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Rock Bottom (1974)

Robert Wyatt
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Canterbury Scene, Progressive rock

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Rock Bottom is the second solo album by former Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt. It was released on July 26, 1974 by Virgin Records. Although Rock Bottom is technically Wyatt's second solo LP, he has stated in several interviews that he considers its predecessor The End of an Ear as juvenilia and not part of the recognised "canon" of Wyatt solo records. The album was produced by Pink Floyd's drummer Nick Mason.
Matching Mole disbanded soon after the release of Little Red Record, and Wyatt began composing the material that would appear on Rock Bottom. The albums' preparation, however, was interrupted by an accident on the night of 1 June 1973. During a raucous party, at Vale Court, Hall Road, Maida Vale in London, an inebriated Wyatt fell from a third-floor bathroom window and was paralyzed from the waist down. Wyatt has used a wheelchair ever since. He later called the event the beginning of his maturity and in hospital he continued to work on the songs that would appear on Rock Bottom "in a trance." "I was just relieved that I could do something from a wheelchair," Wyatt confesses. "If anything, being a paraplegic helped me with the music because being in hospital left me free to

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