Robert Wyatt – Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard (1975)

Artist Credit
Laurie Allan Drums, Main Personnel
Alfreda Benge Illustrations
Steve Cox Audio Engineer, Engineer
Brian Eno Guest Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Main Personnel, Multi Instruments, Synthesizer
Mongezi Feza Composer, Main Personnel, Trumpet
Fred Frith Composer, Guest Artist, Main Personnel, Piano, Viola
John Greaves Bass, Bass Instrument, Guitar (Bass), Main Personnel
Charlie Haden Composer
Malcolm Healey Assistant
Hugh Hopper Composer
George Khan Saxophone
Nisar Ahmad Khan Sax (Baritone), Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
Nisar Ahmad “George” Khan Main Personnel, Sax (Baritone), Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
Bill MacCormick Bass, Bass Instrument, Composer, Guitar (Bass), Main Personnel
Phil Manzanera Composer
Nick Mason Audio Production, Producer
Richard Palmer Audio Engineer, Engineer
Phil Smee Artwork, Layout Design, Typography
Gary Windo Clarinet (Bass), Guest Artist, Main Personnel, Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor), Wind
Robert Wyatt Audio Production, Composer, Drums, Keyboards, Main Personnel, Mouth Percussion, Multi Instruments, Piano, Piano (Electric), Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals

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.

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