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Robert Wyatt vs Kevin Ayers

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Poll Question: Which of these legends of the Canterbury Scene is your favourite?
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    Posted: November 05 2011 at 06:59
Both founding members of Soft Machine and they both have some great solo albums. Very hard choice but Robert gets my vote. His body of work is more consistently brilliant then Kevin's plus Rock Bottom is in my top 5 favourite albums of all time.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Syzygy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 05 2011 at 08:01
Originally posted by Adams Bolero

Both founding members of Soft Machine and they both have some great solo albums. Very hard choice but Robert gets my vote. His body of work is more consistently brilliant then Kevin's plus Rock Bottom is in my top 5 favourite albums of all time.

This. Kevin Ayers is somewhat overlooked and underrated, but it's been a long time since he released anything of note. Robert Wyatt is still making great music both as a solo artist and as a collaborator.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Atoms Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 05 2011 at 08:10
Soft Machine's two first albums are amazing, but Third is still their #1 creation (I could even go so far and say that Third is the best album ever created), and fourth is also a very good album. But I feel that after Fifth lost the magic they had. So even if Kevin was the mastermind behind the first albums, Robert could keep the band running, even better at times. But without Robert the band lost most of what they had. Makes me wonder how Soft Machine would've sounded if Robert left first.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote frippism Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 05 2011 at 09:02
Robert Wyatt is my childhood more or less. He was constantly played in the car and sung along to. As I became myself a progger I was finding out that Robert is simply put one of the best songwriters in music. Also has a damn good voice!
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Wyatt didn't sing "Caribbean Moon" and I agree with Frippism about the voice.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SaltyJon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 05 2011 at 15:31
Both are great, but I don't find some of Wyatt's solo work to be quite as great as nearly everyone else does.  Kevin always had the sunny, cheerful, I-don't-care-what-you-think sort of humor and style to his music, which gives him some extra points in my book.  I wouldn't go without either, but I will give Ayers another vote here, both for his good music (the first several albums) and his so-bad-it's-good music (Caribbean Moon, for example, is presented below).


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guldbamsen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 05 2011 at 15:39
^I agree with you, although I love Wyatt.
My favourite of his is probably WhatevershebringswesingHeart Seeing as Wyatt is going to run with it, I am giving my vote Kevin.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SaltyJon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 05 2011 at 15:41
My favorite of the early albums is probably still the debut...though I could probably pick any of them at any given moment.  Song for Insane Times and Stop This Train (Again Doing It) especially.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 05 2011 at 16:07
Wyatt for sure. His brand of whimsey fits in much better with my own, my very own.
 
And if he didn't fall out of that damned window I feel the gap would be even larger.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SaltyJon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 05 2011 at 16:09
If he hadn't fallen out the window, I may have voted for him instead.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote someone_else Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 05 2011 at 17:20
I cannot really choose, so I vote for both. Kevin Ayers has some great songs, Robert Wyatt has this masterpiece Rock Bottom and a very peculiar "like it or not"-voice. I belong to the people who like it.
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Robert Wyatt, though I rate Kevin Ayers very high.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 05 2011 at 22:41
Much as I like Kevin Ayers, definitely Robert Wyatt.  I like all of his solo albums very much (well, I haven't heard the latest), and he has appeared on many very good albums, including Kevin Ayers' ones, Michael Mantler's, News from Babel etc..  Of Wyatt's studio albums, the one I've been returningto is The End of an Ear.  And I love Matching Mole.








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Post Options Post Options   Quote MonsterMagnet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 06 2011 at 08:21
HeartRobert Wyatt
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