Robert Wyatt announces 'His Greatest Misses' compilation for October 9th
3 September 2020
Available on vinyl for the first time
The singular Robert Wyatt will release His Greatest Misses - a compilation spanning his decades-long career - on vinyl for the first time ever on October 9th via Domino.
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 non-linear catalogue, this is a world through which the listener can move at any pace in any direction.
The compilation showcases many of Wyatt’s musical abilities, particularly his favoured technique of allowing his serpentine keyboard melodies to intertwine with his voice, vividly present in the opening bars of “Sea Song”.
Across the nineteen songs present, His Greatest Misses pays tribute to Wyatt’s much noted gift as an interpreter of other songwriter’s material, most notably, Chic’s “At Last I Am Free” and Clive Langer and Elvis Costello’s “Shipbuilding”, the song that, along with Wyatt’s cover version of Neil Diamond’s “I’m A Believer”, originally made popular by The Monkees, placed him in the Top 40 singles chart.
As well as Wyatt’s celebrated cover versions, His Greatest Misses includes his version of “Arauco”, originally written by the Chilean artist Violeta Parra. Wyatt’s version of this protest song and the eerie and powerful “Foreign Accents” from Cuckooland demonstrate Wyatt’s rare gift for singing in languages other than English. For an artist regularly associated with a certain Englishness, Wyatt has always been an avowed internationalist.
Tracklisting: 1. P.L.A. 2. Worship 3. Heaps Of Sheeps 4. Free Will And Testament 5. I’m A Believer 6. Sea Song 7. Little Red Robin Hood Hit The Road 8. Solar Flares 9. At Last I Am Free 10. Arauco 11. The Age Of Self 12. Alien 13. Shipbuilding 14. Memories Of You 15. Muddy Mouse (b) 16. Mister E 17. Foreign Accents
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