Short Sharp Shocked Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Michelle Shocked, one of the most absorbing singer/songwriter/musicians in contemporary music and an artist rights advocate, is the only known major label artist to now own and publish their complete catalogue. Instead of accepting a large advance when she was signed with PolyGram in November 1987, Michelle negotiated instead for ownership of her work. After long years of legal battles, the control is back with its rightful owner. While Shocked continues to work on new material for release in mid-2004, as well as touring she also wears the hat of founder and CEO - or, as she prefers, Big Boss With The Hot Sauce - of Mighty Sound. Michelle launched Mighty Sound with her acclaimed 2002 album DEEP NATURAL and followed it earlier this year with the re-issue of her pivotal 1986 release, TEXAS CAMPFIRE TAPES/TAKES. This is the second double deluxe reissue in what will be a series until her entire catalogue is again available. SHORT SHARP SHOCKED has been out of print since 1998 and is here reissued with a bonus disc of rare radio sessions, live recordings and studio out-takes. These are: When I Grow Up (demo), Memories Of East Texas (live), Yamboree Queen (live), Strawberry Jam (live), Graffiti Limbo (demo), If Love Was A Train (alt), Anchorage (radio), The L&N Don't Stop Here (alt), VFD (live), Black Widow (alt), Leaving Louisiana (radio), Disoriented (UK single), Lovely Rita (UK compilation), Ballad Of Penny Evans (live), Remodeling The Pentagon (live), Fred's Winter Song (radio), Prince Of Darkness (with Mekons), One Piece At A Time (UK compilation), 5 AM In Amsterdam (live), Campus Crusade (live), Irene Goodnight (live).
Top Customer Reviews
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?"
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great songs from a thoughtful and wonderfully direct American singer songwriter.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Thought this was going to be edgier than it is. It is fatally of it's era, i.e. the eighties.Published 22 months ago by Cormac
the cd arrived promptly and was exactly as advertised and took me back to listening to it on cassette tape many years ago.
so i was pleased with my easy purchase thank you
Lovely to have "Anchored Down In Anchorage" and other great songs by Michelle. She's a great lyricist, a great human being.Published on 15 Dec. 2012
A marvellous album by my hero (this week). I listen to it over and over again. As I did 25 years ago on cassette tape. Remember those?Published on 7 Oct. 2012 by Raibeart