Robert Wyatt ‎– Rock Bottom

Virgin ‎– V 2017
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Sea Song
Bass Guitar – Richard SinclairVoice, Keyboards, Drum [James' Drum] – Robert Wyatt
A2 A Last Straw
Bass Guitar – Hugh HopperDrums – Laurie AllanVoice, Keyboards, Guitar, Other [Delfina's Wineglass] – Robert Wyatt
A3 Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road
Bass Guitar – Richard SinclairTrumpet – Mongezi FezaVoice – Ivor CutlerVoice, Keyboards, Drum [James' Drum], Other [Delfina's Tray And A Small Battery] – Robert Wyatt
B1 Alifib
Bass Guitar – Hugh HopperVoice, Keyboards – Robert Wyatt
B2 Alifie
Bass Clarinet, Other [Tenor] – Gary WindoBass Guitar – Hugh HopperVoice – Alfreda BengeVoice, Keyboards, Drum [James' Drum] – Robert Wyatt
B3 Little Red Robin Hood Hit The Road
Bass Guitar – Richard SinclairDrums – Laurie AllanGuitar – Mike OldfieldViola – Fred FrithVoice, Concertina [Baritone Concertina] – Ivor CutlerVoice, Keyboards – Robert Wyatt

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1st UK issue released on the Colour Virgin label.
Single "PINCHED SPINE" Cover. Cover have erased/faded "Virgin Records" printed close to "Stereo V2017" at top right corner.

Some versions include a blue sticker on top right corner that says "Not including the hit single I'm a believer".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): V 2017 A-2U
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): V 2017 B-1U

Other Versions (5 of 48) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DNO 200 Robert Wyatt Rock Bottom(LP + CD + Album, Ltd, RE) Domino USA DNO 200 US 2010 Sell This Version
V 2017 Robert Wyatt Rock Bottom(LP, Album, RP) Virgin V 2017 UK Unknown Sell This Version
TCV 2017 Robert Wyatt Rock Bottom(Cass, Album) Virgin TCV 2017 UK 1974 Sell This Version
301643 Robert Wyatt Rock Bottom(LP, Album) Virgin 301643 France 1974 Sell This Version
2933715 Robert Wyatt Rock Bottom(LP, Album, RE, Gre) Virgin 2933715 France Unknown Sell This Version


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September 25, 2015
soul-healing, a timeless (for all I could possibly know) classic.


March 20, 2015
My original American vinyl pressing blows away my original UK. It was recorded in the UK, you'd think the opposite. Go figure.


July 8, 2014

This album is a blast. A sophisticated, psychedelic ‪‎Music‬ journey through excellence. Rock has, as well as ‪Jazz‬, ‪HipHop‬, ‪‎Electronic Music‬ and ‪‎Classical‬, it's sublayers wonders. Robert Wyatt's keyboard lines & percussions hypnosis blend beautifully with Gary Windo's bass clarinet & tenor Sax improvisations on 'Alifie'. A proper start to switch the day mood for the better.


April 27, 2014
Took me awhile to notice this title, being nine years old at the time it was released. Was one of my first major purchases of a stubbornly difficult-to-locate import LP (which, originally, I had as a two-fer with Ruth is Stranger Than Richard). Seemed as if I were taking an expensive chance, as I was a teen--taking the bus to the big city, where there were decent record stores--and a UK import double LP took a hefty chunk out of my wallet in those days. But I'd been so enamored of Soft Machine's first three LPs.

Worth every penny. More than 30 years later, I'd rate this as among my top five recordings. Despite so many repetitions it still sounds fresh--not dated, not in the slightest--and I continue to play it at least once a month. Feels to me like a sort of musical equivalent of Finnegans Wake; an entire universe lurks within this [seemingly?] perplexing object.


February 2, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

Very much of it's time this one. Listening to it again, the melancholicness of it all is quite overwhelming. But through this, 'Sea Song', Mongezi Feza’s Trumpet solo, Mr. Windo’s sax solo and Ivor Culter's guest appearance stand out as 'bright spots'. In 1974, ‘Rock Bottom’ won the French Grand Prix Charles Cros Record of the Year Award. Even so, I can't imagine this was a big seller so full marks to Virgin, even though Mike Oldfied's appearance on the last track was no doubt an effort to boost sales by 'association'. Good cover illustration by Alfreda Benge (later to be Mrs.Wyatt) but now somewhat grubby on my copy thus making the subtle pencil drawing un-scannable. Shame as there’s a different cover for the reissued CD’s and it’s far more ‘obvious’. One to stick at.