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Short Sharp Shocked

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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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  • Audio CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl/London
  • ASIN: B002DGX9BG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Original UK 10 track Release

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Charles - Music Lover on 3 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Michelle Shocked has a tremendous talent. Thankfully, it is hard to categorize in a word or two. Her ability to stretch the boundaries between musical genres (folk, swing, rock, bluegrass) did not sit well with her one-time record company. After a handful of recordings, Shocked's label dropped her due to 'artistic incongruity' or some such nonsense. She hit them back with a lawsuit citing conditions of involuntary servitude. This disrupted her recordings being released for awhile. In the end we all lost, in a way, because such an episode disturbs the natural flow of a career, and interrupts the artistic process. Recordings become harder to find, the relationship between artist and audience is thwarted. Such is life, sometimes.

Short, Sharp, Shocked (1986) was the first of a trilogy of albums recorded for Mercury/Polygram. If Shocked were ever to fit into the quasi-structural mold of singer-songwriter, it would have been with this release. Her folk-pop roots shine in autobiographical songs like "Memories of East Texas" and "Anchorge," and in her effective interpretation of Jean Ritchie's classic "The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore."

Shocked is a gifted songwriter. She can write overtly political material that will not hit you over the head with overbearing self-righteousness. She never loses sight of her senses of humor and irony. Note the gracefulness of her lyrics in "When I Grow Up," "Grafitti Limbo," or "Gladewater."

That Shocked never broke out into the into more mainstream success like Suzanne Vega or even Fiona Apple is perplexing. Such a dilemma poses the question: "Where do you go...when there ain't no justice?"
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Mar. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am stunned that I have to wait for a re-issue, and that this title has not become a classic. Perhaps I should be pleased that there's at least one album in my mental collection which no one else appears to remember - and I would be if my ("borrowed") cassette copy hadn't been recently eaten. Bluesy, raw - some tracks warm and welcoming, others disturbing, but worth every penny for the voice and the harmonica solo alone....
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Great tracks on this album. Anchorage used to get a lot of play on GLR and is the one that sticks in my memory. Criminal that it has not been reissued.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As I get older I am searching out more country and folk. The good stuff is awesome. This is the good stuff. I wish Amazon would pay their fair share of UK taxes.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. P. Harry on 4 Dec. 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm quite new to michelle's music coming from a gift i had of the texas campfire songs.. bilmy what a CD.
CD1 is great but i though CD2 is a real gem, packed with live recordings (not recorded on a walkman!!). the beatles track 'lovely Rita' is superb but 'the ballad of Penny evans'is outstanding it brought tears to my eyes.
I've come from the stable of the Grateful dead, J.J.Cale and Rainer and Michell Shocked is now a welcome addition. Recomended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. G. Austin on 8 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have this on vinyl and love it. There are some well drawn self penned songs as well as a good version of the L&N don't stop here anymore. Its well worth a listen. I prefer this style to the minimalist Texan Camp Fire Tapes, good though it is.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A B on 10 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I was a fan of this album when it first came out in the late Eighties. Over the years it faded from memory until twenty years or so after it's release Terry Wogan of all people played 'Anchorage' on Radio 2. That triggered me to search out a copy of the CD, which these days isn't easy to do, or cheap, if you're in the UK. However it's a CD that's worth spending a couple of extra quid for.

For me it's extremely rare to find an album where every song is excellent. Even the best albums can suffer from a duff track or two. However the stars must have aligned when this was recorded because there isn't a duff track in sight. You'll probably see this album classified as folk but that doesn't tell the full story. Despite the title and the picture on the cover this is quite a mainstream album that will appeal to all fans of great music. If you're a fan of well crafted pop songs there's no reason not to love every song on this album. If you wear a chunky sweater and drink real ale you'll love it just as much.

My personal faves are 'Memories Of East Texas' and 'The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore' but as I said before every song here is a winner.
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By Lendrick VINE VOICE on 29 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This Texas troubadours career has been patchy but here on her second album everything is perfect. Mixing country, folk and rock influences it is Michelle's wonderful singing and lyrics that really make this special. Her songs evoke her rural childhood, growing up and away form her home and the politics of urban America. 'Anchorage' and "Memories of East Texas" are wonderful studies of change, "Graffiti Limbo" angry and political, "If Love Was a Train" witty up-tempo and sexy, but there really isn't a weak track on the album
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