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Hatfield And The North

Canterbury Scene

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Hatfield And The North Let's Eat (Real Soon) album cover
4.12 | 14 ratings | 1 reviews | 50% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1974

Songs / Tracks Listing

A Let's Eat (Real Soon) 3:15
B Fitter Stoke Has A Bath 4:35

Line-up / Musicians

- Phil Miller / guitars
- Pip Pyle / drums
- Richard Sinclair / bass, vocals
- Dave Stewart / organ, piano
- Jeremy Baines / pixiephone
- Geoff Leigh / saxophones, flute
- Barbara Gaskin / backing vocals
- Amanda Parsons / backing vocals
- Ann Rosenthal / backing vocals

Releases information

Vinyl 7" Virgin ‎- VS 116

Thanks to Per Köhler for the addition
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HATFIELD AND THE NORTH Let's Eat (Real Soon) ratings distribution

(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(50%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (7%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Matti
4 stars I like this too forgotten band a lot, as I like the Canterbury scene in general. Their music is witty, charming, happy and humorous. Or is 'humorous' an appropriate word? The so called humour music has never much appealed to me; for example the humorous side of Frank Zappa - even as he's roughly on the same musical map, ie. jazz-rock - tends to irritate me, and Spike Jones and such sonic slapstick is just awful. Actually melancholic music has averagely a bigger chance to move me than cheerful and happy. But in Canterbury I have the best exception to that rule.

This single was released the same year as the eponymous first album; the CD edition features both tracks as bonuses. 'Let's Eat (Real Soon)' is a happy, slightly naive song in the unmistakable Hatfield style. Richard Sinclair's vocals are light and elegant as always, there's the fuzzy organ of Dave Stewart, the easily identifiable guitar tone of Phil Miller and the relaxed, jazzy rhythm. The lyrics could be frankly any nonsense and still I'd like the song, but they're very nice too.

'Fitter Stoke Has a Bath' is composed by drummer Pip Pyle (who co-wrote 'Let's Eat' with Richard Sinclair). Though he's not as prolific composer in the Canterbury scene as e.g. Sinclair and Stewart, not to mention solo artists such as ROBERT WYATT and STEVE HILLAGE, he has done some very fine songs for the two bands that in my opinion are the best examples of what Canterbury is all about. NATIONAL HEALTH's 'Binoculars' may be the best Pyle song I know, but this one's also a pleasant slice of the style, featuring Sinclair's vocals.

A proper sleeve with a cover art would be nice, but this pair of (originally non-album) songs is worth four stars to me.

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