6 April 2016 at The University of Kent:
Robert Wyatt “In Conversation” with Gavin Esler
With music performed The SoupSongs.
"Critically acclaimed musician Robert Wyatt returns to Canterbury to reignite the Canterbury Sound and talk to BBC journalist and University of Kent Chancellor, Gavin Esler, about a music career which has spanned five decades.
Live music on the night will be performed by The SoupSongs. Robert himself has not appeared on stage for many years, but he and long-time musical collaborator Annie Whitehead have assembled this exceptional group of musicians to perform his work live."
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
As I already told you I had put in an order for Daevid Allen and The University of Error´s "Sea Song" cover, and it didn´t take long before I had it.
What a beautiful release this is! Great version of "Sea Song" and a fine "Ocen In the Distance" on side b, and check out the photos of Daevid Allen by Ricardo Lionhearto (!)! Innercover to the left there.
Seems like they still have some of the 445 copies (!) for sale over at Planet Gong Bazaar.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Friday, January 22, 2016
There is a short interview with Robert Wyatt in the Talking Heads section of Record Collector no 449, January 2016 (p 27).
He would like to see The Unthank sisters in reality TV and rather not being asked too often how Syd Barrett was like!
"What fact about you may surprise fans?
I can´t see anything wrong with Justin Bieber."
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
I just put in an order for The University of Error´s 7" version of Robert Wyatt´s "Sea Song" with "Ocean In The Distance" on side B. You may do exactly the same over at "Planet Gong Bazaar".
"Sea Song" is a previously unreleased studio version, and this record was made to make sure that the "first of Daevid's birthdays minus the man himself would not pass un-marked".
Short sample here.
Giorgio Gomelsky died of cancer on the 16th of January.
Gomelsky, a club owner (Crawdaddy), manager (Yardbirds) and producer in the early 60s also produced Soft Machine´s first demos. These demos were recorded in April 1967, but after three days the sessions were aborted and Gomelsky kept the mastertapes. The recordings appeared on records for the first time in 1971 (Rock Generation vol 7 and vol 8 on BYG), and later on several CDs and vinyl albums titled "Jet-Propelled Photographs", "At the beginning" or just "Soft Machine". See different versions on "Un Discographie De Robert Wyatt".
These recordings are pop Soft Machine, and not considered to be among their best, bet me I like them a lot. The raw 60s feel sounds good to my ears and heart!
Here is what´s printed in Graham Bennett´s book "Soft Machine. Out-Bloody-Rageous" (SAF 2005):
"The immediate impression on listening to the tracks is that the production went to great lengths to obscure the band´s best qualities: their performing energy, the predominance of improvisation and their hybridization of disparate musical styles are conspicuous by being almost totally absent from the demos" (p 106 - 107).
OK, you are warned, but give it a try!
Dangerous Minds on Georgio Gomelsky right here and the NYT obituary here. RIP.