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The complete set of Robert Wyatt's solo recordings made in the US in late 1968, with Jimi Hendrix playing bass on one track, alongside Mike Ratledge and Hugh Hopper, performing versions of "Chlesea", "Rivmic Melodies", "Slow Walkin' Talk" and "Moon in June".

Wyatt, Robert

Wyatt, Robert : '68 (Cuneiform)
Label: Cuneiform    
Released in: USA    

"Some have called this - the complete set of Robert Wyatt's solo recordings made in the US in late 1968 - the ultimate Holy Grail. Half of the material here is not only previously unreleased - it had never been heard, even by the most dedicated collectors of Wyatt rarities. Until reappearing, seemingly out of nowhere, last year, the demo for "Rivmic Melodies", an extended sequence of song fragments destined to form the first side of the second album by Soft Machine (the band Wyatt had helped form in 1966 as drummer and lead vocalist, and with whom he had recorded an as-yet unreleased debut album in New York the previous spring), was presumed lost forever. As for the shorter song discovered on the same acetate, "Chelsa", it wasn't even known to exist!

Now reassembled following painstaking cleaning up of mostly acetate-sourced recordings, this important, seminal document stands as both the template for the post-psychedelic Soft Machine's career as founders of European electric jazz, and a precursor to Wyatt's acclaimed post-band, solo career. The two "side-long" epics are particularly remarkable for Wyatt's seamless integration of song fragments and instrumental passages within a unified whole. Wyatt's stream-of-consciousness, often self-referential lyrics are interspersed with witty asides (soon to become a defining characteristic of the "Canterbury scene" as exemplified by related groups like Caravan, Hatfield and the North and Wyatt's own Matching Mole) matched by his equally idiosyncratic singing - his wondrously unique voice evoking human fragility , warmth and sincerity.

This release is fully authorized by Wyatt, featuring an in-depth interview with him (by music historian Aymeric Leroy) about his recollections of this period, with insights into his songwriting process, recording procedures and previously untold anecdotes of his American sojourn. Cuneiform is releasing Robert Wyatt's '68 as both a CD and a limited edition lp. The CD is ; for the LP, this information is included on a printed insert inside the sleeve."-Cuneiform

Includes a 16 page booklet featuring an interview and archival photos.

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Includes a 16 page booklet featuring an interview and archival photos.

UPC: 045775037523

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: Rune 375 CD
Squidco Product Code: 18165

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at various locations on various dates.


Robert Wyatt-vocals, piano, electric piano, Hammond organ, bass, drums,percussion

Jimi Hendrix-bass

Hugh Hooper-bass

Mike Ratledge-Lowrey organ

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Track Listing:

1. Chelsa 5:01

2. Rivmic Melodies 18:20

3. Slow Walkin' Talk 3:03

4. Moon In June 20:37