Robyn Hitchcock. Your favorite album?

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  1. Danderpet

    Danderpet Forum Resident

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    Eye and Moss Elixer
     
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  2. Guy E

    Guy E Senior Member

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    Moss Elixer and Mossy Liquor are great collections. He approached each song differently, gathering musicians that suited each composition. I suspect that the album(s) were recorded over a longer period of time in different studios, not in one focused series of album sessions (I haven't looked at the credits in a long time). Great stuff.
     
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  3. Guy E

    Guy E Senior Member

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    I listened to Propellor Time today and I agree that it is one of his best albums.

    But...

    ...the sequencing towards the end is problematic. I re-ordered the final three tracks as:

    08. Born on the Wind
    09. Evolove
    10. Sickie Boy

    And most importantly, I edited-out that long silence at the end of Born on the Wind. Why insert 40-seconds of silence at that point in the album? It was (and is) totally baffling to me.
     
  4. jomo48

    jomo48 Forum Resident

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    Hitchcock has an amazingly large and consistent body of work, but I find myself most often going back to the 2cd Soft Boys compilation. I love the variety and the spikiness that's often lacking in his solo work.
     
  5. jeddy

    jeddy Forum Resident

    Definately one of the very best songwriters ever

    Queen Elvis

    Ole Tarantula

    Eliment of Light
     
  6. Neil Anderson

    Neil Anderson Forum Resident

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    my favorite is "adventure rocket ship." you just reminded me that it's been too long since i've listened to that one.
     
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  7. Ken_McAlinden

    Ken_McAlinden MichiGort Staff

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    Element of Light is my first ever CD purchase by any artist and will always be my sentimental favorite. Fegmania and Globe of Frogs are just as good, IMHO. The latter has my favorite deep cut (if such a thing exists for an artist without big hits), "Luminous Rose".
     
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  8. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Heaven is my favorite song of him
     
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  9. ralphb

    ralphb "First they came for..."

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    Element of Light
    Queen Elvis
    Black Snake Diamond Role
    Fegmania
    Ole Tarantula
    I Often Dream Of Trains

    Far too many excellent albums in his discography to narrow it down to a single favorite.
     
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  10. srsch

    srsch Forum Resident

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    Agree there are far too many excellent RH records to choose only a few. My favorites change with the mood of the moment. Today I'll say...
    Eye, I Often Dream of Trains, Perspex Island, Robyn Hitchcock, Respect, Globe of Frogs, and the Rhino You and Oblivion comp.
     
  11. namlook

    namlook Forum Resident

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    Globe of Frogs
     
  12. 3rd Uncle Bob

    3rd Uncle Bob Forum Resident

    I Often Dream of Trains
    Element of Light
    Globe of Frogs
    Fegmania
    Queen Elvis
    Invisible Hitchcock
     
  13. kiddo4

    kiddo4 Forum Resident

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    Only the trains...
     
  14. Brian Hoffman

    Brian Hoffman Obsessive fanatic extraordinaire

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    Yes! I had to get out my 12" of this just to reaffirm that fact.

    Top album? Man...probably "Black Snake Diamond Role" for his earlier years and "Ole Tarantula" for a more recent one.

    By the way, his Phantom 45 series is a pretty fantastic collection. I didn't realize until just now, but it was released as a double 12" entitled "There Goes the Ice".
     
  15. Disco Robot

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    I don't know what it is, but I find myself going back to Respect quite a bit. Its odd production has aged surprisingly well.
     
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  16. Tristero

    Tristero Touching from a distance

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    Gotta Let This Hen Out works as a great, high energy best of collection, encompassing some of the old Soft Boys material. If I were to stick with a studio album, I'd probably go with Element of Light or Fegmania, though some of his latter day albums are strong too, particularly the recent self titled effort.
     
  17. srsch

    srsch Forum Resident

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    How did I leave out Jules For Sophia? Not only a great album but one of his best sounding albums.
    Anyone care to discuss sound/recording/mastering of the man's catalog? I would like to hear some opinions about best sounding versions.
     
  18. Brian Hoffman

    Brian Hoffman Obsessive fanatic extraordinaire

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    I almost mentioned that one, "Viva Sea-Tac" is a monster track.
     
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  19. blaken123

    blaken123 Your Greater Tri-County CD Superstore

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    Eye is my favorite front to back, and I think it has, by far, the most consistent songwriting. Moss Elixir might be the next best. But all of his albums have like 3-4 killer songs so you've got to get them all!
     
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  20. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City!

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    I love them all:edthumbs::cheers:
     
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  21. ralphb

    ralphb "First they came for..."

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    Thanks to this thread I pulled out Moss Elixir for a play, and man that is a wonderful album, top to bottom, but "The Speed Of Things" is on another level entirely.
     
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  22. skydropco

    skydropco Rock 'n Roll Nurse

    I Often Dream Of Trains
    Black Snake Diamond Role
     
  23. hubertfarnsworth

    hubertfarnsworth Forum Resident

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    I don't want to pick just one, but I really love Spooked.
     
  24. akmonday

    akmonday Forum Resident

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    Element of Light, I Often Dream of Trains, Globe of Frogs, and Queen Elvis
     
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  25. ralphb

    ralphb "First they came for..."

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    I have always loved this song. The original b-side version.
     
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