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Rock Bottom

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Sea Song
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A Last Straw
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Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road
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Alifib
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Alife
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Little Red Robin Hood Hit The Road
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 39:36

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You must buy this record !

longislandhasher1

The new Wyatt retrospective brings up the question of how truly great and unique this record is. Pitchfork has it in its top 100 of 70's albums, a very accurate sentiment. For $3, how can you go wrong ? You will truly be surprised. B T W - the new record is also a steal for $6 for a double album - pick it up before they realize the pricing mistake !

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Classic

Ynyr

A truly nonpareil album. As its title evokes, Rock Bottom is an undersea field of pearls that renews eternally. One of the best ever.

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"Seeing the word 'kooky' in relation to my stuff is sickening," shudders Serafina Steer, all too aware of the pre- and misconceptions that come swarming the minute a harp enters the picture. Her horror is utterly justified: the classically-trained Steer's third album, The Moths Are Real, is a transfixing collection of songs that trip between the lyrical and the conversational, the physical and the ethereal. Robust folklore rubs up against Greek mythology; oracular meditations on… more »

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Börk's got a lot going for her: eccentric songwriting, visual presence, a smartly chosen bunch of collaborators, high-flying conceptual grandeur. More than anything, though, she's got a voice like nothing else on the planet. It's bizarre and lovely, a sound that seems at home both on radio hits and in avant-garde art spaces. It communicates at least as much as her songs themselves, and in fact presenting lyrics is pretty far from the point: unless… more »

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Chris McGregor: Cape Town to Free Town

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They Say All Music Guide

Rock Bottom, recorded with a star-studded cast of Canterbury musicians, has been deservedly acclaimed as one of the finest art rock albums. Several forces surrounding Wyatt’s life helped shape its outcome. First, it was recorded after the former Soft Machine drummer and singer fell out of a five-story window and broke his spine. Legend had it that the album was a chronicle of his stay in the hospital. Wyatt dispels this notion in the liner notes of the 1997 Thirsty Ear reissue of the album, as well as the book Wrong Movements: A Robert Wyatt History. Much of the material was composed prior to his accident in anticipation of rehearsals of a new lineup of Matching Mole. The writing was completed in the hospital, where Wyatt realized that he would now need to sing more, since he could no longer be solely the drummer. Many of Rock Bottom’s songs are very personal and introspective love songs, since he would soon marry Alfreda Benge. Benge suggested to Wyatt that his music was too cluttered and needed more open spaces. Therefore, Robert Wyatt not only ploughed new ground in songwriting territory, but he presented the songs differently, taking time to allow songs like “Sea Song” and “Alifib” to develop slowly. Previous attempts at love songs, like “O Caroline,” while earnest and wistful, were very literal and lyrically clumsy. Rock Bottom was Robert Wyatt’s most focused and relaxed album up to its time of release. In 1974, it won the French Grand Prix Charles Cros Record of the Year Award. It is also considered an essential record in any comprehensive collection of psychedelic or progressive rock. Concurrently released was the first of his two singles to reach the British Top 40, “I’m a Believer.” – Jim Powers

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