Robert Wyatt

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The Soft Machine years with Robert Wyatt singing & drumming (1967-1969)

12/1966 and 1/1967 , Mr. Head or Soft Machine?, CBS Studios, London, sessions for “Fred the Fish”/”Feelin’ reelin’ squeelin'” 45″

1. Fred The Fish (Allen)

2. Feelin’ Reelin’ Squeelin’ (Ayers)

on track one:

Daevid Allen – vocals

Mike Ratledge – piano

Kevin Ayers – bass

Robert Wyatt – drums, homemade trumpet, backing vocals

no info about track two

track 1 released on Daevid Allen Trio – Live 1963 (Voiceprint 1993 CD)

1/1967, Jimi Hendrix, sessions for “Fluffy Turkeys” demo (studio unknown),

Jimi Hendrix – guitar, bass (?), vocals (?)

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals (?)

1/1967, Soft Machine, Advision, London, sessions for “Love Makes Sweet Music”

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Soft Machine 1967, Robert, Mike, Daevid, Kevin

5/2/1967, Soft Machine, Olympic Sound, London, sessions for “Love Makes Sweet Music”/”Feelin’ Reelin’ Squeelin'” 45″

1. Love Makes Sweet Music (Ayers)

2. Feelin’ Reelin’ Squeelin’ (Ayers)

on all tracks:

Kevin Ayers – bass

Mike Ratledge – organ

Daevid Allen – guitar

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

plus:

Kevin Ayers – guitar on 1, vocals on 2

Mike Ratledge – piano on 2

Daevid Allen – whistle, backing vocals on 2

released as Love Makes Sweet Music/Feelin’ Reelin’ Squeelin’ (Polydor 17/2/1967 single) and on Triple Echo (Harvest 1977 LP) – a version of 1, probably recorded from shortwave radio with introduction by the DJ, was released on The History And Mystery Of Planet Gong (Demi-Monde 1989 LP/CD)

9/3/1967, Soft Machine, Polydor Studios, London, sessions for demos

further details unknown.

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Cover of Jet Propelled Photographs (a.k.a. De Lane Lea demos)

4/1967, Soft Machine, De Lane Lea, London, sessions for LP demos

1. That’s How Much I Need You Now (Wyatt)

2. Save Yourself (Wyatt)

3. I Should’ve Known (Hugh Hopper)

4. Jet-propelled Photographs (Ayers)

5. When I Don’t Want You (Hugh Hopper)

6. Memories (Hugh Hopper)

7. You Don’t Remember (Wyatt/Allen)

8. She’s Gone (Hugh Hopper)

9. I’d Rather Be With You (Ayers)

Daevid Allen – guitar

Mike Ratledge – piano, organ

Kevin Ayers – bass, vocals on 4

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

released as Rock Generation Volume 7/8 (BYG France 1971 LP), as At The Beginning (Charly 1977 LP) and as Jet-Propelled Photographs (Charly 1989 CD)

Spring 1967 Soft Machine sessions for “Television Dream”/”what’s The Use Of Tryin'” 45″ (unreleased)

further details unknown.

6/1967, Soft Machine, Sound Techniques, London, sessions for “She’s Gone”/”I Should’ve Known” 45″

1. She’s Gone (Hugh Hopper)

2. I Should’ve Known (Hugh Hopper)

Daevid Allen – guitar

Mike Ratledge – piano, organ

Kevin Ayers – bass

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

track one released on Triple Echo (Harvest 3/1977 LP), both tracks released on Turns On Volume 1 (Voiceprint 2001 CD)

16/9/1967, Soft Machine, Middle Earth, London

1. Save Yourself

2. Lullaby Letter

3. Clarence in Wonderland

4. May I? (instr. version)

5. We Know What You Mean

6. Hope for Happiness

Mike Ratledge – piano, organ

Kevin Ayers – bass

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

possibly released on Turns On Volume 1 (Voiceprint 2001 CD)

22/9/1967, Soft Machine, Vitus Studio, Bussum, Holland, Hoepla TV Filming  https://web.archive.org/web/20180719233612im_https://hulloder.nl/softhoepla19671.jpg
Soft Machine at Hoepla: Kevin, Robert in the background 
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Soft Machine at Hoepla

1. I Should’ve Known (Hugh Hopper)

2. We Know What You Mean (Ayers)

Mike Ratledge – piano, organ

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals on 1, backing vocals on 2

Kevin Ayers – bass on 1, guitar on 2, vocals on 2

Broadcast 9/10/1967

released on Soft Machine (MPG 74033 1994 CD) and on Turns On Volume 1 (Voiceprint 2001 CD)

10/11/1967, Soft Machine, Middle Earth, London, England

1. Organistics

Mike Ratledge – piano, organ

Robert Wyatt – drums

Kevin Ayers – bass

Released on Turns On Volume 2 (Voiceprint 2001 CD)

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Soft Machine late 1967, Kevin, Robert, Mike

5/12/1967, Soft Machine, Aeolian Hall, London, BBC Top Gear recording

1. Clarence In Wonderland (Ayers)

2. We Know What You Mean (Ayers)

3. Hope For Happiness (Brian Hopper/Ayers/Ratledge)

4. A Certain Kind (Hugh Hopper)

5. Strangest Scene (?)

Mike Ratledge – organ

Kevin Ayers – vocals & guitar on 1&2, guitar, bass on 3&4

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals, piano on 5

Broadcast 17/12/1967

tracks 1-4 released on Turns On Volume 1 (Voiceprint 2001 CD)

10/12/1967, Soft Machine, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1. Moon in June

2. I should’ve known

3. A Certain Kind

4. Save Yourself

5. Lullaby Letter

Mike Ratledge – organ

Kevin Ayers – vocals, bass

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

Released on Turns On Volume 2 (Voiceprint 2001 CD)

15/12/1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Playhouse Theatre, London, BBC Top Gear recording

1. Day Tripper

2. Spanish Castle Magic

3. Radio One Jingle

4. Getting My Heart Back Together Again

5. Wait Until Tomorrow

Jimi Hendrix – guitar, vocals

Noel Redding – bass, backing vocals

Mitch Mitchell – drums, backing vocals

Robert Wyatt – backing vocals on 1

Broadcast 24/12/67

released as Peel Sessions (Castle Communication 1989 LP/CD) and on BBC Sessions (MCA 1998 2CD)

12/1968 Françoise Bayle, O.R.T.F. Studios, Paris, France, sessions for “The Acoustical Experience” tape

François Bayle – all instruments, electronics

Robert Wyatt – vocal on “It” (based on the ostinato “We Did It Again”)

Played at “Currents: Electronic Music From France”, Theatre Vanguard, Los Angeles, USA, 06/12/74 (US premiere)

released as L’Expérience Acoustique (1970-72) (Magison 1994 CD)

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Robert from first LP insert 1968.

4/1968, Soft Machine, Record Plant, NYC, sessions for “The Soft Machine” LP

1. Hope For Happiness (Brian Hopper/Ayers/Ratledge)

2. Joy Of A Toy (Ayers/Ratledge)

3. Hope For Happiness (Reprise) (Brian Hopper/Ayers/Ratledge)

4. Why Am I So Short? (Hugh Hopper/Ayers/Ratledge)

5. So Boot If At All (Ayers/Ratledge/Wyatt)

6. A Certain Kind (Hugh Hopper)

7. Save Yourself (Wyatt)

8. Priscilla (Ratledge/Ayers/Wyatt)

9. Lullabye Letter (Ayers)

10. We Did It Again (Ayers)

11. Plus Belle Qu’une Poubelle (Ayers/Ratledge/Wyatt)

12. Why Are We Sleeping? (Ayers)

13. Box 25/4 Lid (Ratledge/Hugh Hopper)

on tracks 1-12

Kevin Ayers – bass

Mike Ratledge – organ

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

plus:

Kevin Ayers – vocals on 10 & 11, backing vocals on 7 & 9, piano on 5

Mike Ratledge – piano on 13, piano strings on 5

Hugh Hopper – bass on 13

Cake – backing vocals on 12

released as The Soft Machine (Probe US 11/1968 – Big Beat/One way CD)

9/8/1968, Noel Redding, Record Plant, NYC, sessions for demos

further details unknown.

11/8/1968, Soft Machine, Col Ballroom, Davenport, Iowa, USA

1. Lullaby Letter/Priscilla/Lullaby Letter (reprise)

2. We Did It Again

3. Why Are We Sleeping

4. Joy of a Toy

5. Hope for Happiness

6. Clarence in Wonderland

7. Moon in June

8. Esther’s Nose Job

Kevin Ayers – bass, vocals

Mike Ratledge – organ

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

released on Turns On Volume 2 (Voiceprint 2001 CD)

3/10/1968, Eire Apparent, T.T.G., Hollywood, sessions for “Sunrise” LP

Ernie Graham – rhythm guitar, vocals

Eric Stewart – bass

David Lutton – drums

Jimi Hendrix – guitar

Noel Redding and Robert Wyatt – backing vocals on “The clown”

released as Sunrise (Buddah 5/1969 LP – CD)

10/1968, Eric Burdon and the Animals, T.T.G., Hollywood, sessions for “Love Is” LP

Eric Burdon – vocals

Zoot Money – keyboards, backing vocals

Andy Summers – guitar

John Weider – bass

Barry Jenkins – drums

Robert Wyatt – backing vocals on “River deep, mountain high”

released as Love Is (MGM 1969 LP)

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Cover of first Soft Machine LP (1868)

10/1968, Robert Wyatt, T.T.G., Hollywood, sessions for demos

1. Moon In June (Wyatt)

2. Rivmic Melodies (Hugh Hopper – arr. Wyatt)

3. Slow Walkin’ Talk (Brian Hopper)

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals, piano, organ

Jimi Hendrix – bass on 3

track 3 released on Jimi Hendrix – Calling Long Distance (1992 CD), tracks 1 & 3 released on Flotsam Jetsam (Rough Trade 5/1994 CD), track 3 released on Canterburied Sounds Volume 3 (1998 Voiceprint CD)

11/1968, Robert Wyatt, Record Plant (?), NYC, sessions for demos

1. Moon In June (Wyatt)

2. Rivmic Melodies (Hugh Hopper – arr. Wyatt)

Robert Wyatt – vocals, drums, organ, piano, electric piano, flexitones

track one released on Flotsam Jetsam (Rough Trade 5/1994 CD)

1/1969, Soft Machine, demo-tape

1. Esther’s Nose Job

Mike Ratledge – organ

Hugh Hopper – bass

Robert Wyatt – hands on knees, vocals

released on Canterburied Sounds Volume 2 (Voiceprint 10/1998 CD)

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Robert from second LP insert 1969.

2 and 3/1969, Soft Machine, Olympic Sound, sessions for “Volume Two” LP

Rivmic Melodies:

1. Pataphysical Introduction – Pt. I (Wyatt)

2. A Concise British Alphabet – Pt. I (Hopper)

3. Hibou, Anemone And Bear (Ratledge/Wyatt)

4. A Concise British Alphabet – Pt. II (Hopper)

5. Hulloder (Hopper)

6. Dada Was Here (Hopper)

7. Thank You Pierrot Lunaire (Hopper)

8. Have You Ever Bean Green? (Hopper)

9. Pataphysical Introduction – Pt. II (Hopper)

10. Out Of Tunes (Ratledge/Hopper/Wyatt)

Esther’s Nose Job:

11. As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still (Ratledge/Wyatt)

12. Dedicated To You, But You Weren’t Listening (Hopper)

13. Fire Engine Passing With Bells Clanging (Ratledge)

14. Pig (Ratledge)

15. Orange Skin Food (Ratledge)

16. A Door Opens And Closes (Ratledge)

17. 10:30 Returns To Bedroom (Ratledge/Hopper/Wyatt)

1-2, 4-6 & 8.

Mike Ratledge – piano

Hugh Hopper – bass

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

3.

Mike Ratledge – piano, organ, flute

Hugh Hopper – bass, alto sax

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

Brian Hopper – tenor sax

7 & 11.

Mike Ratledge – piano, organ

Hugh Hopper – bass

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

9.

Mike Ratledge – piano

Hugh Hopper – bass

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

Brian Hopper – tenor sax

10.

Mike Ratledge – piano, flute

Hugh Hopper – bass

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

Brian Hopper – tenor sax

12.

Mike Ratledge – harpsichord

Hugh Hopper – acoustic guitar

Robert Wyatt – vocals

13.

Mike Ratledge – organ

Hugh Hopper – bass

Robert Wyatt – drums

14.

Mike Ratledge – piano

Hugh Hopper – bass, alto sax

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

Brian Hopper – tenor sax

15.

Mike Ratledge – organ

Hugh Hopper – bass, alto sax

Robert Wyatt – drums

Brian Hopper – tenor sax, soprano sax

16.

Mike Ratledge – organ

Hugh Hopper – bass, alto sax

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

Brian Hopper – tenor sax, soprano sax

17.

Mike Ratledge – piano, organ

Hugh Hopper – bass

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

released as Volume Two (Probe 9/1969 LP – Big Beat/One way CD)

29/3/1969, Soft Machine, Concert, Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland

1. Hulloder (Hopper)

2. Dada Was Here (Hopper)

3. Thank You, Pierrot Lunaire (Hopper)

4. Have You Ever Bean Green? (Hopper)

5. Pataphysical Introduction (Hopper)

6. As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still (Ratledge/Wyatt)

7. Hibou, Anemone And Bear (Ratledge/Wyatt)

8. Fire Engine Passing (Ratledge)

9. Pig (Ratledge)

10. Orange Skin Food (Ratledge)

11. A Door Opens (Ratledge)

12. 10:30 Returns To The Bedroom (Ratledge)

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

Mike Ratledge – organ, piano

Hugh Hopper – bass

released as Live At Paradiso (Voiceprint 1996 CD)

Spring 1969 (?), Robert Wyatt, sessions for “Moon In June” demo

further details unknown.

3/5/1969, Syd Barrett, Abbey Road, sessions for “The Madcap Laughs” LP

1. No Good Trying

2. Love You

3. Clowns And Jugglers

Syd Barrett – guitar, vocals

Mike Ratledge – organ, piano on 2

Hugh Hopper – bass

Robert Wyatt – drums, tambourine on 3

tracks 1 & 2 released on The Madcap Laughs (Harvest 1/1970 LP – Harvest CD) and track 3 released on Opel (Harvest 10/1988 LP/CD)

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Soft Machine 1969, somewhere in London (ltr. Hugh, Mike, Robert)

5/1969, Soft Machine, sessions for “Spaced-tapes”, studio unknown

1. Spaced One (Hopper/Ratledge/Wyatt)

2. Spaced Two (Hopper/Ratledge/Wyatt)

3. Spaced Three (Hopper/Ratledge/Wyatt)

4. Spaced Four (Hopper/Ratledge/Wyatt)

5. Spaced Five (Brian Hopper/Ratledge)

6. Spaced Six (Hopper/Ratledge/Wyatt)

7. Spaced Seven (Hopper/Ratledge/Wyatt)

Robert Wyatt – drums

Hugh Hopper – bass

Mike Ratledge – electric piano, organ

Brian Hopper – saxes

released as Spaced (Cuneinform 1996 CD)

10/6/1969, Soft Machine, Maida Vale, London, BBC Top Gear recording

1. Facelift-Mousetrap-Backwards-Mousetrap (Reprise) (Hopper/Ratledge)

2. Moon In June (Wyatt)

1.

Mike Ratledge – organ, elc. piano, flute

Hugh Hopper – bass, alto sax

Brian Hopper – soprano sax

Robert Wyatt – drums

2.

Mike Ratledge – organ

Hugh Hopper – bass

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

Broadcast 21/06/1969

track 2 released on Triple Echo (Harvest 03/1977 LP) & Going Back a Bit (Virgin 1994 CD), tracks 1-2 released on Peel Sessions (Strange Fruit 10/1990 LP/CD)

6/8/1969, Hugh & Brian Hopper, Regent Sound, sessions for publishing demos

1. The Big Show (Brian Hopper)

2. Memories (Hugh Hopper)

3. She Loves To Hurt (Hugh Hopper)

4. Impotence (Hugh Hopper/Robert wyatt)

on all tracks:

Brian Hopper – guitar

Hugh Hopper – bass

Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals

plus:

Brian Hopper – soprano sax on 1

Pye Hastings – guitar on 3&4, vocals on 3

Mike Ratledge – flute on 1, organ & piano on 2

Hugh Hopper – acoustic guitar on 2

released on The Wilde Flowers (Voiceprint 1993 CD)

Summer 1969, Kevin Ayers, Abbey Road, sessions for “Joy of a toy” LP

1. Joy Of A Toy Continued

2. Town Feeling

3. The Clarietta Rag

4. Girl On A Swing

5. Song For Insane Times

6. Stop This Train (Again Doing It)

7. Eleanor’s Cake (Which Ate Her)

8. Lady Rachel

9. Oleh Oleh Bandu Bandong

10. All This Crazy Gift Of Time

Kevin Ayers – vocals, guitar, bass, piano

David Bedford – piano, arrangements

Rob Tait – drums

Robert Wyatt – drums & tambourine on 1-3, 5 and 8

Mike Ratledge – organ, piano, flute

Hugh Hopper – bass

Jeff Clyne – double bass

Paul Minns – oboe

Paul Buckmaster – cello

Cyrille Ayers, Sean Murphy, Jean & Mary – backing vocals

released As Joy Of A Toy (Harvest 11/1969 LP – Beat Goes On CD)

9/1969, Kevin Ayers, Abbey Road, sessions for “Soon, Soon, Soon” 45″

1. Soon, Soon, Soon

Kevin Ayers – vocals, guitar, bass

David Bedford – piano

The Ladybirds – backing vocals

Whack Skins (= Robert Wyatt) – drums

released on Odd Ditties (Harvest 2/1976 LP)

10/11/1969, Soft Machine, Maida Vale, London, BBC Top Gear recording

1. Instant Pussy (Wyatt)

2. Mousetrap-Noisette-Backwards-Mousetrap (Reprise)- drumlink-Esther’s Nose Job (Hopper/Ratledge)

1.

Robert Wyatt – vocal, piano, electronic bleeps

2.

Mike Ratledge – organ, elc. piano

Hugh Hopper – bass

Robert Wyatt – drums

Elton Dean – alto sax (?)

Nick Evans – trombone

Mark Charig – cornet

Lyn Dobson – soprano sax (?)

Broadcast 29/11/69

track 1 released on Canterburied Sounds Volume 2 (1998 Voiceprint CD), track 2 released on Triple Echo (Harvest 3/1977 LP) and The Peel Sessions (Strange Fruit 10/1990 LP/CD)

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