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  ::                     - WHAT'S RATTLIN' ? -                    ::
  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                          Issue # 73                          ::
  ::                 Wednesday, November 12th, 1997               ::
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From: "Kurdilla, Dan (RTIS)" <dan.kurdilla@nagexserver.reedtech.com>
Subject: "Shleep" US release/availability
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 13:40:40 -0500

Hello, Aymeric,

In response to Jeff Ryan's inquiry about getting 'Shleep' in the USA, this is what I have been able to find out:

Hannibal will not be issuing it in the USA, but apparently they have licensed it to the Thirsty Ear label.  I've heard that it will be released in January '98. Of course, this delay means that the most hard-core Wyatt fans will already have spent ridiculous sums to get it as an import from the UK.  (I may yet do this myself -- if I get the chance...)

I know that Wyatt's work is not nearly marketable enough for the major labels, but it's sad that a medium-sized label like Hannibal/Rykodisc doesn't think it's worth doing either and passes it on to a tiny label.  I wonder if Gramavision (now also part of Rykodisc) didn't do very well with their Wyatt releases a few years ago...?

In the USA, you can buy almost anything...but unless it sells in the millions, you may not be able to find it.

    Best wishes,

    Dan Kurdilla


From: Brett Laniosh <brett@g4nzk.demon.co.uk>
Subject: Quiet Sun
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 22:44:51 +0000 (GMT)

Yes, yes, yes! A wonderful record, timeless and one of my all time favourites along with Brand X's Unorthodox Behaviour, a non-Canterbury band that all Canterbury fans will enjoy. I also enjoyed 801's rendition of RongWrong with vocals by Brian Eno.

Brett Laniosh


From: "Niko Paech" <PAECH@rols2.oec.uni-osnabrueck.de>
Subject: Elton Dean
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 1997 11:22:04 +100


I don't know wheter the following information has been mailed to WR already:

Elton Dean's Newsense + Roswell Rudd will appeare on the ORIS Jazz Festival in London on the 15th of Nov (place: Purcell Room)

The same band will also show up on the Berlin Jazz Festival this week.

Niko Paech (Osnabrueck, Germany)

[EDN *did* appear at the Berlin Jazz Festival... last week, on the 7th, I think - AL]


From: Simon Knights <simonk@netcomuk.co.uk>
Subject: Curious
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 1997 15:24:13 -0800


I was in Canterbury at lunchtime today and thought I'd go in to 'Our Price Records' (For those who don't know, Our Price Records is a nationwide chain of Record Shops (or should that be CD Shops)). Just out of curiosity I thought I'd look to see what Caravan, Soft Machine and Robert Wyatt discs they had in stock. Its sad to report that a major record shop in the home town of Canterbury music only had the following in stock:

  Caravan: Grey and Pink.
           Waterloo Lily,
           For girls who grow Plump in the night.

  Soft Machine: 3rd.

  Robert Wyatt: nothing in stock at all.

I didn't have time to check for other Canterbury related bands but going on this example, I wouldn't hold out much hope of finding anything.

Out bloody rageous. (as they say).

Simon Knights.

[I remember venturing into Canterbury's "Our Price" shop in 1991, hoping to find some Cant'-related CD's, but all I could find was Camel's "Nude"... - AL]


From: NYLifer@aol.com
Subject: Daevid Allen US tour
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 1997 01:45:28 -0500 (EST)

>  Nov 16 - Wheaton, MD (USA), Phantasmagoria [11319 Elkin Street]

Add 11/18, The Knitting Factory, New York City, USA


From: Age Rotshuizen <age@xs4all.nl>
Subject: Amazing Band released!
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 17:48:09 +0100 (MET)

Hullo der,

Just found out that the Amazing Band's Roar-LP has finally been released.
This is a improvising ensemble from the early seventies featuring Robert
Wyatt. The Roar-LP was never released but is now out on CD by Future Music
Records (FU-40-CD). Order it on-line at Verge:



From: Otherroad@aol.com
Subject: Crescent Discs and HTD at the Artist Shop
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 23:59:14 -0500 (EST)

Hello Friends:

The Artist Shop is in a continual state of expansion and I think our newest members are especially of interest to the folks on this list.  Just joining us is Phil Miller's Crescent discs which you'll find at <http://www.artist-shop.com/crescent>.  Yes, this is the same Phil Miller of
Matching Mole, Hatfield & the North and National Health fame.  On this page
you'll find cover graphics and soundbites for his albums with In Cahoots featuring Pip Pyle, Elton Dean and others.  Also included are his duet album with Fred Baker and his solo albums on Reckless and Cuneiform.

Also new to The Artist Shop is HTD Records which you'll find at <http://www.artist-shop.com/htd>.  HTD includes a good selection of Caravan albums including their latest, All Over You, and the very first Caravan album, too.  They also have Richard Sinclair's Caravan of Dreams which I absolutely adore. So, I hope you'll stop on by for a visit.


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


From: RAYMBEN@aol.com
Subject: More Extended Versions
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 12:56:29 -0500 (EST)

[In WR#72, Ulrich Bomnueter wrote:]
>The snippet on "Shleep" was taken from the following album:
>The More Extended Versions: Dedicated To You, But You Weren't Listening
                            The Music Of Robert Wyatt
>released on austro mechana in 1992, catalog no. EV0003

Is there a mail order outlet that carries this CD and the Cpt. Kirk one you
mentioned?  Where can I get them?



From: Jon Catler
Subject: Steel Blue
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 10:57:31 +0000

[I was recently contacted by Jon Catler and took the opportunity to ask him about his Steel Blue project, with ex-Pierre Moerlen's Gong bass player Hansford Rowe, which also involved other ex-Gong members. Following is his reply - AL]

I first met Hansford Rowe when he visited New York and attended a performance of mine. Shortly after, I flew to Quebec City to play fretless guitar on a record, and stayed at Hanny's appartment. While there, I retuned his Warwick 5-string bass to an open-tuned Just Intonation chord. Hanny immediately heard the difference between Just Intonation and 12-tone Equal Temperment, and I soon came up with a fretting system for 5-string bass. Warwick has made three different versions so far, each with more frets than the previous one.
We both shared a love of heavy progressive music.

Hansford had known Benoit Moerlen and Francois Causse from Gong, and we went to Strasbourg to play with them. We were able to re-tune Benoit's Kat MIDI percussion controller to my Just Intonation system and he was able to play chords, melodies, and improvise in J.I. Francois was able to provide just the right combination of heaviness and jazz sensibility.

By this time, Hanny was starting to be able to improvise on the J.I. bass, and we were able to stretch out the songs. We really enjoyed our time in Strasbourg, and felt we were onto something new. Our gig at the Mulhouse Jazz Festival was very well received, and a video was made.

In New York, we hooked up with engineer Chris Muth and recorded the Steel Blue album with Lionel Cordew on drums and Jose Garcia on vocals. We were signed by Koch International in Europe and played gigs in NY at the China Club, CBGB's, and others. Hanny and I have since played under the name Jon Catler Group, appearing at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Quebec Festival d'Ete, etc., and have released a CD, "Jon Catler Group", on Direct Disc.

On October 9-10th, Hansford came to New York to work with me on a solo album of his own material, much of it in Just Intonation. I have been privileged to have known him and worked with him, and I look forward to future projects together.

Jon Catler


From: MHolmes822@aol.com
Subject: Caravan/Canterbury Festival 98
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 16:39:59 -0500 (EST)

Hi Aymeric,

1998 will see the start of what we hope to be a long running festival in Canterbury featuring Canterbury bands past, present & future. Not only bands from Canterbury but artists who have had connections with Canterbury in the past.

The festival is planned for the first week in June 98 and will be a one day event to start with (hopefully turning it into an annual week-end event) camping facilities, food and stalls available.

To launch the first festival, Caravan and Kevin Ayers & the Whole Wide World will be playing. Other artists are being arranged now and we should have a full line-up by the end of the year.

For more information keep an eye on the HTD website at
http://skymarshall.com/htd/index.html and go to the HTD News section

All the best
HTD Records

P.S. Caravan Live From The Astoria 1997 will be available from 24th November


From: Thomas Sjölund <thomas.sjolund@avisa.se>
Subject: thank u
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 09:38:24 +0200

Great site!

Recently I had the time of my life interviewing Robert Wyatt via telephone here from Sweden. The main subject was of course his new album "Schleep" but I managed to squeeze in some questions about a glorious past. Wyatt was most amicable and it was a pleasant chat. I reminded him of the song "Frontera" on Phil Manzaneras solo album "Diamond Head" which sang on and co-wrote. We also discussed the song "Song from the bottom of a well" from Ayers' "Whatevershebringswesing".
"Gee, I haven't thought of that song in 25 years", said Robert Wyatt. Believe me when I say that this was great stuff for me. I've been a keen fan of Softs, Wyatt, Ayers, Hatfield & The North, Quiet Sun et al since circa 1975, from the tender age of 16. Sometimes listening to all that old stuff wet my eyes.
Just wanted to say that you should keep a very good work going!!!¨

Thomas Sjölund
Stockholm, Sweden


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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

Nov 15 - London (UK), Purcell Room [ORIS Jazz Festival]

Nov 16 - Wheaton, MD (USA), Phantasmagoria [11319 Elkin Street]
Nov 18 - New York, NY (USA), The Knitting Factory

Dec 02 - Birmingham (UK), Conservatoire of Music [Paradise Parade]
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 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]

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

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