'68 (album)

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'68
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Compilation album by Robert Wyatt
Released 8 October 2013
Recorded 1968
Genre Canterbury scene, jazz fusion
Length 46:57
Label Cuneiform Records
Producer Robert Wyatt
Robert Wyatt chronology
Radio Experiment Rome, February 1981
(2009)
'68
(2013)

'68 is a compilation album by Robert Wyatt. It is composed of previously unreleased demos Wyatt recorded in 1968 at the end of a tour Soft Machine did with the Jimi Hendrix Experience in the United States.[1] It was released by Cuneiform Records in 2013.

After the tour, the Experience had given Wyatt access to their recording studios after hours, and he recorded these demos there. Some of the tracks were later reworked and used on several Soft Machine and Matching Mole albums.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[2]
Rolling Stone Favourable[3]

Writing at AllMusic, Thom Jurek said Cuneiform Records has "delivered a Holy Grail" with this album, considering that some of the recordings were believed lost, or not to have been made at all.[1] He said that the cleaning and remastering has produced an "excellent" sound, and he described the compilation as "All killer, no filler".[1]

In a review in PopMatters, Maria Schurr called '68 "especially edifying to Soft Machine die-hards", and a "great ... lost musical treasure".[2] Rolling Stone called the album "By far one of the year’s best releases".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Robert Wyatt, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Chelsea" (Ayers/Wyatt) 5:00
2. "Rivmic Melodies"   18:19
3. "Slow Walkin' Talk" (Hopper) 3:02
4. "Moon In June"   20:36

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Jurek, Thom. "'68". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Schurr, Maria (6 March 2014). "Robert Wyatt: '68". PopMatters. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Robert Wyatt: ’68 (Cuneiform)". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 July 2014.