Though he could have been seen by some as a relic from the '60s and '70s, Robert Wyatt was at his most potent in the early '80s. Taken under the wing of the left leaning Rough Trade label he produced a string of excellent singles - all cover versions which were collected onto Nothing Can Stop Us Now. The headliner is the remarkable Top 40 hit Shipbuilding but Wyatt's take on Chic's At Last I Am Free and Billie Holiday's Strange Fruit are spine tingling.
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8/10 Jack 27th July 2017
A 1986 release of political torch and protest songs. "Shipbuilding" was released as a single and it remains a great working class song. "At last I am Free" sung in Mr Wyatt's unique nasal dirge is a powerful song. It has a bleak and touching cover of "Strange Fruit" made famous by Billie Holiday. "Red Flag" and "Trade Union" are reminders of how much we are losing to the era of casual labour. It ends with the dirge like poem of Stalingrad, but listen to the words, it reflected the hopes of a generation before Stalin ripped the heart out of the labour movement.
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