Biography All Music Guide
All Music Guide:
Guitarist Phil Miller has long been a fixture in British progressive music. In 1971, he helped establish the band Matching Mole with drummer/vocalist Robert Wyatt of Soft Machine. Matching Mole broke up after releasing two LPs, Matching Mole and Little Red Record. Miller then formed Hatfield and the North with Dave Stewart, Richard Sinclair (Caravan), and Pip Pyle (Gong). Hatfield recorded two LPs for Virgin in the mid-'70s: Hatfield and the North and The Rotters' Club. Hatfield evolved into National Health, which recorded National Health, Of Queues and Cures, and D.S. Al Coda. All three LPs were reissued by East Side Digital on a two-CD set, Complete, and the first two discs have also been subsequently re-released, with their tracks intermixed, on another two-disc set, Dreams Wide Awake (Atom Music). East Side Digital also released a second National Health CD entitled Missing Pieces, and the Cuneiform label issued a live set, entitled Playtime, by a later incarnation of the band featuring Miller, drummer Pyle, keyboardist Alan Gowen, and bassist John Greaves. Since the breakup of National Health, Miller has worked on solo projects and with his band, In Cahoots. He has released three solo efforts on Cuneiform (Cutting Both Ways, Digging In, and All That), as well as a number of CDs on his own Crescent Discs label.