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  • Audio CD (22 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Comeuppance
  • ASIN: B00004TF1Y
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Roll The Dice
2. Amerika The Brave
3. Living In A Rhapsody
4. I Wish It Would Rain
5. Riding The Waves (For Virginia Woolf)
6. Someone's Coming
7. Hot Youth
8. (I Don't Believe) God Is An Anarchist
9. Faith, Hope And Charity
10. Spaced Out
11. That's My Life In Your Hands (Live)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Choma on 4 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was introduced to Steve Harley's music through Marc Bolan and T. Rex. I found out Marc and Steve were friends and decided to check out Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel's music. In the states, if you mention Steve or Cockney Rebel, more than likely you'll get a blank stare - too bad, folks don't know what they're missing.
To those who've had a taste of "Best Years of Our Lives" and "Love's a Prima Donna", this album should be a welcome addition to your collection. Since I'm also a Bolan fan, this turns out to be Marc Bolan's last session. While "Amerika The Brave" isn't the best song ever written, it's got Bolan's trademark chunky guitar sound.
Highlights on the album are:
Roll The Dice
I Wish It Would Rain
Riding The Waves (For Virginia Woolf)
Faith, Hope And Charity
Spaced Out
That's My Life In Your Hands (Live)

Glad to see this back in print!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John G on 13 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
The worst thing about this album is the cover. It completely misses the essence of one of the most talented british artists of the 70's and perhaps all-time. Overlook the cover and inside you'll find intelligent stimulating lyrics (without the hallucinagenic flavour of some of the earlier stuff) with fantastic melody and a passionate vocal style. Try the heartfelt "Living in A Rhapsody", the excellent "Riding the Waves" as examples of great songs well sung. If I remember right this was recorded when Steve Harley took his talent to the states, hence all the references to all things star spangled.
You will enjoy this album and I bet you're singing some of these lyrics and humming the melody for the next 20 years as I have been for the last.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Hobo with a Grin" was one of a hardcore handful of obscure vinyl albums I'd kept squirreled away for twenty-odd years, hoping for but never expecting a CD reissue. So it goes without saying that I welcome the re-release (with bonus tracks even) of this solo album by the frontman for the British glam band Cockney Rebel.
That said, prospective purchasers should understand that "Hobo" probably does not represent Steve Harley's greatest work. Coming at a time when Harley discovered Amerika and purchased a home in L.A., the album always gave off the faintest effluvium of intent to sell out. Many of the tracks smack of a certain insincerity. "Someone's Coming" is an especially disappointing example -- far too glossy and slick to be heartfelt, and lacking the witty Harley histrionics his fans know and love.
The problem with "Hobo" as a cutthroat commercial enterprise is that, even surrounded by expensive Bel-Air producers and session musicians, Steve Harley is too much of an intrinsic bohemian personality to sell out fully and convincingly. At his core, Harley remains an actor and a poet, and these qualities shine through in songs like the enraptured "Riding the Waves," and the mysterious synth-driven "Faith, Hope, and Charity."
Then there's the tour-de-force 7-minute opus "(I Don't Believe) God is an Anarchist," which by itself makes this CD worth owning. The song addresses itself powerfully and memorably to questions of spiritual belief and the surrealism of modern life. You can argue whether the lyrics amount to mere facile wordplay or constitute a statement of true socio-political import, but there is no argument about the superb musicianship and compelling performance.
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By marcelius on 22 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is Steve in the American way. Not as fantastic as Timeless flight, but still a great album, with fantastic songs as God is an anarchist, Riding the waves and one of his best songs ever: Spaced out.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Steve Harley goes Hollywood -- sort of 12 Dec. 2000
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Format: Audio CD
"Hobo with a Grin" was one of a hardcore handful of obscure vinyl albums I'd kept squirreled away for twenty-odd years, hoping for but never expecting a CD reissue. So it goes without saying that I welcome the re-release (with bonus tracks even) of this solo album by the frontman for the British glam band Cockney Rebel.
That said, prospective purchasers should understand that "Hobo" probably does not represent Steve Harley's greatest work. Coming at a time when Harley discovered Amerika and purchased a home in L.A., the album always gave off the faintest effluvium of intent to sell out. Many of the tracks smack of a certain insincerity. "Someone's Coming" is an especially disappointing example -- far too glossy and slick to be heartfelt, and lacking the witty Harley histrionics his fans know and love.
The problem with "Hobo" as a cutthroat commercial enterprise is that, even surrounded by expensive Bel-Air producers and session musicians, Steve Harley is too much of an intrinsic bohemian personality to sell out fully and convincingly. At his core, Harley remains an actor and a poet, and these qualities shine through in songs like the enraptured "Riding the Waves," and the mysterious synth-driven "Faith, Hope, and Charity."
Then there's the tour-de-force 7-minute opus "(I Don't Believe) God is an Anarchist," which by itself makes this CD worth owning. The song addresses itself powerfully and memorably to questions of spiritual belief and the surrealism of modern life. You can argue whether the lyrics amount to mere facile wordplay or constitute a statement of true socio-political import, but there is no argument about the superb musicianship and compelling performance.
Harley's is a unique voice and a unique sensibility in an industry that seems to reduce anything distinctive to bland homogeneity. "Hobo with a Grin" is pop music that somehow resists becoming pap music, perhaps despite itself.
If you're an open-minded music fan of eclectic taste questing after something genuine, this album is worth a try. However, if you're new to Steve Harley, you might be well advised to start with one of the first two Cockney Rebel albums, "Human Menagerie" and "Psychomodo."
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