Critically acclaimed as one of the best records ever, 1974
Robert Wyatt’s masterpiece has been re-arranged by Craig
Fortnam for his amazing North Sea Radio Orchestra.
Featuring long time Wyatt’s collaborator and Henry Cow
founder John Greaves on bass guitar and vocals and the
amazing vocalist Annie Barbazza as lead singer: this is a
hearfelt, fantastic tribute to Robert Wyatt’s music.
This concert is a beautiful event, for me.
These musicians seem to me to have have really grasped
what my songs are about; but at the same time, created an
entirely fresh way of putting the music together.
I feel so honored and so grateful.
Robert Wyatt, March 2019
“One of the greatest albums of the 1970s, beautifully reimagined
and re-written for orchestra.
I have listened to Rock Bottom hundreds of times, and
thought I was familiar with it: but this brilliant new version
opens up new depths, fresh vistas, hidden truths. An
Jonathan Coe, March 2019
When John Greaves asked me about producing this album
and the concert at Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza, for
Dark Companion I immediately replied “yes”. I already
knew North Sea Radio Orchestra and respect Craig as
one of the most talented musicians in today’s British scene.
‘Rock Bottom’ is my favourite album ever and John Greaves
my closest friend whom I respect very highly and have had
the honour of releasing one of his finest albums to date on
Manticore. Annie Barbazza? Well she is a marvelous singer
and musician and I very much agree with the late Greg
Lake who was really amazed by her voice and went on to
produce her first album for Manticore as well. So I hope you
enjoy what I think is a fantastically soulful, heartfelt and
graceful tribute to the poetry of Robert Wyatt.
1. Sea Song 5:54
2. A Last Straw 5:27
3. Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road 5:04
4. Alifib 7:45
5. Alifie 5:19
6. Little Red Robin Hood Hit The Road 5:18
7. The British Road 6:25
8. Maryan 5:41
9. Shipbuilding 4:47
10. O Caroline 5:09
Annie Barbazza: Lead Vocal/Farfisa Organ
John Greaves: Bass guitar/Vocal (track 4 and 11)/Spoken Word (track 3, 5 and 6)
Nicky Baigent: Bb Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Spoken Word (track 5)
Luke Crookes: Bassoon
William D. Drake: Piano/Farfisa Organ/Vocal (track 2,3 and 5)
Harry Escott: Cello
Craig Fortnam: Guitar/Farfisa Organ/Vocal (track 7 and 9)
Tommaso Franguelli: Vibes/Percussion
Cheb Nettles: Drums
Laurent Valero: Violin/Viola/Recorder/B