The End of an Ear
Japanese reissue of the first (pre-accident) Robert Wyatt solo album, first issued in 1970 by CBS. 2004 digital remaster, packaged in mini-LP paper sleeve. At this point Wyatt was in between work with the Soft Machine and Matching Mole and was aided by the likes of Elton Dean (alto saxello), David Sinclair (organ), Mark Charig (cornet), Neville Whitehead (bass), Mark Ellidge (piano) & Cyril Ayers (percussion). Wyatt himself on drums, mouth, piano, organ. The album opens & closes with a baffling space-jazz 'cover' of Gil Evans' 'Las Vegas Tango' that is quite deep, and proceeds through various settings of psychedelic jazz, Gong-like jamming and free-style improv balladry. Very out, very good. Japanese liner notes. Also included is a Soft Machine, Matching Mole, Robert Wyatt family tree diagram in English.