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Rock Bottom

Artist: Robert Wyatt
Label: Virgin
Catalog#: VR 13-112
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1974-07
Tracklist
A1 Sea Song 6:30
  Notes:

Bass - Richard Sinclair

A2 A Last Straw 5:44
  Notes:

Bass - Hugh Hopper
Drums - Laurie Allan

A3 Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road 7:40
  Notes:

Bass - Richard Sinclair
Trumpet - Mongezi Feza
Voice - Ivor Cutler

B1 Alifib 6:55
  Notes:

Bass - Hugh Hopper

B2 Alifie 6:17
  Notes:

Bass - Hugh Hopper
Bass Clarinet - Gary Windo
Voice - Alfreda Benge

B3 Little Red Robin Hood Hit The Road 6:19
  Notes:

Bass - Richard Sinclair
Drums - Laurie Allan
Guitar - Mike Oldfield
Viola - Fred Frith
Voice - Ivor Cutler

Credits

Producer - Nick Mason

Notes

Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, 75 Rockfeller Plaza, New York, New York 10019

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Robert Wyatt was last seen in Matching Mole at the end of 1972, though that band dissolved through his self-confessed lack of leadership. He spent the beginning of 1973 in Venice, idling his time and writing songs that would eventually comprise this record. On returning he attempted to revive Matching Mole one more time, with Francis Monkman, Bill MacCormick, and Gary Windo. In June however, at a party for Lady June and Gilli Smyth, an inebriated Wyatt fell from a third story window. The accident caused him to be paralyzed from the waist down and scuttled any further attempts for a Mole reunion. Wyatt gradually convalesced, aided in part from the generosity of Julie Christie and Warren Beatty, and a benefit concert hosted by Pink Floyd and Soft Machine. Wyatt thus separates his "drummer biped" career from this point on, with Rock Bottom being the first record of his new life. Recorded early in 1974, Wyatt concentrated on keyboards and voice, producing a wonderfully melancholic record. Often critical of his own drumming, Wyatt here uses percussion and space most effectively. Songs like the gentle "Sea Song" and the intimate "Alfib" and "Alfie" are certainly personal, whereas the more up-tempo "Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road" offers a degree of lunacy, courtesy Ivor Cutler. Mongezi Feza's trumpet features on "Riding" while Mike Oldfield's guitar is a sublime addition to the track "Little Red Robin Hood Hit The Road". The album was produced by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and featured a host of Canterbury friends, including Richard Sinclair and Hugh Hopper. True to his resolve, Wyatt had a Top 40 single in the UK with a remake of Neil Diamond's "I'm A Believer" in September (the song was previously a hit for The Monkees). Wyatt would spend the next year busy performing (with Hatfield and Henry Cow) and recording his next solo album, Ruth is Stranger Than Richard, before semi-retiring for the rest of the decade.
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