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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

    Different Every Time

      Domino are proud to release ‘Different Every Time’, a new compilation album of the works of Robert Wyatt.

      Curated by Robert together with Domino and biographer Marcus O’Dair, the two volume (available as a double CD and two separate double LPs) album features ‘Ex Machina’, the ideal introduction for the Wyatt novice, compiling tracks from Robert’s entire career to date and acting as a companion to O’Dair’s new biography, also titled ‘Different Every Time’.

      Volume two brings together the best of Robert’s collaborations and guest appearances or, as Robert has it, ‘Benign Dictatorships’, including some very special oddities and rarities available here for the very first time.

      Starting out as a drummer for Soft Machine, sharing bills with Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix, Robert Wyatt blended Bohemian and jazz and brought it to the 60s rock scene. Focusing on singing and songwriting, he embarked on a unique solo career which earned him a loyal European following. Admired by his peers and with a career spanning five decades, he has collaborated with Bjork, John Cage, Brian Eno, Scritti Politti, David Gilmour and Hot Chip to name but a few, many of which are featured here.

      TRACK LISTING

      CD1
      Soft Machine - Moon In June
      Matching Mole - Signed Curtain
      Matching Mole - God Song
      Robert Wyatt - A Last Straw
      Robert Wyatt - Yesterday Man
      Robert Wyatt - Team Spirit
      Robert Wyatt - At Last I Am Free
      Robert Wyatt - The Age Of Self
      Robert Wyatt - Worship
      Robert Wyatt - Free Will And Testament
      Robert Wyatt - Cuckoo Madame
      Robert Wyatt - Beware
      Robert Wyatt - Just As You Are

      CD2
      Jeanette Lindstrom - The River
      Anja Garbarek - The Driver
      Hot Chip - We’re Looking For A Lot Of Love
      Epic Soundtracks - Jellybabies
      Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding
      Grasscut - Richardson Road
      Happy End - Turn Things Upside Down
      Monica Vasconcelos - Still In The Dark
      Working Week - Venceremos (We Will Win) (Jazz Dance Special 12” Version)
      Phil Manzanera - Frontera
      Stevie Nieve + Robert Wyatt + Muriel
      Teodori - Las Plus Belle Langue
      Cristina Dona - Goccia
      Nick Mason - Siam
      Mike Mantler - A L’abbatoire
      Mike Mantler - Sinking Spell
      Bjork - Submarine
      John Cage - Experiences No. 2

      Robert Wyatt

      Different Every Time - Ex Machina

        Domino are proud to release ‘Different Every Time’, a new compilation album of the works of Robert Wyatt.

        Curated by Robert together with Domino and biographer Marcus O’Dair, the two volume (available as a double CD and two separate double LPs) album features ‘Ex Machina’ (this LP), the ideal introduction for the Wyatt novice, compiling tracks from Robert’s entire career to date and acting as a companion to O’Dair’s new biography, also titled ‘Different Every Time’.

        Volume two (available separately) brings together the best of Robert’s collaborations and guest appearances or, as Robert has it, ‘Benign Dictatorships’, including some very special oddities and rarities available here for the very first time.

        Starting out as a drummer for Soft Machine, sharing bills with Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix, Robert Wyatt blended Bohemian and jazz and brought it to the 60s rock scene. Focusing on singing and songwriting, he embarked on a unique solo career which earned him a loyal European following. Admired by his peers and with a career spanning five decades, he has collaborated with Bjork, John Cage, Brian Eno, Scritti Politti, David Gilmour and Hot Chip to name but a few, many of which are featured here.

        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

            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.

              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

                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


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