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Robert Wyatt Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B001GTQUG2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Only Robert Wyatt Can Do This 14 May 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a superb collection. It's not just an outtakes/alternate takes/odds'n'sods set. It brilliantly catalogues Robert's history, compressing it into 5 short, absolutely essential CDs gorgeously packaged by Alfreda Benge and stacked inside a lovely plasticised blue box. After this, you really hardly need anything else. CDs 1-3 are uniformly excellent, documenting Robert's sophisticated pop period ('I'm A Believer'; 'Shipbuilding'), followed by some of his overtly political material. 'Pigs... (In There)' is a short docu-drama of animal rights outrage, done without any hectoring or proselytising; just an innocently human, incredulous 'Pigs?... In THERE?' repeated over and over. Simple, unassuming, but deeply, deeply affecting. CD 4 presents the eerie, disoriented music of 'The Animals Film': thinly produced, solarized, insomniac, frazzled. There is real suffering here. After all this, though, it's Disc 5 that really drops your jaw. This is - wait for it - a set of techno remixes of some key tracks from 'Schleep'. 'Schleep' is already the best progressive rock record of the last 20 years; but these tracks, ProTooled to perfection with dark ambient textures, dubscapes, and sophisticated beats, boost Wyatt the Artist straight into the stratosphere, as far as I am concerned. This CD reinvents the progressive rock genre, showing with absolute grace how current forms can reframe mature concerns for modern consumption. Robert would probably shrug and tell us it was just an experiment and anyway he didn't have much to do with it. How Robert Wyatt. How... refreshing. Buy this CD, because only Robert Wyatt (a genius who would look at his shoes if you said so) Can Do This.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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This swanky package is a delightful indulgence. It is testimony to Robert Wyatt's determination to do things the right way, even if that means doing them all wrong. He could easily have consigned the songs on this five CD box to the ends of other albums or squeezed them onto a double disc roundup. But doing it this way ensures the maintainance of the sequential integrity of the EPs from which these songs originally came.
No other release spans the breadth of Wyatt's solo career so well. It begins with his sublimely joyous cover of the Monkees' "I'm A Believer" (which obtained the sole UK chart hit of his career) and ends with a disc of remixes of material from his 1998 album Shleep. In between are poignant protest songs from the early 80s (especially "Shipbuilding" and "Biko"), graceful Spanish-language material that affirms Wyatt's solidarity with liberation struggles around the world, and a Doctor Who-ish instrumental soundtrack to "The Animals' Film."
A couple duds are hidden amongst the gems; "Calyx," which was recorded live in 1974, is marred by badly dated prog-rock noodling, and the remixes shed no new light on songs that were simply perfect in their original form. But that still leaves plenty of dignified, open-hearted music wrapped around Wyatt's delicate, gorgeous voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHY CAN'T ALL CDs BE PACKAGED LIKE THIS 19 Feb 2010
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You either love this music or you hate it, there probably isn't much in between. The earlier reviews cover the music, but the presentation of this set is just fantastic - not a bit of plastic in sight for a start. The music would very nearly fit onto 1 CD ( less than 100 minutes or so ) but has been presented on 5 broadly themed CDs in 5 individual card sleeves with lovely art work and a booklet all within a quality hinged thick card box. It's just a pleasure to own. In the same post I received a double CD in one of those huge plastic double CD boxes, which seems big enough to hold about 6 discs and almost immediately cracks, falls to bits or spills one of the discs out onto the floor - come on chaps, do it like this !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful collection 1 April 2013
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Essential for Robert Wyatt fans. Nicely packaged and a decent amount of content. The man is a genius. Highly recommended
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real Gem for Collectors and Fans 2 April 2006
By Steven Perry - Published on Amazon.com
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I just got mine and I love it. The music over all is warm and gentle. The selections for each disc fit very well together. Very charming. This is a well designed and well assembled quality package. The original art work by Alfreda Benga compliments the music. A booklet includes a disc by disc listing with comments disc by disc by Robert Wyatt. Disc 5, not listed above, includes four tracks; Was a Friend; Maryan; A Sunday in Madrid; Free Will and Testament. Wyatt covers Peter Gabriel's song about Steven Biko, a fitting interpretation, so well done.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! and Essential... 27 Mar 2012
By applewood - Published on Amazon.com
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Too bad Amazon won't let me just say that for a review... So, with a few more words, let me say this is a great addition to Wyatt's regular CD catalog - 5 EPs covering his extra recordings and alternative takes from 1974 to 1998 sung in English, Spanish and in wordless instrumentals....divine.

My favorite disc is the 1st from '74 (it's been a while since I had a couple of these songs on a "Virgin Sampler" Lp). I just wish they had included a 6th disc of the lovely songs he did for the documentary Winged Migration. But, almost as good as the new music and mixes, are the liner notes by Wyatt; nice to get an intimate glimpse of it all from him.

These are an excellent and even essential boxed set - if you know Wyatt you'll want to get this for sure, if you don't, this ain't a bad place to start.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best $30.00 you can spend 14 Aug 2007
By JR - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Disc four contains a 'remix' of the soundtrack to "The Animals' Film"
The set also holds two quicktime versions of "Shipbuilding" which on their own are worth the entrance fee.
Lyrical, melodic, adventurous? and always thoughtful.
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