Robert Wyatt – His Greatest Misses

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09/10/2020

 The singular Robert Wyatt releases ‘His Greatest Misses’ – a compilation spanning his decades-long career – on vinyl for the first time ever. Also back in stock on CD.  In its title, ‘His Greatest Misses’ acknowledges that Wyatt’s career has taken place outside the limited space and definition of commercial pop success but simultaneously recognises that Wyatt’s non-careerist career has nevertheless proven both productive and rigorous. The collection, originally released as a Japanese edition, includes selections dating from ‘Rock Bottom’ (1974) to ‘Cuckooland’ (2003), although its running order is non-chronological. This makes the subtle point that Wyatt’s recordings are best considered as a nonlinear catalogue; this is a world through which the listener can move at any pace in any direction.  Born in Bristol in 1945, Wyatt was a founding member of the bands Soft Machine and Matching Mole, before embarking on a solo career. His discography is one that flows with the force and intensity of a river in full spate. Each recording on ‘His Greatest Misses’ is a benchmark in the life and work of a steadfast and true original and provides the opportunity for the listener to enjoy some wild swimming through this powerful, idiosyncratic and unclassifiable catalogue.  The release of ‘His Greatest Misses’ coincides with the release of ‘Side by Side’, a book by Robert Wyatt and his wife Alfie Benge: visual artist, songwriter and the person who has nurtured and overseen Wyatt’s career for the past forty-six years.  CD in digipack with clear tray and 12-page booklet.  Double LP in white polylined sleeves with 4-page oversized booklet and digital download card.  Available to independent retailers on dark green coloured double vinyl in white polylined sleeves with 4-page oversized booklet and digital download card.

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