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  • Audio CD (November 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B000VO8O3K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Clark on December 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Yep Roc's I Wanna Go Backwards box set is a great deal, even for people who own all three albums in their previous editions. The remastering is very well done, and the bonus tracks are welcome additions. The set contains the Hitchcock solo albums Black Snake Diamond Role, I Often Dream of Trains, and Eye, as well as two bonus discs. The latter are comprised of demos recorded around the time these albums were made, but most of them have been available on the albums Invisible Hitchcock and You & Oblivion. Still, they're all remastered and so it isn't a loss for people who own those two already.

Black Snake Diamond Role was Hitchcock's first solo album after his group The Soft Boys disbanded. Its rock sound is a bit softer and more whimsical version of the Boys, but the songs and lyrics are in many ways just as strong. The standout tracks are "Brenda's Iron Sledge" (a standard at Hitchcock's live performances), "The Lizard", "Acid Bird", and "I Watch the Cars". The version of "Grooving On A Inner Plane" included as a bonus is the best version of that particular track, and there are a few great songs from Invisible Hitchcock as well, like "All I Wanna Do Is Fall in Love" and "It's a Mystic Trip".

I Often Dream of Trains is considered by many to be Hitchcock's masterpiece, and rightfully so. It is an offbeat album of haunting beauty. One could never call Trains a rock album, but there are many different styles present and they all gel to create an ethereal experience that is uniquely Hitchcock. My favorite tracks from this album include "Cathedral", "Sounds Great When You're Dead", "Flavour of Night", "Trams of Old London", "Autumn Is Your Last Chance", and "I Often Dream of Trains".
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Robyn Hitchcock may be a bizarre songwriter but he sure can get to the heart of what makes us human. His influences include Syd Barrett, John Lennon coupled with his own unique surreal songwriting sensibilities to provide us with a unique perspective on life, love and, of course, death.

This collection features his albums "Black Snake Diamond Role"(1984), "I Often Dream of Trains"(1981), "Eye"(1990)and features a compilation that collects rare singles, b-sides, demos, live tracks some of which have appeared on "You and Oblivion" and "Invisible Hitchcock" among other compilations/albums. Featuring some different bonus tracks. If you have the previous Rhino reissues do you need this? While it's not probably essential, it is nice to have. The bonus tracks are resequenced to different albums from the previous ones and there are some new rarities that show up as well.

Each CD in this box set replicates the original sleeve artwork gatefold sleeve (I don't seem to remember all of these being in gatefolds to begin with)with lyrics (and in some cases notes on the original release)in one section and the CD in the other. Unfortunately, they have no inner plastic sleeve to protect them from scratching but otherwise the artwork and materials are top notch.

Sound quality is extremely good as well. I couldn't find any remastering credits for the albums except for "Britain" and can only assume that Donal Whelan and Charlie Francis did the whole set. This is a terrific choice for fans of Hitchcock, Barrett and late 60's fans of Lennon (as well as fans of The Soft Boys). Since some of Hitchcock's original CD releases didn't always have the best mastering (for example my Glass Fish release of "Invisible Hitchcock" has never sounded all that great to me), fans will appreciate the remastering here.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By oneflashoflight on October 30, 2007
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This is worth every penny simply for the double-disc of unreleased material, 'While Thatcher Mauled Britain'!!

This set does make the Rhino versions retain value for about three songs each (so far), but those are mostly demos. If you fell victim to "out-of-print" prior to owning them, you're in absolute heaven here as those six or so will go totally un-noticed under the expansive shadow of W.T.M.B. considering that the 3 albums here are just as expanded as the Rhino versions!

If you're considering a dive into Robyn, this is a brilliant start even though 'Eye' is notoriously one of his least favored records.
If you want to simply know how a box set SHOULD be done, this is a model for sure! For me, it replaces the wound left by YepRoc's Billy Bragg volumes (a completist had it all already), and Robyn continues to exist as THE example for how the bulk of humanity has no taste whatsoever. The fact that he doesn't have the magnitude of respect nor icon status as Elvis Costello or...(shudder)...Springsteen, is shameful.

I have every Rhino re-issue, and don't regret the first second nor the first penny of buying both the CD AND Vinyl versions of this set!!

Easily, my best purchases of 2007.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mojave Fan on November 13, 2007
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I totally love this so far (I loved Eye & Dream Of Trains, and liked Black Diamond much before getting this), but be warned - much of the "unreleased" stuff has actually been put out. It has heavy overlap with Invisible Hitchcock and with You & Oblivion.

That said, the sound is much improved over the cruddy old CDs much of this has been on to date and is worth it just for that.

(and no knock on Amazon, but you can buy it from Yep Roc direct cheaper plus get all the the MP3s free right away when you do - just sayin.)
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