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    Posted: January 03 2020 at 12:03
Just as it says on the label, this is a blog for posting all of your favourite Canterbury Scene songs, albums, concerts and documentaries, or if you just want to drop by for a general chit-chat about the Canterbury Scene, that's fine too. Smile
 
Starting with Steve Hillage - Live in Canterbury - BBC TV 1979
 
 
Amazingly, I only just discovered the Canterbury Scene music of Steve Hillage a week ago after reviewing his first album "Fish Rising" (1975). I'm heading into Nottingham soon to buy his 2nd, 3rd & 4th albums. I'd buy his first album too, but it's no longer available. Confused


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Favorite "classic era" Canterbury song:


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But you should also hear this:



and this:



and this:



and one more:


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Fav GongSong (also really great performance):
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I listened to national health today on the way home from a day of skiing with a friend today. I really only have a surface level knowledge of this sub genre currently but Iím hoping to expand over the coming months
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote I prophesy disaster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 04 2020 at 02:10
Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

Amazingly, I only just discovered the Canterbury Scene music of Steve Hillage a week ago after reviewing his first album "Fish Rising" (1975). I'm heading into Nottingham soon to buy his 2nd, 3rd & 4th albums. I'd buy his first album too, but it's no longer available. Confused
 
I have precisely five Canterbury Scene albums: The first four Steve Hillage albums, and the self-titled Hatfield and the North album. The Hatfield and the North album I got since I started visiting PA (before becoming a member), and the four Steve Hillage albums I got more than 30 years ago, well before I'd ever heard of the "Canterbury Scene".
 
My two favourite Steve Hillage tracks are "Lunar Musick Suite" from L, and "The Glorious Om Riff" from Green. I'm not sure which is my favourite album, though probably Fish RisingSteve Hillage is not an artist I listen to often.
 
I have listened to some Gong since I started visiting PA, and it was quite a while afterwards that I discovered that Steve Hillage was a member (and that "The Glorious Om Riff" is essentially the same as a Gong track). Admittedly, this came as a surprise since the Gong I knew was such songs as "The Pot Head Pixies".
 
 
 
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Originally posted by dougmcauliffe dougmcauliffe wrote:

I listened to national health today on the way home from a day of skiing with a friend today. I really only have a surface level knowledge of this sub genre currently but Iím hoping to expand over the coming months
One of my all time favorite bands. Great players and songs. Hope you enjoy them.
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Sanguine Hum is classified as Neo-Prog on PA. That should be changed to Canterbury.

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Originally posted by dougmcauliffe dougmcauliffe wrote:

I listened to national health today on the way home from a day of skiing with a friend today. I really only have a surface level knowledge of this sub genre currently but Iím hoping to expand over the coming months

National Health's debut album is the one album I hold more dearly than any other on this earth, it's such an amazing journey. As a musician, this song written by keyboard wizard Alan Gowen gave me huge anxiety for a long time because it felt so far ahead of what I was able to accomplish compositionally, but it did help me to broaden my horizons and refine my own writings:


The two bands that National Health was formed out of (Gilgamesh and Hatfield & The North) are truly excellent as well:






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Originally posted by Grumpyprogfan Grumpyprogfan wrote:

Originally posted by dougmcauliffe dougmcauliffe wrote:

I listened to national health today on the way home from a day of skiing with a friend today. I really only have a surface level knowledge of this sub genre currently but Iím hoping to expand over the coming months
One of my all time favorite bands. Great players and songs. Hope you enjoy them.


Absolutely love them, their music is just so damn cool
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Superb Supersisters


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Hi,

It's kind of strange to think that one area is better than the other ... they are all different, and just about every country has its own "Canterbury" (just look at the Scotland/Wales areas!) ... and they are all a bit different. The Spanish have it (you can look at Flamenco, or the Gypsy stuff, or others), the French have it, and so do many other Europeans!

I think that CANTERBURY as we know it, was about folks that had some education, and many of them became music masters and instructors, whereas in other areas this did not happen, and for that the development of the music took shape and a place as "Canterbury", as if it were a style, but I'm not sure it is just a "style" as much as it is something that borrows from jazz, folk, rock and a lot of other musics. The early days of "Canterbury" is full of artists, writers, musicians and many others ... but we do not seem to think that those things matter ... they DO!

I've always joked that for Soft Machine, for example, what had started as "improvisation" in the early days in the words of Robert Wyatt, actually became "compositions", not improvisations ... since the moments and the changes and a lot of the parts of the music are "pre-defined" and sometimes you can hear the whistle say ... FOUL ... here it is ... that new theme! I really think that Robert's book title is a take on this ... INTENTIONALLY, because it would mean the music was not different each and every time! Not improvised as we think or imagine at all!


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Thanks for all of the great posts everyone. Thumbs Up Maybe it's time I gave Soft Machine another listen, because they're a bit of an acquired taste and I wasn't too keen on them when I heard them for the first time many years ago. I've just seen a 5-CD box set of Soft Machine in my local record shop and it might be worth buying if I can really get into their music. Funnily enough, I'd never heard of the Canterbury Scene before I joined ProgArchives, even though I've been buying and listening to Caravan's albums for the last ten years.

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Well, to me it was also in the middle of 2010 when I read Matti Pajuniemiīs book of prog 1967-79, when I heard first time there exists Canterbury scene in prog. Probably that scene had made later, bands in sixties/seventies in the UK just played music they enjoyed, at least those bands of Canterbury were called just prog then.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Psychedelic Paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2020 at 12:22
Originally posted by Mortte Mortte wrote:

Well, to me it was also in the middle of 2010 when I read Matti Pajuniemiīs book of prog 1967-79, when I heard first time there exists Canterbury scene in prog. Probably that scene had made later, bands in sixties/seventies in the UK just played music they enjoyed, at least those bands of Canterbury were called just prog then.
 
I even found a Canterbury Scene band from France - Lard Free - who've never been anywhere near Canterbury as far as I know. Smile 
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The No. 1 Website for the original Canterbury Scene: http://www.calyx-canterbury.fr/
There is Canterbury inspired Music all over the world of Course (Japan:)
 
 


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