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Caravan – 1973 – For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night

For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night is the fifth album by Canterbury scene band Caravan and was released in 1973 on Decca’s Deram Records label.

Production

The album was recorded between April and August in 1973 at Decca TollingtonPark Studios and Chipping Norton Studios in London. Engineers were Kevin Fuller and Derek Varnals from Decca and David Grinstead from Chipping Norton. Producer was David Hitchcock. In a 2010 interview with Prog Sphere, frontman Pye Hastings had the following to say about the album.

 

Pye: Dave agreed to record “Plump in the Night” as a session player for a fee because he didn’t want to re-join the band at the time and needed some quick cash. We had previously recorded the album without keyboards with the intention of adding them later. Dave obliged but the recording lacked feeling and commitment. In the meantime we had a tour to do which again Dave agreed to do for a fee. Upon return we recorded the same numbers immediately, having ironed out all the bits that weren’t working, and got the backing tracks done in one take. Clearly this was the way forward. Great fun. I have never stopped writing and had this batch of songs ready as soon as Richard and Steve left the band. Something positive usually comes from a disruption, like line up change.

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Track listing

[cc_full_width_col background_color=”f1f1f1″ shadow_color=”888888″ radius=”6″]All songs written by Caravan except Backwards.

Side A

  1. Memory Lain, Hugh (4:54)
    • Pye Hastings
  2. Headloss (3:25)
    • Pye Hastings
  3. Hoedown (3:10)
    • Pye Hastings
  4. Surprise, Surprise (3:45)
    • Pye Hastings
  5. C’thlu Thlu (6:10)
    • Pye Hastings

Side B

  1. The Dog, the Dog, He’s at It Again (5:53)
    • Pye Hastings
  2. a. Be All Right/b. Chance of a Lifetime (6:38)
    • Pye Hastings
  3. a. L’Auberge Du Sanglier (1:00) / b. A Hunting We Shall Go (2:45) / c. Pengola (0:35) / d. Backwards (4:54) / e. A Hunting We Shall Go (Reprise) (0:32) [total: 9:46]
    • a. Pye Hastings / b. Pye Hastings / c. John G. Perry / d. Mike Ratledge / e. Pye Hastings

Note that later CD releases typically have bonus tracks in addition to the 7 tracks from the original release.

Personnel

[cc_half_col_left background_color=”f1f1f1″ radius=”6″ shadow_color=”888888″]Guest Musicians

  • Rupert Hine
    • A. R. P. Synthesizer [tracks A1/A2/B2a] / Congas [B2b]
  • Frank Ricotti
    • Congas [A2/A3/B1]
  • Jill Pryor
    • Voice [A5]
  • Paul Buckmaster
    • Electric Cello [B2a]
  • Jimmy Hastings
    • Flute / brass Arrangement & conductor [A1]
  • Tony Coe
    • Clarinet / Tenor Sax [A1]
  • Tommy Whittle
    • Clarinet / Tenor Sax [A1]
  • Harry Klein
    • Clarinet / Baritone Sax [A1]
  • Pete King
    • Flute / Alto Sax [A1]
  • Barry Robinson
    • Flute / Piccolo Flute [A1]
  • Henry Lowther
    • Trumpet [A1]
  • Chris Pyne
    • Trombone [A1]

Orchestra arranged by John Bell and Martyn Ford and conducted by Martyn Ford[/cc_half_col_left]

[cc_half_col_right background_color=”f1f1f1″ radius=”6″ shadow_color=”888888″]Caravan

  • Pye Hastings
    • Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Electric Guitar
  • Geoff Richardson
    • Viola
  • David Sinclair
    • Organ [Tracks A1/A2/A5/B2b/B3] / Piano [B3d] / Electric Piano [A3-B1] / A. R. P Synthesizer [A2] / Davoli Synthesizer [B1/B2a/B3d]
  • John G Perry
    • Bass Guitar, Vocals [A3/A4/B2a] / Percussion
  • Richard Coughlan
    • Drums[/cc_half_col_right]

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Vintervake

Vintervake is a song by norwegian avant-garde prog band Panzerpappa. It was written by Steinar Børve. Featuring vocals by Richard Sinclair, Vintervake was the only song with sung lyrics from the band’s fourth album Koralrevens Klagesang from 2006.

Lyrics

As there’s no official written source for the song’s lyrics, the ones given here may not be entirely correct. (?) after a word indicates the word might not be the correct one.

 

Flickering lights
in the sky
shines upon my troubling nights

Is this for real
or a dream
this enormous cold that I feel

Onwards I strive
step by step
trying just to keep me alive

What’s there to see
where to go
can anybody help me to breathe (?)

Hear how they call
sickly sweet
sirens, as they wait for my fall

Still I go on…

Figures in white
dancingly
guided me away from the light

Deep underground
to a world
where the strangest creatures are found

Both foul and fair
after (?)  me
mock me without heeding my prayer

My life was frail
death was drawing near
here in the land of the pale

Then in a flash
all is changed
someone pulled my life from the ash

Honey I’m back…

 

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John G. Perry – Sunset Wading (1976)

Sunset Wading is the debut album of musician and bass player John G. Perry. Aside from John G. Perry, the band features performances by several musicians, among them ex-fellow Caravan member Geoff Richardson and Elio D’Anna and Corrado Rusticci from the Italian band Nova.

[cc_full_width_col background_color=”f1f1f1″ shadow_color=”888888″ radius=”6″]John G. Perry on Sunset Wading :

It was really just a solo project, though, we had no plans for it to do any touring or anything else like that. Just a collection of musicians who I wanted to actually work with, I sort of wrote all the framework of it, but I wanted to give them the room to express themselves. So all the parts weren’t written, we all knew each other, and I could give them a lot of freedom within a sort of… structured framework of the story of “Sunset Wading”.

Source : Calyx

Production

The album was recorded in late 1975 and early 1976 at Decca Studios in West Hampstead. Producer was Rupert Hine.

Track listing

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  1. I Wait My Friend (2:24)
    • John G. Perry
  2. How Goes The Night ? (0:15)
    • John G. Perry
  3. Devoke Water (4:51)
    • John G. Perry, Michael Giles, Rupert Hine, Simon Jeffes
  4. Birds And Small Furry Beasts (3:19)
    • John G. Perry, Elio D’Anna, Rupert Hine, Corrado Rusticci
  5. As Clouds Gather (3:45)
    • John G. Perry
  6. Storm (2:59)
    • John G. Perry
  7. Ah Well, You Can Only Get Wet! (1:56)
    • John G. Perry, Michael Giles, Ruper Hine, Morris Pert, Corrado Rusticci
  8. Dawn (7:05)
    • John G. Perry, Michael Giles, Rupert Hine, Simon Jeffes
  9. Morning Song (3:09)
    • John G. Perry, Michael Giles, Rupert Hine, Simon Jeffes
  10. On The Moor (3:09)
    • John G. Perry, Elio D’Anna, Michael Giles, Rupert Hine, Morris Pert, Corrado Rusticci
  11. Roundelay (0:51)
    • John G. Perry
  12. Etude (3:33)
    • John G. Perry
  13. A Rhythmic Stroll (1:12)
    • John G. Perry, Elio d’Anna, Michael Giles, Rupert Hine, Morris Pert, Corrado Rusticci
  14. Sunset Wading (2:35)
    • John G. Perry, Rupert Hine

Personnel

[cc_half_col_left background_color=”f1f1f1″ radius=”6″ shadow_color=”888888″]Band

  • John G. Perry
    • Bass, vocals, piano [2, 12]
  • Corrado Rusticci
    • Guitar
  • Elio D’Anna
    • Alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute [4]
  • Geoff Richardson
    • Viola, flute [1, 3, 11]
  • Rupert Hine
    • Piano, electric piano, celeste, moog, backing vocals
  • Michael Giles
    • Drums
  • Morris Pert
    • Marimba, vibes, percussion[/cc_half_col_left]

[cc_half_col_right background_color=”f1f1f1″ radius=”6″ shadow_color=”888888″]Guest musicians

    • Beryl Streeter
      • Vocals
    • Roger Glover
      • A.R.P. synthesizer
    • Gavyn Wright
      • 1st violin
    • Steve Rowlinson
      • 2nd violin
    • Levine Andradi
      • Viola
    • Helen Liebman
      • Cello[/cc_half_col_right]
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Amoeba Split – 2010 – Dance of the Goodbyes

Dance of the goodbyes album cover

Dance of the goodbyes is the debut album by spanish jazz-rock Amoeba Split. Canterburyan influences and references generally makes the album and the band considered to be part of the extended Canterbury scene. For example, the first track “Dedicated to us, but we weren’t listening” is a reference to the Soft Machine song “Dedicated to you, but you weren’t listening” from the album Volume Two. Dance of the goodbyes was the result of four years work and was nominated for best debut album of 2010 on the italian website Progawards.

Production

The album was recorded at Fuzz Studios in A Coruña in Spain. The sound engineer was Ezequiel Orol. Work on the album started in 2006 and in 2010, it was released on the independent label Autoedita.

Track listing

[cc_full_width_col background_color=”f1f1f1″ shadow_color=”888888″ radius=”6″]All songs by Amoeba Split.

  1. Dedicated to us, but we weren’t listening (3:52)
    • Alberto Villarroya
  2. Perfumed Garden (9:43)
    • Alberto Villarroya
  3. Turbulent Matrix (10:47)
    • Alberto Villarroya
  4. Blessed Water (12:25)
    • Alberto Villarroya
  5. Qwerty (0:52)
    • Alberto Villarroya
  6. Flight to nowhere (23:39)
    • Alberto Villarroya

Personnel

[cc_half_col_left background_color=”f1f1f1″ radius=”6″ shadow_color=”888888″]Amoeba Split

  • Ricardo Castro Varela
    • Keyboards
  • Alberto Villarroya López
    • Bass, guitars
  • Fernando Lamas
    • Drums
  • María Toro
    • Flute, vocals
  • Pablo Añón
    • Soprano, alto & tenor saxes[/cc_half_col_left]

[cc_half_col_right background_color=”f1f1f1″ radius=”6″ shadow_color=”888888″]Guest musicians

  • Gastón Rodríguez
    • Guitar [3][/cc_half_col_right]

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Soft Machine – 1975 – Bundles

Bundles is the eigth album by Canterbury band Soft Machine. The album is the last Soft Machine album to feature a member from the original line-up, Mike Ratledge. Bundles is also notable for featuring significant contributions from guitarist Allan Holdsworth and was the first Soft Machine album since the debut to feature guitar.

Production

The album was recorded Columbia Studios in London between the 16th and 26th of July 1974. Engineer was Bernie O’Gourman while production is credited to Soft Machine.

Track listing

[cc_full_width_col background_color=”f1f1f1″ shadow_color=”888888″ radius=”6″]All songs by Soft Machine.

Side A

  1. Hazard Profile Part 1 (9:18)
    • Karl Jenkins
  2. Part 2 (2:21)
    • Karl Jenkins
  3. Part 3 (1:05)
    • Karl Jenkins
  4. Part 4 (0:46)
    • Karl Jenkins
  5. Part 5 (5:29)
    • Karl Jenkins
  6. Gone Sailing (0:59)
    • Allan Holdsworth

Side B

  1. Bundles (3:14)
    • Karl Jenkins
  2. Land Of The Bag Snake (3:35)
    • Allan Holdsworth
  3. The Man Who Waved At Trains (1:50)
    • Mike Ratledge
  4. Peff (1:57)
    • Mike Ratledge
  5. Four Gongs Two Drums (4:09)
    • John Marshall
  6. The Floating World (7:12)
    • Karl Jenkins

Personnel

[cc_half_col_left background_color=”f1f1f1″ radius=”6″ shadow_color=”888888″]Soft Machine

  • Allan Holdsworth
    • Guitar, 12-string [6]
  • John Marshall
    • Drums, percussion [11]
  • Karl Jenkins
    • Oboe [5/10], soprano sax, acoustic piano [2], electric piano
  • Mike Ratledge
    • Electric Piano, organ, synthesizer [5]
  • Roy Babbington
    • Bass guitar[/cc_half_col_left]

[cc_half_col_left background_color=”f1f1f1″ radius=”6″ shadow_color=”888888″]Guest musicians

  • Ray Warleigh
    • Alto & bass flutes [12][/cc_half_col_left]

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Camel – 1975 – Music Inspired by the Snow Goose

Camel - Music Inspired by the Snow Goose
Music Inspired by the Snow Goose album cover

Music Inspired by the Snow Goose, also known as simply The Snow Goose, is Canterbury scene prog band Camel’s third album released on Decca in 1975. The success of The White Rider suite from their previous album, Mirage from 1974, inspired the band to write more conceptual suites based on novels. Before settling on Paul Gallico’s novel The Snow Goose, the band considered other literary works, among them Herman Hesse’s novel Siddartha which was also an important influence on prog band Yes’ widely considered magnum opus, Close to the Edge. The originial album title was The Snow Goose, but the band changed the name to include “Music Inspired By” after legal protests from Gallico. The idea for the album to feature lyrics based on his books was also abandoned due to Gallico’s protests and, as a result, the album is entirely instrumental.

The album features orchestral and rock instrumentation and the tracks segue seamlessly from one song to the next. Music Inspired by the Snow Goose is generally considered one of Camel’s more accessible albums and a Canterbury scene classic. It remains a favourite with many fans, alongside their previous release Mirage and subsequent release Moonmadness.

Concept

The music follows the narrative of Paul Gallico’s book which is a parable on the regenerative power of love and friendship. The story is about the friendship between the man Philip Rhayader  and Fritha. Philip is a partly disabled artist living on his own in a lighthouse. Fritha is a young local girl. At the start of their friendship, Fritha finds a snow goose wounded by a gunshot and Philip and Fritha nurse it back to health as their friendship develops. When their friendship blossoms, the snow goose is nurtured back to flight and continues to visit the lighthouse on it’s migration travels for several years as Fritha grows up. Philip takes his small sailboat to Dunkirk to assist in the evacuation of allied soldiers during the Second World War, but is lost after saving several hundred soldiers. The snow goose who accompanied Philip visits the adult Fritha one last time which she interprets as a visit from Philip’s soul saying farewell. Later, Rhayader’s lighthouse is destroyed by a german pilot and all that is left of his art is the picture he painted of Fritha, the young girl with the wounded snow goose in her arms.

Production

Produced by David Hitchcock. Orchestral arrangements by David Bedford.

Track listing

[cc_full_width_col background_color=”f1f1f1″ shadow_color=”888888″ radius=”6″]All songs by Peter Bardens and Andrew Latimer.

Side A

  1. The Great Marsh (2:02)
  2. Rhayader (3:01)
  3. Rhayader Goes To Town (5:20)
  4. Sanctuary (1:05)
  5. Fritha (1:19)
  6. The Snow Goose (3:12)
  7. Friendship (1:44)
  8. Migration (2:01)
  9. Rhayader Alone (1:50)

Side B

  1. Flight Of The Snow Goose (2:40)
  2. Preparation (3:58)
  3. Dunkirk (5:19)
  4. Epitaph (2:07)
  5. Fritha Alone (1:40)
  6. La Princesse Perdue (4:44)
  7. The Great Marsh (1:20)

Personnel

[cc_full_width_col background_color=”f1f1f1″ shadow_color=”888888″ radius=”6″]Camel

  • Andrew Latimer
    • Electric, acoustic & slide guitars, flute, vocals
  • Andy Ward
    • Drums, percussion, vibes
  • Doug Ferguson
    • Bass, duffle coat
  • Peter Bardens
    • Organ, Minimoog, acoustic & electric pianos, pipe organ, ARP Odyssey

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Hugh Hopper & Alan Gowen – 1980 – Two Rainbows Daily

Two Rainbows Daily is an album by bass guitarist Hugh Hopper and keyboardist Alan Gowen. It was released on the label Red Records in 1980.

Production

The album was recorded in Alan Gowen’s home during the days 2nd to 7th of June, 1980. Studio engineer was Peter Ball while production is credited to Hugh Hopper and Alan Gowen. The cover art is a painting by Hugh Hopper.

Track listing

[cc_full_width_col background_color=”f1f1f1″ shadow_color=”888888″ radius=”6″]All songs by Alan Gowen and Hugh Hopper.

Side A

  1. Seen Through a Door (5:54)
    • Alan Gowen, Hugh Hopper
  2. Morning Order (6:32)
    • Alan Gowen, Hugh Hopper
  3. Fishtank 1 (4:56)
    • Alan Gowen
  4. Two Rainbows Daily (4:14)
    • Alan Gowen, Hugh Hopper

Side B

  1. Elibom (5:04)
    • Hugh Hopper
  2. Every Silver Lining (5:23)
    • Alan Gowen, Hugh Hopper
  3. Waltz for Nobby (9:07)
    • Alan Gowen, Hugh Hopper

Personnel

  • Alan Gowen
    • Keyboards
  • Hugh Hopper
    • Bass

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National Health – 1977 – National Health

National Health is the eponymous debut album of Canterbury scene band National Health and was released in October 1977 on Affinity Records. The album features lengthy, complex instrumental compositions reminiscent of Hatfield and the North and is considered by many to be a classic album from the Canterbury scene.

Production

The album was recorded in in London in March and April 1977. Studio engineers were Mike Dunne, Paul Northfield & Brian Gaylor. The producer was National Health and Mike Dunne.

Track listing

[cc_full_width_col background_color=”f1f1f1″ shadow_color=”888888″ radius=”6″]All songs by National Health.

Side A

  1. Tenemos roads (14:32)
    • Dave Stewart
  2. Brujo (10:13)
    • Alan Gowen

Side B

  1. Borogoves (Excerpt from part two) (4:12)
    • Dave Stewart
  2. Borogoves (Part one) (6:29)
    • Dave Stewart
  3. Elephants (14:32)
    • Dave Stewart, Alan Gowen

Personnel

[cc_half_col_left background_color=”f1f1f1″ radius=”6″ shadow_color=”888888″]National Health

  • Alan Gowen
    • Acoustic [tracks A2, B3] and electric piano, moog
  • Amanda Parsons
    • Vocals
  • Dave Stewart
    • Organ, acoustic and electric piano
  • Neil Murray
    • Electric bass guitar
  • Phil Miller
    • Electric guitar
  • Pip Pyle
    • Drums / cowbell, gong, tambourine [A1] / glockenspiel, finger cymbals, shaker, bells [A2] / Pixiephone [B2][/cc_half_col_left]

[cc_half_col_left background_color=”f1f1f1″ radius=”6″ shadow_color=”888888″]Guest musicians

  • Jimmy Hastings
    • Flute, bass clarinet [A1], clarinet [B1]
  • John Mitchell
    • Percussion [A1], temple blocks / guava [A2], congas [B1][/cc_half_col_left]

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Caravan – 1970 – If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You

If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You is the second album by Canterbury scene band Caravan and was released in 1970 by Decca. The album is generally regarded as a classic, both from Caravan’s discography and from the Canterbury scene in general.

Production

The album was recorded in Tangerine Studios in London between February and May 1970. Engineer was Robin Sylvester while production was credited to the band and their manager, Terry King. In an interview with the Marmelade Skies website, Richard Sinclair stated that “on the album it says the group and Terry King produced it but really it was Robin’s influence in there. He was the engineer, he did all of the recording. He was a musician and he had ears, so the album had a much more musicianly quality to it.”

Trivia

  • The cover picture, which shows the band posing by a chestnut tree, was taken in Holland Park in London.
  • The album’s title and title track (if I could do it all over again, I’d do it all over you) is a quote from comedian, actor, musician, poet and more, Spike Milligan.

Track listing

[cc_full_width_col background_color=”f1f1f1″ shadow_color=”888888″ radius=”6″]All songs written by Caravan.

Side A

  1. If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You – 3:07
    • Pye Hastings
  2. a. And I Wish I Were Stoned / b. Don’t Worry – 8:20
    • Pye Hastings
  3. As I Feel I Die – 5:06
    • Pye Hastings
  4. a. With an Ear to the Ground You Can Make It / b. Martinian / c. Only Cox / d. Reprise – 9:54
    • Pye Hastings

Side B

  1. Hello Hello – 3:45
    • Pye Hastings, David Sinclair
  2. Asforteri – 1:21
    • Pye Hastings
  3. a. Can’t Be Long Now / b. Francoise / c. For Richard / d. Warlock – 14:21
    • a. David Sinclair / b. David Sinclair / c. David Sinclair, Richard Sinclair / d. David Sinclair
  4. Limits – 1:35
    • Pye Hastings

Personnel

[cc_half_col_left background_color=”f1f1f1″ radius=”6″ shadow_color=”888888″]Caravan

  • David Sinclair
    • Hammond organ/piano [tracks A1/A2b/A4e/B1], harpsichord [track 4b]
  • Pye Hastings
    • 12 and 16 string electric guitars, vocals [tracks A1/A2b/A3/A4/B2-B4]
  • Richard Coughlan
    • Drums
  • Richard Sinclair
    • Bass guitar, vocals [tracks A2a/B1][/cc_half_col_left]

[cc_half_col_right background_color=”f1f1f1″ radius=”6″ shadow_color=”888888″]Guest musicians

  • Jimmy Hastings
    • Tenor saxophone [track B3c], flute [tracks A4c/B3abc/B4][/cc_half_col_right]

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Caravan – 1969 – Caravan

Caravan is the eponymous debut album of the Canterbury scene band Caravan. It was first released on the label Verve in January 1969.

Production

The album was produced by Tony Cox and was recorded in Advision Studios in London in September and October in 1968.

Track listing

[cc_full_width_col background_color=”f1f1f1″ shadow_color=”888888″ radius=”6″]All songs were written by Caravan except where noted.

Side A

  1. Place of my own (4:01)
    • Pye Hastings
  2. Ride (3:42)
    • Pye Hastings
  3. Policeman (2:44)
    • Richard Sinclair
  4. Love song with flute (4:10)
    • Pye Hastings

Side B

  1. Cecil runs (4:07)
    • Pye Hastings
  2. Magic man (4:03)
    • Pye Hastings
  3. Grandma’s lawn (3:25)
    • Richard Sinclair
  4. Where but for Caravan would I be (9:01)
    • Pye Hastings, Brian Hopper

Personnel

[cc_half_col_left background_color=”f1f1f1″ radius=”6″ shadow_color=”888888″]Caravan

  • David Sinclair
    • Organ, piano
  • Pye Hastings
    • Guitar, vocals
  • Richard Coughlan
    • Drums
  • Richard Sinclair
    • Bass, guitar, vocals[/cc_half_col_left]

[cc_half_col_right background_color=”f1f1f1″ radius=”6″ shadow_color=”888888″]Guest musicians

  • Jimmy Hastings
    • Flute [track A4][/cc_half_col_right]

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