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The Best Canterbury Scene Bands/Artists

Updated October 13, 2018 439 votes 117 voters 6.8k views15 items

Canterbury scene artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good canterbury scene bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top canterbury scene bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Canterbury scene groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all canterbury scene bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest canterbury scene bands of all time, since the most famous canterbury scene artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best canterbury scene music.

You can click on the canterbury scene band names to see more information about that particular notable canterbury scene group. If they're near the top of the best canterbury scene artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top canterbury scene bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the canterbury scene band names themselves.

Artists on this list include Robert Wyatt and Soft Machine. Downvote your least favorite artists and upvote the best ones to see your favorites rise to the top. What's the best item on this list? Andrew Latimer? Camel?

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The list includes all new canterbury scene bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of canterbury scene, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into canterbury scene music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good canterbury scene bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent canterbury scene bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best canterbury scene bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest canterbury scene musician ever?"

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    Caravan are an English band from the Canterbury area, founded by former Wilde Flowers members David Sinclair, Richard Sinclair, Pye Hastings and Richard Coughlan in 1968. The band have not achieved much commercial success, but are considered a key part of the Canterbury scene, blending psychedelic rock, jazz and classical influences to create a distinctive sound. The band were originally based in Whitstable, Kent, near Canterbury, but moved to London when briefly signed to Verve Records. After being dropped by Verve, the band signed to Decca Records, where they released their most critically acclaimed album, In the Land of Grey and Pink in 1971. David Sinclair left after the album's release...  more
    • Genres (Music): Jazz, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene, Psychedelic rock
    • Albums: In the Land of Grey and Pink, A Night's Tale: Live in the USA, If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You, All Over You
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    Soft Machine are an English rock and jazz band from Canterbury formed in mid-1966, named after the novel The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. They were one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene. Though they achieved little commercial success, they are considered by critics to have been influential in rock music, Dave Lynch at AllMusic called them "one of the more influential bands of their era, and certainly one of the most influential underground ones."...  more
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene, Psychedelic rock
    • Albums: Fourth, The Soft Machine, Land of Cockayne, Softs, Six
  • Photo: National Health / Discogs
    National Health were an English progressive rock band associated with the Canterbury scene. Founded in 1975, the band included members of keyboardist Dave Stewart's band Hatfield and the North and Alan Gowen's band Gilgamesh, the band also included guitarists Phil Miller and Phil Lee and bassist Mont Campbell as original members. The band was named after Stewart's National Health glasses. Bill Bruford was the initial drummer but was soon replaced by Pip Pyle. Campbell was replaced by Neil Murray and then John Greaves. A frequently changing line-up, they toured extensively and released their first album, National Health in 1977. Although it was created during the rise of Punk, the album is...  more
    • Genres (Music): Jazz fusion, Progressive rock
    • Albums: Of Queues and Cures, Missing Pieces, D.S. al Coda, National Health, Playtime
  • Robert Wyatt (born Robert Wyatt-Ellidge, 28 January 1945) is an English musician. A founding member of the influential Canterbury scene bands Soft Machine and Matching Mole, he was initially a kit drummer and singer before becoming paraplegic following an accidental fall from a window in 1973, which led him to abandon band work and begin a forty-year solo career. A key player during the formative years of British jazz rock, psychedelic rock and progressive rock, Wyatt's own work became increasingly interpretative, collaborative and politicised from the mid 1970s onwards. His solo music has covered a particularly individual musical terrain ranging from covers of pop singles to shifting,...  more
    • Genres (Music): Experimental rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental music, Progressive rock, Canterbury scene
    • Albums: Cuckooland, Shleep, Comicopera, His Greatest Misses, Matching Mole's Little Red Record