We review the composer's work over his career

By Tom Sinclair
Updated April 16, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Robert Wyatt, onetime drummer/composer with Brit experimentalists Soft Machine, became a paraplegic in 1974, but his condition hasn’t prevented him from recording a passel of elegantly affecting, ineffably pure avant-pop/jazz platters in the years since. This career-spanning collection of five EPs probably won’t expand his cult, but it does constitute an eloquent testament to his singular talents. And his beatific “I’m a Believer” stands as perhaps the greatest Monkees cover ever. A-