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Robert Wyatt '68'

PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:35 pm
by Chris P
Due out early October, this excerpt of 'Rivmic Melodies', is good even beyond the high expectations that these recordings made in '68 (I think in New York), and mostly never heard before, have engendered amongst Wyatt fans:

https://soundcloud.com/cuneiformrecords/robert-wyatt-rivmic-melodies

Re: Robert Wyatt '68'

PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:06 pm
by NormanD
This is very good - great sound quality. Nothing about it suggests it's 45 years old, least of all Robert Wyatt's singing voice.

Re: Robert Wyatt '68'

PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:15 pm
by Adam Blake
I hope they include the demo that Jimi played bass on - "Slow Walkin' Talk" or "Slow Talkin' Walk". It's on the track list but I wouldn't put it past the Hendrix Estate to veto them using that version. I'm sure you know the story: Robert was beavering away and Jimi was just hanging around listening when he said, "I could put a bass on that for you, you wouldn't have to use it." He did it in one take, playing Noel Redding's bass guitar upside-down. Robert was happy.

Re: Robert Wyatt '68'

PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:20 pm
by Adam Blake
YouTube, eh? Best thing on the internet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agO_R0h1V84

(By the way, Chris, thanks for posting. That section on "Soft Machine Two" is pretty much my absolute all-time favourite bit of Soft Machine and that's saying a lot. I listened to it solidly for years in my early 20s, thus it's more than a bit weird to hear it in this form. First impressions, I inevitably prefer the Soft Machine version: Wyatt's harmonies here are a little bit too experimental - still in the development stage - and I miss the Hoppers and the Ratledge expertise on the piano. Still, great to hear it.)