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    Posted: July 10 2014 at 09:02
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Originally posted by Warthur Warthur wrote:

I think part of the reason pure "Canterbury" releases have become a little thin on the ground comes down to the way people categorise this stuff. To a lot of people, "Canterbury" denotes those projects which involved a particular set of individuals - the ex-Wilde Flowers crowd and their collaborators - and those groups who succeeded especially well at emulating them, so as the original Canterbury crowd age and get less active the natural consequence is that there's less releases which clearly and obviously fall into the "Canterbury" category.

It is possible to tease out a set of features that define a "Canterbury" sound, but these overlap with other prog subgenres a lot - lots of Canterbury groups presented a very particular take on fusion, for example. To my ears, there's a strong strand in RIO - especially groups which take their inspiration from Samla Mammas Manna or Henry Cow - of artists showing a strong Canterbury influence.

Hi Warthur. Yor opinion is really exhaustive and actually correct! 
What I'm searching for are not other bands that with no doubts had emulated what pioneers of Canterbury made. To play that kind of music needs of a certain "cohesion" with the sound, that inevitably become a sort of emulation. Try to think if someone would play RPI. To use its atmospheres and the texts so poetic and complex. How is it possible if not followed its musical canons? As Italian I can say that valid examples are Picchio Dal Pozzo and Homunculus Res (that I put in my Canterbury Scene folder) with no doubts. Examples where the complexity of sung in Italian in this kind of music are well masked. So actually is very hard, as you can say  to find bands in that style. Maybe will be impossible. 
I will follow your advice for RIO bands (a sub genre in which I am really a stranger) that I noticed some time ago but never listened to well.

Thanks for your opinion really precious! I would like to know your opinion for Homunculus Res if you have already listened to them.Thumbs Up

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I think part of the reason pure "Canterbury" releases have become a little thin on the ground comes down to the way people categorise this stuff. To a lot of people, "Canterbury" denotes those projects which involved a particular set of individuals - the ex-Wilde Flowers crowd and their collaborators - and those groups who succeeded especially well at emulating them, so as the original Canterbury crowd age and get less active the natural consequence is that there's less releases which clearly and obviously fall into the "Canterbury" category.

It is possible to tease out a set of features that define a "Canterbury" sound, but these overlap with other prog subgenres a lot - lots of Canterbury groups presented a very particular take on fusion, for example. To my ears, there's a strong strand in RIO - especially groups which take their inspiration from Samla Mammas Manna or Henry Cow - of artists showing a strong Canterbury influence.
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Classical Canterbury is something special... with no doubts!

Enjoy them when you can...maybe you'll find new interesting Canterbury momentsThumbs Up
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^ No - I'm not familiar with these bands....
I love the magic of Canterbury......
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Hi Tom. I know Amoeba Split and I already love them! Have you ever listened to Schnauser? I think there are even there a lot of Canterbury features. 
"!Ampledeed! is a beautiful Canterbury Scene album. Approve
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Spanish band 'Amoeba Split' recently put out an album called 'Dance Of The Goodbyes'. It features many Canterburian traits and is a wonderful listen
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I would like to open here a discussion.
Why there aren't new Canterbury bands? Does anyone still playing it in 2014?
The last possible entry was (in my opinion) Homunculus Res, that now is accepted as RPI. 
I also proposed another band for Canterbury Scene, they calls "Ampledeed".


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Babel is excellent and its "disco rythms" really fun. Big smile
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I like the first 2 Cos albums an awful lot, an over all unique band, I'll get around to checking out Babel sooner or later....
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Canterbury fan signing on here again after going absent without leave for a number of years. Long story but I am back and confused as ever and loving it.


Just ordered Gilgamesh, and looking forward to giving the thing a good long play(very loud).
Should keep the people next door talking a bit more
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Well count me in the appreciation of. Canterbury music. soft machine, egg, Matching Mole & Caravan. Plus many more top bands.   
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^ 'Place Of My Own' - beautiful, simply beautiful.....
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Originally posted by Stool Man Stool Man wrote:

Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother Aussie-Byrd-Brother wrote:

Totally random...and AWESOME!

Hey guys, with the passing of Richard Coughlin, maybe give a Caravan album or two a spin today. R.I.P.


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Yeah I've been playing a lot of Caravan too. The debut, in particular, has been in heavy rotation. 'Where but for Caravan would I be' is one of their best tunes imho - it's certainly one of my favesBig smile 

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Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother Aussie-Byrd-Brother wrote:

Totally random...and AWESOME!

Hey guys, with the passing of Richard Coughlin, maybe give a Caravan album or two a spin today. R.I.P.


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Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

Perhaps Belgian ?? Flemish scat or something ?? I like weird vocals. I'd go and spin it right now although I'm, you know, appreciating a bit of silence for a few days......

Belgian as a language doesn't exist, it's either Flemish (Dutch), French or German. Wink
But... living in Flandres and knowing French too I'm sure that it isn't Dutch/Flemish or German, and it's not French either.
I'm almost sure they're just fantasy lyrics.
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Nick, give the album a sample here and see for yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK8AMMPyPPk

I'm starting to warm to it, got my CD of it in the car now for extended listens!

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Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

Perhaps Belgian ?? Flemish scat or something ?? I like weird vocals. I'd go and spin it right now although I'm, you know, appreciating a bit of silence for a few days......


Uh oh. Sounds cancerous to my ears. Shall I stay away? Think so.
Threshold still have all the goods that makes them one of the best classic rock/Prog metal bands in the world. 2014's For The Journey is worth a serious listen.
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Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother Aussie-Byrd-Brother wrote:

Canterbury regulars, what's you opinion on the album Cos - Viva Boma? Been giving it a few spins after buy it recently, and while it's kind of quirky and nice, I don't respond to it as well as oher Canterbury albums.

Opinions/thoughts?


Don't have any, but I'd like to hear yours.
I need a bit of a push to explore this genre of Prog. Haven't done much beyond the Gong trilogy.
Radio Gnome pt 2 I loved.
Threshold still have all the goods that makes them one of the best classic rock/Prog metal bands in the world. 2014's For The Journey is worth a serious listen.
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Totally random...and AWESOME!

Hey guys, with the passing of Richard Coughlin, maybe give a Caravan album or two a spin today. R.I.P.

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