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  • Audio CD (February 28, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000033FJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Egyptian Cream
2. Another Bubble
3. I'm Only You
4. My Wife And My Dead Wife
5. Goodnight I Say
6. The Man With The Lightbulb Head
7. Insect Mother
8. Strawberry Mind
9. Glass
10. The Fly
11. Heaven
12. Bells Of Rhymney
13. Dwarfbeat
14. Some Body
15. Egyptian Cream (Demo)
16. Heaven (Live)
17. Insect Mother (Smithsound Demo)
18. Egyptian Cream (Live)
19. The Pit Of Souls (Parts l-lV)

Customer Reviews

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Robyn Hitchcock / Fegmania!
J. Bynum
What's good for Mr. Meloy might be good for me, I figured, so I bought the CD (yes, I still buy CDs!)
Michael Goodson
I found the bonus tracks on this CD reissue to be hit and miss.
Donald E. Gilliland

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pop Kulcher on December 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Pop Kulcher Review: While Robyn Hitchcock has been plugging away in relative obscurity for over two decades (both with the groundbreaking pop/punk outfit the Soft Boys and as a solo artist), this album remains the highlight of a career which has seen tremendous variations in quality. This is probably his most mainstream-sounding album, but that makes it no less compelling than his more eccentric work. Robyn manages to combine his Syd Barrett/John Lennon-esque oh-so-British vocals, Byrds-y guitar jangle, and lyrics which run the gamut from Monty Python-like absurdity to late '60's psychedelic pop into an utterly original (but oddly addictive) package. Songs like "Heaven" and "Egyptian Cream" are pure, unadulterated pop (with a dose of weirdness thrown in), while even the more offbeat tunes like "My Wife & My Dead Wife" and "The Man With The Lightbulb Head" are incredibly infectious and charming. And the ever-solid Egyptians (mostly holdovers from his Soft Boys days) provide the sort of supple rhythm section all too rare in the indie music scene. Every Robyn fan will already own this; but listeners of everything from R.E.M. to the Byrds to Matthew Sweet will be charmed by this confection. Now if only they'd put his Soft Boys masterpiece Underwater Moonlight back in print...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tick tock on January 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Despite having numerous records by the British madcap, this is the music I return to, the music I most associate with Hitchcock. Everything gelled for him on this record, as if he were emerging from a long, dark, acoustic trip through the forest. Perhaps it is the maturation of the artist, or the presence of the Egyptians that coalesced Hitchcock's pop sensibilities. Whatever the case, the fact that this record languishes in obscurity is a total mystery to me; Hitchcock is among a dozen artists of the eighties that will be referenced time and again for their musical brilliance.

That said, there is a downside to this recording; it's a bit too long, especially considering the last few tracks might have worked better as b-sides rather than stretch an already brilliant album to the point of being merely good. In any case, I usually let 'Heaven' serve as the closer whenever making a cassette or burning a cd, although I am working on a remix that will let 'Goodnight, I say' close things out. Mixing is not my specialitiy, however, so until that happens, I merely snip.

Beg, borrow, or steal this record asap, and enjoy the goodness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Robyn and The Egyptians blend beautifully on this record. Light, byzantine-patterned psyacadelic pop. Whispery spider-woven melody lines, inverted guitar and simple beauty. Catchy and wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven J. Levere on January 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
"Glass", with the 6/4 '"slippy" progressive' intro, has got to be one of the musical gems of our time; I listen to Jazz, Classical, you-name-it; this is an extraordinary track worth its weight in gold. The next 5 tracks, "The Fly", "Heaven", "The Bells of Rhymney", "Dwarfbeat", and "Somebody", are superb tracks also, and details of said tracks can be found in other reviews . This review is based on the Midnight Music CD issue, but the tracks mentioned are in the same order on Rhino re-release.But that's not all; the rest of the release is also fantastic, including the opener "Egyptian Cream" and the 'hit' "My Wife and My Dead Wife", and the terrific track "I'm Only You". Also outstanding (and all too brief) is the 'rhythmically slippery' but infectious and sly "Insect Mother". This recording is slated for re-re-release (?) on Yep Roc soon, but all versions are well worth checking out. What more can I say? This British artist should be Way beyond cult status in my humble opinion, and this is a fine record to start your own assessment.
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I'm amazed that after all these years I still have some gaps in my musical appreciation history. I was alive and well in the 1980s but somehow totally missed both The Smiths and Robyn Hitchcock. The Smiths have become one of my all-time favorites ("Mope Rock" at its best!!) with "The Queen is Dead" solidly in my list of top ten discs. To be totally honest, I looked up Robyn Hitchcock mostly on a comment by Colin Meloy, who, like me, grew up in Montana and said he was influenced by the likes of Mr. Hitchcock (and Morrissey!). What's good for Mr. Meloy might be good for me, I figured, so I bought the CD (yes, I still buy CDs!)

Anyway, on to the music.

The sound of the songs on this disc is varied, but still carries a very discernible '80s vibe. The songs feature nice Telecaster-like guitar licks and the ubiquitous synth fills and loops. The melodies are pleasant, but nothing outstanding. I really couldn't hear a "single" anywhere on the disc. That may be the reason why Mr. Hitchcock is often characterized as "almost famous" or someone who was just a step or two away from "making it big." Fans will clearly disagree with me, but that's how the music and melodies struck me.

As to the lyrics, Mr. Hitchcock is clearly a genius. To craft such unique and different lyrics as "My WIfe & My Dead WIfe," "Strawberry Mind" and "The Man with the Lightbulb Head" takes real skill and a ton of creativity. I really liked most of the songs in this collection. Although I rarely go out humming any of the songs after a listening session, I feel filled and happy by the experience. Mr. Hitchcock can take one to strange and unsettled places, but it's surely worth the trip.
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