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National Health

National Health were one of those rare English progressive bands whose classic mid-'70s output still sounds fresh today. Their sound prospered on imaginative linear musicality, often in a jazzy format that emphasized extended instrumental solos. Arising during a challenging time when progressive rock was being overtaken by a tidal wave of punk, National Health featured members of other Canterbury and post-Canterbury bands Hatfield and the North (a band considered a Canterbury supergroup in itself), Gilgamesh, and Henry Cow. After the release of 1977's debut album National Health and 1978's sophomore Of Queues and Cures, the group issued 1982's D.S. Al Coda -- an homage to keyboardist Alan Gowen, who died of leukemia in May 1981 -- and then fell silent as its members pursued other ventures. The overview Complete appeared in 1990; Missing Pieces, a collection of recordings from the earliest incarnations of the group that never saw the light of day during the band's existence, followed in 1996. In 2000, Cuneiform issued a live album, Playtime, which was recorded at two different shows in 1979 and sequenced and mastered in 2000 by Phil Miller and Pip Pyle as a tribute to Gowen. ~ Myles Boisen & Dave Lynch, Rovi
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mziemba12
Had a chance to see these guys around 1979 with Gong at Johns Hopkins University in B-more. The evening was getting late and I had to go before they hit the stage sometime in the wee hours of morning. I will never stop regretting that move...
I wish I could give them 2 thumbs up! What dan252 said. Ditto! The last bit, not the wtf is canterbury bit.
nice music kind of reminds me of brand x - love dave stewart - love hatfield and the north
Sonic magic. Phil Miller is absolutely brilliant.
Landmark beacon.
trpt7777
there are a lot of esoteric groups out there (and I like most o them) but National Health always has another spice in there that I enjoy above others though I can't put a finger on it I think it is the David Stewart flavor
One of the founding father's of the British Jazz Rock movement. Another great group you mentioned was Hatfield Of The North and Matching Mole. Let us not leave out Caravan and Jonesy.....
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Selected discographie s are just misinformati o n . Ever heard of a complete discography? Or are you that afraid of adding albums that weren't assimilated into your music genome project? Perhaps skimping on bandwidth? I'd call that theft of omission.
whatever the canterbury scene is, they definitley have it going on. why can't we have current bands like this.
undeniably and reliably swell. the best of the canterbury scene.

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