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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1992

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hands All Round (12:17)
2. The Blue Man (1:58)
3. How's The Weather? (4:58)
4 Bartók Stockpot (7:26)
5. Why Don't You Go Play Out In Traffic (1:57)
6. Hat On The Bed (4:14)
7. Caves 3 & 4 (5:27)
8. A Question For Albert (10:35)
9. Buzz Aldrin (3:34)
10. Talking Across The Board (7:40)

Line-up / Musicians

- Dave Newhouse / keyboards, woodwind, trumpet
- Billy Swann / electric bass
- Tom Scott / woodwind, bell tree, yelling
- Michael Zentner / guitars, violin, piano (8)
- Mike Bass (drums, mallets)
- Scott Raffel / alto sax (3,5,10), violin (6)

Releases information

Originally released on cassette by Hand Systems in 1992, reissued on CD by New House Music in 2018 as a limited edition of just 300 in a cardboard digipak.

Live/studio recordings, 1974-1975

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Review by kev rowland
5 stars Between 1989 and 1996 three cassettes were released of live recordings from between 1974 and 1981, with the second of these then being reissued on CD in 2018 as a limited edition, with the other two currently still unavailable. Actually, I can't find this for sale anywhere either, so it is possible this is no longer available either so if you spot any of them then grab them! This particular CD features track from 1974 to 1975, which means we get the original core line- up of Dave Newhouse (keyboards, woodwind, trumpet), Billy Swann (electric bass), Tom Scott (woodwind, bell tree, yelling) and Michael Zentner (guitars, violin, piano) along with drummer Michael Bass and Scott Rafael who plays on four tracks with alto sax and violin. Their debut album would not be released until 1978, by which time only Dave, Billy and Tom would remain, so this is a great opportunity to hear what the band sounded like in the early days.

I think a good word would be "anarchic", and do not think any of these songs were later recorded in the studio, at least not under these names with these arrangements. Here we had great musicians working under the basis that they had no-one to please but themselves and that they could do whatever they wanted. With multi-instrumentalists in tow they could change instruments between songs to give them a different approach, or even change them during, meaning the audience (and other band members) did not know what was coming next, providing an excitement and vitality to the performance. My album of 2023 was the incredible 'The Baker's Dozen' boxed set of rare live recordings, and I don't think any of these appear on there, so perhaps those nice people at Cuneiform might consider releasing the three tapes as a new set? Please? Here we have a band pushing the limits, not even seeing the boundaries as they take Canterbury to new heights. Superb.

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