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  • Audio CD (10 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Yep Roc
  • ASIN: B001B0IPJQ
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,168 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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One of the great eccentric British singer songwriters , much feted by REM( He has recorded with Peter Buck on the EP Ole Tarantula as well as playing live with him and Buck actually plays on two tracks on the extras album ) Robyn Hitchcock has operated under numerous guises ( The Soft Boys , solo ) but during the mid-eighties he released three excellent albums with his band The Egyptians ( He eventually disbanded the group in 1994 )Following on from "Yep Rocs" I Wanna Go Backwards" box set the label have now released Luminous Groove a selection of three mid eighties Egyptians albums along with a double disc set of studio and live rarities .
The main reasons to own this album is the inclusion of the glittering pop masterpiece Fegmania! , one of the most under valued British album s of well ..ever really . Click on the link to read my full review of that album but if a case can ever be made for owning that album it's the wonderful song "Heaven " -a glorious cavalcade of melody and as good a pop song as has ever been written really. The extra tracks on this disc aren't that special but I rather like "Bells Of Rhymney " , "Lady Obvious" and the 1992 live version of Heaven is a typically tangent perverting take of this great song. Five star album all the way.
Gotta Let This Hen Out is a live album recorded at the Marquee in 1987 and showcases the Egyptians as a very capable live band.
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There's an excellent review up here already, and my contribution will be minimalist!!! I got this 5 cd box set new for 23-99 pounds from Amazon and at that price it's well worth getting. All the original albums come with extensive bonus tracks in a good quality cardboard box!!! In my view Robyn Hitchcock is occasionally sublime, generally very good, and sometimes a little fey. He's not quite in the top rank unlike his "heroes" Bob Dylan and the Incredible String Band, but he's certainly worth pursuing
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9700569c) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96825f48) out of 5 stars His throwaways are better than most artists' greatest hits. 16 Oct. 2008
By JT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
More songs about cathedrals and food.

The sticker on this box advertises 54 bonus tracks. To me, however, the reissued LPs ARE the bonus tracks to another great set of Robyn Hitchcock previously unreleased recordings. RH is one of the very rare artists who's throwaways are better than a lot of other artists' greatest hits records.

I used to listen to Soft Boys and RH records in the 80s and in the past few years, I've rediscovered him. He quickly became one of my very favorite songwriters, as well as a favorite singer and musician. One thing that I think makes him great is that his outtakes are as good or better than songs on his 'official' releases. Two of his recent records, Jewels for Sophia and Moss Elixer, were immediately followed by full length outtakes records: A Star for Bram and Mossy Liquor. All four records are equally good, to my ears.

I was thrilled, therefore, to hear last year's boxset "I Want To Go Backwards". It had three of my favorite RH records, each with extra tracks like singles, bsides and outtakes. It also had two extra cds full of more bonus tracks. Again, it seemed like RH's creativity is endless: I have all the old records and most singles, but he keeps releasing older recordings of perfectly brilliant songs.

This new release has nearly the same format as "...Backwards" and every fan of RH will find plenty to love. The three LPs reissued here are were recorded with the Egyptians, so they are more pop-oriented and have plenty of trebly guitar and fretless bass. These are three records that I listen to a lot less than the folkier ones, but hearing them here reminded me how terrific they are.

I bought this boxset for the extra tracks, of course. fegMANIA has a few from singles that I have, a recent live "heaven", which is interesting and different than the record's version. The disc also features a few tracks that are related to fegMANIA, but seem to have been recorded recently. Whatever the case, they are good songs. "Gotta Let This Hen Out!" has more live songs than the original LP, but they might have also been on the Rhino reissue. The extra tracks are a handful of Egyptian live songs from a 1989 show that sound like board recordings; they're not altogether bad, but they are a sort of anticlimax after the high energy sound of "...Hen...". "Element of Light" is the record that features the best and most extra tracks: a few singles and outtakes that are all excellent.

The double bonus cd, "Bad Case of History", is the reason that this set gets only four stars. The first disc is nearly flawless, full of interesting songs that I've never heard. Disc two is a live Egyptians set that is only marginally interesting. None of the versions approach the quality of the studio records, and there is plenty of out of tune harmony singing that is distracting. I can't imagine wanting to listen to it again, though there are a few covers that I haven't heard them do elsewhere.

RH fans will find this box indispensable. This is not a 'completist only' release, though. People who want more of a great singer and songwriter will get quite a lot of great songs for $50.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x995d4714) out of 5 stars Well Worth It! 27 Aug. 2008
By Michael J. Swedene - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Oh my god!

I forgot how great these albums are. I have been an uber-fan of his for over 20 years. The man never disappoints.

If you are on the fence,get off of it and buy this.

If for nothing else, the live Egyptians (disc 5) shows just how tight they were.

The man is a genius.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9682b294) out of 5 stars That's actually 4.8 stars rounded up 19 Sept. 2008
By L. R. Howard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's worth it just for "A Bad Case of History, Disc 1," which is a collection of lost and thoroughly wonderful stuido tracks. I would like to remove 0.2 stars from my rating for the tracks "Dwarfbeat" and "The Can Opener," which are mysteriously missing from this set's versions of "Fegmania!" and "Element of Light," respectively. Why, why, why must we always get these boxed sets that are supposedly "comprehensive," but are always missing one or two tracks? Grrrr! Good set, but hang onto your old Rhino releases, too!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96864f84) out of 5 stars How many times will the fans pay? 18 Oct. 2008
By Wm - Published on Amazon.com
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The three previously released albums here are among the strongest of Hitchcock's long career: those who love anglo-american guitar rock, eccentric songwriters, and indie music in general, and who don't already have these albums should consider picking this up.

However, I have to question whether it makes sense for the longtime fan to purchase this set. Some of us have already spent good money for the original vinyl LPs and singles, the 1980s UK-issued CDs with bonus tracks (which already featured excellent sound, incidentally), and the early-1990s Rhino remastered CDs (with a slightly hotter mix and a minimally altered set of bonus tracks).

Now, the latest repackaging gives us those same three classic albums in yet another mastering, with yet another variation on the bonus tracks, and a different set of notes. To ensure that longtime fans plunk down their cash for the box set, two discs of demos, outtakes and live tracks are included, which are not being sold separately.

Given that Hitchcock authorizes free distribution of live recordings via archive.org, I have to wonder whether the unreleased material will really incentivize fans to buy a full box set. Major labels have done this sort of thing for years, but it's disappointing to see an indie heading down the same path. As much as I respect Hitchcok and admire his art, I have some real problems with his latest record company's marketing tactics here.

But, hey, it's your money.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9682de10) out of 5 stars Revisiting the Hitchcock museum for additional classics and rarities in boxed set 4 Jan. 2009
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
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Three seminal Robyn Hitchcock albums "Fegmania!!!", "Gotta Let This Hen Out" and "Element of Light" get remastered with some different bonus tracks, no liner notes and a 2 CD collection "A Bad Case of History" with one disc of previously unreleased/rare studio material and the second live tracks personally selected by Egyptians musician Morris Windsor. All four are presented in miniature "LP" style gatefold sleeve jackets made of cardboard and with a booklet featuring photos, lyrics and a story inside. 54 tracks in total that have never been "offically" released before are the highlight of the set.

While these have appeared on CD before WITH bonus tracks, fans will really want to pick this up for the two disc "rarities" set as with the previous boxed set of releases. You can do what I did--I made a CD-R of some of the tracks not included on these reissues and then sold the original CDs to buy this. The REAL reason to get this is that, unlike "I Wanna Go Backwards" where the bonus discs cherry picked some of the finest previously released tracks from albums like 1995's "You and Oblivion", these haven't seen the light of day on CD to the best of my knowledge before with 15 previously unreleased studio tracks and 17 live tracks that dip into the A&M years when Hitchcock reached critical mass and actually had some minor hits.

Yep Roc has done a nice job with this set but I do miss the liner notes from the Rhino editions of these albums which were quite informative about the songs and albums but it's really the music that matters. Is this a double dip (or triple depending on how many times you've purchased this?)? Yep. Is it worth it? Yep. Why? "A Bad Case of History" makes it worthwhile although I would have liked to see a DVD of live performances or an additional CD featuring odds and ends.

Overall for Hitchcock fans this is a terrific set but be aware that if you do decide to sell the previous CDs these duplicate, the track listing for bonus tracks aren't exactly the same so you might want to rip them to your computer. The other option is to check and see if some of these tracks from the "History" set will be offered at Robyn's website.
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