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5.0 out of 5 stars WHY DOES THIS STILL SOUND BRAND NEW?, June 19, 2001
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This review is from: Hatfield & the North (Audio CD)
This release and their second album, "Rotters Club", are the only examples I know of where every musician can easily be called a virtuoso writer and performer, and despite all the enormous talent the music itself is still perfectly unified, original, coherent and moving. With everyone showing off, this is no small accomplishment. Want incredible bass playing: listen to Richard Sinclair. Percussion: Pip Pyle amazes. Keyboards: Dave Stewart moves from style to style without ever sounding contrived. Guitars: Phil Miller defies description. The list goes on: Robert Wyatt lends some singing, as do the Northettes. Geoff Leigh weighs in from Henry Cow. The net result is a who's who in the Canterbury scene, delivering one of a kind music with a very light touch, a lot of self-depricating humor, style, endless depth and substance. How good is it? After the switch from vinyl, this was one of the first CDs I bought, and with it I proved that CDs are not built to last forever: it was played so often that I finally wore it out. And the music still sounds fresh, and probably always will, since its complexities are such a joy to discover. Nothing close has ever come along to replace Hatfield, and probably nothing ever will. Buy this CD, and their second album. Track down the solo releases by Phil Miller, Pip Pyle, Richard Sinclair, Dave Stewart and the others. Get your hands on everything ever released by National Health. Go back and get all the Caravan and Soft Machine you can find. Then listen to Hatfield in context: carefully, whimsically, seriously, casually. People that care this much about the music they create deserve your ear.
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Initial post: Nov 21, 2006 5:09:42 PM PST
Poly Gog says:
I feel exactly the same way about this unique band. For the first time in a long while I listened last night to their first album, and felt that nothing had changed about my appreciation and love for them, and the music is fresh after all these years. They play, in all senses of the word. They came together fully formed. I have had occasional listenings to the befores and afters of various members, but i must admit nothing is as complete as the coalescence on these 2 albums (I am a big Wyatt fan though). The self reflective humour compliments and contradicts the very serious & strong musicianship, much in the manner that Satie used humourous titles to almost disguise his unique music in the onslaught of romanticist excess.
As a self-taught musician of 35 years playing, i still find i am overwhelmed by this music. All the U.S. 'jazz' inflections have evaporated to produce something new that rocks and rolls down the English countryside. I sit in awe. There's no point in trying to work out how they do it. Get this and enjoy!

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 4:54:45 PM PST
W. Sheppard says:
Most of the members from Hatfield went on to National Health. I'm talking about Dave Stewart, Phil Miller, and Pip Pyle. Even Amanda Parsons from the Northettes was on the first album (the band made three albums---National Health, Of Queues And Cures, and D.S. al Coda). So if you like Hatfield and the North, I recommend National Health.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2010 11:42:53 AM PST
Hank Napkin says:
indeed! and all the In Cahoots releases, and Short Wave and Pig Part and so on and on!
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