The Wilde Flowers

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Twenty-two tracks, recorded between 1965 and 1969 by various aggregations of the band. Some of the fidelity is primitive, and the performances are much more tentative and less virtuosic than what the musicians would tender on their Soft Machine and Caravan records. But the songs are playful and melodic, pushing the boundaries of the British Invasion pop they began with toward something more idiosyncratic and adventurous. Several of the songs, like "Memories" three versions, considerably different from each other, are included here, ended up in the Soft Machine's early repertoire. Indeed, it's a shame that the Softs didn't record more of them; the chief flaw of these ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Twenty-two tracks, recorded between 1965 and 1969 by various aggregations of the band. Some of the fidelity is primitive, and the performances are much more tentative and less virtuosic than what the musicians would tender on their Soft Machine and Caravan records. But the songs are playful and melodic, pushing the boundaries of the British Invasion pop they began with toward something more idiosyncratic and adventurous. Several of the songs, like "Memories" three versions, considerably different from each other, are included here, ended up in the Soft Machine's early repertoire. Indeed, it's a shame that the Softs didn't record more of them; the chief flaw of these tracks is that the arrangements and instrumental proficiency are underdeveloped, and the Soft Machine could have transformed them into prime stuff. A few of the cuts were recorded in late 1969, and could have easily slotted in on the Wyatt-era Soft Machine albums. Wyatt and Hugh Hopper appear on most of the 22 tracks; to a lesser extent, Kevin Ayers, Pye Hastings, and even Mike Ratledge also pop up. Comes with an excellent booklet of photos and an extensive history by Wilde Flowers guitarist Brian Hopper, brother of Hugh.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/1998
  • Label: Blueprint Uk
  • UPC: 604388103522
  • Catalog Number: 123
  • Sales rank: 75,502

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Impotence (2:09)
  2. 2 Those Words They Say (2:39)
  3. 3 Memories (1:35)
  4. 4 Don't Try to Change Me (2:26)
  5. 5 Parchman Farm (2:17)
  6. 6 Almost Grown (2:49)
  7. 7 She's Gone (2:13)
  8. 8 Slow Walkin' Talk (2:26)
  9. 9 He's Bad for You (2:48)
  10. 10 It's What I Feel (A Certain Kind) (2:18)
  11. 11 Memories (2:08)
  12. 12 Never Leave Me (2:35)
  13. 13 Time After Time (2:44)
  14. 14 Just Where I Want (2:09)
  15. 15 No Game When You Lose (2:53)
  16. 16 Impotence (1:16)
  17. 17 Why Do You Care - Zobe (3:13)
  18. 18 The Pieman Cometh - Zobe (3:15)
  19. 19 Summer Spirit - Zobe (3:27)
  20. 20 She Loves to Hurt (3:12)
  21. 21 The Big Show (4:11)
  22. 22 Memories (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Wilde Flowers Primary Artist
Robert Wyatt Percussion, Trombone, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Kevin Ayers Vocals, Background Vocals, Voices
Richard Coughlan Drums
Pye Hastings Guitar
Hugh Hopper Bass Guitar
Brian Hopper Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Background Vocals
Mike Ratledge Organ, Pan Flute/Pan Pipes
Richard Sinclair Guitar, Percussion, Drums
John Lawrence Guitar
Graham Flight Vocals, Voices
Dave Lawrence Bass Guitar, Vocals
Zobe Track Performer
Technical Credits
Chris Thorpe Mastering
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