Robert Wyatt Shleep on LP + CD
It’s far too easy to abuse the phrase “living legend,” but when used to describe Robert Wyatt, you’re in no danger of hyperbole: gifted songwriter; political activist; drummer in the Canterbury jazz/prog pioneers Soft Machine and contemporaries of the original lineup of Pink Floyd; collaborator with the likes of Brian Eno, David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Fred Frith, Paul Weller, Scritti Politti, Elvis Costello and his beloved wife Alfreda Benge, to name but a few.
Perhaps his greatest gift though is his voice, a reedy instrument of great warmth and emotion; one need only hear his interpretation of the classic “Shipbuilding” (a song that was written for him by Costello and producer Clive Langer) and you shall be smitten for life. Domino is now releasing a near-complete re-issue series of Robert’s solo recorded works in the form of these LP + CD versions.
Featuring long term collaborators and friends like Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, Annie Whitehead, Evan Parker and newer accomplices such as Paul Weller, Shleep is as exuberant and immediate a record as Wyatt has ever recorded. Clearly delighting in the process of collaborating in the studio again, it's a remarkable testament to Wyatt's muse that a record inspired by insomnia should produce such welcoming and restful lullabies.
Robert Wyatt Shleep Track Listing:
1. Heaps of Sheeps
2. The Duchess
4. Was A Friend
5. Free Will And Testament
6. September The Ninth
8. Out Of Season
9. A Sunday in Madrid
10. Blues In Bob Minor
11. The Whole Point of No Return
12. Te Recuerdo Amanda
14. When Access Was a Noun
17. Signed Curtain (Plus Comet)
18. September In The Rain
19. I Wonder How Your Breathe Can Last