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Theatre Royal Drury Lane - in Concert

Robert Wyatt Audio CD
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Robert Wyatt is a rare bird. His remarkable career began forty years ago drumming and singing for Soft Machine, a post-psych outfit tied to the “Canterbury Scene” of the late ‘60s that yielded Pink Floyd & Gong among others. His ensuing and far longer solo period speaks volumes
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  • Audio CD (10 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hannibal
  • ASIN: B000B6TR66
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction By John Peel
2. Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening
3. Memories
4. Sea Strong
5. A Last Straw
6. Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road
7. Alife
8. Alifib
9. Mind Of A Child
10. Instant Pussy
11. Signed Curtain
12. Calyx
13. Little Red Robin Hood Hit The Road
14. I'm A Believer

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure from the Rock Bottom days 25 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
After producing his masterpiece Rock Bottom, Robert Wyatt performed its songs and more at this concert, with help from a good many friends, including Dave Stewart, Fred Frith and Mike Oldfield.
As Robert Wyatt states himself in the liner notes, the latter half of the concert is soundwise not as good as the first half, but the difference is not enormous and besides, who cares? All songs on display are dynamic and wonderful (although I find the Julie Tippetts solo "Mind of a child" a bit less captivating) and all involved are spot on, not least master Wyatt himself with his fragile, emotionally charged and yet powerful voice.
From the very funny introduction by John Peel to the last note of "I'm a believer" this album is thoroughly enjoyable and a must-have for any Robert Wyatt fan, and all the more so if "Rock Bottom" is your cuppa tea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drury Lane 1 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was there, this is a wonderful capturing of the sound of that evening and brings back very vivid memories. I have been a fan of Robert Wyatt through Soft Machine, and Matching Mole, having spent my youth in the Roundhouse on Sundays just to see Matching Mole. So when Robert injured himself I was so sad. That he has come back and been such an inspirational figure is amazing. The sound is not perfect, but I suspect it wasn't that evening, but this is just great playing by musicians of quality playing music of high quality, that is timeless like all great music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Get It... 10 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
I've had this for a couple of years now (at least) and play it regularly. Have to say I haven't even noticed a loss in quality through this, didn't even know until I read the other reviews.
Superb playing, no more to say.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mirabile Dictu! 19 Oct 2005
By Robert Carlberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As the ongoing prog revival digs deeper and deeper into the ephemera and effluvia, mining for diamonds, occasionally a true gem emerges. The RW&F concert, oft bootlegged, may be familiar to serious fans but I guarantee you've never heard it like THIS before! This is apparently a soundboard recording, clear and up close and wonderfully captured for the first time ever. Gee, and it only took 31 years....

Wyatt of course is a legend in his own lunchtime, but his "friends" here deserve mention too, from keyboardist Dave Stewart (Egg, Hatfield, National Health), Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine), Fred Frith (Henry Cow), Mongezi Feza, Laurie Allan, Mike Oldfield, Gary Windo, Julie Tippets, Ivor Cutler, Nick Mason... Would anybody BELIEVE this lineup if the evidence wasn't right here in front of us???

The featured songs are mostly from Wyatt's "Rock Bottom" album (a classic BTW) with a few Matching Mole and Softs and misc others. Hearing them played (REALLY hearing them played) by this band is an unbelievable treat.

Thanks Robert for making these available!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 1 Oct 2009
By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This presentation of Robert Wyatt's 1974 concert, which is basically his live version of Rock Bottom, is a touching and poinent experiance. This is not too long after his paralsys, and Wyatt's gang of Cantaberry join this wonderful bugger to help him mount one hell of a show.

At one point, Wyatt talks about one of the band helping him adjust his keyboard so he could preform. In 1974, there was almost no adaptive equiptment for people with disabilities. Things were very different than today. People like Wyatt were thought of as pity cases. Wyatt, in his matter-of-fact referances to his state, deflates this garbage, and the music proves him the master he is.

More small messages on this topic are herein: the album starts with an announcer joking that the band is sober, unable to get into the bar backstage. Wyatt was paralyzed from a drunken window fall. The alcohol jokes take on a black humor. So does the cover, which fetures Wyatt with an innane pair of toy legs. He also mentions the person adjusting his keyboard screwed up his thumb, and now HE is playing disabled. The jokes here are revealing and reassuring: despite what has happened, we can joke about it. Everything is alright.

I have to digress. I have Cerebral Palsy. Wyatt's way of referring to his disability so we can FORGET IT is right in line with the way I live, and it works. It is the way to be, and with luck, you can get very good at it.

ENOUGH OF THAT! Like Wyatt, I am here for the music, so let's cut the bollocks and get down to it.

This is glorious jazz rock, with shimmering and shining 1970s Fender Keybords, trumpets, violins, and many other wonderful and warm sounds. This is not the dada of Soft Mahcine, but finely written music in which the master and his crew can exploit both compositional and improvising skills. There is tons of beatuful soloing on here, and it absolutely has the reflex of free jazz. But it is in the contex of impecable compositions. Wyatt writes ballads and meloncholly pieces, but his use of chord progressions is so unique, you feel you are listening to music from another world. Wyatt's world.

But a question does arise? Any fan of Rock Bottom--and any music fan in his right mind should be--knows on the studio album, the tracks segue into a seemless concept piece. It is a perfect play on Wyatt's experiance. Here, the tracks are divided. This is not without merit: having Wyatt's monolauges interspursed creates the warm family affair atmosphere this concert feels like it was. But musically, it works better when the tracks glide together; it is like a graceful movie. Given the choice, however, I like the almost "hanging with friends" feeling this show offers.

Whatever the case, do not miss this album.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must own this 19 Oct 2005
By A. Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
OK, even if you have the bootleg that has been floating around for some time now, you still need this CD, at least for the cover art, personnel listings, and the fact the Mr. Wyatt gets paid something. If you don't have the bootleg, you doubly need it. Why? The music. He and a ensemble of highly sympathetic musicians play the whole of Rock Bottom and then some. The first time I listened to it, I wondered who the drummer was, as he was sounding pretty good. It's none other than Nick Mason sounding much jazzier than Pink Floyd ever let him be. The fantastic South African trumpeter Mongezi Fezi is there as is also Gary Windo on sax. And we even have the BBC's John Peel doing the introduction. So, Robert Wyatt fans, pony up on this one.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sweet Wyatt and his supporting extraordinary band!! 14 Feb 2006
By PortugueseMusicFan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Well, what should I say about this unique record...??? Great edition and (finally) decent sound of a superb sunday concert, the 8th of September of 1974...laughs and sounds, keyboards breathing and Robert Wyatt mouth's saxophone, great musicians all together reunited to only give pleasure!! Sometimes there's a melancholic side between anger and desillusion, but at the end remains the MAGIC... and Julie Tippets giving us an astonishing solo moment (Mind Of A Child) with her remarkable voice (have they forget her today?) and everyone's in the right place!!

A Great document!! Long live Robert Wyatt!!! Julie too!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Bottom - with teeth 5 May 2008
By Kenneth M. Osowski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Robert Wyatt has had some great friends over the years. His all-solo projects (such as "Old Rottenhat") are always special, but I've always preferred his recordings with like-minded and creative colleagues. "Shleep," the recent "comicopera" and this sterling live set are fine examples of his collaborative work. These recordings have both warmth and intensity, and Wyatt is inspired to great heights by his cohorts.

It's been said over and over, but "Rock Bottom," RW's 1974 LP, is one of the most moving and personal records in all of "pop" music. What a treat it is to hear the entire album on this live recording, with some fairly wild avant-garde blowing pushing the seemingly mellow music to its breaking point. The studio version of "Rock Bottom" is, for the most part, moody, introspective, and haunting. The live performances here are passionate and intense. The other tracks are also very fine, ranging from a brief, deconstructed "Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening" to the touching Julie Tippetts vocal feature, "Mind Of A Child." All fans of Wyatt and beautiful, quirky, jazz-inflected art-pop will want to pick up this disc.
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