Saturday, September 13, 2014

Robyn Hitchcock Invisible Hitchcock Covers

Compilations and rarities and releases that are created with an ad hoc sort of mentality have always appealed to me. One of my favorite releases of all time is the original Glass Fish label release of Invisible Hitchcock.

I found it at a record store somewhere in Minneapolis about as long ago as I can probably safely recall. It was the late 1980s. Each purchase was carefully considered and quite dear. A few misses, but a lot of hits that I still have. Is this completely and utterly out of print and forgotten? It should not be.

Embedded somewhere on this disc is an early performance of the Screaming Blue Messiahs, backing up Hitchcock. Virtually all of these tracks are weird, but wonderfully so, and they possess magical properties. Recorded in small studios with virtually no money across the years throughout parts of England, these tracks were cobbled together by the label and released into the world with careful liner notes.

It's too bad that the use of lightly colored text on a light background makes them hard to read. The interior credits weren't even worth scanning--it would tax your eyes to try to read them. Suffice it to say, they are worth reading, just not worth reproducing.

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