Robert Wyatt-Ellidge, 28 January 1945, Bristol, England. As the drummer, vocalist and guiding spirit of the original Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt established a style that merged the avant garde with English eccentricity. His first solo album, 1970s The End Of An Ear, presaged his departure from the above group, although its radical content resulted in a muted reception. Wyatts next venture, the excellent Matching Mole, was bedevilled by internal dissent, but a planned relaunch was forcibly abandoned following a fall from a window in July 1973, which left him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Rock Bottom, the artists next release, was composed while Wyatt lay in hospital. This heartfelt, deeply personal collection was marked by an aching vulnerability that successfully avoided any hint of self-pity. This exceptional album was succeeded by an unlikely UK Top 30 hit single in the shape of an idiosyncratic reading of the...
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