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    Max_Gate
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    Chemistry is an over-used description; it is banal whether applied to romantic or musical adventures. Still, I can’t avoid the term ‘chemistry’ whenever I hear Hugh Hopper and Robert Wyatt together on a recording. Of course, they have history as the AMG description shows:

    In 1963, Hopper became involved in a jazz and poetry trio with Daevid Allen, who would go on to form Gong, and Robert Wyatt. In 1964, Hopper was a founder of the Wilde Flowers, a band that included Richard Sinclair, Pye Hastings, Richard Coughlan, Robert Wyatt, and Kevin Ayers. Although a fairly typical beat group, the Wilde Flowers would split into two legendary bands: Caravan, with Sinclair, Hastings, and Coughlan; and Soft Machine, with Wyatt and Ayers, who was replaced by Hopper late in 1968. Hopper left Soft Machine in 1974 and worked on numerous projects before forming the Hugh Hopper Band in 1985. The group released a CD, Meccano Pelorus, on the Cuneiform label in 1991, and has since released other material on that label as well as on Voiceprint and PONK.’

    – So, what do you hear when Hugh and Robert come together? Is it ‘chemistry’; if so, what is the catalyst for such an explosive combination?

    Max Gate

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    Bel Air
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    So, what do you hear when Hugh and Robert come together?

    magic

    Is it ‘chemistry’;

    yes

    if so, what is the catalyst for such an explosive combination?

    friendship (although I wouldn’t say ‘explosive’ – rather, ‘organic’.

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    Jaakko
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    About Hugh,
    anyone got a copy of that extremely rare
    “Hopper Tunity Box”? I’ve seen it once and
    it was (it still might be) little too expensive
    but I’m still wondering if there’s CD version of
    it? (in Japan perhaps)
    And another one is that Soft Head’s “Rogue
    Element”… similar story.

    Jaakko

    ps: How many days to “Cuckooland”!!!!

    #1076

    daven
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    About Hugh,
    anyone got a copy of that extremely rare
    “Hopper Tunity Box”? I’ve seen it once and
    it was (it still might be) little too expensive
    but I’m still wondering if there’s CD version of
    it? (in Japan perhaps)
    …..Jaakko

    I have this album. I got it on vinyl when it came out on the Norwegian Compendium label.
    It’s a good listen, quite different in many respects to his previous 1984, although he does reprise Miniluv from that album.

    #1077

    ecsp97
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    Hi This is Jeff Melton from Expose Magazine. I do have a CD copy of Hopportunity Box and in fact I just got him to sign my vinyl copy when he and the Canterbury contingent appeared in Seattle.

    Sounds good on CD too. Do you need a catalogue #?

    Jeff

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