Solar Flares Burn for You

Solar Flares Burn for You

by Robert WyattRobert Wyatt


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Coinciding almost concurrently with the issue of Cuckooland, an entirely new studio recording by composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Robert Wyatt on Hannibal, Solar Flares Burn For You is a welcome "other-dimension." This is not a repackaging of material that has been released countless times before. While certain tracks, such as the title and "I'm A Believer" have been released elsewhere, these versions have not; they come from projects where their inclusion here is not only warranted but necessary. What is included here are both of Wyatt's BBC Top Gear Shows, one from 1972 with Francis Monkman, and another from 1974 on solo piano, the original soundtrack version of the title cut, and the film it was composed for, two new tracks with Hugh Hopper, and a brand new demo. What is remarkable is how the 1974 BBC session, which includes "Soup Song," "Alifib," "Sea Song," and "I'm A Believer" feel next to the postmodern loop works with Hopper, and "Verb," a new song. The material with Monkman contrasts markedly with the same selections recorded for Rock Bottom, and the soundtrack version of "Solar Flares" is a remarkable bit of composition. When one watches the film, it's amazing to see how closely the film was edited for the composition, and not the other way around. The package was compiled in close association with Wyatt, contains complete notes by Aymeric Leroy, and interviews with Hopper, Monkman, and Arthur Johns, the director of Solar Flares Burn For You. And as if this wasn't enough, Wyatt contributed writings and artwork to boot! The bottom line is that not only is this a compelling and delightful listen, but it is an essential item for any Wyatt fan to have in her collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2003
Label: Cuneiform
UPC: 0045775017525
catalogNumber: 750175
Rank: 71392

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Wyatt   Primary Artist,Cornet,Keyboards,Voices
Francis Monkman   Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Interviewee
Hugh Hopper   Bass,Loops,Interviewee
Alfie Benge   Vocals
Arthur Johns   Interviewee

Technical Credits

Neil Diamond   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Robert Wyatt   Composer,Engineer,Artwork,Story,Instrumentation,Compilation Assistant
Pat Metheny   Composer
Phil Miller   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Greg Graffin   Composer
Hugh Hopper   Composer
Brian Hopper   Composer
Irwin Kostal   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Richard Sinclair   Composer
John Walters   Producer
Tom Recchion   Art Direction
Bob Conduct   Engineer
Tony Dawson-Harrison   Composer
Aymeric Leroy   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Christophe Dupin   Interviewer

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