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The Rotters' Club [Extra tracks]

Hatfield & The North Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Jun 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000007U4V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,453 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Share It 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Lounging There Trying 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. (Big) John Wayne Socks Psychology On The Jaw0:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Chaos At The Greasy Spoon0:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Yes No Interlude 7:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Fitter Stoke Has a Bath 7:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Didn't Matter Anyway 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Under Dub 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mumps: Your Majesty Is Like A Cream Doughnut (Quiet) / Lumps / Prenut / Your Majesty Is Like A Cream20:312.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. (Big) John Wayne Socks Psychology On The Jaw (Reprise)0:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Chaos At The Greasy Spoon (Reprise)0:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Halfway Between Heaven And Earth 6:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Oh Len's Nature! 1:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Lything And Gracing 3:570.99  Buy MP3 

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HATFIELD & THE NORTH The Rotters Club (1992 UK 14-track first CD issue of the 1975 album featuring guest appearances by such luminaries as Jimmy Hastings and Mont Campbell & five bonus recordings taken from the album Afters picture sleeveCDV2030)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tadpoles keep screaming in my ear..... 13 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
....a good example of the ecentric lyrics that Richard Sinclair sings on this brilliant original album which has been on my top five favourite list since the seventies ! Such a shame they only managed to record only two proper albums before imploding - but if you need more then search out the offshoot albums by National Health and then move on to Gilgamesh, Matching Mole, Caravan, Henry Cow, Soft Machine and even Camel. This brand of Jazz/Rock/Progressive fusion is probably an acquired taste these days but there is still a reasonable amount of interest in the Canterbury scene some thirty years later so it must have had something . As a result the Hatfields have recently reformed and can be found doing the occasional gigs but without Dave Stewart. Richard Sinclairs's voice and whimsical lyrics lead the musicianship of the rest of the band and take them out of the "noodling" category to somewhere completely different and very wonderful.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
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Hatfield and the North were one of the very few bands that understood how to fuse Rock and Jazz, not just to show off playing ability (which is demonstrably excellent on this disc), but also to experiment with song structure, lyrical games and complex rhythmic soundscapes. No endless masturbatory sequences here. It's all sewn up very nicely. More a patchwork quilt than a stained duvet.

One might even say there's a pop sensibility in here, but that's such a hackneyed description that it would probably discourage the audience that would get the biggest blast from this excellent album. Still, there are proper 'songs' which - in a parallel universe - might have been hit singles, like 'Share it'. There are also extended, rhapsodic instrumentals which make up the bulk of it.

The sound is reminiscent of early Gong - minus the druggy zaniness - or Hillage's 'Fish Rising' (there are band members in common in both cases). Arguably it's Hatfield's Dave Stewart that makes 'Fish Rising' as good as it is, and many people have mistaken his fuzztone organ - also well in evidence on 'The Rotter's Club' - for Hillage's own instrument.

Dave Stewart (NOT the tiresome Eurythmic beardy weirdy) is the keyboard player's keyboard player. Highly technically skilled, but with a sense of absurdity, chaos and space. Pip Pyle's drumming is effervescent and seemingly effortless. Phil Miller knows how to make his lead guitar lines enhance, rather than dominate, the proceedings - the kind of humility we've been led not to expect from guitarists. It's all carefully balanced, with a handful of guest musicians from Henry Cow, Egg and other places scattered about for special effect. The 'Northettes' are sublime sirens as usual. Stop your ears with wax, or they will surely lure you to the rock.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
A real gem of an album from the mists of the mid 70s and the tail end of the prog rock era.
From the Canterbury gene pool, Caravan, Camel etc.
Although most notable at the time for Richard Sinclair’s
determinedly English accent, this is essentially a instrumental album.
The Rotters’ Club is, of course, ‘music of it’s time’, but stands up well today due to its beautifully crafted soft jazz/rock and to the light, sprightly, optimistic atmosphere that pervades it.
There are hints of 70’s Zappa jazz, early Chick Corea/Return to Forever, even a dash of Steely Dan precision, however this is at heart a very British album, imaginative, humorous and quite unique.
Little wonder that it’s become a bit of a cult-offering in recent years with good quality original vinyl copies being much sought after.
If it’s your area of interest don’t hesitate to give it a try….
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Canterbury music. 9 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, "The Rotters Club" sits at the top of the Canterbury pile. The music has a quintessentially English feel with Richard Sinclair's vocals a pleasure to hear, and guest woodwinder Jimmy Hastings makes his presence known with some quality contributions. I particularly like Phil Miller's guitar work. Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Canterbury 25 Aug 2009
By The Soft Machine Operator TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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One of the classics of the Canterbury scene. This album fuses rock, British Jazz and even pop. The opening song, Share It, is the best hit single that never was a hit, and "It Didn't Matter Anyway" is a gorgeous ballad with some wonderful vocals by Richard Sinclair.

The rest of the album consists of jazzy sections with guest flute and woodwinds from Jimmy Hastings and prog-rock (It's hard to tell if it's guitar or fuzz organ!) that are somewhat reminscent of Caravan's progressive moments.

It all flows from track to track smoothly, and changes moods from dramatic, to groovy, to touching. Recommended.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stuff and nonsense! 27 April 2004
Format:Audio CD
In response to the one star reviewew:
Do a little background reading before buying a CD! I'd be very surprisedif a novel and an album with the same title have little if anything incommon, being as they are UTTERLY different mediums of expression. Buyinga film that shares a book's title on the off-chance I could almostunderstand, but to enjoy a novel and then expect a CD with the same titleto provoke the same feelings is beyond optimistic. It's frankly justsilly.
For those of you with an open mind:
Yes, this album is self-indlugent. Yes, it was recorded in the 70's.However, it would be naive in the extreme to dismiss it as casually asthis reviewer has. Hatfield and the North come from a somewhat obscuresub-genre of progressive rock (by prog rock, don't think Yes and PinkFloyd - these chaps are nothing like them) called Canterbury, whichcreated a sort of jazz-minus-the-jazz music that takes many listens tofully appreciate.
Despite having an undeniably jazzy feel, very little soloing goes on inthis music as it's actually highly structured and arranged. The vocals aresparse and whimsical, reinforcing the album's upbeat feel by way of sillylyrics and Richard Sinclair's casual, northern voice. The highlight of thealbum is undoubtedly the 20 minutes of undiluted Joy encapsulated in thetrack 'Mumps'. If you like jazz with a twist, prog rock in the wider senseof the (somwhat problematic) term, playful, cerebral, arty music then...do buy it. It's only 8 quid, after all.
...Just don't expect a novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Old memories returned.
I used to love this album when I was in my 20's. Now I am in my 50's it has made a welcome return to my collection.
Published 13 months ago by simonthescribe
5.0 out of 5 stars Another forgotten classic.
Wonderful. See my review of their eponymous album. An album of delights. A masterpiece. A neglected group who were more appreciated on the continent than England. They were v. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cristo B
4.0 out of 5 stars Fathers of Invention
If Frank Zappa means Mothers of Invention, may be Hatfield and North with this Rotters Club are .., well., Fathers of Invention .. Who knows, who knows ...
Published 18 months ago by Elena Munteanu
5.0 out of 5 stars An oldie but a goodie
My neighbour, like me, is a bit of a muso and when I told him that I had bought an early copy of the debut album by Hatfield And The North on vinyl he said that I ought to give The... Read more
Published on 19 May 2012 by Mr. T. D. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Hatfield and the North The Rotters Club
The Great Rotters!.

"The Rotters Club "is the Greatest jazzrock/canterbury/prog in the UK. Read more
Published on 1 May 2012 by KrakenProg
5.0 out of 5 stars An icon of its decade
The other reviews have captured the essence of this second album very well. Rather than repeat that, I'll try and put it into an admittedly personal context. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by Peter Beuttell
4.0 out of 5 stars Highlight of 1975!
Dave Stewart has written "1975 was a difficult year to be a thinking rock musician - the halcyon years of 'progressive' rock, when musicians were actually encouraged to be creative... Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2011 by Chris M.
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great find
I've come to Hatfield really late in the day and it really is a pleasant surprise. The Canterbury Scene had escaped me; I was more Pink Floyd and Hendrix in my youth. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2011 by R. Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Eccentric and of a time...
A classic piece of British eccentricity, from the 'Canterbury generation'.
If you like Soft Machine and Caravan, there's lots here to enjoy, but I'm guessing that like me, if... Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2011 by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
Wow! I'd forgotten how good this is. Maximum technical skills throughout the band, fabulous playing with humour in the music and wit in the wonderfully nonsensical lyrics. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2010 by Derek Payne
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