Sunday, March 12, 2006

Robert Wyatt

Maybe the most sensitive and talented artist to emerge from the Canterbury scene. The earlier drummer and vocalist of Soft Machine started his solo career in 1970 with an unique and astonishing example of free music called The End Of An Ear. A few time later he defintely left Soft Machine, that was becoming a too straight fusion band, to form Matching Mole and follow an interesting direction between experimentation and melody. In June 1973 a terrible accident left him paraplegic and changed his personal and musical future. During the months of convalescence and the state of crisis that he passed through he composed the touching songs of Rock Bottom, one of the most deep and inspired album ever, published in '74. Experimentation and melody are finally perfectly amalgamated to create a portrait of the artist's soul, struggling between desperation and hope, and self-pity is avoided with a touch of bitter irony. These are my impressions, but I feel that everyone can relate to this music in a very personal way. Many old friends and good musicians give their contribution to the making of this masterpiece (including Ivor Cutler, who sadly died a few days ago).
Sea Song is the opening track, on which he also gives a good example of how he can use his thin voice as an instrument. This version was played in 2003 for a BBC documentary about Wyatt.
Soon after the release of Rock Bottom the single I'm A Believer brings a moment of relief from the album's gloomy atmospheres. The nice melody of the Monkees' song is made precious by Robert's voice and the refined arrangements. The video is from the Top Of The Pops archive, you'll recognize Pink Floyd's drummer Nick Mason, who produced Rock Bottom...and could it be that the guy with the acoustic guitar is Andy Somers/Summers, the future guitarist of The Police?
Wyatt never reached the inspiration of those days again, but still his rare productions are precious events that deserves all of our attention.

Robert Wyatt - Sea Song (2003)
Robert Wyatt - I'm A Believer (1974)

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I hope you'll enjoy these clips

Bye

Mirco

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Robert Wyatt vids. The Canterbury scene had a lot of creative musicians like Caravan or Soft Machine.

herr k.

3/12/2006 11:30 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Hi herr k., thanks for the message, I know you like that scene. I have more videos from the Soft Machine in 1970 and '71.

Have a nice Sunday.

Mirco

3/12/2006 1:26 PM  
Blogger The Baz said...

Brilliant! A very special talent - Sea Song is bloody beautiful!
Many thanks - keep up the cool work!
BAZ

3/14/2006 12:19 AM  
Blogger Eddie Riff said...

I have to agree with my friend, BAZ. Terrific post! Keep up the fine work. Is there any chance we'll get to see any of the fine Italian prog bands here in the future? Thanks!

3/14/2006 5:03 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Hi Eddie, it's hard to find videos by my favourite italian artists of the seventies, like Area, Battiato, Claudio Rocchi, Aktuala...but sooner or later I'll post something by bands like Premiata Forneria Marconi or Il Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso...

See you soon

3/14/2006 8:00 AM  
Blogger Eddie Riff said...

Thanks, mirco!

3/14/2006 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello !
Absolutely amazing blog !
Thanks a lot for keeping it update !
=)

3/15/2006 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Sam Stone said...

Thanks for the clips. I'm very curious, but wonder if the links are still in order, because at RS I see it's only 0 kb.
Did you remove the content after being raped by STH?

3/16/2006 7:12 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Hi Sam, the video is still available, open that 0 Kb file to know how to downlowad it...

Bye

3/16/2006 8:59 PM  
Anonymous Sam Stone said...

I found it in the menatime. Thanks a lot for this great video!

3/27/2006 6:25 PM  
Anonymous skylark said...

mirco, you don't know how much finding this clip means to me .. i watched it and almost cried. robert wyatt is one of my all time favourite human beings, rock bottom is my fave album of all time, and this clip of sea song ... well you blew me away.

5/22/2006 1:37 PM  
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