone else is going along to the Bristol gig, do they want to meet up beforehand. Mail me off-list please




From: JP Jacob <jpjacob@bu.edu>
Subject: Extended Play: Visual Art by Musicians
Date: Wed, 07 May 1997 21:06:05 -0400


For those in the New England area may I recommend the Photographic Resource Center's new exhibition (opening tomorrow night) Extended Play: Between Rock and an Art Space. Among the seventeen musicians involved, Extended Play features work by Chris Cutler, Peter Blegvad, Fred Frith, and Kevin Coyne.

The PRC is located in Boston at 602 Commonwealth Avenue. Hours are Tues-Sun 12-5pm. Admission: $3/$2 students. Phone: (617) 353-0700.
Exhibition dates are 5/8 - 8/17.

For additional information and some images please see our web site.


[Well, allright but... what's the URL ? - AL]


From: Vernon Fitch <Vernon_Fitch@notes.cch.com>
Subject: WR question
Date:  8 May 97 10:13:26

[In WR#52, Chad wrote:]
>In "Wrong Movements" it says the Sept. 22, 1967 Soft Machine TV
>broadcast is available on a video called "Psychomania! 20 Golden
>Greats". Does anybody know where this video can be had from?

I seem to recall hearing that this was an Australian release. I've never seen
it here in the U.S.


From: DICKDAMMIT@delphi.com
Subject: Enneagram score ?
Date: Thu, 08 May 1997 11:57:16 -0400 (EDT)

Hi Y'all!

I'm always here. Always lurkin' and readin'. But don't have time to respond usually as I am finishing a 1st release of my own as we speak. I write today to ask for a possible time-saving device.

"Enneagram" on Egg's "Civil Surface" is, to me, one of the greatest acheivements in all of music. I am not being hyperbolic, that is my true opinion of that piece. Well.....I would like to learn* the piece (keyboard parts anyways) myself as a kind of study. I started to decode them myself from the CD - but it's just not the sort of thing I have time for these days.

So....has anyone ever committed this brilliant work to sheet-music? Either available retail or (more likely) direct from some other Canter-holic like me? This would be just for personal study and I don't want to run afoul of *anyone's* publishing rights.

Thanks for your time,
Dick Dammit


From: d-wayne@lanl.gov (Dave Wayne)
Subject: Solar Plexus
Date: Fri, 09 May 1997 13:29:09 -0600

Wow, thanks for bringing another great WR issue my way! Especially liked the complete rundown on the Soft Machine's live recordings by the estimable & dedicated Julian Christou *AND* the bit about Neil Murray by Neil Murray.

...anyway, i saw the following & couldn't help but comment (...unfortunately for you!)

>One question-  I have a self-titled album by a British band called
>Solarplexus I passed up on awhile back and kicked myself because I never
>saw it again until a couple of weeks ago, when I found it at a used shop
>for five dollars.  Naturally, I snapped it up.  The LP is kind of a
>Canterbury-ish jazz/blues offering that I find most unique.  Album liners
>are scarce. Anyone know anything else about this band?  Did they release
>anything else?
>[The only Solar Plexus I've heard about was Swedish - they did about 5
>albums in the 70's. I don't think the name makes for an obvious Nucleus
>reference, being quite a common expression, but... - AL]

There was another fusiony sort of band by the same name (Solar Plexus). I had thought they were a US band, though. At least 2 of their records were issued in the US by Inner City (...the same folks responsible for the domestic release of LPs by Francois Jeanneau, Heldon, Spheroe & many other interesting European bands/musicians) in the 70's. Anyway, a friend of mine had both of these LPs & so i got to hear them... i recall a lot of vibes, keyboards, little percussions, etc., and especially many tunes in odd time signatures (9/8, 13/8...). Nothing stunning, musically, but a pleasant experience, nontheless. Could this be the band in question?

Say, if you want to hear some REAL Canterbury-influenced stuff, Inner City also issued an LP by a group from Dallas, TX(!) called "Master Cylinder" sometime in the late '70s. The LP was titled "Somewhere Else", or some such & the cover depicts a bird's-eye view of a traffic jam. These guys had definitely studied their Egg, Soft Machine, Muffins, etc. LPs very, very closely indeed!! I can't recall who played on this LP, but I didn't recognize any of the names... Anyway, the last time i was in the Bay Area (1994), i saw 2 or 3 copies of this LP floating around for $2 or $3. Eminently snaggable!

OK... my 2 cents ran out several lines back! Happy Listening!!!

Dave Wayne


From: "Jerry Kranitz" <jkranitz@infinet.com>
Subject: Volare
Date: Fri, 9 May 1997 17:31:52 +0000

[In WR 52 Dgasque@aol.com wrote:]
>Also picked up a tape from an Athens, Georgia band by the name of
>Volare'. Despite some sonic shortcomings of the tape, I was stunned
>by the Hatfield/ Muffins influences that are abundant here

I'd like to second the Volare recommendation. I've also got a 3-song live tape one of the band members sent me and if you liked their demo cassette then you'd consider this a smoker! I really think people on WR would like this band. I can't wait for a chance to see these guys live
Jerry Kranitz (jkranitz@infinet.com)


From: "Doug Liles" <dug@multipro.com>
Subject: Xcom 0000
Date: Fri, 9 May 1997 20:57:05 -0500

[Note : this is a digest of the first issue of the newly-launched Brand X mailing list. Those interested should subscribe to Xcommunication@multipro.com with "subscribe" as subject line - AL]

Well folks,

The time has come to launch this digest let me thank you all for your support.  I am exited to learn more about Brand X from all of you. I have been a fan of Brand X and its related projects ever since I heard Xcommunication about 4 years ago. Unfortunately I have never seen the band live and I'm certainly no expert on Brand X or its members. I do know that their music for my money is probably the most underrated in progressive music. This is just my way of supporting artists who have really changed the way I listen to music.

The following information was given to Xcommunication by Mark Tessier (Brand X Road Manager).

Marc Wagnon has left Brand X
Chris Sjobring is new on Keyboard
Perre Moerlen is new percussionist

The following are tour dates for England in May:

14  London    Jazz Cafe
18  Reading    Alley Cat
20  Leeds    Irish Center
21  Manchester    Music Box
25  Sheffield    Leadmill
26  Oxford    Zodiac
27  Bristol    Fleece and Firman
28  Colchester    Arts Center  w/Pierre Moerlen

These dates are subject to change please call the venue before traveling!

Brand X will be touring Italy and Germany starting in early June and the US west coast in September I will pass along the new dates as soon as I get them!

Audiophile Imports should have the European release of Manifest Destiny next week it will feature live tacks from the Japanese tour dates earlier this year. AI will also have a reissue of the CD Marscape soon. They have the new live CD featuring Brand X w/Phil Collins. Mark also said they would have tour T-shirts available soon the shirt includes a list of all the people who have ever played with the band. Finally there is a CD older previously unreleased live and studio material being assembled for release soon!

Doug Liles


From: bc71445@binghamton.edu
Subject: Olivia Tremor Control/Neutral Milk Hotel
Date: Sat, 10 May 1997 16:11:51 -0400 (EDT)

In response to Mark Bloch's bit about Olivia Tremor Control and Neutral
Milk Hotel, I saw both at Terrastock, and the were GREAT!  Since it's only
marginally Canterbury I'll leave it at that, but both acts are VERY worth
checking out. I prefer Olivia myself.

Catch you on the flip side,

Jim Powers


Date: Wed, 14 May 1997 10:52:14 -0400

Please forgive me if I am using the wrong address to post this question.
Can anyone tell me why, or has anyone noticed that Pye quoted Joe Walshs' "Lifes Been Good" at the end of Headloss on All Over You?
Just what is the significance?


From: Otherroad@aol.com
Subject: Exposé in The Artist Shop
Date: Wed, 14 May 1997 12:01:12 -0400 (EDT)

Hello Friends,

Just thought I would drop you a note to let you know that The Artist Shop has
recently struck up an arrangement with Exposé, a quarterly progressive rock
magazine that has always been a stauch supporter of the Canterbury bands.
Anyone even remotely interested in Canterbury bands, progressive music in general, or any of the music found in The Artist Shop will love Exposé.  And
now you can subscribe to it directly through The Artist Shop website. Just
check it out at <http://www.artist-shop.com/expose.htm>. You'll find
information there plus a link to Exposé's own website where you can check
this periodical out further. It's an excellent way to find out about new


                              Gary Davis
The Artist Shop                              The Other Road
http://www.artist-shop.com       OtherRoad@aol.com


From: Earl Rapp <donnamx@waterw.com>
Subject: Ian Carr
Date: Thu, 15 May 1997 18:55:18 -0700

Hello Rattlers:

Does anyone know if or where, one might be able to find Ian Carr's "Belladonna" ???

Thank You:
Earl Rapp


From: Sid Smith <SidSmith1@compuserve.com>
Subject: Soft Machine
Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 10:01:32 -0400

I would urge any fan of the Softs to go out and get a copy of the latest
Mojo magazine which is published in the UK.  There's a very good feature on
the Allen era line up of the Soft machine by Rob Chapman.  The article for
me captures the period of liberation and experimentation very well.  Sadly
one discovers that Wyatt is still very unhappy at being forced out the
group after all these years.  A compelling read which convincingly deatils
the origins and early developments of the band.  Though it  deals with the
later Soft Machine incarnations a little too harshly for my liking, it
should be required reading for all of us who are enthusiasts of the band.  


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

May 16 - Bury (UK), The Met [tel : 0161/761 7107]
May 17 - Lichfield (UK), The Guildhall [tel : 01543/262223]
May 19 - Derby (UK), The Flowerpot [tel : 01332/834438]

[John Goodsall - Chris Sjobring - Percy Jones - Pierre Moerlen]
May 14 - London, The Jazz Cafe
May 18 - Reading, Alley Cat
May 20 - Leeds, The Irish Centre
May 21 - Manchester, The Music Box
May 25 - Sheffield, The Leadmill
May 26 - Oxford, The Zodiac
May 27 - Bristol, The Fleece & Firkin
May 28 - Colchester, The Arts Centre
Jun 03 - Vignola (Italy), Town Hall
Jun 04 - Rome (Italy), RAI [Radio Live Broadcast]
Jun 05 - Rome (Italy), Frontiera
Jun 06 - Schio (Italy), Teatro Pasubio
Jun 07 - Genova (Italy), Teatro albatros
Jun 08 - Bassel (Switzerland), Atlantis
Jun 09 - Stuttgart (Germany), Altes Schutzenhaus
Jun 10 - Munich (Germany), Schlachthof
Jun 11 - Erlangen (Germany), E-werk
Jun 12 - Koln (Germany), Tunnels
Jun 14 - Hameln (Germany), Sumpfblume
Jun 15 - Frankfurt (Germany), Sinkhasten

May 24 - Lilliers (France), L'Abattoir
May 25 - Diest (Belgium), The Borderline (6 pm)

Jun 15 - Migne-Auxances/Poitiers (France), Salle Communale (Festival)
[tel : 05 49 51 19 54]
Jul 5-8 - Santo Tirso (Portugal) [details tbc]

HADOUK - BELGIAN DATE [Didier Malherbe/Loy Ehrlich]
Aug 02 - Dranouter, Folk Festival (Ypres) (Belgium)

[Peter Bardens - Steve Adams - Desha Dunnahoe - Dave Cohen]
Sep 18 - Alkmaar (Holland), Atlantis
Sep 19 - Breda (Holland), Para
Sep 20 - Oberhausen (Holland), The Star Club
Sep 21 - Uden (Holland), De Nieuwe Pul
Sep 24 - Paris (France), Passage du Nord-Ouest
Sep 25 - Norwich (UK), The Waterfront
Sep 26 - Ashton-Upon-Lyne (UK), The Witchwood
Sep 27 - Rotherham (UK), Herringthorpe Leisure Centre
Sep 28 - London (UK), Astoria 2

[Phil Miller-Didier Malherbe-Hugh Hopper-Pip Pyle]
Sep 19 - Boulogne-sur-Mer (62), Cabaret Sam [Tel. 03 21 87 32 69]
Sep 20 - Bethune (62), Le Poche

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