Robert Wyatt '68 on LP + Download
In September of 1968, the UK’s Soft Machine had just finished their second, exhaustive tour of the US supporting the Jimi Hendrix Experience. At the conclusion of the tour, vocalist/drummer/multi-instrumentalist Robert Wyatt stayed, working on recordings in Hollywood and New York City.
Upon Wyatt's return to England to re-start the Soft Machine in December of 1968, these documents lay forgotten. Two of them were eventually found and issued, but half of these recordings were unreleased and thought lost forever. Now, for the first time, all four of the recordings Wyatt made in ‘68 are collected together on one release fully authorized by the artist himself.
The bulk of the material - the two long suites - were later re-recorded by the Soft Machine; "Rivmic Melodies" later became the basis of side one on Volume II (1969) and "Moon In June" showed up as Wyatt's showcase on Third (1970). These tracks serve as a template for the post-psychedelic Soft Machine’s career as founders of European jazz/rock and the entire release is a precursor to Wyatt’s post-band, solo career.
"Throughout a career as singular and honest as his expressive voice, Robert Wyatt has remained a true progressive." - Rolling Stone
Robert Wyatt '68 Track Listing:
2. Rivmic Melodies
3. Slow Walkin’ Talk
4. Moon In June