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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN' ? -                    ::
  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                          Issue # 59                          ::
  ::                    Monday, July 7th, 1997                    ::
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From: d-wayne@lanl.gov (Dave Wayne)
Subject: Scope
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 1997 10:27:03 -0600

Hi all,
glad to see someone menton the fine Dutch band "Scope"!

>Second: Has anyone ever heard a band called Scope? I think they were/are
>from Holland.  Years ago, WCVT in Towson Md. played what I assume is their
>second effort, Scope II.  Fortunately, I had the tape running.  Very nice
>jazzy sound, similar to the Softs on 5 or Gong instrumental. Some
>outstanding flute, Rhodes and guitar work, no vocals though.  I have
>searched for years, but have never been able to find anything else by or
>about them.

That musta been a great radio station! I have 2 Scope LPs, both released on Atlantic Records (Europe) in the mid-70's. Some one told me to buy 'em cuz the "drummer was good" (BTW, i'm a dummer, er, drummer). The personnel (most of whose names escape me) was basically 3 guys (2 of whom were brothers) who switched between bass, flute, keys & guitar plus the 'good' (really, GREAT!) drummer named Henk Zomer, who is a real monster & does some REALLY great stuff!! (Wotteverhappendto'im??). Anyway, the first LP (self-titled) was all instrumental & bit more 'proggy'-sounding. The second ("Scope II") was, as you say, also instrumental, and had a more overt jazz/rock (...of the non-lame variety) sound. This was due at least in part to the addition of steady keyboardist Rob Franken to the band. I may be mistaken, but guitarist Eef Albers might also have been involved. Anyway, those are the only 2 Scope LPs I've ever seen. The first LP is sorta Mahavishnu-influenced, but they don't quite pull it off. They get kudos for trying, though. Late-period Softs (ca. "Softs") and PM's Gong (...minus vibes & Holdsworth) are good comparisons to Scope's sound on the second LP, although Scope is a bit more accessible (...shorter songs, funkier rhythms). Franken later wound up playing w/the John Lee - Gerry Brown band, among others. Albers was in Focus for a bit...

That's all i know w/out actually having the LPs in my face.

Dave Wayne


From: Gary Hobish <ghobish@hooked.net>
Subject: Global Village Trucking Company
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 1997 09:51:17 -0700

>From: Rcarlberg@aol.com
>How in the world did this band get on the album with Camel, Gong & Cow?
>They're a little out of their league.

Why "out of their league?" There are two factions well-represented on
Dingwalls- don't discount the Welsh connection! (Man, et. al.)

Gary Hobish


From: jreilly@eng.gdai.com (John Reilly)
Subject: Re: Essential Canterbury albums not yet on CD revisited
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 97 13:01:49 EDT

And what about Julie Tippett's 'Sunset Glow'?  It is my lone Canterbury holdout for a CD upgrade.  Has this been released on CD yet? So many obscure records that couldn't have sold more than 10K copies have been re-released that I can't imagine something with such an all-star cast being overlooked.



From: "Anatole Gordon" <agordon@ashra.engr.sgi.com>
Subject: "Better By Far"/"Virtually"
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 1997 11:00:06 -0700

Hello Aymeric,

Thanks for continuing to maintain this forum. I've gathered mountains of useful and intriguing information from it. Please keep up the good work.

I'm still looking for the CD reissue of Caravan's "Better by Far." I thought someone mentioned that it was available, but I haven't seen any catalog information on it. Can you (or anyone else out there) help? Even though the album is not so hot as a whole (IMO), it has two songs--Nightmare and The Last Unicorn--that make it well worth the price of admission.

[I understand HTD will reissued "Better By Far" on CD shortly... And speaking of CD reissues, Anne-Marie Hill at Voiceprint tells me John G Perry's "Sunset Wading" will be reissued later this year on Voiceprint - AL]

Also, any word as to whether Soft Machine's "Triple Echo" will be released on CD? (I know that sides III and IV are available on the Peel Sessions, but I'm curious about sides I, II, V, and VI.)

[As far as I know, the only material on "Triple Echo" not yet available on CD is the two sides of the first Soft Machine single "Love Makes Sweet Music" and "Feelin' Reelin' Squeelin'". The rest is a compilation of album tracks, and rarities that have since reappeared on "Peel Sessions" and "Jet Propelled Photographs" - AL]

Lastly, I have a response to the following post:

> From: CuneiWay@aol.com
> In addition, we are extremely pleased to announce the imminent release of
> "Virtually", a never-before heard live Soft Machine album recorded in Bremen
> 3/23/71.

Don't mean to burst anyone's bubble, but stating that "Virtually" is "a never-before heard live Soft Machine album" is inaccurate. I bought an LP (titled "Old Machine") of this same show roughly five years ago. I agree that it is a good recording (for the time).

Thanks again,



From: neato@pipeline.com
Subject: windo
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 1997 19:52:14 -0400 (EDT)

>From: Eric Rutten <Eric.Rutten@irisa.fr>
>I recently bought Gary Windo's "His Master's Bones", mostly because it was
>said to feature Robert Wyatt. It actually does, but only on a track ...
>Otherwise, the CD is nice; I particularly like his moments with Carla Bley.

neato says:
sounds as if you'd like nick mason's 1981 solo recording-fictitous
sports-(released on cd by sony)..it covers all bases...aside from some of
windo's best playing since hoppers 1984, it also features wyatt singin
about half a dozen songs..the  8 songs are  all written by carla bley and
you even get chris spedding (ex-nucleus) on guitar

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


From: Jon Catler <freenote@earthlink.net>
Subject: FreeNote
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 1997 19:14:07 -0500

Dear Aymeric -

      Thought you might be interested in the new microtonal progressive
jazz/rock CD by the Catler Bros. called 'Crash Landing' on FreeNote Records. The website is at:


From: Andy Murkin <Andy@weasels.demon.co.uk>
Subject: Egg liner notes
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 1997 22:06:54 +0100


One of your correspondents asked about the liner notes of Egg albums. I think they're on my Web Site at

You asked about the DS biography - was that the one from Ptolemaic Terrascope?  If no one has sent it to you yet, I think I also have that somewhere, but not on the Web Site.

Andy Murkin


From: Paul.Bringloe@ogilvy.com
Subject: Brand X/Morris Pert
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 1997 18:17:10 -0400

David G Shaw is mistaken. Morris Pert appears on Morrocan Roll. So there.


[So was I - Morris Pert indeed joined Brand X in September 1976, just in time for the "Morrocan Roll" sessions - AL]


From: Otherroad@aol.com
Subject: Voiceprint
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 1997 01:38:54 -0400 (EDT)

Hello fellow Canterbury Fans!

Our latest addition to The Artist Shop is Voiceprint Records along with its sister labels, Blueprint and Resurgence.  Voiceprint is quite popular among progressive fans and carries much by Anthony Phillips, Bill Nelson, Asia, Tom Newman, Atomic Rooster, Arthur Brown and Kingdome Come, David Bedford, Jakko, Pete Sinfield, Porcupine Tree, John Wetton, and a lot of artists affilliated with the Canterbury scene, like Robert Wyatt, Hugh Hopper, Soft Machine, John Greaves, Todd Dillingham, Mont Campbell, Peter Blegvad, National Health, Dave Sinclair, Wilde Flowers and more.  You'll find their page at <http://www.artist-shop.com/voiceprt> . It's a big catalog and you'll definitely want to check it out.  Some of their most recent releases include a whole series of official bootlegs from Asia, the newest being Live in Philadelphia and Live in Koln.  Also a real surprise (and a real delight) is a brand new official bootleg from Peter Banks' Flash called Psychosync.  As this is the only official live representation of Flash anywhere, it's definitely a must have and a real showcase for Peter Banks' live performances.

Hope you'll stop by for a visit and don't forget to check out our new Camel page at <http://www.artist-shop.com/camel> .


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


From: bigbang@alpes-net.fr
Subject: Peter Bardens' Mirage split up !
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 1997 13:54:03 +0000

[From the Peter Bardens' Mirage website:]


We regret to inform you that the European Tour has been canceled, due to Pete Bardens making other commitments during this time period, much to the bands regret. Pete Bardens' Mirage has thus dissolved. You may be interested to know however that Steve Adams, Desha Dunnahoe and Dave Cohen will be forming a new band, and are currently composing several exciting new songs. They hope to be touring next year. Steve is already near completion of his solo album "Maiden Voyage", and we feel sure you will be very impressed when you hear the new material!

Pete Bardens' Mirage "Live-Germany-1996" CD would have been available on the European Tour, now it is available direct through our mail order. Details of how to order are on our CD & Other Products Page.

We would like to stress again, that Steve, Dave and Desha would like to sincerely apologise for disappointing any fans and would like to thank you for your enthusiastic support. We will keep you up to date with any new information.


From: bigbang@alpes-net.fr
Subject: various
Date: Mon, 07 Jul 1997 15:39:54 +0000

- In a letter dated July 3rd, Dave Stewart writes : "Barbara and I are still working on the new Stewart/Gaskin album, and will let you know when it is finished. We realize it has been an awfully long time coming, but I have to think a lot about what I am doing, and it sometimes takes me a long while to make decisions".

- It is confirmed that the new Robert Wyatt album will be called "Shleep", and will be released by Hannibal (a sub label of Ryko) around the 20th of September (thanks to "Strong Comet" for this news bit)

- Chris Cutler has mentioned on the RIO Digest list that ReR will soon release the original mixes of Henry Cow's "LegEnd" and "In Praise Of Learning", a lot of people having complained about the sometimes radically remixed versions put out a few years ago on East Side Digital. Cutler also mentioned the possibility of other HC material being released (no further details).


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