Quiet Sun were an English progressive rock/jazz fusion band from the Canterbury Scene consisting of Phil Manzanera (guitars), Bill MacCormick (bass), Dave Jarrett (keyboards) and Charles Hayward (drums).
Having originated from a Dulwich College band by the name of Pooh and the Ostrich Feather, Quiet Sun was formed in 1970 after MacCormick had made friends with Robert Wyatt, the son of a friend of his mother's. The band integrated jazz elements and sparkling keyboard sounds into their complex music - similar to Soft Machine - but Manzanera's energetic guitar made their music very different from the Softs' who had not been using any guitar (other than bass guitar) on their regular albums before the 1975 release of Bundles, and had used reeds as the main other melody instruments aside from keyboards.
In 1975, Manzanera booked a studio for 26 days to record his album Diamond Head and got Quiet Sun together again to record an album from their old composed material in the studio at the same time. This first and only album of theirs, with participation of Brian Eno and the late Ian MacCormick, titled Mainstream was critically acclaimed and became the New Musical Express' album of the month. One of Quiet Sun's songs appears on Robert Wyatt's Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard, under the name "Team Spirit". Additionally, reworked versions of "Rongwrong" and "Mummy was an asteroid, Daddy was a small non-stick kitchen utensil" both appear on the album 801 Live (the latter is consolidated with a track from Diamond Head, "East of Echo", with the result titled "East of Asteroid").
|2000||Phil Manzanera||Manzanera Archives: Rare One (includes 4 previously-unreleased Quiet Sun demos)|
|2011||Quiet Sun||Mainstream (deluxe book presentation with 3 of the above bonus tracks plus one more)|
- Phil Manzanera - Recordings at the Wayback Machine (archived May 14, 2008) from manzanera.com
- Quiet Sun Press Pack at the Wayback Machine (archived May 21, 2008) from manzanera.com
- Bill MacCormick - a 1995 interview with Bill for Facelift, illustrating his musical development from 1966 through the early 1980s, with many details from various musicians' activities over the years
- Charles Hayward interview
- Collapso - Canterbury Music Family Tree