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His Greatest Misses
 
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His Greatest Misses

7 Jun. 2010 | Format: MP3

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I have to admit that Robert Wyatt was one of those artists that had always passed me by. Like many people I loved his version of Shipbuilding but he'd never really registered until I recently caught the excellent recent BBC documentary on his life and work. So this new complilation seemed the ideal opportunity to catch up.
Wyatt's obviously adored by a huge number of fellow musicians, and collabrators on these tracks range from household names, like Paul Weller, Mike Oldfield and various members of Pink Floyd and Roxy Music, to more 'leftfield' artists such as Fred Frith and Ivor Cutler. Although each of them plays a full part in creating the overall sound on the pieces here, the arrangements are generally very simple and direct, there's no room for over-long solos.
For most people the songs will stand or fall depending on what they think of Wyatt's voice which is one of those you'll probably either love or hate. Describing it as generally high pitched with a sort of estuary gutteral delivery may make it seem like Joe Pasquale, but you get the general idea. For me Wyatt comes across as one of the greatest interpreters I've ever heard. If you're aware of Elvis Costello's version of Shipbuilding featuring Chet Baker you'll know it's incredibly beautiful in its own right but somehow Wyatt finds the extra emotional vulnerability in the lyrics that takes the song to another level. That's also strongly evidenced by some of the other covers here, particularly his incredible version of 'At last I am free' which is worth the price of the CD in itself.
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It speaks volumes about the career of Robert Wyatt that the only other Amazon review thus far of this excellent introduction to the work of one of our finest and most original singer songwriters centres on the fact that a fellow countryman is a bit annoyed about the case and insert of this album. Just a thought but rather than land this majestic music with a single star perhaps he could print off the Amazon list of songs for reference? By the way the language on the album cover is Japanese.

Wyatt's career spans four decades and includes numerous albums and collaborations. It can be daunting as you approach the starting gate and this re-release by Domino is to much welcomed as a entry point to the works of the great man. As for the music Wyatt's wispy and wistful singing is here in all its glory as are some of his greatest songs. His ability since the days of Soft Machine to be transcend the musical boundaries of jazz, soul and incorporate avant-garde impulses is amply represented by the song choices on "Greatest Misses". However as other reviewers beyond Amazon have noted Wyatt of course is being slightly disingenuous since two of the songs here were in fact "hits". His brilliant "English" cover of Neil Diamond's "Im a believer" sung in his Kent accent still sounds as fresh to today as when he performed it on Top of the Pops and amazingly gathered complaints form some Neanderthal viewers because he performed it in his wheelchair. And then of course there is his truly epic cover of Elvis Costello's "Shipbuilding" released at the height of the flag waving zenith of the Falklands War campaign which Wyatt makes his own infusing it with his own special passion and strained regret.
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This draws on a range of Robert Wyatt's solo work. He is always an interesting listen. As my friend Adam Dale was fond on observing, you had to give your arse a long scratch to get into what the man was putting out. But after a lifetime of scratching, on and off-cos not everything of his is listenable, I have appreciated the musical journey he sets out. This would be a good starting point for anyone who does not have Robert Wyatt in their music collection. And again I have to appreciate Adam Dale's message to me all those years ago (1970-to be precise) you have to invest serious listening time for this to take hold, but when you do, it strangles you with beauty and simplicity. Like George Orwell, Mr Wyatt looks at the world face on and at times with an honesty that is brutal, uncompromising but always in a structure that provides hope. This compilation makes you think and lifts the spirits and singing along with Robert Wyatt-we make a beautiful nasal drone, like an aeroplane in full throttle, lifting off, the space between sky and ground accelerating away beneath our feet.
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Beautiful music and beautiful voice - some really great stuff here I really love 'Sea Song' and 'I am a Believer '- on top of all this I really am with Robert Wyatt on the way he sees the world - just buy it
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Bought for Ship Building, this album provides a resource to dip into Robert Wyatt's output after Soft Machine, revealing the skill and resourcefulness of this talented muso. Arrived promptly and undamaged, this should be a key disc for any collection, and there aren't any misses to be heard on this cd.
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