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National Health - National Health (1978) [Reissue 2009]

Posted By: gribovar
National Health - National Health (1978) [Reissue 2009]

National Health - National Health (1978) [Reissue 2009]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 276 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 117 MB | Covers - 13 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock/Canterbury Scene | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Esoteric Recordings (ECLEC2129)

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered edition of the classic 1978 debut album by National Health. Evolving from Canterbury stylists Hatfield & the North, National Health featured the talents of Dave Stewart on keyboards, Pip Pyle on drums and Phil Miller on guitar along with guests such as Jimmy Hastings. At various times the group also included such luminaries as Bill Bruford, Mont Campbell and Alan Gowen. Released by Affinity Records in February 1978, the album is a classic of the ‘Canterbury’ style and is sure to be a much sought after release by all aficionados of the genre.

National Health - Complete (1990) 2CDs

Posted By: Designol
National Health - Complete (1990) 2CDs

National Health - Complete (1990) 2CD
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 950 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 363 Mb | Scans ~ 33 Mb
Label: East Side Digital | # ESD 80402/412 | Time: 02:38:28
Canterbury Scene, Prog-Rock, Jazz-Rock, Fusion

If it never serves any other purpose, this two-disc collection of National Health's complete official output will at least always work as an effective refutation of the belief that all 1970s British prog-rock was overblown, self-indulgent, Mahlerian twaddle. Of course, most British prog-rock was just that, so it would be easy to understand anyone's reluctance to spend much time with it. Also, National Health has to be the least inviting band name in the history of British rock. But if you make the effort, you'll be richly rewarded. Yes, the compositions are long and they have titles like "Borogoves" and "Tales of a Damson Knight." Yes, there are lots and lots of solos. But there's also lots of structure and self-discipline undergirding those compositions and guiding those solos, and the band never seems to lose sight of the fact that they're playing for people other than themselves. That means there are melodies (sometimes even jazzy ones) and rhythmic hooks (sometimes even funky ones…okay, very slightly funky) as well as interesting textures and impressive fretwork. Highly recommended. (This isn't actually a "complete" collection of National Health's recorded output – see Missing Pieces, also on East Side Digital, for a good compilation of outtakes.)

National Health - Playtime [Recorded 1979] (2001)

Posted By: gribovar
National Health - Playtime [Recorded 1979] (2001)

National Health - Playtime [Recorded 1979] (2001)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 443 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 157 MB | Covers - 24 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock/Canterbury Scene | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Cuneiform Records (Rune 145)

After digging up archive material from Gilgamesh in 2000, the Cuneiform label started 2001 with a much-anticipated live album by another legendary Canterbury band: National Health. Playtime comprises material taken from two 1979 shows, one in France, the other in the U.S. The CD documents the last period of the band following the release of its second LP Of Queues and Cures, after keyboardist Alan Gowen had returned to replace founder Dave Stewart. Ex-Henry Cow bassist John Greaves, guitarist Phil Miller, and drummer Pip Pyle round up the lineup and all contribute written material. French guitarist Alain Eckert joined the band on the first show…

National Health - Missing Pieces [Recorded 1975-1979] (1996)

Posted By: gribovar
National Health - Missing Pieces [Recorded 1975-1979] (1996)

National Health - Missing Pieces [Recorded 1975-1979] (1996)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 327 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 148 MB | Covers (14 MB) included
Genre: Progressive Rock/Canterbury Scene | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Voiceprint (VP-113-CD)

Skip around to any ten-second window on this album and you may think you are hearing a well-rehearsed college band. But, step back and witness the sudden shifts in tempo and musical voice and you know you are witnessing a uniquely successful eclecticism. Most of the material from this superlative British prog rock band was previously unavailable in any form. National Health was the farm team for some of Great Britain's most expansive and important artists. Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson) handles the traps on most of the tracks. Bassist "Dirk" Mont Cambell's very interesting multi-instrumental album is also on East Side Digital. Steve Hillage laid down his guitar to produce albums and explore electronica with System 7…

National Health - Of Queues And Cures (1978) [Reissue 2009]

Posted By: gribovar
National Health - Of Queues And Cures (1978) [Reissue 2009]

National Health - Of Queues And Cures (1978) [Reissue 2009]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 323 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 125 MB | Covers - 19 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock/Canterbury Scene | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Esoteric Recordings (ECLEC2130)

Of Queues and Cures is one of the last and finest examples of the instrumental Canterbury sound on record during the 1970s. This somewhat sweeping claim for National Health's second album is made not only because of the complexity and quirkiness heard throughout, but because of the presence - quite rare in the years to follow - of fuzz organ, here played by Dave Stewart prior to his departure from the group and the return of the arguably jazzier and less fuzz-inclined Alan Gowen as sole keyboardist.