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  ::       The Weekly Digest for Canterbury Music Addicts         ::
  ::                          Issue # 76                          ::
  ::                  Saturday, December 6th, 1997                ::
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From: IChippett@aol.com
Subject: Sheet music
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 1997 17:47:40 -0500 (EST)

Is there any chance of someone going to the trouble, on behalf of bedroom mirror poseurs like myself, of making some transcriptions of the music of our heroes? I for one would love to be able to play however laboriously "Underdub" or indeed anything from the Hatfields or Nat. Health or Inca etc but I need the music in front of me. Maybe Aymeric could publish them on the Site? A message in this week's WR prompted this request.

Also, when the hell are we going to get Pip Pyle's C.D. or Dave Stewart's?
Wagner did the Ring quicker than this!!

Best wishes



From: Guy MONTOUT <gmontout@club-internet.fr>
Subject: Patrice Lemoine
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 1997 16:51:28 +0100


Just a few words about Patrice Lemoine in reaction to your profile on Calyx. He doesn't teach anymore. Since two or three years, he is managing a gospel boys band named "Sweetness", (and in my opinion, they're quite better than "poetic lovers" sponsored by the French TV channel M6) helping them to wander in the show-biz jungle without be swallowded by this f***g world.

For his part, Patrice is creating new pieces of music; something sailing between new-age and techno, but with a so personal touch, that makes you travelling through many of his and your soul's worlds. It's really fantastic, and many of my friends and me hope he will make a new solo album, if this world turns round one day.



From: Jean-Francois Verreault <amnesie@accent.net>
Subject: More on CD reissues
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 1997 13:46:10 -0500 (EST)

On the subject of CD reissues and major labels policy :

I think that's a very interesting topic. I have to draw parallels with the way Quebec albums from the seventies are being reissued. Actually, they're not! A large part of seventies artists from Quebec haven't received any upgrade to CD format -- fans have to try and find the albums on used vinyl, at sometimes high prices, in order to get the music.

A good example? (and relevant to prog rock) Harmonium's double live album, called "Harmonium en tournĂ©e", is still unavailable on CD,  even if the band is still considered somewhat legendary around here. Now, in my humble opinion, this is the best prog rock album to ever come from Quebec, very similar to early PFM (albeit a bit more tortured). And it isn't available on CD!

Which brings me to my point: as you've said, big labels are hesitant to let go of any material, knowing it may be worth something someday. But personally, I'm much more pessimistic about the whole thing. It is my experience, judging from what's happening here in Quebec, that the record companies are NOT doing this in order to reissue the albums themselves; it's just that they can't stand to have someone else make money off something they once had! In other words, they prefer that the album NEVER be released to selling the rights to someone else. I can name you a good number of 70s Quebec albums that are "locked up" by such a  decision. The music is imprisoned because of business decisions that have no consideration whatsoever for anything else than cash... (maybe that could sum up the whole music industry as it is right now :-) As a friend once said: "these days, it all comes back to selling more beer")

All this to say, if big labels are now hesitant to sell rights to prog albums, it does not necessarily mean they have plans to reissue the albums themselves. Instead, they might just be locking them up forever.

Jean-Francois Verreault                    amnesie@accent.net
           --  Thinking is the best way to travel --

[As far as I know, the reason why Harmonium's "En Tournee" hasn't been reissued is that former Harmonium leader Serge Fiori doesn't want to. He apparently thinks it's not a good album. So I think this is not a good example, although the general situation in Quebec is indeed bad, especially since reissue label Mezzo/Kozak went bust a few months ago. As for your general theory, I think you're completely right... unfortunately - AL]


From: Geoff Castle <castleg@turret.demon.co.uk>
Subject: Trevor Thompkins web page
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 11:56:40 +0000

Hi Ayemeric,

As ex-keyboard player with Nucleus please accept my thanks for
mentioning my name in connection with Trevor Thompkins work with Neil
Ardley.  I am attaching my own web page details and I shall include a
link to the Canterbury site in my recommended links,

keep up the good work,
Geoff Castle


From: Mark HEWINS <hewins@musart.co.uk>
Subject: for WR #76
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 21:37:09 GMT

Hi WR's

[in WR74 Anatole Gordon wrote]
>As always, thanks for maintaining this forum. I have to say that it's the
>most-organized, professionally run forum that I've encountered to date--no
>flame wars, no mountains of irrelevant messages cluttering my in-box, and
>so on. Keep up the great work.

I would like to add something about WR here;
BTW (we call it 'wuh-rer', phonetically here)

Apart from the marvellous opportunity to talk about the Music etc. in public (which alone has saved reams of  repeat e-mail replies to questions for us
We can let a lot of interested people know about new releases and concert dates etc. at the same time.
*It's an essential underground publication*
Aymeric is running this newsletter from France. In case anyone didn't realise Aymeric; your superb command of the English language shames all of us 'would
be' Europeans. Thanks from us here at MUSART


[I'll try to remain worthy of your high appreciation. Thanks - AL]


From: nickl@lsil.com (nick loebner)
Subject: "A.A. Man" lyrics
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 97 17:15:41 GMT

Hi Aymeric,

Some hints to help "complete" AA Man:-


Hey hey, A.A. man !
Hey hey, A.A. man !
Hey hey, A.A. man !
Hey hey, A.A. man !

Out on the motorway, clocking up the miles
My coupe's running roughly, steaming over
Got thirty miles to go to the next services

You won't believe the state my engine's in
I'm leaking oil and reckon I won't make it up the hill
I should have checked my fanbelt too
There's a burning smell, and now I'm pulling over to the side

Hey hey, A.A. man !
Hey hey, A.A. man !
Hey hey, A.A. man ! - get to me as fast as you can

It's now well past four and pissing down with rain
Where's my member's handbook, the crucial ******** ?
The wheels are well locked up, I'm going for the phone
************** to fix it

Operator, put me through to breakdown
I'm down the road, in my little red Marina in the rain
Connect me through to Information
I'm pumped right out (???)
and I've fifteen miles to walk home in the wet

Hey hey, A.A. man ! - get to me as fast as you can
Hey hey, A.A. man ! - XXX up the jerrycan

Operator, put me through to breakdown
I'm down the road, in my little red Marina in the rain
Connect me to Auto Information
I'm pumped right out (????)
and I've fifteen miles to walk home in the wet

(c) 1982 Richard Sinclair


Sorry I can't finish it. Indeed, in some places I've erased more than
I've contributed!

The jury's still out on one or two Sinclair-isms.

- Nick.

[Suggestions, anyone ? - AL]


From: WOODDUV@aol.com
Subject: Cant
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 01:14:53 -0500 (EST)

Speaking of Cant (can't) find none of that stuff  much around my "neck of the
woods" - I think alot of us here & there have that complaint... Why?? Is it because they're sold out, not too much in demand (mainstream) or what??

It's hard to classify what "Cant" is. Can you tell us in a few words of do we have to experience it for ourselves?? Is it just a locale or a state of mind or a certain experience?? It seems to me to be more of a place in time with this sort of sound, that's too far-fetched for "Joe Blow". It's like zen of the music world. A certain place and a certain kind of expression of feelings of universal consciousness. A great way to vent it out. Could it be locale of
mind??...I'd like to experience hearing some of this sort of sound some more but as some of us are saying, it's hard to sort out what is actually Canturbury sound...It's a pity that in Canturbury you couldn't much there, as in these kind of works...

Are the Full Moon festivals really going to happen, that I read about a few issues back? That would be a way to experience this first-hand. I really hope that at least one happens. Someone keep me posted, so, hopefully, I can be there...

...Stuck inside of "po-dunk" with the Canturbury Bluz again..."Is this Bluz or What?"


From: David Kipling <dkipling@bcit.bc.ca>
Subject: EGG memory
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 1997 16:44:18 -0800

Doodling here on the west/wet coast of Canada, I stumbled (new-to-'Net) into EGG.  I've been over here 20 years, but I fondly remember going to a church in Redhill, Surrey, to see EGG play.  The vicar was retiring and his art-student son persuaded him to let 'em have Dr. Strangely Strange and EGG in for a gig.  Light-show plus stained-glass, plus that bass.

Amazing, to discover that EGG is remembered and members in action still.  My mind had stored EGG in the old "long term" file.  It also seems that the whole "scene" has never stopped flourishing.  I saw Centipede in Bristol, and Softs/Matching M, and a Dean group there too, and a Tippett trio now I come to think of it.  Well, there are some definite benefits for you guys there in the old country.  Fantastic.  This is all over 20 years back;  my vinyl HOPPERTUNITY BOX is worn thin, and still drives away the neighbours.

Bless you guys, whoever you are there in cyber land.  What a gas!!

David Kipling
Gibson's Landing
BC, Canada


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Dec 06 - Brentwood (UK), Monkeys at the Hermit Club [tel : 01277 218897]
Dec 08 - London (UK), Vortex Jazz Bar [tel :  0171 254 6516]

Dec 12 - Nanterre, near Paris (France) - venue unknown (Impur)
Dec 13 - Cr&eacute;teil, near Paris (France) - venue unknown (Impur)
Dec 18 - Munich (Germany) - venue unknown (performances with Arditti String Quartet)
Dec 20 - Lyon (France) - venue uniknown (Impur)
Jan 10 - Paris (France) - Sons d'Hiver (w/Chris Cutler)
Jan 25-30 - tour with Sylvie Courvoisier (pno), Lucas Niggli (d), Urs Leimgruber (sax)
Feb 17 - Stuttgart - Musik des Jahrhunderts (performance of "Tense Serenity"
with Uwe Dirksen (trombone) and Ardilli Quartet)
Apr 25-May 06 - tour with Tense Serenity
(+ Chris Cutler (dr), Daan Vandewalle (pno), Claudio Puntin (cl))
May 18 - St. Etienne (France) - venue unknown (with Louis Sclavis and J-P Drouet)

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

Mar 6-11 - tba

1st week-end of June 1998 in Canterbury (tba)

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