Quiet Sun

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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,[1] Quiet Sun was formed in 1970 after MacCormick had made friends with Robert Wyatt,[2] the son of a friend of his mother's.[3] 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.

Quiet Sun split up in 1972, Manzanera to Roxy Music, MacCormick to Matching Mole, Hayward to This Heat, and Jarrett began to teach mathematics.

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.[4] 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. 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").


Year Artist Title
1975 Quiet Sun Mainstream
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)



  1. ^ Phil Manzanera biography at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Quiet Sun Interviews and Articles No. 2: Allan Jones, Melody Maker". Archived from the original on 13 March 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2010.CS1 maint: unfit url (link) from manzanera.com
  3. ^ Bill MacCormick biography at AllMusic
  4. ^ "Quiet Sun Press Pack". Archived from the original on 21 May 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2008.CS1 maint: unfit url (link) from manzanera.com

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