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End of An Ear [Import, Original recording remastered]

Robert WyattAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)


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Robert Wyatt is a rare bird. His remarkable career began forty years ago drumming and singing for Soft Machine, a post-psych outfit tied to the “Canterbury Scene” of the late ‘60s that yielded Pink Floyd & Gong among others. His ensuing and far longer solo period speaks volumes
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  • Audio CD (October 12, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony/Columbia
  • ASIN: B0002J54TG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Las Vegas Tango Part One (Repeat)
2. To Mark Everywhere
3. To Saintly Bridget
4. To Oz Alien Daevyd and Gilly
5. To Nick Everyone
6. To Caravan and Brother Jim
7. To the Old World (Thank You for the Use of Your Body, Goodbye)
8. To Carla, Marsha and Caroline (For Making Everything Beautifuller)
9. Las Vegas Tango Part 1

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4.0 out of 5 stars forgotten classic December 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those classic records that's often sorely overlooked due to the shadow cast by similarly great records by the artist (in this case it's Wyatt's "Rock Bottom" - certainly an essential purchase in itself). Prior to Wyatt's "comeback" in experimental-rock circles in the mid-'90s this was often dismissed as a self-indulgent mess best left on the record company's deletion list... what rot! This is pure inspired experimentalism on a plate, a fantastic mix of free jazz, vocalese, musique concret and psychedelia. Very much in the same league as similar artists of the time - Tim Buckley, Can and Miles Davis - "End of An Ear" creates a seamless blend of many disparate styles, creating a new genre of its own where rock, avant-garde and jazz meet as one. Comparable in parts to Can's "Tago Mago", Buckley's "Starsailor" or electric/psych-period Miles, this criminally ignored piece of work in the Wyatt puzzle deserves some serious re-evaluation in the rock-crit circles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beginning of an ear July 30, 2011
Format:Audio CD
In my eyes, Robert Wyatt is awesome because he writes extremely compassionate and beautiful music. Normally his avant garde/experimental stuff is just too weird for me to ever put it in the same category as his more emotional and honest output, however this particular album is an exception. Luckily it's better than Matching Mole's first album- a LOT better in fact, because in this case, underneath all the weirdness lies actual interesting experimentations that feels like it actually *goes* somewhere.

It's almost impossible for me to describe the 12-minute "Las Vegas Tango" suite for example. To put it another way, it's almost impossible for me to describe it without the readers out there turning their heads in disgust and believing it won't appeal to them because this is one of those examples where, no matter HOW I go about describing it, finding the right words either won't be convincing enough, or will give readers the wrong impression.

So for example, if I were to say the reason "Las Vegas Tango" is good (and not bad) is because of the way there's moody piano lines playing quietly in the background and gradually picking up to a chaotic pace *only* to allow the eerieness of the Soft Machine-resembling bass work to continue in the repetitive groove that its been in since the song got underway, would you understand what I'm talking about? The same thing occurs with the saxophone in the beginning- it plays chaotically and sparsely but the bass work is never distracted by it and continues to move along.

Now let's throw in more oddness for additional twisted pleasure. While all these sax, piano and bass tricks are taking place, there's no telling exactly WHAT Robert is doing with his voice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic September 30, 2009
Format:Audio CD
It is creepy how you can tell if work by Robert Wyatt was done before or after his early 70s accident: he fell from a window and this left him paralized. Before this happened, he was mining the ideas he had developed with Soft Machine: Dada free jazz. After, he became much more serious and song oriented. Listen to Rock Bottom and it takes on almost tragic dementions when you put it in context.

End of an Ear had a frighteningly prohetic title. Obviously this is a pun on the phrase end of an era. Wyatt of course had no way of knowing this album WAS the end of an era--his last solo work before his mishap. Even the cover photo tells volumes. That young upstart genius with the ciggarette and Fu Man Chu mustache is almost a different man than the bearded comic-tragic music Buddha we now know as Robert Wyatt.

As my thesis says, this album contains the surreal free jazz Wyatt was doing up until the fall. If you listen to Soft Machine Volume Two's "Pig," a knot of electronic free form jamming, this will give you an idea of what the mestero is up to on this album. The differance is that End Of An Era dispences with the electronics, and may be the closest Wyatt came to pure avant gaurd jazz. Take out his voice and thin some of the textures, and you would think you are listening to Anthony Braxton or The Art Ensamble of Chicago.

This work is bubbling with dynamics and has depth of texture. Typical of Wyatt, it also has plenty of surreal humor. Listen to his bubbling scat on the opening track. When you do, you'll also notice his voice is higher and cleaner than it is on any of his post-accident work. Obviously, he is younger here, but I have always thought the fact that Wyatt cannot stand effects the way he projects his voice.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty out there stuff May 6, 2006
By S. Kerr
Format:Audio CD
im usually good about experimentalism and the advant garde, as long as its listenable, and sometimes it doesnt have to even be that.

ANYWAYS, this is a VERy out there album. it's deffinatley not a cd ill listen to alot. i gave it three stars becuase i can tell wyatt's having fun and hes doing whatever he wants, despite what people like me think.
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