Saturday, November 27, 2010

Mucchio Classic Rock #7 - Top 20 Canterbury scene albums

Seventh rock history lesson, courtesy of italian magazine Il Mucchio and its Classic Rock special features. After Punk, New Wave, Dark/Gothic, Hard Rock, Psychedelia and Power Pop, this time we have some Canterbury music tales.

From Wikipedia:

The Canterbury scene (or Canterbury sound) is a term used to loosely describe the group of progressive rock, avant-garde and jazz musicians, many of whom were based around the city of Canterbury, Kent, England during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Many prominent British avant-garde or fusion musicians began their career in Canterbury bands, such as Hugh Hopper, Steve Hillage, Dave Stewart (the keyboardist), Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, Daevid Allen, Mike Ratledge, Fred Frith, and Peter Blegvad. Over the years, with band membership changes and new bands evolving, the term has been used to describe a musical style or subgenre, rather than a regional group of musicians.

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The Playlist
(13 albums out of 20, 65%)

10 Pivotal Albums
Soft Machine - Volume Two (Probe, 1969)

Kevin Ayers - Joy of a Toy (Harvest, 1969)
Caravan - If I Could Do It All Over Again I'd Do It All Over You (Decca, 1970)
Gong - Camembert Electrique (Byg, 1971)
Khan - Space Shanty (Decca, 1972)
Matching Mole - Matching Mole (CBS, 1972)
Hatfield and the North - Hatfield and the North (Virgin, 1974)
Egg - Civil Surface (Virgin, 1974)
Camel - Snow Goose (Decca, 1975)
National Health - National Health (Affinity, 1978)

10 Albums More
Wilde Flowers - The Wilde Flowers (Voiceprint, 1994)

Arzachel - Arzachel (Egg, 1969)
Egg - The Polite Force (Deram, 1970)
Soft Machine - Third (CBS, 1970)
Caravan - In the Land of Grey and Pink (Deram, 1971)
Comus - First Utterance (Dawn, 1971)
Kevin Ayers - Whatevershebringswesing (Harvest, 1972)
Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom (Virgin, 1974)
Henry Cow - Unrest (Virgin, 1974)
Steve Hillage - L (Virgin, 1976)

Listen to it on Spotify:
Mammoth (full albums, 131 tracks, about 6 hours): HTTP Link, URI. (SR0295)
Lite (3 songs each "pivotal" album, 2 songs each "more" album, 25 tracks, about 1 hour): HTTP Link, URI. (SR0296)

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