Sunday, 12 June 2011

Quiet Sun - Mainstream 1975 (UK, Jazz-Rock/Fusion, Canterbury Scene)

Having originated from a Dulwich College band by the name of Pooh and the Ostrich Feather, Quiet Sun was formed in 1970 after MacCormick had made friends with Robert Wyatt, the son of a friend of his mother's. The band integrated jazz elements and sparkling keyboard sounds into their complex music - similar to Soft Machine - but Manzanera's energetic guitar made their music very different from the Softs' who had not been using any guitar (other than bass guitar) on their regular albums before the 1975 release of Bundles, and had used reeds as the main other melody instruments aside of keyboards.

Quiet Sun split up in 1972, Manzanera to Roxy Music, MacCormick to Matching Mole, Hayward to This Heat, and Jarrett began to teach mathematics.

In 1975, Manzanera booked a studio for 26 days to record his album Diamond Head and got Quiet Sun together again to record an album from their old composed material in the studio at the same time. This first and only album of theirs, with participation of Brian Eno and the late Ian MacCormick, titled Mainstream was critically acclaimed and became the New Musical Express' album of the month. One of Quiet Sun's songs appears on Robert Wyatt's Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard, under the name "Team Spirit". Additionally, reworked versions of "Mummy was an asteroid, Daddy was a small non-stick kitchen utensil" and "Rongwrong" both appear on the album "801 Live" ("Mummy was an asteroid, Daddy was a small non-stick kitchen utensil" appears under the name "East of Asteroid").

Track List:
1. Sol Caliente (Manzanera)
2. Trumpets With Motherhood (Hayward)
3. Bargain Classics (Jarrett
4. R. F. D. (Jarrett
5. Mummy Was An Asteroid, Daddy Was A Small Non-stick Kitchen Utensil (MacCormick)
6. Trot (Manzanera
7. Rongwrong (Hayward)

Charles Hayward - drums, percussion, keyboards, voice
Dave Jarrett - Fender Rhodes & Steinway pianos, Farfisa & Hammond organs, VCS3 synthesizer
Phil Manzanera - electric 6 & 12 string guitars, treated guitars, Fender Rhodes piano
Bill MacCormick - electric bass, treated bass, back-up voices
Brian Eno - synthesizer, treatments & oblique strategies


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this great share again!
Greetings from Hungary!
Andy :)