Home Forums Robert Wyatt Robert Wyatt – For The Ghosts Within Laura – Listen to the first track

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  • #470

    strongcomet
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    #1869

    zappabeef
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    I have been a massive Robert Wyatt fan since 1967. I have everything he has ever recorded. But this track is absolutely dreadful. Not his voice, His voice is as wonderful as always. But the music itself. Is he trying to corner the Frank Sinatra market or jump on the Michael Buble bandwagon. I hope he’s not going to go down the Rod Stewart road of singing ballads for a living. I only hope that this track is nothing like the rest of the album. Come on Robert you have the best voice in musical history. Please don’t spoil it by singing bar room background music.

    #1871

    OscarBCN
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    It is a standard. A logical version in Wyatt’s historical love to jazz. I don’t see the dreadfullness at all, frankly.

    #1872

    jczoso
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    Nice. Robert in full voice.

    #1864

    seagull59
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    I love bar-room background music when it’s as innovative as this. Robert sounds magnificent and well up in the mix, if this is representative of the instrumentation throughout the album, then it might prove very interesting. I’ve not heard Rod Stewarts interpretations but I’ll bet they’re conventional arrangements, one would not normally expect that of Wyatt and that’s certainly not the case here! Can’t wait.

    #1873

    jkauff
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    Robert singing Johnny Mercer lyrics? I have no problem with that, and neither should anyone who loves Robert’s covers of other standards like “‘Round Midnight”. The arrangement is quite nice, and I welcome a little breathing room for Robert’s voice after the density of Comicopera. I’m off to pre-order now.

    #1874

    stuart
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    There’s history behind this, folks: Anyone ever heard Charlie Parker’s semi-controversial “Bird with Strings” album from 1949? This was one of the tracks, and the album was panned by many for the string arrangements by the late Mitch Miller, even if Bird’s alto improvisations were still noteworthy. Here, we have a much better arrangement for restrained string quartet, with another good alto improv on top…but with the difference of Wyatt’s terrific vocal. This works very well.

    #1875

    strongcomet
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    Here it is, Charlie Parker plays Laura…

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    #1881

    pemory
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    Just listened to “Laura.” Sounds very nice to me….

    ~pemory

    #1883

    seagull59
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    Try listening to the rest of the album because it’s magnificent, in truth, not all that different from the typical Wyatt album but dare I venture to suggest that it might be even better? I do, it is! This should gain some serious critical acclaim, wait and see.

    #1918

    Poyks
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    I like this, it pertains a sense of innocence yet it’s quite complex in it’s arrangement. A great musical mix! Flows beautifully.

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