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Very few artists, musicians in particular, can recover from an accident that leaves them paralyzed from the waist down. This is the story of that album, Rock Bottom.

The tale of Rock Bottom starts in Rock bottom robert wyatt, Italy, during the winter of Alfie, as she was lovingly called, was assistant editor to Nicolas Roeg. Wyatt found himself ensconced in the villa with two constantly working roommates and a lot of time to kill. Sitting idle was not on the menu for a performer who up to that point been recording and touring hectically since the mids. Venice in winter: when the tide Rock bottom robert wyatt down there are all these tiny little crabs scuttling around in the moss, at the waterline.

Back to London in FebruaryWyatt started writing new songs inspired by his time in Venice and his new found love to Alfie. In parallel, he started playing in a quartet setting with Dave MacRae on keyboards, Ron Matthewson on bass and Gary Windo on saxophone.

The band, called WMWM after the last name Rock bottom robert wyatt of its members, gravitated towards free jazz territories. Surviving tapes from their live shows recorded in April show hints of the type of music Robert Wyatt will create on Rock Bottom. Listen to his vocalization on the track Spiderman:. Eager to restart his band Matching Mole after it disintegrated late inWyatt was Rock bottom robert wyatt the process Rock bottom robert wyatt forming a new lineup with Francis Monkman ex Curved Air on keyboards, Bill McCormick on bass and Gary Windo Rock bottom robert wyatt sax.

The plan was for that band to play his newly written songs, and in late May they started rehearsing. Nick Mason got two notes on June 2 nd. The second informed him that Wyatt fell off a fourth floor window the previous night. Drinking buddy Keith Moon taught him the art of mixing Southern Comfort and Rock bottom robert wyatt, a fine combination if your goal is to drop out fast.

He proceeded to increase his usual intake of alcohol to levels unknown even to him. The next thing he was out of the bathroom window on the fourth floor en route the backyard really fast. When he woke up he was on his back in a hospital bed, a position he had to remain in for three months.

I know what to do. What I did was — Rock bottom robert wyatt out of a window. Southern Rock bottom robert wyatt and Tequila, and then after Kevin got out some Whiskey.

I really was too drunk to know. Soldiers and bullfighters do it all the time… people who are smashed getting smashed. He began to Rock bottom robert wyatt on the material he started writing in Venice towards an album. I always sang songs, so not being able Rock bottom robert wyatt play drums anymore, not being able to be in a group anymore, absolutely liberated me.

A Last Straw is a song that features Wyatt playing various instruments, some of them recorded at the farm house including the Riviera organ. It is one of two songs on the album to feature a guitar, on this tune Wyatt himself playing a slide guitar.

Spanish philanthropist Delfina Entrecanales owned the farm estate where he started recording the album, and was generous to invite him to stay there until he finds a Asian self shot photos place in London. One is, funnily enough, the brass instruments on Ellington records, where they use a lot of wah-wah. Allan, who had a history with the bands Delivery and Gong and was an old flame of Alfreda Benge, contributes a minimalistic drum track, recorded later at CBS studios.

Robert and I looked at each other, trying to work out who was going to have to start telling him how to do it. I would be able to choose different musicians for different songs. The Rock bottom robert wyatt of my legs gave me a new kind of freedom.

Richard Sinclair plays bass on this track. Mike Oldfield makes a wonderful guest appearance on electric guitar. The guitar tracks on the first part of Little Red Robin Hood Hit the Road were recorded at the Manor Studio aka the Manor and have his unmistakable sound that he introduced to the world the previous year with Tubular Bells. A few months later he would be back at the Manor to record another great album, Hergest Ridge.

A master of double tracking his guitar, he suggested the same process for the Riviera organ to make it sound thicker. The second part, completely different than the first, features Fred Frith, then a member of Henry Cow. That band recorded their album Unrest at the Manor around the same time, and dedicated the album to Robert Wyatt.

Frith, one of the most gifted guitar players I know, comes in at the minute mark with a viola drone before none other than Scottish poet Ivor Cutler makes an appearance with an offbeat reciting of nonsense to close the album. But the star of this track is South African trumpet player Mongezi Feza, one of a few jazz musicians who moved from that land to Europe in the s, including Chris McGregor on piano and Dudu Pukwana on alto saxophone.

Years Rock bottom robert wyatt Wyatt still had the highest regard to his contributions on this track. I was kind of ecstatic of what he did with that, and the whole thing seems to take life for me. That was a fantastic memory. Feza would go on to record with Henry Cow and Elton Dean the following year before sadly passing away in The multi tracked trumpet sounds on this song are magnificent.

The pencil drawing depicts a beach scene with kids, seagulls, balloons, a boat. You got things with doors that opened, and dragons.

With Alfie the cover was part of the record. I had to just simplify my way of playing and she gave me more confidence to control the pace. Now I was on a different level of music making. There was no more me showing off my athletic skills to impress people, but it was me making music in a sense that I could move people.

Windo would continue to play on more Robert Wyatt projects in the s and other great musicians including Carla Bley, Michael Mantler and Nick Mason. Production credits for this album go to Nick Mason, whose work as a producer is not widely recognized, all with him being drummer for one of the most successful bands of that era.

Mason joined the making of the album after Wyatt recorded a good amount of tracks with the mobile studio, and it was time to add all the guest musicians and additional overdubs. They made a new architecture, the Floyd.

There was always a tendency for me to bunch things up and get lost in dense detail. Give the listener time to breathe. Go with the flow. I think it should absolutely be the space between the notes. Rock bottom robert wyatt want less rather than more.

My doctor told me never to play faster than my pulse rate. Prior to his fall he was an excellent drummer, but not so when it came to playing a keyboard. I thought that was so moving and interesting. This abandonment of technique. I find that really brave. In fact, amazing soloists tend to play different versions of Their Solo in everything they play.

Wyatt had to look for inspiration outside of his previous circle of musicians, all great jazz and rock Rock bottom robert wyatt from Rock bottom robert wyatt such as Soft Machine, Matching Mole and other luminaries from the Canterbury scene.

But I thought that the way Rick Wright created a sort of aurora borealis of harmonies around the Floyd was a very underestimated feature in what made them so distinct.

He gave this wonderful backdrop to play on. We are not done yet, for there is one more track on the album, the one that opens it and for many its highlight. For me, this is one of the best tracks I know, on any album. That last sentence sends the song into one of the most spine-chilling pieces of music I have ever heard. Wyatt said that this part of the song was influenced by Indian classical music.

It sounds as if he packed all the roller coaster experiences he went through the previous 12 months into three minutes of primal vocalization. He really does have a voice which endears itself to you and tugs at the heartstrings. This is taking it too far. You make records instead of saying things. I reserve the old romantic right of ambiguity in art, 19th century though it may sound. The interpretation I like the most is by one of my favorite bands of recent years, The Unthanks, from their album Diversions Vol.

They come from the north east of England. They cover the song in a strange modern way, just with piano and drums. Becky Unthank sings the song in a wonderful way that very Rock bottom robert wyatt reminds me of when I Rock bottom robert wyatt it. This was, of course, Virgin Records.

And I was so taken with the idea of them that I bought the first Soft Machine album from an import shop in Johannesburg without ever hearing it. Rock bottom robert wyatt it lived up to my huge expectations. I became a huge fan. He did not give up when the idea of that band evaporated, and signed Robert Wyatt as a solo act, a no brainer move for Wyatt. On July 25, the world got a preview of the songs on Rock Bottom when Wyatt performed his first ever solo performance at the ICA, an event he recalls as terrifying.

The following day was no less eventful, for on July 26 Rock Bottom was released and Robert and Alfreda got married. All that was on his mind was this live thing at the ICA the night before. He was worrying about that the whole time. Reviews in the English press were uncharacteristically and unanimously positive. Strong without being arrogant or overbearing, melodic without being fettered, it embodies all the things that make Robert a musician, singer and composer with no rivals and few equals.

All this activity in the trade magazines did not help nudge the album into the UK charts. It fared better over the pond where it entered the FM Action chart on Billboard Magazine, based on number of plays Rock bottom robert wyatt progressive rock radio stations.


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