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The Songs of Robert Wyatt and Antony & The Johnsons (Diversions Vol. 1) - Live From the Union Chapel, London
 
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The Songs of Robert Wyatt and Antony & The Johnsons (Diversions Vol. 1) - Live From the Union Chapel, London

28 Nov 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Label: RabbleRouser Music
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 RabbleRouser Music
  • Total Length: 1:07:44
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  • ASIN: B006565X2S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,058 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Nov 2011
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The Unthanks seem to positively relish the challenge of expanding their "folk" boundaries into areas so diverse that the label becomes meaningless. This year's brilliant "Last" contained wondrous cover versions of artists as diverse as Tom Waits and King Crimson. In "Diversion Vol 1: The Songs of Robert Wyatt and Antony & the Johnsons" they now take on the lifting beauty of the transcendent songs of Anthony Hegarty and combine then with the songs of that hardy English genius Robert Wyatt a man not afraid transcend the musical boundaries of jazz, soul and incorporate avant-garde impulses (see separate review of his "Greatest Misses")

This new(ish) album by the Unthanks recorded in pristine quality at the Union chapel in December 2010 bring out the best in the two sisters who carve a slightly unbalanced game of two halves. Actually there are more Wyatt songs on here (9 out of 15) but you can barely see the joins. It all starts with Hegarty's big ballads that are tailor made for the voices of Rachel and Becky and "Bird Gehrl" rises skyward as a superb opener. What a song to start on, but the Unthanks hold no fear and "You are my sister" is sung as duet with those superb Northumberland voices whispering the words over a Adrian McNally rolling piano accompaniment. And what better way to follow it than with the equally great "For today I am a boy" this reviewers favourite on the album thus far. The Wyatt songs are equally treated with due reverence but given that Unthanks treatment which inevitably diverges from the originals. The facts that you can't see the sister's clog dancing on the chirpy "Dondestan" does not detract from its exuberance. Alternatively a slowly forming "Lisp Service" rolls out in dark formation with haunting strings and a suitably dour vocal.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dave Gilmour's cat on 1 Jan 2012
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An enchanting set of songs. Just when I thought the Unthanks were starting to lose the freshness and vitality that made The Bairns so special, they come back with this exceptional live album. You do not need to know the Robert Wyatt or Antony & The Johnsons originals they cover here to enjoy listening to this record, which creates a particular mood of its own. Seductive and also deeply melancholy, this is really a rather wonderful thing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SamSamBaildonman on 4 Jan 2012
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I am biased - I love the Unthanks, from their full on traditional renditions of traditional fayre to their atmospheric broody evocations of old and new material they are a delight. I have never got my head around Antony and the Johnsons but this recording is opening me up to their music. Robert Wyatt is and has always been a musical 'one-off', at times soulful, surreal, deeply emotional and romantic and of course political in it's widest sense. The Unthanks version of Sea Song, Becky's rasping vocal unlike any others, is simply beautiful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Pithie on 16 Jan 2012
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This is the fourth Unthanks cd I have bought so I am biased.
This really works extremely well on both the Robert Wyatt and the Antony and the Johnsons sets .

I particularly like Sea Song , being a big fan of the Wyatt original.

The whole album is awesome , as the Unthanks drift from the shores of trad folk music and make music which is increasingly eclectic and wholly exquisite.

Fans of folk music ,Kate Bush, Bjork and more will find something to savour here.

Lets hope they record the songs of Jeff Buckley , Portishead, or the Cocteau Twins next....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By charlotte Lee on 15 Aug 2013
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An amazing album! The sisters' voices are so pure and their renditions of 'Antony and the Johnsons' and 'Robert Wyatt tracks are heart-rendering and beautiful.
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