5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2012
I bought the original LP when it came out 40 years ago. Before I bought this CD, I read reviews and a surprising bit of background on Robert Wyatt's relationship with Soft Machine.
I also read that some buyers were disappointed that the expanded version wasn't any longer than the standard CD. Sure enough, it doesn't appear to be any longer than the LP version. I presume that the "expanded" must refer to the newer one being cut with more dynamic range. Can't be sure, as I have never heard the earlier CD version.
If you are expecting a longer version, you may be disappointed. If you just want a good CD, then you are going to get your wish.
After 40 years, it has lost a bit of the novelty, but that is more probably down to me rather than Robert Wyatt. Still like it, though!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2012
Despite the description on amazon.co.uk, this new CD edition of Robert Wyatt's "End of An Ear" is not expanded. There is no bonus material. Though I have nearly all of Robert Wyatt's 1960's & 1970's recordings(with Soft Machine, Matching Mole and solo recordings), I had seldom, if ever heard this album before. As fans know, Wyatt was forced out of Soft Machine, because the other members disliked Wyatt's vocals, and they wanted to become an all-instrumental jazz group. Wyatt stayed with Soft Machine long enough to record "Fourth", but mainly because he had been playing these tunes live with the group for nearly two years, but he essentially played on "Fourth" as a session man, prohibited to contribute any vocals or compositions.
How odd, then, that this solo album, recorded about the same time as "Fourth" is almost totally(excepting a bit of wordless vocals) an instrumental album, much of it avant grade and totally improvised. The music is far less accessible than what Soft Machine's music of that time. The album is interesting, but bears little resemblance to Wyatt's subsequent music. The only exception is "To Carla, Marsha & Caroline"(later re-recorded by Matching Mole under the name "Instant Pussy")