Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Robert Wyatt ‎– Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard (1975)

Genre: Jazz, Rock
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Domino, Hannibal Records, Virgin

Side Ruth
A1.   Soup Song
A2.   Sonia
A3.   Team Spirit
A4.   Song For Che
Side Richard
B1.   Muddy Mouse (A)
B2.   Solar Flares
B3.   Muddy Mouse (B)
B4.   5 Black Notes And 1 White Note
B5.   Muddy Mouse (C) / Muddy Mouth

Producer – Nick Mason, Robert Wyatt

There was no way that Wyatt's follow-up to Rock Bottom could be as personal and searching, but this album that came barely a year later instead collects some earlier material to be revamped for this release. "Soup Song," for instance, is a rewrite of "Slow Walkin' Talk," written before the forming of Soft Machine. "Team Spirit," written with Phil Manzanera and Bill MacCormick of Quiet Sun, would turn up the same year as "Frontera" on Manzanera's Diamond Head. While some of the songs tend to plod along, the dirge-like "Five Black Notes and One White Notes," a lethargic cover of Offenbach's "Baccarole," Charlie Haden's "Song for Che," and Fred Frith's piano team-up with Wyatt on "Muddy Mouth" are magical. As usual, the assembled band, including the underrated Gary Windo on sax and Mongezi Feza on trumpet, never dissapoint.
Ted Mills / AllMusic