Hatfield & the North Hatfield and the North

Record Collector (magazine): 5 stars out of 5 -- "[E]ssential....[With] the extra thrill of Robert Wyatt's wordless, weightless guest vocal on 'Calyx'..."
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  • Released: June 29, 1987
  • Originally Released: 1987
  • Label: Emi Import

Entertainment Reviews:

Record Collector (magazine) - p.88
5 stars out of 5 -- "[E]ssential....[With] the extra thrill of Robert Wyatt's wordless, weightless guest vocal on 'Calyx'..."

Tracks:

  • 1.The Stubbs Effect
  • 2.Big Jobs (Poo Poo Extract)
  • 3.Going Up To People And Tinkling
  • 4.Calyx
  • 5.Son Of 'There's No Place Like Homerton'
  • 6.Aigrette
  • 7.Rifferama
  • 8.Fol De Rol
  • 9.Shaving Is Boring
  • 10.Licks For The Ladies
  • 11.Bossa Nochance
  • 12.Big Jobs No. 2 (By Poo And The Wee Wees)
  • 13.Lobster In Cleavage Probe
  • 14.Gigantic Land Crabs In Earth Takeover Bid
  • 15.The Other Stubbs Effect
  • 16.Let's Eat (Real Soon)
  • 17.Fitter Stoke Has A Bath

Product Description:

Hatfield & The North: Richard Sinclair (vocals, bass); Phil Miller (guitar); Dave Stewart (piano, organ, synthesizer); Pip Pyle (drums).
Additional personnel: Robert Wyatt, Amanda Parsons, Barbara Gaskin, Ann Rosenthal (vocals); Geoff Leigh (flute, saxophone); Jeremy Baines (pixiephone).
One of the Canterbury scene's most revered bands, Hatfield and the North made up for the brevity of their career with some fascinating music. Always adventurous, the quartet had the keen sense to realize that only the most hardened jazz fans respond to numerous key changes and exceedingly complex time signatures, and thus enlivened their live set with the odd gnome smashing, suggestive lyrics, and jokey song titles. It worked a charm, with the band quickly amassing a large, loyal following at home in Britain and across the continent. On their eponymous debut, Hatfield stunningly succeeded in translating both their sense of fun and their musical brilliance onto disc. After a bit of light humor, the band slide into "Going Up to People and Tinkling", which glides gloriously across the keys and rhythm shifts. Both "Calyx" and "Aigrette" experiment with vocals as an instrument, while the exuberant "Rifferama" is a master class on the use of riffs. However, it's the expansive "Son of 'There's No Place like Homerton'" that is this side of the album's centerpiece, a propulsive, keyboard driven piece that still awaits a modern dance troop's attention.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 96,938
  • UPC: 077778726623
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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