Label: Caroline Blue Plate - Carol 1635-2,Virgin - 1635-2 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Art Rock
The follow-up to Rock Bottomfor which Wyatt had written all of Jazz Me Blues - Art Pepper - Meets The Rhythm Section music and En Los Trigales - Laurindo Almeida - The Best Of Laurindo Almeida, Ruth Apart from "Sonia", recorded for the shelved "Yesterday Man" Team Spirit - Robert Wyatt - Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard in October again with Nick Mason as producerthe entire album was recorded and mixed at Virgin's The Manor Studio with Wyatt himself handling production duties.
Much of the album features Wyatt on lead vocals and keyboards backed by a "band" consisting of bassist Bill MacCormickdrummer Laurie Allan and saxophonists George Khan and Gary Windowith Brian Eno adding his own idiosyncratic "anti-jazz" touch. Two years earlier Wyatt had provided the hypnotic soundtrack to the experimental film Solar Flares by Arthur Johns. The nine-minute film, "a personal Team Spirit - Robert Wyatt - Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard on colour effects", had been produced by Nick Mason and recorded at his home studio.
Wyatt had been involved at an early stage and his music became an integral part of the project. The music itself would reappear on his album "in a more 'digestible' form". The album contains several pieces which recall the complexity and despair of Rock Bottombut much of the record echoes the relaxed, almost silly feel of earlier Wyatt efforts such as The End of an Ear or his work with Matching Mole.
This becomes evident from the choice of title a pun on " truth is stranger than fiction " onwards; the two sides of the original LP release were not labelled "Side A" and "Side B", but rather "Side Ruth" and "Side Richard" respectively. The songs on Side Ruth all have more traditional structures; the rollicking "Soup Song" derived from the Wilde Flowers song "Slow Walking Talk", of which Wyatt had recorded a version with Jimi Hendrix has the air of Murder 2 - Mystikal - Unpredictable pub singalong.
The remaining songs are all covers or collaborations; the Mongezi Feza trumpet piece "Sonia", featuring a guest appearance by Feza himself as do a number of other songs on the album in the last year of his life, "Team The Trouble With Me - Robbie Williams - Intensive Care written with Phil Manzanerawho would record the same song on his album Diamond Head under the title "Frontera" and a cover of "Song for Che" by Charlie Haden round off the album.
The three "serious" pieces on Side Richard — the ballad "Solar Flares", "5 Black Notes And 1 White Note" a funeral instrumental, a rearrangement of Jacques Offenbach 's Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmannwhich degenerates into a series of noises somewhere between free jazz and electronic noise and the piano-led Rock Bottom -esque Fred Frith collaboration "Muddy Mouth"—with a series of brief, nonsensical interludes featuring only sparse piano accompaniment and some very strange high-pitched yelping vocals under the collective title "Muddy Mouse".
Unlike its predecessor Rock Bottomit received a mixed critical and public response; not counting 's Nothing Can Stop Us which brought together a series of previously released single A and B sides, most of which were cover versionsRuth The artwork for the cover of the album was by Wyatt's wife Alfreda Benge.
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Oct 14, · referencing Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard, LP, Album, V Robert Wyatt's previous album to this is rightly held up as one of the best albums ever made. I was too young to know this music when it was first realeased and only came to Robert Wyatt much later in life/5().
About “Team Spirit”. Manzanera would later record his own version of this song – though technically, his was released first. Manzanera’s solo album, Diamond Head, featuring his version of “Team Spirit” came out one month before Ruth is Stranger than Richard. The song features Robert Wyatt playing drums, Gary Windo (of Matching Mole).
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Team Spirit This song is by Robert Wyatt and appears on the album Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard (). Kick me Hardy Without one sweet push from your shine covered boot I don't think, I just.