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His Greatest Misses

    The singular Robert Wyatt releases ‘His Greatest Misses’ - a compilation spanning his decades-long career - on vinyl for the first time ever. Also back in stock on CD.

    In its title, ‘His Greatest Misses’ acknowledges that Wyatt’s career has taken place outside the limited space and definition of commercial pop success but simultaneously recognises that Wyatt’s non-careerist career has nevertheless proven both productive and rigorous. The collection, originally released as a Japanese edition, includes selections dating from ‘Rock Bottom’ (1974) to ‘Cuckooland’ (2003), although its running order is non-chronological. This makes the subtle point that Wyatt’s recordings are best considered as a nonlinear catalogue; this is a world through which the listener can move at any pace in any direction.

    Born in Bristol in 1945, Wyatt was a founding member of the bands Soft Machine and Matching Mole, before embarking on a solo career. His discography is one that flows with the force and intensity of a river in full spate. Each recording on ‘His Greatest Misses’ is a benchmark in the life and work of a steadfast and true original and provides the opportunity for the listener to enjoy some wild swimming through this powerful, idiosyncratic and unclassifiable catalogue.

    The release of ‘His Greatest Misses’ coincides with the release of ‘Side by Side’, a book by Robert Wyatt and his wife Alfie Benge: visual artist, songwriter and the person who has nurtured and overseen Wyatt’s career for the past forty-six years.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. P.L.A.
    2. Worship
    3. Heaps Of Sheeps
    4. Free Will And Testament
    5. I’m A Believer
    6. Sea Song
    7. Little Red Robin Hood Hit
    8. The Road
    9. Solar Flares
    10. At Last I Am Free
    11. Arauco
    12. The Age Of Self
    13. Alien
    14. Shipbuilding
    15. Memories Of You
    16. Muddy Mouse (b)
    17. Mister E
    18. Foreign Accents

    Robert Wyatt

    EPs

      "EPs" is a box set containing five separate EP length CDs which document different stages in Robert's career and contain material that never appeared on his original albums. The CD set includes extensive liner notes by Robert Wyatt, the original "Shipbuilding" promo video and a remix EP of tracks from Robert's 1997 album "Shleep". The five EPs are housed in individual slipcases and come with a 16-page booklet all designed by Robert's wife Alfie Benge, the inspiration behind much of his work.

      Robert Wyatt

      Old Rottenhat

        "Old Rottenhat" is my favourite Robert Wyatt album, one that you can play again and again and still get something new from it. Partly it's the understated manner in which he baldly confronts such diverse political issues as the genocide in East Timor, the flaws in American political ideology and the dangers inherent in rampant nationlism. All burning issues for Wyatt in 1986 and yet still relevant today. Partly its the moody keyboard work enhancing Wyatt's voice at his most melancholic and fragile. It's an album from one of the most talented artists to emerge from the 60s prog / psychedelic era. Brilliant.

        Robert Wyatt

        Dondestan (Revisited)

          Originally released in 1991, "Dondestan" was remixed, resequenced and reappraised in the studio in 1998 as "Dondestan (Revisited)". Robert Wyatt claimed he 'ran out of words' so by basing half of "Dondestan"'s tracks on her beautifully fragmented lyrics he began a song writing collaboration with wife Alfie Benge that flourishes to this day. It remains a difficult and openly political statement from one of the most honest and committed artists of his generation.

          Robert Wyatt

          Theatre Royal Drury Lane

          This was Robert Wyatt's first gig after being confined to a wheelchair following a fall from a fourth-storey window. He focuses on selections from his classic Rock Bottom album - a blend of scowling jazz and intimate rapture. An unqualified delight. It's Wyatt's only official live recording of an amazing set from 1974 featuring players such as Mike Oldfield, Julie Tippetts, Fred Frith, Hugh Hopper and Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, as well as having a comedy intro by one John Peel.

          Robert Wyatt

          Rock Bottom

            Originally conceived as the songs that would form Matching Mole's third studio album, Wyatt was forced to adjust his whole recording / band / personal ethos after the accident which broke his spine in 1973. Featuring a line-up that includes Soft Machine's Hugh Hopper, Laurie Allen from Gong and Mike Oldfield, "Rock Bottom" was issued in 1974 and is a haunting and yet intimate collection, at times painful and emotionally raw, at others elegiac and full of hope and love. A genuine classic.

            Robert Wyatt

            Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard

              Robert Wyatt's second release for the Virgin label has lost none of its power and mystery and remains one of the greatest albums of his career. Featuring the cream of the British jazz scene as well as Laurie Allen (Gong), Fred Frith, Brian Eno and Bill MacCormick (who played alongside Wyatt in Matching Mole) it is a perfect musical statement full of originality, musicianship and imagination. Includes the classic "Soup Song".

              Robert Wyatt

              Comicopera

                Robert Wyatt's first release for Domino is a modern classic, a widescreen vision of love songs, political statement and beautiful haunting melody. More light and live sounding than its predecessors, "Comicopera" is the sound of a group of musicians and friends (Anja Garbarek, Paul Weller, Brian Eno, Annie Whitehead, Seaming To, Monica Vasconcelos etc) playing in the room together. Wyatt is openly a fan of 'tunes', and the deep influence of songs such as "Raining In My Heart", covered on his last record, has perhaps had an impact on the melodies and compressed structures of these new performances: "Comicopera" feels like Wyatt's pop album. But the depth of the journey here, from start to finish, is magnificent, stopping off along the way for the sublime steel pan and sax battle of "On The Town Square", or for "Out Of The Blue", the frantic song of bomber versus bombed, featuring Brian Eno's sampled voice replayed by Wyatt on synthesizer, seems only to be expected in an album as enjoyable and ambitious as this.

                Robert Wyatt

                His Greatest Misses

                  Currently selling for silly money on eBay, Domino have unearthed a limited quantity of this much sought-after collection of Robert Wyatt’s greatest moments. Previously released only in Japan as a limited edition, this 17 track album is the perfect introduction to the music of Robert Wyatt. This is the first real definitive collection featuring 17 of Robert's greatest all-time solo material recordings to date and includes the much sought after and requested "Shipbuilding" which has never previously been on an album and has only been available as part of the EPs box set. Also includes his only other hit single from 1974 - "I'm A Believer".

                  After six years away, Robert Wyatt finally returns with a new album. Eclectic and superb as ever, Wyatt is joined by amongst others Paul Weller, Dave Gilmour, Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera. "Cuckooland" is a subtle, eclectic, evocative record of beauty and true originality, deriving its inspiration from jazz, diverse music and cultures from around the world, politics, human relations, hopes and fears. Wyatt's originals nestle comfortably next to a few cover versions across these 16 wonderful tracks.

                  Robert Wyatt

                  Shleep

                    "Shleep" is almost a resume for Robert Wyatt's entire solo career. This 1997 release has tracks that would nestle snugly on his early solo albums like "Rock Bottom" and "Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard" or on Eno / Matching Mole / Henry Cow albums of the 80s. "Shleep" is one of his most satisfying releases on so many levels; the variety, the production, the musicianship and above all Wyatt's vocals recorded to perfection.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Heaps Of Sheeps 4:56
                    The Duchess 4:18
                    Maryan 6:11
                    Was A Friend 6:09
                    Free Will And Testament 4:13
                    September The Ninth 6:41
                    Alien 6:47
                    Out Of Season 2:32
                    A Sunday In Madrid 4:41
                    Blues In Bob Minor 5:46
                    The Whole Point Of No Return 1:25

                    Robert Wyatt

                    Nothing Can Stop Us

                      Originally released in 1982, "Nothing Can Stop Us" compiles the first four singles Robert Wyatt issued for Rough Trade. The A-sides were all cover versions, ranging from Chic's "At Last I'm Free" to his version of the unofficial Cuban anthem "Caimanera" ("Guantanamera") and a haunting version of "Strange Fruit" depicting the lynching of three young black men in the US in the 1930s and made famous by Billie Holiday. The other tracks include Wyatt's most political recordings including the spine-tingling "Born Again Cretin" or "The Red Flag" and shows him at his uncompromising best.


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