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Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard [Import]

Robert WyattVinyl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 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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  • Vinyl (October 24, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Domino Records UK
  • ASIN: B005L3HJAA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,464,558 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly underrated September 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
After Rock Bottom, Wyatt followed up with this less well-balanced, but more eclectic follow-up. The caliber of songqriting is extraordinary, and the line-up (Gary Windo, Mongezi Fesa, Fred Frith, Brian Eno, the amazing Laurie Allen) reads like a who's who of the avant garde of the time. I alway enjoyed this somewhat more than "Rock Bottom" because its attitude was more fun. Wyatt had seemed to come to grips with his paralysis and was realizing more of what he could do by the time this album came out.
It has the same dreamy, shimmering atmosphere as "Rock Bottom" but is no less brilliant. This was one of the few times that I have heard jazz, avant garde, and pop sensibilities blended so seamlessly. A great work!
Gary Gomes
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Wyatt is the one who started it all! October 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Not too much to say. In my mind, this is the best recording Robert ever did. There are tunes that are lighter than the songs on Rock Bottom, though this album is not as conceptually well thoughht out. The center peice is Solar Flares, which features some excellent guitar space work. It is this song that I feel is the best thing Robert has ever done. Astounding!
You wouldn't have had much of your european progressive rock in the seventies if it were not for this man and his legacy. He still influences your on-the-edge players today! Almost perfect, eclectic spin!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic September 12, 2010
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I have, like so many days, spent all day listening to Robert Wyatt. Doing so is an experience like no other. After his work with Soft Machine and paralyzing accident, he created solo work that is both accessible, insular, deeply personal, and completely universal.

At the height of the "singer-songwriter" era, Wyatt released Rock Bottom. James Taylor was singing about love lost. Wyatt was singing about legs lost; having to redefine life from his wheelchair. He set this to an incredibly ideosyncractic compound of pop, rock, space and jazz. Simply, there is nothing like it, and if more singer-songwriters had taken it as a touchstone, the music world would be a much more interesting place.

Not enough people did, so Wyatt had to pick up his own gauntlet, and without repeating himself, he put out Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard.

And it is equally as brilliant. Solo piano ruminations, New Orleans blues, free jazz, vocalizing: Wyatt takes so much music here and wraps it into songs, songs that work together in perfect coherence. What amazes about Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard is not the command of styles, but how Wyatt sculpts all these together in an album that is deeply intimate for all those fortunate enough, and ballsy enough, to listen. This is not the shining silver arches of 1970s art rock, jazz fusion, adult rock, but a genius letting you into his one room cottage industry--where he crates music that no one else can.

Look at the back cover, how Wyatt draws himself, a bug on wheels. The professor is paralyzed, dragging the music car behind him. The reference is pointed, earthy, and incredibly funny.

"Without little push from your shine covered boot........
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic record - timeless and inspiring. May 23, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
i've been listening to this record for over ten years - and i am always impressed and inspired by it. nothing on earth sounds quite like this record but then again nothing on earth really sounds like Robert Wyatt for that matter. accessible yet slightly avante garde - musicians should listen and learn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Fine Wyatt Disc May 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The oft-overlooked companion to "Rock Bottom", "Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard" lacks its predecessor's spiritual flow but checks in with a number of highlights, most notably the long cut "Team Spirit", which sounds like a pretend-pop song gone wrong thanks to the singer's inimitable vocal style. Wyatt's brand of avant-jazz-prog instrumental is in fine form throughout, although all of the little bits and pieces of "Muddy Mouse" which take up side one can get on one's nerves a bit. It doesn't feel as essential as "Rock Bottom" from either a lyrical or musical standpoint, but that kind of album comes only once in an artist's career anyway--and "Ruth" offers up strange delights of its own.
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