The Unthanks

DIVERSIONS VOL 1 - THE SONGS OF ROBERT WYATT AND ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS

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  1. Bird Gerhl
  2. Man is the Baby
  3. You Are My Sister
  4. For Today I Am A Boy
  5. Paddy’s Gone
  6. Spiraling
  7. Stay Tuned (Anja Garbarek) from Comicopera
  8. Dondestan (Wyatt) from Dondestan (revisited)
  9. Lullaby for Hamza (Wyatt/Benge) from Cuckooland
  10. Lisp Service (Hopper/Wyatt) from Dondestan (revisited)
  11. Free Will and Testament (Wyatt/Kramer) from Shleep
  12. Out of the Blue (Wyatt/Elfriede Ellidge) from Comicopera
  13. Cuckoo Madame (Wyatt/Benge) from Cuckooland
  14. Sea Song (Wyatt) from Rock Bottom
  15. Forest (excerpt) from Cuckooland

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Live From The Union Chapel, London.

Recorded at the Union Chapel, Islington, London on Dec 8th and 9th 2010. There are no overdubs on the recording. A live album of a show that made The Independent’s Gigs of the Year list 2010.

“Quite simply, Antony & The Johnsons and I have been blessed by angels. If I had to take a single summary of what Alfie and I have being doing over the years to the proverbial desert island I wouldn’t take one of our own records. I’d take the crystal clear interpretations of The Unthanks.”
Robert Wyatt

“I am flattered and mystified! Their voices are so pure.”
Antony Hegarty

“A triumphant excursion”
The Observer

"There’s a silvery deceptive spine running through the sisters' Earth-angel voices"
David Fricke, Rolling Stone

From the sleeve notes by Unthanks pianist and producer Adrian McNally:

Maybe it’s not possible to perform without ego, but Robert and Antony exude so much commitment and integrity in their music, their conversation with the human condition seems entirely selfless to me. There is never a spare note played or one struck to impress. They appear entirely consumed with the search for beauty and truth in a way that nourishes our philanthropic souls and reflects how we feel about folk music in its broadest sense. We’ve got a bit of a nerve associating ourselves with such beautiful men, but it’s the music and words we want to learn from and share with other people. We don’t look at this project as a major artistic accomplishment or statement.. we were just hoping to become more intimate and fascinated by music that we love and respect.

2011 RabbleRouser Music RRM009