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  • Audio CD (6 Oct. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Michelle Shocked
  • ASIN: B0000CBLA8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. When I Grow Up
  2. Hello Hopeville
  3. Memories Of East Texas
  4. Gladewater
  5. Graffiti Limbo
  6. If Love Was A Train
  7. Anchorage
  8. The L&
  9. V.F.D.
  10. Black Widow
  11. Fogtown

Disc: 2

  1. When I Grow Up
  2. Memories Of East Texas
  3. Yamboree Queen
  4. Strawberry Jam
  5. Graffiti Limbo
  6. If Love Was A Train
  7. Anchorage
  8. The L+N
  9. V.F.D.
  10. Black Widow
  11. Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight
  12. Disoriented
  13. Silence (Lovely Rita)
  14. Ballad Of Penny Evans
  15. Remodeling The Pentagon
  16. Fred's Winter Song
  17. Prince Of Darkness
  18. One Piece At A Time
  19. Silence (5 AM In Amsterdam)
  20. Campus Crusade
  21. Goodnight Irene

Product Description

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).

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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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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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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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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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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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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 A Customer on 26 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I brought this album for my dad for christmas, he's is a big fan of Michelle shocked. The quality and composition of this album is pure genius and if you are folk music junkie it is the perfect addition to your collection! Michelle shocked gets better and better! Do not miss out.
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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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