HATFIELD AND THE NORTH Hatfield And The North LP VIRGIN 1974 ITA orig+foc WYATT
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HATFIELD AND THE NORTH
RICHARD SINCLAIR, PHIL MILLER, PIP PYLE, DAVE STEWART
plus THE NORTHETTES, GEOFF LEIGH, JEREMY BAINES, ROBERT WYATT
Emerging from the Canterbury, England musical community that also launched Gong and
Kevin Ayers' the Whole World, the whimsical progressive rock unit Hatfield and the North formed in 1972.
Named in honor of a motorway sign outside of London, the group's founding membership brought
together a who's who of the Canterbury art rock scene -- vocalist/bassist Richard Sinclair was a former
member of Caravan, guitarist Phil Miller had tenured with Robert Wyatt in Matching Mole,
and drummer Pip Pyle had served with both Gong and Delivery. After a series of lineup shuffles,
keyboardist Dave Stewart (an alumnus of Egg) was brought in to complete the roster,
and in tandem with the Northettes -- a trio of backing vocalists consisting of
Barbara Gaskin, Amanda Parsons, and Ann Rosenthal -- the group began gigging regularly
"HATFIELD AND THE NORTH"
Produced by Tom Newman and The Hatfields
1974 LP VIRGIN RECORDS VIL 12008 STEREO
MADE IN ITALY ORIGINAL COPY
FULLY LAMINATED (on the outside) GATEFOLD COVER
This version: the italian version was still with black&white "twins" labels;
the first UK pressing released on the coloured ''twins'' labels.
on the runout groove, on both sides, the release date: 1/4/74 (April 1, 1974)
Barcode and Other Identifiers
LABEL: VIRGIN - WHITE LABEL with 2 VIRGINS - BLACK TEXT
Catalog on cover: (spine & rear) VIL 12008
Catalog on labels: VIL 12008 (VIL 12008/1 - VIL 12008/2)
Matrix / Runout (Side A): VIL-12008-1 1/4/74
Matrix / Runout (Side B): VIL-12008 -2 1/4/74
On labels: Stereo ? 1973
Produced by Tom Newman & The Hatfields
Published by Virgin Music Ltd
rim text reads "Riservati tutti.........Made in Italy by Dischi Ricordi S.p.A."
On Inside Cover: Recorded at The Manor Studios in 1973
Cover Design and Photography by Laurie Lewis
? + © Virgin Records Ltd.
Distribuzione Dischi Ricordi S.P.A. Milano
Side A: THE STUBBS EFFECT - BIG JOBS (POO POO EXTRACT)
GOING UP TO PEOPLE AND TINKLING - CALYX
SON OF "THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOMERTON"
AIGRETTE - RIFFERAMA
Side B: FOL DE ROL - SHAVING IS BORING
LICKS FOR THE LADIES - BOSSA NOCHANCE
BIG JOBS NO. 2 (by POO AND THE WEES) - LOBSTER IN CLEAVAGE PROBE
GIGANTIC LAND-CRABS IN EARTH TAKEOVER BID
THE OTHER STUBBS EFFECT
RECORD VG+ but (please, read above description)
SLEEVE NEAR EX but (please, see pictures and read above description)
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 forms the album's centerpiece, a propulsive,
keyboard driven piece that still awaits a modern dance troop's attention...(AllMusic)