Robyn Hitchcock Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Mark Kaufman, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. kevimetal

    kevimetal Forum Resident

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    I have! I was at the premiere, it was at The Castro theatre in San Francisco. RH was there, and Demme was supposed to be there but didn't turn up. I need to watch this again though, thanks for the tip.
     
  2. RTW

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    I don't think the new album is nearly as much a landmark as you do, but it's definitely enjoyable. And while Robyn semi-frequently hints at country influence in his music, he doesn't do that much of it, and when he does, it sounds irreverent. This song in particular just HAS to be an attempt at a later Ringo-led Beatles track. Listen to it with that in mind and I think it's undeniable.
     
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  3. Dave Gilmour's Cat

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    Listening to Eye for the first time. What a great album!
     
  4. Chrome_Head

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    That was the first of his I ever bought about a decade or so used on vinyl, and it's still my favorite probably by far. Really set me on a journey through his catalog.
     
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  5. Dave Gilmour's Cat

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    I like the stripped-back quality. Later albums seem to suffer intrusive production. Has he released anything else this stark?
     
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  6. notesofachord

    notesofachord Where are the prawns?

    If you haven't listened to I Often Dream of Trains yet, then get to it post haste.

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  7. Dave Gilmour's Cat

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    Yes, that's a good 'un. Must play it again.
     
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  8. mooseman

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    I have a few of his albums, he played a lot back in the 80's here in New Jersey at a club called Maxwell's in Hoboken. I love the album, Got To Let This One Out, live recording.
     
  9. bzfgt

    bzfgt Interesting and Copacetic Denizen

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    Gotta Let This Hen Out?

    Hen means "one" in Greek of course, so understandable.
     
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  10. BiffJackson

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    For that stripped-back sound, I recommend Spooked, with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on background vocals.

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  11. strummer101

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    I really love this record.
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  12. strummer101

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    I just listened to Gotta Let This Hen Out! today. Such a great live document. The band really rocks on this one.
     
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  13. mooseman

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    sorry, I was at work. I knew I wasn't to far off.
     
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  14. dave-gtr

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    LUXOR. Once again, solo. A few throw aways, but some great tunes on there, too.
     
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  15. Rob Hughes

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    Such a strong body of work! I'd love to see a nice re-issue series of the A&M material (or did I miss it somehow?)...
     
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  16. John Porcellino

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    Yep Roc rereleased them not too long ago with lots of bonus tracks.
     
  17. Chrome_Head

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    All I can add to what others have mentioned are a few tunes each on Moss Elixir (“Filthy Bird” is marvelous) and Jewels For Sophia—not stripped down albums by any means overall, but both really damn good.

    Several solo Robyn songs in a live setting on the excellent soundtrack to the Demme film Storefront Hitchcock also (the version of “The Yip! Song” on there blew me away when I first heard it, before I heard the version on Respect—and the solo song “1974” on there is utterly hilarious).
     
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  18. Summer of Malcontent

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    Yep Roc's reissues weren't of the A&M albums (Globe of Frogs, Queen Elvis, Perspex Island and Respect). As far as I can recall, none of those albums have ever been reissued.

    They'd make for a decent box set, and there are enough single and compilation tracks to fill a bonus disc, and you should probably add the Live Death promo mini-album in there as well.
     
  19. Rob Hughes

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    Although... it has to be said: one of Robyn's charms is that he would hardly restrict himself to only one bonus disc (in this hypothetical future box)... :cheers:
     
  20. Summer of Malcontent

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    Oh, I hope he'd splurge, but I feel that this period was already picked over in his other archival releases. I don't know that he kept his 'A&M Outtakes' conceptually distinct from his outtakes in general. A lot of demos and alternate versions of songs from those albums ended up in the Luminous Groove box set, for instance.
     
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  21. RTW

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    He definitely did not reissue the A&M albums, ever, and I don't think Respect has ever been on vinyl.
     
  22. Dave Gilmour's Cat

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    Very intrigued and tempted by Luminous Groove. What's the packaging like? It it in a box or slipcase? Card sleeves? Any sleevenotes from Robyn (or anyone else)? And what are the rare tracks like? Any info appreciated before I shell out. Thanks.
     
  23. efhjr

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    Correct: Respect was released on CD and cassette only. Pity.

    Completists should seek (ye the one known as Clint), um, Spectre, a companion promo version of Respect with Robyn discussing each song.
     
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  24. efhjr

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  25. John Porcellino

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    Aargh, yes you're right. I was confusing them with the Element of Light/Glass Records era reissues!
     

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