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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN' ? -                    ::
  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                          Issue # 69                          ::
  ::                   Tuesday, October 7th, 1997                 ::
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From: Simon Knights <simonk@netcomuk.co.uk>
Subject: Holland
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 1997 10:24:48 -0700


Thanks for including your adventure in Holland in WR68 ! It makes a good read. Also curious to know that Richard Sinclair is back in Canterbury at the moment (Roper Road ?) strangley enough I was in the building next to his house only last weekend ! I'd have called in and said 'hello hello' if I'd realised.

Bye for now,
Simon Knights.


From: fredprog@prtc.net (fredprog)
Subject: Aymeric's weekend concert experience
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 1997 22:31:27 -0500

My man Aymeric, I felt I was there alongside you listening to Caravan!!! Oh
the power of the progressive/canterburian verb!!! Muchas gracias for such a
delighful story, I enjoyed while growing plump in the night!!! ha,ha. Sure
wish I could see my heroes one again. Saw them in NYC during ther Cunning
Stunts tour of 76 as opening act for Fairport Convention. Oh well, maybe
someday aagain!



From: IChippett@aol.com
Subject: Caravan/In Cahoots in Holland
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 1997 17:10:19 -0400 (EDT)

Dear Aymeric,

I enjoyed your report of the Caravan/In Cahoots weekend in WR today. I
shouldn't say this but I don't really rate Caravan very highly (blasphemy!)
even though I have practically all their records. Without Richard Sinclair,
it's a bit like the Beach Boys without Brian Wilson, a Canada Dry sensation.
Sorry! I quite like "Girls who go plump ...." though. I love In Cahoots!!!

Thanks in advance and keep up the good work
Ian Chippett


From: cmeloche@julian.uwo.ca (Chris Meloche)
Subject: Gong UK tour
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 1997 08:42:24 -0400 (EDT)

When I saw the list of Gong concerts coming up for the UK in October, I made sure to schedule my trip there in order to catch them before I left. I extended my ticket a couple of days in order to be able to see the group's first show of the tour at The Lomax in Liverpool the night before flying back to Canada.

I must say that it was certainly worth the it! After following Canterbury related groups for around 25 years, this was the first time that I was actually able to catch one of them in concert.

I agree with previous comments that this incarnation of the group is top-rate. Daevid and Gilli were both in fine voice and Daevid's gliss guitar work soon made the audience forget that Steve Hillage was not included in the line-up. His guitar work was certainly well complimented by Steffi Sharpstrings. Didier Malherbe was fabulous on every reed instrument that he picked up and the rhythm section of Pierre Moerlin and Mike Howlett really propelled the music.

After a bit of mixing problems which were quickly sorted out (Didier's mic and Daevid's monitor), the band covered the Teapot Trilogy with effortless abandon covering two 1-hour sets and an encore. "You Can't Kill Me" was one of the highlights of the first set and "Oily Way" had the crown singing along in the second set. Daevid's chant of "I am You and You are Me..." also had the crowd involved.

The audience of about 125 - 150 people covered quite a range. There were 18-year-old kids bopping to the music and one fellow from Wales told me that he had first seen Gong in Liverpool 24 years ago. Throughout the show, the smell of cigarettes complimented with liberal dashes of hash filtered through the air. That being the case, the smoke of decidedly legal tobacco emanating from my pipe seemed to attract more attention from the people. :-)

I was really glad that I was able to attend this gig before flying home. It
was well worth the effort!

London, Ont., Canada


From: GHodges223@aol.com
Subject: Caravan
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 1997 13:39:19 -0400 (EDT)


Thanks for the description of the concert.. nice to read about something of interest so far away and, unfortunately, inaccessible.  I sent a letter to Jasper Smit, ordering the CD of the performance (one of them), but I don't know if it got thru, nor if the recording/CD idea was carried forward (I hope so).  Caravan with Geoff Richardson was (is) a great group..they're very nice people as well.

Best wishes to them and you for carrying on the news. Where can I get Robert Wyatt's "Schleep"?

Gary Hodges (fan in California of all places)


From: Jasper Smit <CoCaCamp*>
Subject: CoCoCamp* etc.
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 1997 19:58:23 +0100 (EDT)

Dear Aymeric,

Thank you for your extended reflections on a weekend in Holland. Nice to read! I just want to add some remarks :

- The award you got is the official CoCaCamp* award : The BDA - Blind Dog Award [not to be confused with the British Dental Association, of course - AL], to honour all those people who 'blindly' engaged themselves with the promotion of Caravan and the Canterbury scene. A heavy task... that's why the BDA is made out of concrete !

- Don't forget the asterisk in CoCaCamp* - as we're dealing with stars !

- The audience in Groningen indeed looked small. But in spite of this, the amount of sold tickets amounted to nearly 200 - as the venue officially told me.

Best regards - we'll continue the works,

The Continental Caravan Campaign (CoCaCamp*),


From: <552982@pnet.energia.co.jp>
Subject: Japanese [SHLEEP]
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 1997 13:19:07 +900

Dear Aymeric,

This is my first e-mail to you. I'm a constant reader of WR from the site of my good friend Mark Hewins. (Everybody, check his fine new MASHU CD and POLITE FORCE, the old gem!)

Well, here are some interesting information on Japanese edition of [SHLEEP]. I got the CD a few days before officially announced release-date (Sep.24) at Virgin Hiroshima.
It contains one bonus-track written below. A good old song sung by his that voice...

Shleep/Robert Wyatt (Video Arts Music VACK1132)
Track 12:
[September In The Rain] by Harry Warren - Al Dubin  2:30
        Robert Wyatt - vocals
        Paul Weller  - acoustic guitar

From: spetit <n3108@isen.fr>
Subject: Some reviews in new SLEEPLESS site
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 1997 13:04:41 +0100

Hi Rattlers,

For those who are interested in progressive rock, the new SLEEPLESS site (yes, the radio show) includes some (french, I'm afraid) reviews of albums, with discographies, titles and musicians (not for all albums !!) in different styles:
Canterbury (of course, but it would probably be not very interested for you as you're all specialists :-)))
Krautrock, Zeuhl (Magma !), Rio, Classic prog and others...
(very few of neo because I just can't stand it)

So, enjoy yourself at:

This is just a version 1.0 and many corrections/ additions are to be sent.
BUT: if you are interested to add your own comments, discographies, infos, etc...(in French or in English) you are welcome !

E-mail me privately for more details.

Sebastien Petit (ptitseb@hotmail.com)


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[for more info : check out the 'Concerts' page of CALYX - see URL below]

Oct 16 - Stoke-on-Trent (UK), Wheatsheaf
Oct 17 - Oxford (UK), Zodiac
Oct 18 - Reading (UK), Alleycat
Oct 19 - London (UK), The Forum [with Whirl-y-gig]
Oct 20 - Birmingham (UK), Irish Centre
Oct 21 - Cambridge (UK), Junction

Oct 24 - Harlow, Essex (UK), John's Art and Rec. Market St.

Oct 30 - Red bank, NJ, Internet Cafe
Oct 31 - Medford, NJ, Culture Hall
Nov 01 - Harrisburg, PA, The Wire
Nov 05 - Ithaca, NY, The Nines
Nov 06 - Albany, NY, QE2 (with Happy Rhodes)
Nov 07 - Burlington, VT, The Metro (tbc)
Nov 12 - Providence, RI, Cav
Nov 13 - Boston, MA, Johnny D's
Nov 14 - Philadelphia, PA, Old Swedes Church (with Happy Rhodes)
Nov 15 - Baltimore, MD, Orion Studios (with Happy Rhodes)
Nov 20 - New York, NY, Bottom Line (with Happy Rhodes & special guest)
Nov 21 - Washington, DC, Phantasmagoria (with Happy Rhodes)
Nov 22 - Gettysburg, PA, College
Nov 28 - Warrenton, VA, D&S Coffeehouse
Nov 29 - Arlington, VA, Iota

[Mark Hewins-Hugh Hopper-Shyamal Maitra]
Nov 05 - Lille (France), venue tba (tbc)
Nov 06 - Paris (France), venue tba (tbc)
Nov 07 - Festival Performance (tba), Drome (France)
Nov 08 - Montlu├žon (France), Le Gangois

November (tba)

Dec 03 - Hull (UK), Dee Street Club [tel : 01482 492868]
Dec 04 - Leeds (UK), Irish Centre [tel : 0113 2742486/2608]
Dec 05 - Old Harlow (UK), St John's Arts & Recreation Centre [tel : 01279 442447]
Dec 06 - Brentwood (UK), Monkeys at the Hermit Club [tel : 01277 218897]
Dec 08 - London (UK), Vortex Jazz Bar [tel :  0171 254 6516]

Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden - late Spring 1998 (tba)

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