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  • #165

    Chairman_Mao
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    I am fairly new to the music of Mr Wyatt, although I have been aware of him for over twenty years (ever since Shipbuilding (I’m a big Costello fan)).

    #801

    Bel Air
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    Well, an obscure record that was made in the early seventies that noone’s ever heard of that is my personal favourite is called ‘ROCK BOTTOM’.

    It’s not very well known around here but I love it.
    ;) ;) ;)

    #802

    strongcomet
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    Good one, Bel Air!

    After this obscured record, try ‘Old Rottenhat’, ‘Dondestan’, ‘Nothing Can Stop Us’, and ‘Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard’ for the more jazzy quirky stuff. After that we will havs some more obscure releases.
    For full discography (and audio samples), please go here.

    #803

    zeebras
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    i’ve been a wyatt fan since 1969, and it was soft machine vol 2 that got me started. no wyatt collection is complete, i think, without this classic slab of canterbury music. if possible, get the cd version on the big beat label, they’ve doubled it up with the first soft machine album. essential stuff.

    #804

    propylaen2001
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    Hmm … I must say I’m surprised to see ROCK BOTTOM here being called obscure and not very well known. Or was this meant as a joke, Bel Air. Without doubt ROCK BOTTOM is Robert’s masterpiece, at least of his solo career, and it’s widely regarded so.

    Greetings

    Joerg

    #805

    Bel Air
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    It was, of course, a post in pure jest.
    Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
    ;)

    Incidentally everyone, my personal RW collection is laughably incomplete (hey, I’m poor!).

    What should I definately get next after the two new ones this month?
    I have Rock Bottom, Dondestan (revisited), Shleep, Flotsam and Jetsam, Softs 1,2,3, BBC and Backwards and have heard End of and Ear and EPs.

    What’s got to be got?
    I’m hungry for Matching Mole, but can only find ‘March’.
    Rottenhat? Ruth/Richard?

    Help!

    #806

    daven
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    I wouldn’t describe myself as an expert, at least in present company, but here’s a few suggestions.
    If you don’t mind buying Rock Bottom again (minus Little Red Riding Hood Hits The Road), Virgin Universal’s “Going Back A Bit: A Little History Of RW” gives a good selection, if it’s still available.
    It has solo material, Soft Machine, Matching Mole and a few collaborations.
    Speaking of which, Nick Mason’s “Fictitious Sports” is worth a listen. It’s really a Carla Bley album, and Robert sings throughout. I think all Nick contributed was the cash to record it, and maybe a bit of drumming

    #807

    Gerry_Mander
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    My god, an older RW fan than me. The first LP I ever purchased was “Third” and I have spent the last 30 years comparing all subsequent new music with that first purchase. Robert usually comes up with something but most of what I hear from elsewhere does not satisfy.

    I am on a 10 step programme and can now endulge myself musically with other genres, say folk music, or the late Lonnie Donegan, or John Adams.

    But I have to avoid the old Canterbury School revivalists or I go spare. Ok, there are some exceptions but don’t make me talk about them. ok

    #808

    Gerry_Mander
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    Hello Belair
    Daven has helped complete the list but there are some other collaborations worth a mention.
    Diamond Head by Phil Manzanera has Robert singing on a couple of tracks, but the whole album is worth a listen.
    Gorey Stories, is not my cup of tea but Mike Mantler had RW working his socks off on that one.
    Check out Recommended Records RER, for the collaborations with the very Avant-garde Henry Cow.
    Enough already

    #809

    pierre troude
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    Hello,
    it’s very difficult to choose beetween a lot of tittles and lp’s who are alls very good since the beginning.
    In my mind, I always hear Caroline with MATCHING MOLE, but also the different versions of Moon in June, the album DONDESTAN, the old compilation with SOFT MACHINE ” Jet Propelled”: marvellous “Memories” or “You don’t remember”

    #810

    BAADER-MEINHOF
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    I’d say “Rock Bottom”.

    It was Wyatt’s triunphant come back from a painful rehab. It carries a lot of melancoly and depression but is so well crafted it never ceases to amaze. Only compared to Can’s “Future Days” (1973)

    Nick Mason’s production is superlative.

    My favorite?

    A last straw

    #811

    Chairman_Mao
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    Thanks everyone, I’m off internet shopping to see what’s available, but Rock Bottom will obviously be top of my list (the three record shops in this town haven’t got one RW disc between them!)

    #812

    spartak
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    I’d say “Rock Bottom”.

    It was Wyatt’s triunphant come back from a painful rehab. It carries a lot of melancoly and depression but is so well crafted it never ceases to amaze. Only compared to Can’s “Future Days” (1973)

    Nick Mason’s production is superlative.

    My favorite?

    A last straw

    Ich bin komplet einverstanden mit Baader-Meinhof, die “Future Days” ist eine meiner favoriten! ?

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