Hatfield And The North

Artist: Hatfield And The North
Label: Virgin
Catalog#: VR-13-110
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1974-03
A1 The Stubbs Effect 0:23
A2 Big Jobs (Poo Poo Extract) 0:45
A3 Going Up To People And Tinkling 2:18
A4 Calyx 2:47

Vocals - Robert Wyatt

A5 Son Of 'There's No Place Like Homerton' 10:23
A6a Aigrette 4:41
A6b Rifferama  
B1 Fol De Rol 3:24
B2 Shaving Is Boring 8:50
B3 Licks For The Ladies 2:41
B4a Bossa Nochance 3:19
B4b Big Jobs No. 2 (By Poo And The Wee Wees)  
B5 Lobster In Cleavage Probe 3:30
B6a Gigantic Land Crabs In Earth Takeover Bid 3:58
B6b The Other Stubbs Effect  

Bass, Vocals - Richard Sinclair
Drums - Pip Pyle
Ensemble [3 Female Singers] - Northettes
Guitar - Phil Miller
Organ, Piano, Keyboards - Dave Stewart
Pixiephone - Jeremy Baines
Producer, Engineer - Hatfield And The North
Producer, Engineer - Tom Newman
Saxophone, Flute - Geoff Leigh
Vocals - Amanda Parsons
Vocals - Ann Rosenthal
Vocals - Barbara Gaskin


Gatefold cover.
Recorded at The Manor Studios in 1973.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
The roots of Hatfield and the North go back to the Miller brothers-guitarist Phil and keyboardist Steve-and the final days of Delivery in mid-1972. In early 1973, keyboard player and Dave Stewart replaced Steve, joining the core of Phil, bassist Richard Sinclair (ex-Caravan) and drummer Pip Pyle (ex-Gong). Stewart had previously been in Egg and replaced keyboard player Dave Sinclair, who returned to Caravan. The band spent most of 1973 touring, including several visits to the Continent. One of the first of the Canterbury bands to sign with Virgin Records, their self-titled debut album was recorded by Tom Newman at The Manor Studio the previous winter. It's easy to see what the fuss is about. Hatfield's music is instantly recognizable—highly arranged, mathematical in structure and definitely not in 4/4 time! Composition credits are to the individual members, yet each track flows effortlessly into the next, serving as another testament to the band's cerebral virtuosity. Stewart's keyboards are central, but Miller's thick-toned guitar and Sinclair's soothing voice are also distinct signatures of the band. The debut includes several classics, including Robert Wyatt's ethereal vocalizing on "Calyx" and the rolling instrumental "(Son Of) There's No Place like Homerton." Sinclair's "Licks for the Ladies" kicks off a small batch of vocal efforts on the second side, culminating with the angelic Northettes on "Lobster in Cleavage Probe." A single, "Let's Eat (Real Soon)" b/w "Fitter Stoke Has a Bath," was released in November. Hatfield, meanwhile, stayed on the road.
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