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Merge Records presents Obscurities by Stephin Merritt, a collection of Merritt's hard-to-find recordings dating back to his time on Merge (1994 1999) and prior, as well as five previously unreleased tracks.


In 1999, The Magnetic Fields' three-CD collection 69 Love Songs established Stephin Merritt as one of this generation's most talented songwriters. The Los Angeles Times hails Merritt as "one of indie-rock's most acclaimed figures" while Pitchfork calls him "smart, thorough, and unerringly precise."

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  1. Forever And A Day (Previously Unreleased) 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Rats In The Garbage Of The Western World (The Magnetic Fields) 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. I Don't Believe You (The Magnetic Fields) 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Plant White Roses (Buffalo Rome) 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Rot In The Sun (The 6ths) 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. The Sun And The Sea And The Sky (Previously Unreleased) 2:09FREE  Get MP3 
  7. Yet Another Girl (The 6ths) 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Scream (Till You Make The Scene) (Previously Unreleased) 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. The Song From Venus (Previously Unreleased) 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Beach-A-Boop-Boop (The Magnetic Fields) 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. When I'm Not Looking, You're Not There (The Magnetic Fields) 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Take Ecstasy With Me (The Magnetic Fields) 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. When You're Young And In Love (Previously Unreleased) 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. You Are Not My Mother And I Want To Go Home (The Gothic Archies) 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B0057OOPM8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Craig E. Crosby on September 4, 2011
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Just wanted to mention to Shinga Shell that Stephen Merritt aka Magnetic Fields created one of the true masterpieces of pop rock a few years ago when he wrote 69 Love Songs. It's covered by 3 discs with 23 songs each and includes burst after burst of phenomenal lyrics and catchy music. There are plenty of other great Magnetic Fields albums, but 69 Love Songs is absolutely brilliant.
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Stephin Merritt has a way of clinging to my brainstem as though it's a vine in a jungle, and he's a monkey bent on boosting all of the bananas in my brain. Since I am completely and totally bananas - my wife will freely attest to my apelike nature - my brain is a place where Merritt and his melodies are free to swing from thought to thought and tree to tree like so many synaptic Tarzans.

This is an overcomplicated way of saying that Stephin Merritt and his music have taken up residence in my brain. He has applied for citizenship in my psyche, and I have granted his request because I love his music enough to let it have free reign in the whimsical wilderness of my imagination. His sonorous baritone feels like home to me.

This week MERGE records released Obscurities, a collection of Stephin Merritt B-Sides. For most artists, B-sides are a form of refuse from a recording session - leftovers, material for the vault, or even waste products in some cases. But Merritt is not "most artists." That is, when Stephin Merrit walks into the bathroom to rid himself of - ahem - waste, he leaves a cache of diamonds behind in that porcelain bowl.

Merritt is the enigmatic frontman of the Magnetic Fields - the band responsible for 69 Love Songs, which is among my top five albums of all time. It is literally 69 songs long, spanning three discs, and lasting almost three hours. Failure to own and appreciate that record, in my estimate, should result in expulsion from the human race. (Preferably by being transformed into a copy of 69 Love Songs, so some other lost soul can own it and thereby avoid likewise being transformed into a copy of 69 Love Songs.) So many songs from that record have a way of popping up unbidden like slices of toast in my brain.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bigga Figga on August 31, 2011
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I was fascinated by the freebie song so I checked out the album. It's pretty unusual, unlike all the other stuff thats out there, you should check this guy out. I especially liked "Plant White Roses", "Rats in the Garbage of the Western World" and "I Don't Believe You" . I may have to buy this one, now that I'm checking the songs out further. This guys definitely talented.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher B. Pederson on August 29, 2011
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SM did well with this collection of songs. He is really a master at what he does! I knew I'd love this music. I'm very thankful for the quality of the disk - like new! And it came in record time . . . thank you. You'll be getting more of my business for sure!
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2 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A.M.H. on September 7, 2011
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but if someone isn't a "singer", and the music has 4 chords, they better be a good lyricist...and in this case, the 2 full listen-throughs of "Sun and Sky..." - which I got as a free download - was not only musically elementary and vocally stale, but also lyrically uninteresting. I can't hate too much, because I got it for free, so I don't feel gypped, but this definitely isn't my thing. Such is life.
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