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Short Sharp Shocked [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Michelle ShockedAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Michelle Shocked - traveller, troubadour, a “picker-poet,”as they say in Texas. As a young feminist, she left Texas to travel, Kerouac-style, and was caught up in Reagan-era grassroots politics. Her musical career was ignited by a bootleg recording made around a Kerrville Folk Festival campfire on a Sony Walkman. Released in England as ‘The Texas Campfire Tapes’ without ... Read more in Amazon's Michelle Shocked Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 23, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mighty Sound
  • ASIN: B0000CBLA8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. When I Grow Up
2. Hello Hopeville
3. Memories Of East Texas
4. Gladewater
5. Graffiti Limbo
6. If Love Was A Train
7. Anchorage
8. The L&N
9. V.F.D.
10. Black Widow
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. When I Grow Up
2. Memories Of East Texas
3. Yamboree Queen
4. Strawberry Jam
5. Graffiti Limbo
6. If Love Was A Train
7. Anchorage
8. The L+N
9. V.F.D.
10. Black Widow
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

The '80s folk revival yielded a diversely talented generation, some reared on the aesthetic and ideology of punk, some on their '60s singer-songwriter predecessors. They were looking for the directness of expression and connection with audience that stripped acoustic music promised. Michelle Shocked built an audience through her strident activist messages and raw, almost naked songs; she had the sincerity that the audience craved. Despite the militant cover--in which a cop is seen choking a protesting Shocked--the record is memorable for its reveries of childhood, its simple sense of hope, and Shocked's minimalist guitar and hoarse, youthful voice. --Roy Francis Kasten

Customer Reviews

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DOUBLE THE PLEASURE October 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
( THE PACKAGE ) - The re-release comes in a mini-box set format with a 52 page booklet, plenty of pictures and a good introduction by producer Pete Anderson. The album cover is misleading, but then again her last name is Shocked. So maybe it makes sense. If you're wondering about the orIginal cover with the policeman, don't worry none because he can be found on the backside. ( DISC# 1 ) Spanning the rock era for almost 50 years from Bill Haley to Dave Matthews, "Short, Sharp, Shocked" is one of the 5 best albums of all time. The songs range from rockabilly, folk, blues, country rock, and punk folk with superb continuity. The bluesy "Graffiti Limbo" is my personal highlight with Rod Piazza playing great harmonica complimenting Michelle's distinctive vocal style about a poor man who got no justice. The only lowlight on this album was the last song, the original hidden track "Fogtown". It's a straight punk number that didn't fit now or then. A better version can be found on "The Texas Campfire Takes". The sound quality on the 1st CD is a medium improvement from the original release. ( DISC #2 ) A very good selection of almost all acoustic live songs from festivals, shows and home recordings. The sound is 90% professional. The length - 79 minutes. Michelle shows off her down home side with fun conversation and stories between songs. The performances have a hootenanny feel more like "Arkansas Traveler", my favorite cut being "Strawberry Jam" which captures what a brilliant live performer Michelle Shocked is. ( CLOSING ) This woman from Texas has always challenged her fans by releasing something different. ( folk, roots, swing, bluesgrass, dark and gospel CD's ) "Short, Sharp, Shocked" is the definite starting point.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reissue, Bravo Michelle ! December 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
In this reissue, she added a whole CD worth of bonus material. Great material too, and all for a reasonable price. I think I listen to Disc #2 as much or more than Disc #1. It came in a cool box with new liner notes. All handwritten it appears. I wonder if she did the writing herself?

I had the original back in 1989. It was a favorite back then. It's just one of those albums you can play over and over. Somehow, I sold it with my whole CD collection about 10 or 12 years ago.

Then, one day I was downloading some stuff on Kazaa and I ran across a couple of songs from the reissue and checked out Michelle's web site, because I hadn't followed her too closely in recent years.

Now, this is where the record companies got it wrong. They think everybody's just ripping the everything off. Well, not everyone. I bought this, BECAUSE I heard it on the internet! I feel it's worth every cent it cost. I happen to think that artists are entitled to the profit from their hard work. And the hard work is apparent here.

What makes this even better is the fact that Michelle fought for the rights to own her material and won. So I hope she'll stand to make what's due to her, instead of some record executives in LA. If you're thinking about getting this, don't hesitate. Because, you never know, it may go out of print again. Another two thumbs up. Happy listening!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic work April 7, 2001
Format:Audio CD
It's a mystery as to why an album of this quality is an import, but we'll lay that aside for the purposes of this review. The essential point is that Ms. Shocked produced, with "Short, Sharped Shocked," an album of uncommon lyrical poignancy and hard-edged musicality.
The power of this album lies in Shocked's wonderful voice, which serves a broad variety of musical styles. There is the hard-core rock of "When I Grow Up" and "If Love Was a Train," the talking blues of "Graffiti Limbo," the folk strains of "Anchorage" and "Memories of East Texas," and the mountain melancholy of "The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore."
Shocked's voice is wonderfully expressive, and the arrangements allow her to tell her stories in a way that draws us into her many musical worlds. There are so many high points on the album that one hesitates to single out a single cut, but "Anchorage," for me, symbolizes Shocked's musical power.
The song is about the writer taking "some time out" to write to her old friend, who has moved to Anchorage and taken up a new life as a "housewife," as she describes herself. It takes great skill for a songwriter to duplicate the rhythms of everyday speech, but Shocked accomplishes it in her song, which captures the pleasure of discovering a friend's new life at the same time that one feels the pain of realizing that friend has moved on. It's a great performance.
Why do so many American artists only find recognition of foreign labels? Maybe that's a new song for Michelle Shocked to explore. In the meantime, do her and yourself a favor and buy this CD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Original talent...God This Woman is Talented! November 5, 2004
By M. Reed
Format:Audio CD
I ordered this on a whim based on other reviews. What a great purchase, and what an addition to my music library. I sat on my porch here and savored each song...having lived in Texas, having been to the Paradiso in Amsterdam, having lived in Atlanta and been to the old (sigh) Metroplex (God I'm old)...having...well, you get the other words, this CD touched me, which doesn't happen often. Thank you Michelle for such a wonderful production. Keep up the good work, I'm planning on buying more an more of your are truly talented. HIGHLY recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent CD, excellent service
Published 3 months ago by Mr Peter Lowham
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Sharp Shocked
Michelle Shocked's seminal album, bested only by her brilliant Captain Swing--it's the perfect introduction to her work; if you like her style, you'll quickly be hooked. Read more
Published 7 months ago by R. R, Castillo
1.0 out of 5 stars No thank you, Shady!
If you combined Andie McDowell, Joni Mitchell, Dolly Parton, and Stevie Nicks and had them sing bad Johnny Cash songs to a country jazz tune, added a teaspoon of saddness and a... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Love Machine
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her better albums
This is one of her better albums
It features her hit song when I grow old
The album has a bluesy sound to it
Published 22 months ago by KENT MCDONALD
5.0 out of 5 stars Michele Shocked Sharp CD
The Michele Shocked CD, Short Sharp Shocked, is pretty much like the title. A really great set of tunes.
Published on October 4, 2010 by K. Marso
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific singer and songs
I love this recording, especially "When I Grow up I Want to Be an Old Woman". I just wish the case it came in hadn't been broken on arrival.
Published on May 2, 2010 by ReaderRoz
5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted
Been looking for this cd for some time since my old cassette finally wore out. CD condition is "as new," it was really well packaged when it arrived much sooner than anticipated... Read more
Published on March 19, 2009 by Julie A. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness
I own the original version of this CD so I can't speak to all the additions, but they sound great and I may eventually buy the new version for all the extras. Read more
Published on March 8, 2009 by T. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Roots of 'Americana'
Some of the most memorable music from the 1980s, for me at least, stems from this album (and that's perhaps because none of it sounds like the 80s at all). Read more
Published on January 7, 2009 by Carsten Knoch
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone
Obviously everyone else here loves this album, but as a more mainstream listener (take that however you want) it's a little crunchy. Read more
Published on December 8, 2008 by Joseph Miller
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