Robert Wyatt, Rock Bottom/Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard (1983)
I bought this last week because I’d never seen it before – a reissue of the two albums, combined as one double LP. Rock Bottom was released in 1974, Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard the following year, 1975. I’m a Robert Wyatt fan – I particularly loved Rock Bottom back in the day – and a lot of the more recent material. A few years ago I’d have turned my nose up at this sort of thing; a bizarre reissue. In my world these sorts of twofers were around on tape and CD but not so much LP. I was never into them on any format – I had to have to original tape or CD (on its own). But now I’m broke – so two-for-one is a total bonus. And in this case there’s just something strangely curious about it – a talking point; a good reason to add it to the collection. Oh, and the music stands up – no surprise there. And good to finally have a copy of Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard; I’d heard the album but never owned it. Love its title and cover so much.
Sample Track 1: Sea Song
Sample Track 2: Soup Song
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