|Released 8 October 2013|
Producer Robert Wyatt
|Genre Canterbury scene, jazz fusion|
'68 is a compilation album by Robert Wyatt. It is composed of previously unreleased demos Wyatt recorded in 1968 at the end of a tour Soft Machine did with the Jimi Hendrix Experience in the United States. It was released by Cuneiform Records in 2013.
After the tour, the Experience had given Wyatt access to their recording studios after hours, and he recorded these demos there. Hendrix played bass guitar on one of the recordings, "Slow Walkin' Talk". Some of the tracks were later reworked and used on several Soft Machine and Matching Mole albums.
Writing at AllMusic, Thom Jurek said Cuneiform Records has "delivered a Holy Grail" with this album, considering that some of the recordings were believed lost, or not to have been made at all. He said that the cleaning and remastering has produced an "excellent" sound, and he described the compilation as "All killer, no filler".
In a review in PopMatters, Maria Schurr called '68 "especially edifying to Soft Machine die-hards", and a "great ... lost musical treasure". Rolling Stone called the album "By far one of the year’s best releases".
All tracks written by Robert Wyatt, except where noted.