A collection of home and studio recordings (1975-1997) by R. Stevie Moore. Encompassing a wide range of styles, including eccentric original compositions and covers of songs by Talking Heads, Sparks, Lynn Anderson, Slim Harpo and Mission of Burma. Produced by non-legendary impresario Irwin Chusid (Raymond Scott, Esquivel, Lucia Pamela, and others). German import pressing.
We can all celebrate the fact that R. Stevie Moore remains healthy and crazy. Heart problems a couple of years ago didn't make a dent in his musicianship or in the eccentric spirit that has made him one of the true originals. A staple of the New York/New Jersey underground who became a one-man cottage industry when he started a home-taping phenomenon eons ago, Moore has kept at it, churning out cassettes and LPs by the truckload. He was slow to embrace the digital era, finally breaking down in 1993 and releasing a CD compilation of recordings he'd made over the years. Now, under the guiding hand of music scholar and producer Irwin Chusid, Moore steps into the fore with yet another collection of lo-fi symphonies, including "Everyone, But Everyone," with its echoes of Harry Nilsson, Ben Folds, and Alex Chilton; the synth-spiced "Where We Are Right Now"; the Devo-esque "Academy Fight Song"; and the dreamy "Play Myself Some Music." Unsung by all save a small cult, Moore deserves a wider audience. Perhaps this fine release will help him find it. -- Paul Verna, Billboard, 8/28/99