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Storefront Hitchcock: Music From The Jonathan Demme Picture [Soundtrack]

Robyn HitchcockAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 9, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: October 27, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00000DD50
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Untitled
2. 1974
3. Untitled
4. Let's Go Thundering
5. Untitled
6. I'm Only You
7. Glass Hotel
8. Untitled
9. I Something You
10. Untitled
11. The Yip! Song
12. Untitled
13. Freeze
14. Untitled
15. Alright, Yeah
16. Where Do You Go When You Die?
17. The Wind Cries Mary
18. No, I Don't Remember Guilford
19. Untitled
20. Beautiful Queen
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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The songs on 'Storefront Hitchcock' are plucked from throughout Hitchcock's career--live favorite 'The Yip! Song' comes through with its energy intact, even in this stripped-down acoustic setting, while more recent compositions, such as the sardonic sing-along 'I Something You' show that Hitchock's wild imagination is still hard at work. Also of note are the stark, elegant 'I'm Only You' and the wistful 'Beautiful Queen'. Warner. 2005.

The soundtrack to the Jonathan Demme full-length documentary film of the same name, Storefront Hitchcock demonstrates that Robyn Hitchcock's psychedelic folk music is as multifaceted when presented live, solo, and acoustic as it often is with studio elaboration. Hitchcock's Lennon-, Barrett-, and Byrds-influenced songs--a dozen showcased here, both old and new--are dense with off-kilter imagery, humor, and warmth; his guitar playing is strikingly nimble and inventive; and his between-song raps never cease to blow the mind ("I like to imagine a church full of carcasses," begins one such soliloquy). In other words, nothing more is necessary to make Storefront Hitchcock the lively, graceful, and twisted experience it is. --Neal Weiss

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How much is the Englishman in the window? November 17, 1998
By Owen
Format:Audio CD
I would like to highly recommend this to all fans of 60's psychedelia, folk-singer-songwriters, and anthropologists alike. Something for every walk of life and death to be dug here as Robyn does, well what only he can do on what may seem to be to the untrained eye just "another live album". First of all, there's the spontaneous prose honed to a laser point but still free-floating enough to be effervescent. If you know "Hitch", you know he likes to make stuff up that goes on and can take on a life as vibrant as the songs he themselves. For this reason, bootleg tapes of his live shows are highly sought after as the songs and set list may stay the same but, with these "narrations" each show takes on a wonderful life of its own. Second, rather than a band banging away in bad acoustics and fighting back the undying undulation of the faithful in attendance (that can a listening to a "live album" so dreary), what you get is a listening experience so intimate and stripped down (with only a violist and a second guitarist on 3 of the songs)it goes the "unplugged" concept one better by removing any fabricated barrier between song and listener. Also highly recommended is the companion 2 LP vinyl edition which contains 5 additonal songs not on the CD, and completely different "narrations" to make it worth your while. And if this weren't a dearth of blessings enough to satiate the slobbering fan, this is all a "soundtrack Package" to a film making the festival rounds directed by the prestigious Jonathan Demme (He of the 'Silence of the Lambs' and 'Stop Making Sense'). There's never been a better time to lie back with headphones on and imagine Winchester.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hello? you ... December 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I think this is a very strong set from Robyn. I don't understand why anyone would complain about it - unless they simply don't like Robyn Hitchcock in which case I say, "Buzz off! go listen to something you do like and leave behind what you obviously don't get." Of course, everyone's entitled to their 2 cents, but come on, this is a cool album that even includes classic off-the-wall Hitchcock banter. He shreds on "Glass Hotel" and the Hendrix cover (I've never heard a cover of "Wind Cries Mary" before) is very cool, too.
What I think is a real shame is that is not selling my favorite album he did with the Egyptians: QUEEN ELVIS. Not the most popular one, but it oozes creativity with some very impressionistic, evocative and bizarre songs. I wonder about Hitchcock fans who don't like this one, or STOREFRONT HITCHCOCK for that matter.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This one is going out to those uncertain about getting this CD as well as those who wrote the low ranking reviews who seem to take this CD (and themselves) too seriously. Boo Hoo I was alive in 1974 too, so the song must be about me as well (this song is actually not a very good RH song - there are far better songs here: I'm Only You, Glass Hotel, Freeze, Alright Yeah, The Wind Cries Mary...). The between song chatting ranges in humor, but so what?! If you don't like Hitchcock's thinking, of course you're not going to find what he says of any interest or content. This CD is not his strongest and not recommended for the newcomer (start with Black Snake Diamond Role, Fegmania, Invisible Hitchcock, Eye, and everything by the Soft Boys - all 10 out of 5 stars for me). When the time is right, you can give a hairless ear to this CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
...great intro to the weird, twisted world of Robyn Hitchcock, presented acoustically in front of a small audience, which is the best way to experience Robyn. Great tunes, dememted introductions. Fans will know roughly what to expect. Everyone dangerously! Imagine an acoustic Roger McGuinn on acid.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better set-list than the movie March 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
When I got this CD, I was struck by how great it flowed as an album, since I remembered being slightly bored in points by the film of this concert -- it was my first exposure to Robyn Hitchcock, though I've heard much more since. I realized, after re-watching the movie, thinking I had misjudged it, this is because the songs are different on this disc -- the bulk is the same, but the CD doesn't meander like the movie, when it comes to getting to the solid material. It's also interesting to compare film to CD, and see how Hitchcock's screwed-up imagery-laced between-tune chats are used to introduce different songs in some instances. This is all very nerdy, and doesn't say too much about the CD, but that's what the other reviews on this page are for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars robyn captured in top form October 23, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Robyn has long maintained that his studio recordings fail to capture the full essence of his talent the way his live performances do. And, from the perspective of anyone who has seen this singularly surreal artist perform on the stage, the studio work (while excellent) for the most part omits the brillance of robyn's spontaneous wit, the stories and ramblings that he intersperces between his music. Storefront Hitchcock is the first recording that manages to capture the essential Hitchcock style. It's a must for any fan and a wonderful introduction for those unfamiliar.
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