National Health - Playtime
This marks the first time that this version of this classic Canterbury group (Alan Gowen, John Greaves, Phil Miller, Pip Pyle) has been documented on record. This edition of the band strove towards a more stretched-out, free-er approach. As Phil remembers it, Basically, we did less writing and more playing. Indeed, this version of National Health did more gigging that any other lineup of the band, but they never released any recordings until now. Recorded at two different shows in 1979 - including one show that features the addition of guest guitarist Alain Eckert (Art Zoyd) - the majority of the compositions on Playtime cannot be found on any other National Health recording. It includes a 16 page booklet with liner notes by Aymeric Leroy, which tells the story of this last period of the band. Illustrated with rare photos, interviews and comments with all surviving members of the band, this is a fantastic and unexpected document 20 years later, of a much loved band.