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Hatfield And The North


Canterbury Scene

4.22 | 554 ratings

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5 stars Hatfield and the North were an experimental Canterbury scene supergroup formed in 1972, with members from previously well-known bands such as Caravan, Gong and Matching Mole.

The Rotters' Club was the second and last album from this excellent band, released in 1975. Principal musicians on the record are Richard Sinclair (bass, vocals), Dave Stewart (keyboards), Phil Miller (guitar) and Pip Pyle (drums).

Not only are these musicians extraordinary, the album itself is beautifully crafted and balanced, with lovely backing vocals of the Northettes (Barbara Gaskin, Amanda Parsons and Ann Rosenthal). This is definitely one of the masterpieces of the Canterbury sound, together with Caravan's "In the Land of Grey and Pink".

My initial personal favourite on the album was "Share It", probably because I have been a long-time fan of Caravan. This particular melody sounds very much like Caravan, in particular with the characteristic vocals of Richard Sinclair. However, with Hatfield standards, it is a rather conventional song. The rest of the album is more avant-garde, well exposing the astonishingly solid musicianship of the individual group members. This is truly outstanding music.

aelulea | 5/5 |


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