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With many other types of English progressive music developing mostly in London, it may at first seem strange that the old pilgrimage centre and relatively quiet cathedral city of Canterbury, became the centre of this very English form of progressive music and jazz fusion. Originally the Wilde Flowers, a teenage band of members living in and around Canterbury, playing a mix of pop, R'n'B and band members with a developing love of jazz, was formed in the 60's and became the seedling from which the Canterbury Scene grew. Australian beatnik Daevid Allen during a long stop-over at Robert Wyatt's parent's home, a refuge for many left field artists, was to catalyse the evolution of the Wilde Flowers into the fledging Soft Machine and the development of some avant music during the English psychedelic and underground period. From 1963 to 1969, the Wilde Flowers included most of the figures who later formed Canterbury's two best known bands, (The) Soft Machine (Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, Hugh Hopper) and Caravan (Pye Hastings, David Sinclair, Richard Sinclair, Richard Coughlan).

Canterbury was then to be the cradle for several of the more freewheeling British bands of the post-psychedelic era. While fans would suggest this is the home of an English musical quirkiness tempered with quite a bit of whimsy, within the Canterbury Scene's musical spectrum any similarities between Canterbury's major bands, (e.g. Soft Machine, Caravan, Gong, Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, Hatfield & the North, Egg, National Health), are not immediately obvious*. Most bands will be found employing a clever fusion of rock rhythms and jazz improvisation with intellectual song-writing and varying strengths of psychedelia - some would too include folk elements (e.g. Spirogyra), others blues (e.g. Carol Grimes and Delivery). In addition, a number of bands employed various elements from classical music, for instance those bands with Dave Stewart playing keyboards. Whilst there have been a handful of excellent and distinctly different guitarists to play with Canterbury bands (e.g. Andy Summers, Allan Holdsworth, John Etheridge, Steve Hillage, Phil Miller), the lead instrument of choice has been keyboards. One English peculiarity of Canterbury is what the late John Peel called the 'School of Anti-song' because of particular Wyatt, Ayers and Richard Sinclair's approaches to vocals and perhaps the whimsy. More recently Richard Sinclair's vocal style has perhaps accurately been labelled as 'English jazz singing' by Jazzwise (i.e. singing jazz with an English rather than the usual American accent). In addition Canterbury musicians have experimented as avant garde, free jazz players, e.g. instance Elton Dean, Lol Coxhill, Steve Miller.

(*However, once you've heard some Canterbury bands the commonality becomes more obvious - chord sequencing e.g. Caveman Hughscore's electric piano opening on the tune 'More Than Nothing', the vocals, the lyrics etc.)

Both the Soft Machine and Caravan were popular in England's psychedelic/ underground scene before releasing their first albums in 1968, with Machine completing on level footing with Pink Floyd. However, by the early 70's a series of fragmenting changes of bands' line-ups, (Soft Machine went through about 30) and the subsequent formation of new bands, rapidly broadened Canterbury's range, with many newer musicians with only loose and in fact, no previous Canterbury connections. Early Soft Machine member Daevid Allen formed Gong in Paris. Both Kevin Ayers and Robert Wyatt left the Softs because of musical developments they did not like, to begin their own solo careers. By the mid-70's, most the old and new Canterbury bands had progressed away from psychedelia, developing their distinct forms of progressive rock some embracing jazz fusion, many playing extended jams with now limited lyrical input (e.g. Hatfield and The Norths, National Health, Gilgamesh). Caravan became more folky. However, as the 70's progressed several Canterbury bands would lose most of the rock element from their music. Gong retained their psychedelic side longest, but with the departure of Daevid Allen and Steve Hillage in the mid 70's, the band evolved into the percussion-oriented, jazz rock group Gong, which eventually became the modern day Gongzilla. Daevid Allen regained Gong's name in the 90's and through his solo work and with his University of Errors, is still evidently producing psychedelia. Steve Hillage's form of psychedelia evolved into the glissando rock of his own band and then into electronica, by the end of the 70's. In particular, Hillage through his work as a successful record producer of new bands from the 80's, develop his form of electronica through other bands. This music lost much of its complexity e.g. few riffs played over and over, rather than dozens per tune that previously had often typified prog, into a very popular form that is the antithesis of prog, i.e. the various forms of house music, with associated remixing/turntablism. For instance, Gong's "You" got the remix treatment in the 90's - but then to reflect his range of activities, Hillage has also produced and played guitar for Algerian Rai singer, Rachid Taha for over 20 years.

Many of Britain's better known avant-garde and fusion musicians of the 70's and 80's - including Fred Frith (Henry Cow), Allan Holdsworth (Gong, Soft Machine, UK, Bruford) and Peter Blegvad - were involved during their early careers playing in Canterbury bands. And still new musicians join the Canterbury Scene's ranks, Theo Travis being perhaps the most notable recently (Gong, The Soft Machine Legacy). The Canterbury scene was to have a major influence on musicians in Europe, especially France (e.g. Gong, Moving Gelatine Plates), the Netherlands (Super Sister)and Italy (Daedalus), and more belatedly in the USA (Hughscore). Caravan reformed in the mid 90's, while ex-members of Soft Machine could be found in various avant jazz and straight jazz fusion groups, e.g. Just Us, Soft Heap, Soft Works and most recently The Soft Machine Legacy. From the Canterbury Scene, RIO it its various forms has developed.

FOOTNOTE: As indicated above, many Canterbury Scene bands are acknowledged as having played/are playing jazz rock fusion. However, because of their strong Canterbury affliations are listed under "Canterbury Scene" in Prog Archives.

Dick Heath
Based loosely in part on the source: http://www.allmusic.com
(Edition 3, Aug 2009)

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4.30 | 1799 ratings
IN THE LAND OF GREY AND PINK
Caravan
4.28 | 909 ratings
ROCK BOTTOM
Wyatt, Robert
4.28 | 814 ratings
HATFIELD AND THE NORTH
Hatfield And The North
4.25 | 1069 ratings
IF I COULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN, I'D DO IT ALL OVER YOU
Caravan
4.25 | 1038 ratings
RADIO GNOME INVISIBLE VOL. 3 - YOU
Gong
4.27 | 743 ratings
SPACE SHANTY
Khan
4.19 | 1036 ratings
THIRD
Soft Machine, The
4.26 | 458 ratings
OF QUEUES AND CURES
National Health
4.21 | 590 ratings
THE ROTTERS' CLUB
Hatfield And The North
4.16 | 768 ratings
FOR GIRLS WHO GROW PLUMP IN THE NIGHT
Caravan
4.14 | 703 ratings
RADIO GNOME INVISIBLE VOL. 2 - ANGEL'S EGG
Gong
4.26 | 278 ratings
TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER
Supersister
4.13 | 431 ratings
THE POLITE FORCE
Egg
4.12 | 449 ratings
FISH RISING
Hillage, Steve
4.13 | 409 ratings
NATIONAL HEALTH
National Health
4.30 | 163 ratings
THE WORLD OF GENIUS HANS
Moving Gelatine Plates
4.13 | 330 ratings
MAINSTREAM
Quiet Sun
4.09 | 386 ratings
BUNDLES
Soft Machine, The
4.05 | 519 ratings
VOLUME TWO
Soft Machine, The
4.16 | 225 ratings
VIVA BOMA
Cos

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Latest Canterbury Scene Music Reviews


 If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.25 | 1069 ratings

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If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by VianaProghead
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5 stars Review N?388

Caravan is an English progressive rock band from the Canterbury scene. For many aficionados of the creative progressive rock music that surfaced in the heady days of the 70's, the bands that surfaced from the English provincial city of Canterbury produced some of the best and most consistently interesting progressive rock music of that period. Of the all bands that emerged from the Canterbury scene, none was quite so original and as enduring as Caravan was.

Caravan was founded by the former Wilde Flowers' members David Sinclair, Richard Sinclair, Pye Hastings and Richard Coughlan in 1968. Caravan grew out of the breakup of the Wilde Flowers, a also Canterbury based group formed in 1964 as an R&B based outfit with a jazzy edge. The band was originally based in Whitstable, Kent, a place near Canterbury, but soon they relocated to London due to their musical career. They were a leading exponent of the Canterbury sound.

"If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You" is the second studio album of Caravan and was released in 1970. The line up on the album is Pye Hastings (vocals, 6 and 12 string electric guitars, 6 string acoustic guitar, claves, worn leather strap, impersonation of a friendly gorilla and assorted ashtrays), David Sinclair (organ, piano and harpsichord), Richard Sinclair (vocals, bass guitar, tambourine and hedge clippers) and Richard Coughlan (drums, congas, bongos, maracas, figer and cymbals). The album had also the collaboration of Jimmy Hastings (saxophone and flute).

Caravan's self-titled debut album had held some promise but it was only "If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You" that brought a much more assured and distinctive sound. Indeed, this album perfectly bridges that awkward gap between psych and prog. This is really the album where the band had found their ultimate style. Jazz, pop, rock and classical music melted together in the usual prog way but far less pretentious than many other progressive rock bands. The classic Caravan sound was characterised by the vocals of Pye Hastings and Richard Sinclair, twisted and fuzzed organ, very typical for many Canterbury bands, and there was usually some wind instruments too, mostly flute and sax.

"If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You" has eight tracks. The first track is the title track. It's a short, fast, humorous piece, which draws its charm mainly by the vocal contrast of the two singers. Nice is also the organ solo in the middle. This is a fine opener to the album, but it isn't representative of the band, or even the album. The second track "And I Wish I Were Stoned ? Don't Worry" starts off something in the slightly 60's pop influenced style, which also influenced Caravan's debut album. The first half of the song is kept at a slow pace, then it gets faster, and Hastings even lays down a short solo. The guitar doesn't play a big role in the early sound of Caravan, really. The third track "As I Feel Die" is stylistically still in the tradition of the previous album. First, it begins very slowly and melancholy, then it goes abruptly into a brisk part with a beautiful organ. The fourth track is the suite "With An Ear To The Ground You Can Make It/Martinian/Only Cox/Reprise". It shows for the first time the slightly jazzy style sometimes interspersed with folky accents, which should also characterize the two great successors "In The Land Of Grey And Pink" and "Waterloo Lily". The long flowing instrumental parts, where sometimes the organ, sometimes saxophone or flute steps into the foreground, without pronounced solos. The singing is used sparingly but effectively. The fifth track "Hello Hello" is a very simple song but it's pretty good. It's a perfect example of how Caravan was able to beat many of their progressive contemporaries, creating shorter and more accessible songs. The sixth track "Asforteri 25" is another short and sweet song with great vocals from Hastings and Sinclair. It leads the way for the next track. The seventh track is the suite "Can't Be Long Now/Fran鏾ise/For Richard/Warlock". It's not just the highlight of the album, but one of the best pieces in Caravan's entire repertoire. After a gentle lyrical upbeat with a beautiful flute and nice vocals by Hastings, follows a long instrumental part. Organ, saxophone and flute entwine, again and again, one of these instruments comes to the fore for a short time to be replaced by another, to which bass, guitar and drums provide a solid rhythmic foundation. The eighth track "Limits" is a lighter piece, in which Hastings once again shines on flute. It's a nice close to the album.

Conclusion: This is a great album, a true masterpiece. It shows the intricacy with which Caravan's compositions are sculpted around some of the finest instrumental improvisation in British rock at the time, or arguably since. Caravan's uncanny ability to create a montage that effortlessly maneuvers through acoustic folk and electric progressive rock is really impressive, indeed. It's epic but never pretentious, psychedelic but never adrift, jazzy but never impenetrable. It has a lightness of touch and a complex magic the band never repeated. This is the first great highlight in the creation of Caravan and for those who are interested in the Canterbury sound is absolutely indispensable and for everyone else who love great music is strongly recommended, especially for the lovers of the classic prog scene of the early 70's.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Dogged By Dogma by GHOULIES, THE album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.22 | 9 ratings

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Dogged By Dogma
The Ghoulies Canterbury Scene

Review by Uruk_hai

3 stars As my first review I choose an album that hasn't been reviewed yet, also an album which even when it's none of my favorites, it is a quite nice record and I truly believe deserves more attention by Prog Rock listeners. Canterbury Scene, among other Progressive Rock styles, had an explosion in the late sixties and early seventies having as their most "important" (I think a better adjective would be popular) exponents bands like Soft Machine, Gong and Caravan, bands that made remarkable albums experimenting with a whole bunch of instruments and being able to create really interesting mixtures of psychedelic rock and free Jazz without losing the characteristic sound that Canterbury style has itself.

Dogged by dogma was recorded the next decade. Even when there is not too much info about this band online, we can find two well-known names of the Canterbury Scene of the seventies: Dave Stewart (Arzachel, Egg, Khan, Hatfield and The North, National Health, Bill Bruford Band) and Pip Pyle (Delivery, Khan, Gong, Hatfield and the North, National Health, Soft Heap, Daevid Allen Band) among with a bunch of non-so-well- known musicians under the leadership of a guitar/organ player named Charlie Summers who is not very easy to find info about online but he managed to form this interesting project.

The album is filled with really short songs (at least short in Progressive Rock measures), not a lot of instrumental passages and not very hard or improvised musical structures, however, the harmony of the music makes this album quite enjoyable and not at all boring. Probably if the band would have recorded more albums they would have created a strong cult of followers and maybe even opened the doors for more eighties Canterbury bands in Europe, sadly this was their first and last work.

Nor a very famous record, neither a masterpiece but truly an album that, as I said before, deserves more Prog-Rock fans to discover it and enjoy its uniqueness. If you haven't heard it yet, don't think about it twice, you could get a nice surprise.

 The Unauthorised Breakfast Item by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.30 | 125 ratings

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The Unauthorised Breakfast Item
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by sgtpepper

2 stars The name of the album is promising but the contents is disappointing. The music has not gotten any muscles from the best Caravan era and melodies don't achieve the heights of the songs from the 70's. The only piece that can somewhat keep pace with average songs from the 70's is "Head above the clouds", which has a irresistible positive Canterbury feeling but very safely taken arrangements with a far cry from potential solos.

"Nowhere to hide" has a decent synth solo towards the end. The only other distinctive track is "Linders field" with again key-based instrument convincing the listener - this time it's the piano, it's a mellow instrumental track.

Recommended to completionists only.

 Cunning Stunts by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.14 | 352 ratings

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Cunning Stunts
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Caravan was producing soft rock/pop albums with little risks, relying on decent vocals, good melodies and restrained instrumental legacy.

Caravan with Hastings learnt well how to craft harmonic positive songs and decorate them with contemporary instruments like rhodes, moogs and brass that didn't sound dated at that time.

"Jack and Jill" has a soothing but cheesy melody but quite good keyboard arrangements. The same holds for Hammond in "Can your hear me".

"All the way" is the only song with a bit of epic spirit but mainly due to its length, there is nothing adventureous about this song.

It's regrettable to say that Caravan went so much away from progressive rock already in 1976 where most other bands were at least rooted with 1 foot in the art rock realm.

 For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.16 | 768 ratings

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For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars This is the last good and progressive Caravan album. We still have long tracks, we have flute/violin/moog which bring good sophistication to the sound.

"Memory Lain, Hugh-Headloss" has very good instrumental section, not really in the Canterbury style but still having satisfactory moog, drums and flute playing.

"Hoedown" has an irregular rhythm and a bit country feeling, this all packed into a melodic song with 3 minutes. "Surprise surprise" is a polished pop song with good vocals but too conventional instrumentation save cello.

"L'auberge du sanglier" is a pure progressive pleasure with complex rhythm and each instrument contributing. Ranging from dynamic anxious first part transformed into the second majestic and lush part, this is a great track and one of the best by Caravan even though not close to their typical Canterbury sound.

This album deservers 3.5 stars

 Waterloo Lily by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.77 | 581 ratings

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Waterloo Lily
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars Having lost their keyboard player, Waterloo Lilly still manages to capture most of the Canterbury spirit of the band with updated sound. Electric piano emerges in the keyboard array. Organ is not that dominant any longer. Some tracks are grooving. We can hear pleasant saxophone soloing.

The good thing that there are fewer radio-friendly tracks than on previous records so less pop.

"Nothing at all" is a mixture of pieces, from grooving almost funky feeling to quiet moments and also progressive complex last part.

"The love in your eye" is a decent Canterbury deputy on this album, helped with flute, strings.

Still quite a decent album before turning to soft rock.

 In the Land of Grey and Pink by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.30 | 1799 ratings

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In the Land of Grey and Pink
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars Probably the peak of Caravan's discography due to the important Canterbury track and one of the most famous ones out of this genre. This album was the last one in the original line-up for a long time so we can enjoy Sinclair's keyboard art with organ or piano. The first couple of short tracks share a good sense for melody but are non-essential.

"Golf girl" is so cheesy that it's hard to believe it is coming from one of the premiere Canterbury bands. "Winter wine" saves the first side by including organ solos and mascular bass. "Love to love you" sounds similar to some Gong stuff with a bit of psychedelia.

"Nine feet underground" can be called as fully representative track for the Canterbury genre. Organ playing is set to excellence, there are typical jazzy sections with busy drums and bass. I am missing more advanced guitar playing. The end of the track is quite intensive and finally shows shows guitar riffs.

 If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.25 | 1069 ratings

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If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars Caravan made an artistic and sophisticate move with their sophomore effort as some songs got longer, complex and feature instrumental moments.

The short melodic tracks no longer have the essential value as on the first album because the longer tracks overshadow them. Honestly, I haven't been a big friend of radio-friendly Caravan tracks.

"I wish I were stoned, don't worry" has a better music than its title with the typical organ soloing and balance of sung vs instrumenta passages.

"As I feel I die" has a jazzy trademark Canterbury drums/bass/guitar wandering motive, very pleasant and also intensive. "With an ear to the ground" is another highlight with a more accessible instrumental offering including piano and flute.

"Hello hello" is notable for its irregular rhythm and "drops" of organ.

"Can't be long now, Francoise" is a great and complex mainly instrumental piece, thanks to saxophone also closer to jazz than usual.

 Caravan by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.67 | 537 ratings

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Caravan
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars The debut album shows quite good instrumental capabilities and sonic maturity but first of all, showcases the band's ability to create melodies which laid foundation for Canterbury sense of cosy and mellow melodicism.

The main building stone of the sound seems to be the fuzzed organ alongside the pleasant vocal. The vocal by Hastings sometimes sounds like Wyatt's from Soft Machine.

Music is quite accessible and there is little to admire as a Canterbury or progressive rock fan. After all, these were the first formative years of the style.

Another great element is the high amount of psychedelic elements higlighted by organ and vocal harmonies, but drums can also support.

"Love song with flute" has an important statement: Flute also belongs to the Canterbury style!

The only more complex composition is the last one with pretty good guitar chords a la 60's beat and some intensive Hammond soloing.

A good but non-essential Canterbury album.

 Zopp by ZOPP album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.11 | 156 ratings

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Zopp
Zopp Canterbury Scene

Review by RelayerFr

5 stars Before even soaking up the content, ZOPP offers us a whole program with this symbolic and promising cover that could be the subject of a real essay subject. Indeed, I was immediately attracted by this interesting and intriguing cover. A well-put together origami game shows us how a teapot gradually evolves to transform into a scorpion, how one thing can radically become something else by means of an intelligently illustrated assembly. At the head of this mutant arachnid we have the composer and multi-instrumentalist RYAN STEVENSON, a specialist in film and documentary music, the organist ANDY TILLISON coming straight from THE TANGENT and the percussionist ANDREA MONETA from the group LEVIATHAN. You should not take "Zoop" as a conceptual album, but as a matured and refined collection of songs written and produced over the last ten years by RYAN STEVENSON who is at the center of all the projects. Here we are offered "Canterbury" adjusted to the taste of the day with the instruments of the time, with experimental merging sounds in the jazz and classical atmosphere of the 70 '. Despite the active participation of ANDY TILLISON do not look for similarities with his original group. The claimed influences are EGG, NATIONAL HEALTH, HATFIELD AND THE NORTH, and STRAVINSKY, I would add HAPPY THE MAN, CAMEL or even GENESIS and YES, because the melodies are numerous and the chords turned well. The name of the group comes from the contraction of "Z" from ZAPPA and "Fopp" for the name of a record store that our leader frequented. You will need a few listenings to fully appreciate all the contents of this opus which will prove to be exciting and full of flavors as much in its varieties as in its compositions. Here is a brief overview of my perceptions: We start with "Swedish Love", a sweet and short interlude with keyboards, sung without words in an obsolete way in the manner of HATFIELD AND THE NORTH, it's pretty but it darkens halfway, maybe the suede is not the best example to follow in this area ...? With "Before The Light" we start with a bang like a cavalcade, screaming synth, high-pitched organ, it is rhythmic and leading to the limit of "hard" in certain sections, but without exaggeration. The melodies are incisive and sumptuous, endowed with many contrasting passages, sometimes a tad jazzy and ambient which give this piece a feeling of total success, perfection is not far away! "Eternal Return" takes us into a lyrical and medieval world in a style that is close to GENESIS in its compositions and the instruments used. The whole is enhanced by punctual kinematic effects with impacts, accompanied by connotations ?la ENNIO MORRICONE and some similarities of the Italian group LA BATTERIA, the guitars are more present here in order to ventilate the orchestration, and deliver major chords. .. success stories follow but are not alike! Half classic half jazz start in gala dress for the intro of "Sanger". This poet bard offers us a "Contre-bass" and a classy piano played gently colored with reliefs with evocative silences, to be taken up by brilliant fiery keyboards in the manner of ELP, an overhanging guitar sounds the alarm with a beautiful acoustic in the bangs of MIKE OLDFIELD, the ballad ends as it had started, all in fullness and subtlety. "Sellanr? is a town taken from a Norwegian novel entitled "Soil Growth" by KNUT HAMSUN. Indeed, we can feel the life in this soil, we can even hear the grass grow as the slowness is taken to the extreme here. This piece offers us a ballad illustrated by keyboards surrounded by special effects transporting us on an atmospheric journey resembling a dream, it's chic and relaxing. The sixth title is a capital "V" for the 22nd letter of the alphabet, the age of RYAN STEVENSON when he composed this song. This "V" sounds like a journey, more exactly a cinematographic journey, a sort of detective story, where fusion and 70s prog blend admirably. The synths are fabulously irradiating there, the jazz / jazzy atmospheres project us into joyful bewitching nostalgia. Warmth with eternal sensations, measured relaxation in the touch of CARAVAN, and ideal accords to the structures of HAPPY THE MAN give this track a real success! "Being And Time" is in my opinion the less detailed piece, to the detriment of a six strings a little too repetitive, less complex and thin compositions ... An intermediate passage and an interesting orchestral acceleration will however save this construction doomy-like. "Zero" is a number that the Romans did not know, or that they did not consider to be a number. To evaluate this title I would use the Greek letter ... pi (3,14), symbol of perfection for a sublime transition at 2:48 with a keystone of an analytical and enjoyable descent and rise of the range, a real demonstration! Keyboards and guitar merge in these places in fast tempos and wrapped in sounds approaching around groups such as GENESIS or WOBBLER ... the comparison is fair and justified! "The Noble Shirker" is a phrase coined by RYAN STEVENSON which can be translated as "the noble dodge" alluding to a simple life carried by the passion of music. This last piece takes on an air that resembles a snub, a sort of orchestrated farandole. There is nothing to throw away, everything is there, you take all the qualities and the positive points mentioned above, you add saxophone solos, keyboard, electric arpeggios, a little well-placed mellotron, one last minute that will fly to a futuristic civilization, and you will discover highly prog music in the noblest sense of the term. This last event alone is worth the purchase of the album! This disc filled with good ideas smells of the revival of the "seventies, and offers us waves of complex harmonic sequences, scaffolded by a shower of synths and organs of all kinds skilfully superimposed in multilayer (see the list attributed to the keyboards) , by acoustisks of all beauties plunging us into melodic, lyrical, cinematic and atmospheric universes. I can say without much being mistaken that this cake will be a reference in the Canterbury scene and in the world of Prog in general. RYAN STEVENSON and his running mates have provided through this album an admirable work, with a real propensity for the exercise of balance by magnifying the music in all its compartments, and by mixing almost all the known genres of Progressive Rock to merge with the amateur jazz community and of classical music. I have placed this accomplished work very high in my collector's items, and I strongly advise you to do the same!
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Canterbury Scene bands/artists list

Bands/Artists Country
DAEVID ALLEN Australia
AMOEBA SPLIT Spain
ANTIQUE SEEKING NUNS United Kingdom
KEVIN AYERS United Kingdom
BIG HOGG United Kingdom
THE BOOT LAGOON United Kingdom
BRAINVILLE United Kingdom
CARAVAN United Kingdom
CLEAR FRAME United Kingdom
COS Belgium
DELIVERY United Kingdom
EGG United Kingdom
THE GHOULIES United Kingdom
MICHAEL GILES United Kingdom
GILGAMESH United Kingdom
GONG Multi-National
GOWEN - MILLER - SINCLAIR - TOMKINS United Kingdom
JOHN GREAVES United Kingdom
NICHOLAS GREENWOOD United Kingdom
GRINGO United Kingdom
HATFIELD AND THE NORTH United Kingdom
STEVE HILLAGE United Kingdom
HOPPER - DEAN - TIPPETT - GALLIVAN United Kingdom
HUGH HOPPER United Kingdom
JAKKO M. JAKSZYK United Kingdom
THE KENTISH SPIRES United Kingdom
KHAN United Kingdom
THE LODGE United States
DE LORIANS Japan
MAGIC BUS United Kingdom
MANNA / MIRAGE United States
MASTER CYLINDER United States
MATCHING MOLE United Kingdom
MILLER & COXHILL United Kingdom
PHIL MILLER United Kingdom
MOLESLOPE Japan
MOOM United Kingdom
MOVING GELATINE PLATES France
MR. SIRIUS Japan
THE MUFFINS United States
NATIONAL HEALTH United Kingdom
OCARINAH France
PANTHEON Netherlands
PAZOP Belgium
JOHN G. PERRY United Kingdom
PICCHIO DAL POZZO Italy
PIP PYLE United Kingdom
QUANTUM JUMP United Kingdom
QUIET SUN United Kingdom
SHORT WAVE United Kingdom
RICHARD SINCLAIR United Kingdom
SOFT HEAP United Kingdom
SOFT MACHINE LEGACY United Kingdom
THE SOFT MACHINE United Kingdom
SOFT MOUNTAIN Multi-National
SOFT WORKS United Kingdom
STUBBS Japan
SUPERSISTER Netherlands
SUPPLY DEMAND & CURVE Ireland
TORTILLA FLAT Germany
TRAVELLING France
VOLAR?/a> United States
THE WILDE FLOWERS United Kingdom
THE WINSTONS Italy
ROBERT WYATT United Kingdom
ZOPP United Kingdom
ZYMA Germany

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