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Thread #143067   Message #3302168
Posted By: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
04-Feb-12 - 02:06 PM
Thread Name: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
Subject: RE: 5 Favourite Ivor Cutler Songs
Rock Bottom has a quiet & timeless intensity about it that speaks volumes for its provenance - i.e. Wyatt holed up bored shitless in Venice with his Riviera organ whilst Alfred Benge worked on Don't Look Now. The Riviera dominates the album, but packed in shortly afterwards, though he got it fixed for Dondestan - which was quite a good album before they 'revisited' it, especially the more abstract Rock Bottomly stuff - Costa, Sight of the Wind, Catholic Architecture, Worship - I usually switch off when Wyatt gets political! Rock Bottom was conceived as the third Matching Mole album, but the project got scuppered by his accident, and so a legend was born really - and a very dark one at that. I often wonder how it would have turned out otherwise, but on the 1974 Drury Lane album they cover the album in its entirety and it comes out very nice, & very differently. I keep linking to the live version of Sea Song which to my mind is the definitive reading.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66obirsT8hI

It's hard to believe in this day & age that people once made such music really; it still pins me to the wall.

My own favourite Rock Botton song is Alifib; my preferred version being from the solo Peel Session.

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5 Favourite Robert Wyatt Songs anyone?