Named after William Burroughs book, they got formed in Canterbury around 1967. With Australian guitar player
Daevid Allen and Kevin Ayers on bass the first lineup recorded some tracks, but first only a single produced
and written by KIM FOWLEY , with a very special psychedelic sound was released on Polydor. I still remember
hearing it on a Pirate Radio Station and looking for it, without success. Other recordings from that lineup got released
as LP on BYG in France only...later often re-released on CD named often JET PROPELLED. After some gigs in France
Daevid Allen got not allowed to come back to the UK.
So the first real album was without him...a great psychedelic album with a nice gimmick cover (watch) but originaly
released only in the USA, where the band toured with Jimi Hendrix.
Ayers left the band after the tour to go solo. Hugh Hopper; who played with Wyatt in the WILDFLOWERS replaced him.
The 2nd album also psychedelic but shows the way to jazz. The next album 3rd was an ambitious masterpiece, showed
the way for the following Jazzrock generations..this concept was followed by the next recordings, but to watered down
after the sixt album.
Style : Psych, Prog; Jazz-Rock; Fusion
Wildflowers ; Kevin Ayers ; Robert Wyatt & Matching Mole ; Elton Dean ; Daevid Allen & Gong ; The Cake (US) ;
Hugh Hopper ; Caravan ; Nucleus ; Andy Summers ; Delivery ; Alan Holdsworth's Igginbottom ;
Mike Ratledge - organ, keyboards.; Kevin Ayers - bass, vocals; Robert Wyatt - drums, voc.;
Daevid Allen - guitar; Hugh Hopper - bass;
Elton Dean - sax, electric piano; Lyn Dobson - flute, sax;
Nick Evans - trombone; Mark Charig - cornet; Jimmy Hastings - flute; Alan Skidmore - sax;
John Marshall - drums; Karl Jenkins - piano, sax; Roy Babbington - bass; Rab Spall - violin:
Andy Summers, Alan Holdsworth, John Etheridge - guitar; Ric Sanders - violin;
Tracks: Live Jan. 4th 1970 Fairfield Hall, Croydon
Eamonn Andrews (Ratledge) 12:15
Mouseptrap (Hopper) 5:24
Noisette (Hopper) :37
Backwards (Ratledge) 4:48
Mousetrap (reprise) (Hopper) :26
Hibou, Anemone and Bear (Ratledge-Wyatt) 8:50
Moon in June (Wyatt) 6:55
12/8 Theme (Hopper) 11:25
Esthers Nose Job (Ratledge) 14:30
We did it again (Ayers) 7:15