For over 45 years, Robert Wyatt has been a major creative force in music, having had a major impact on the beginnings of both psychedelic rock andjazz/rock in the UK with Soft Machine, to his eventual long solo career as a unique singer/songwriter.
In September, 1968, the Soft Machine had just finished their second, exhaustive tour of the USA supporting the Jimi Hendrix Experience. At the conclusionof the tour, vocalist/drummer/multi-instrumentalist Robert stayed, working on recordings in Hollywood and New York City.Upon Robert's return to England to re-start the Soft Machine in December, 1968, these documents lay forgotten.
Two of them were eventually found andissued, but half of these recordings were unreleased and thought lost forever...Now, for the first time, all four of the recordings Robert made in '68 are collected together and released!
This release is fully authorized by Robert and the liners include an in-depth interview with him about his recollections of this period of his work and life.Two of the demos are shorter songs and two are side-long tracks; both side-long tracks were later re-recorded by the Soft Machine, one on Volume II(1969) and one on Third (1970).
These tracks serve as a template for the post-psychedelic Soft Machine's career as founders of European jazz/rock and the entire release is a precursor to Robert's post-band, solo career.
2. Rivmic Melodies
3. Slow Walkin' Talk
4. Moon In June