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Robert Wyatt

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My Personal Sacred Cow: Robert Wyatt

Postby capnreverb on Thu Feb 03, 2005 8:48 pm

I worship the dude. Flame away.
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Postby Redline on Thu Feb 03, 2005 8:53 pm

Crap. Damn commie that fell out of a window drunk.

I take that back. I still have Matching Mole's Little Red Record, and quite enjoy it...

He was in Soft Machine.

Good Drummer...

Interesting vocalist.


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Postby Angry_Dragon on Thu Feb 03, 2005 9:00 pm

Can't stand the stuff.
Better yet, eat the placenta!!!
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Postby Andrew L. on Thu Feb 03, 2005 11:11 pm

I've been meaning to look into this man's music for a long time.

So, capn, which album should I pick up? Why?
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Postby Angus Jung on Thu Feb 03, 2005 11:25 pm

You should pick up "Rock Bottom" because it's a masterpiece.

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Postby Brett Eugene Ralph on Fri Feb 04, 2005 1:30 am

Angus Jung wrote:You should pick up "Rock Bottom" because it's a masterpiece.


I bought this recently, and while it didn't really grab me on first listen, I sensed that it was doing its thing in a singular way, quietly audacious. I'll give it another go-round some rainy day. Until then, I'll abstain.
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Postby Dylan on Fri Feb 04, 2005 10:42 am

Not a fan of Soft Machine, but Robert solo is Not Crap. I love his weird little vision and his voice is so beautiful.

Hey capn, did you hear his work on the latest Bjork album?
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Postby TheMilford on Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:00 am

SOOO NOT CRAP!

his solo work makes me cry... so nice, so sad, so sweet.

LAD, I ain't got no Reverb but I am the captain-CO-pilot Jeeje:

Pick up Rock Bottom. It is lovely.

BTW Dylan, have you checked out soft machine's 2nd? it's really the only one I still listen to. It's a bit psych-hippie-prog but it's REAL good. I used to be really into 4th but it's a little to pseudo-jazz for my current taste.

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Postby steve on Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:03 am

We tried to get him to play the Shellac-curated ATP, but he said no. I love his voice -- so strange, so nice.

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Postby the Classical on Fri Feb 04, 2005 1:05 pm

I love him, great voice, great songs, I love how dense all his records are...

I have said this before, but there is a moment at the end of the 2nd vers of "Little Red Riding Hits the Road" off Rock Bottom, that is so beautiful and so sad, during the drone at the end that always makes me cry.

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Postby Andrew L. on Fri Feb 04, 2005 1:49 pm

Thanks all. It's 3 am in these parts, but I'll be picking up _Rock Bottom_ shortly.
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Postby capnreverb on Fri Feb 04, 2005 6:23 pm

LAD, be forwarned, Rock Bottom will take a little getting used too. There has never been a record before or after that is quite like it. It might take a few listens. His voice is very unique and can be difficult to some.

There is a part at the end of the first half of the song "sea song" where he sings "we're not alone" that leads into this amazing second half that is still one of the most transcendant passages of music I have ever heard. It is one of the few records I was in love with when I was 16 that I still means the same if not more to me 20 years later. I have turned a lot of people on to this record who are now addicted to Robert Wyatt, even some who thought it was weird crap at first.

I like this record so much that I named my son Lol Wyatt after the sax player LOl Coxhill and Robert Wyatt. It was going to be Wyatt Lol but mom would have none of it.

The other album I would get first is Shleep, from 1997. One of the best albums I have ever heard. It has of all people on it, Evan Parker (free jazz giant) Paul Wellar (Jam) Brian Eno, Phil Manzanerra (roxy music). It's hard to imagine this dude who was playing on the same bills as Pink Floyd and Hendrix in the late 60's is still putting out music today that is relevant and exceptional. (shit, in the rock realm he might be the only one? ) His new one is good also. you might want to stay away from his 80's stuff till you get a bit more used to his other stuff. It's not bad, but at some points it can be too minimal for some at first.

Soft Machine is ok if you like the 60's trippy floyd stuff. They started to veer in a prog direction thats ok, but no crimson or yes, and when wyatt was kicked out they became a big bloated fuzak turd.
Matching Mole is fantastic stuff, sort of like what soft machine could have been if they stayed good.

Dylan, the Bjork stuff was ok, but that whole album boored me silly. It was a really cool idea and I think she dropped the ball on that record and it's idea of a voice only record. Heck, i even like that record she did with her dad!

Also LAD, a bit of background for Rock Bottom. He was the singer and drummer for Soft machine. He was kicked out oof the band (bitterly). Then He formed Matching Mole singing and playing drums. At a party he was drunk and fell out of a window and broke his back, thus confining him to a wheelchair and ending his drumming career. Rock Bottom is the Lp he did after he broke his back, and the record carries a lot of this pain and it's release.

steve wrote:We tried to get him to play the Shellac-curated ATP, but he said no. I love his voice -- so strange, so nice.

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Robert Wyatt getting the Steve Albini seal of approval has made my day.

Rock Bottom may be one of the greatest records ever made.
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Postby Redline on Sat Feb 05, 2005 7:21 pm

Matching Mole is fantastic stuff, sort of like what soft machine could have been if they stayed good.

Yup- I think Bob Fripp made them try harder, he was producing. "Do you think you're about ready, boys?"
Rock Bottom

Great lp. "Great" in the truest sense of the word. Amazing and fabulous , even...
I can't stand some of the later stuff, sorry. ZZZZZZZZZ
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Postby Jodi S. on Sat Feb 05, 2005 11:03 pm

When SHLEEP came out, I listened to it about five times a day, for three months straight.

I can't remember the last time I played a record that much.

Also, "Shipbuilding" makes me cry. I'm not ashamed to admit it.
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Postby kerble on Tue Jan 31, 2006 7:44 pm

bump!

I've listened to Shleep maybe five times today!



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Postby Mama Clortho on Tue Jan 31, 2006 7:54 pm

I would like to know how his other albums compare to Rock Bottom. Inform me.
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Postby kerble on Tue Jan 31, 2006 7:56 pm

Mama Clortho wrote:I would like to know how his other albums compare to Rock Bottom. Inform me.


Mama, please buy 1997's Shleep. wow.
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Postby the Classical on Tue Jan 31, 2006 8:02 pm

his two most recent albums, Shleep and esp Cuckooland are two excellent records that I think stand up well in comparison to Rock Bottom.

Shleep is an upbeat, rambling, all-star affair

Cuckooland is really great, it split into two thirty minute suites, so it is essentially like two records, full of wonky synth blurbs, jazzy trumpet and of course, the voice

anyway, both highly recommended
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Postby Mama Clortho on Tue Jan 31, 2006 8:06 pm

Thank you, electronic friends.
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Postby simmo on Tue Jan 31, 2006 8:09 pm

I've been meaning to check Robert Wyatt out properly one day. My dad was a big fan; Rock Bottom's great and I have inherited a lovely 7" of him doing "I'm a Believer".

I also have this really weird record involving him. Hang on two minutes, I'm just gonna dig it out...

OK, it's "The Hapless Child" - the stories of Edward Gorey told in musical form, with music by Michael Mantler and sung by Robert Wyatt. If your unfamiliar with Edward Gorey's work, you should check it out, he's a goddamned genius:

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For anyone by chance familiar with this collaborative oddity, goddamn it's one of the most unlistenable things I've ever heard! This is how bad this record is: I once bet my friend 10 english pounds to listen to it all the way through, both sides back to back at considerable volume. He managed it, god knows how. He is the kind of person who listens to Merzbow for pleasure. Anyhows, I'm not man enough. I simply can't do it. I can't make it all the way through this record.

Still don't want to sell it though.

ps Shipbuilding is amazing too. Absolutely fucking amazing.
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