Who knew that UK progrock combos The Caravans, The Soft Machines, and The Pink Floyds were inspired by two obscure US acts to relocate to the sleepy British village of Canterbury and develop a thriving music scene? Not you, that's who.
The Canterbury Music Festival 1968 Rain And Shine album was produced in New York by Foam Favorites© The Tokens, who also contributed the stickier bubblegum songs. It's a swell record, although hard to see how the sunshine pop harmonies influenced The Pink Floyds' acid-trip instrumentals. Although the novelty sitar version of Son Of A Preacherman may have been on Mike Ratledge's jukebox.
Canterbury Fair's organ-dominated sound was clearly the inspiration for The Soft Machines' guitar-free line-up. Or not. In fact, the more I reflect on this connection, the less convinced I become. Never mind. It's a Foam Fact©. These guys were out of Fresno. Because someone had to be.