Robyn Hitchcock | Luminous Groove | CD Set

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The second in a series of Robyn Hitchcock retrospective box sets from Yep Roc, the five-disc Luminous Groove box set shines a light on Robyn's rock & roll renaissance with the Egyptians. In 1985 Robyn's newest group, with ex-Soft Boys Andy Metcalfe and Morris Windsor plus keyboardist Roger Jackson, marked the next stage in the career of one of popular music's most unique creators. Fegmania! is a return to band format, showcasing the new outfit through sonic tapestries around Hitchcock's signature skittered melodies and private lyrics. On Element of Light, The Egyptians glide between regal pop and driving psychedelia, resulting in of the most deliberate and nuanced college rock records of the decade. Gotta Let This Hen Out! captures a blazing live set by the Egyptians from London's Marquee club in early 1985. The band blasts through new and old Hitchcock classics, effortlessly blending the show into what amounts to a live best-of collection and reminding fans that Robyn's legend is built as much on loud guitars as it is on eerie metaphors and jagged melodies. All three albums contain new bonus tracks exclusive to Luminous Groove.

In addition to these three seminal albums, the set also includes two exclusive bonus discs entitled Bad Case of History which features previously unreleased studio recordings, including the final 1994 sessions, and a CD of unheard live material.

Track Listings:

Disc One: Fegmania!

1. Egyptian Cream

2. Another Bubble

3. I'm Only You

4. My Wife and My Dead Wife

5. Goodnight I Say

6. The Man With the Lightbulb Head

7. Insect Mother

8. Strawberry Mind

9. Glass

10. The Fly

11. Heaven

12. (untitled)

13. Bells of Rhymeney

14. Some Body

15. Heaven

16. The Pit of Souls

17. The Drowning Church

18. The Man With the Lightbulb Head (instrumental)

19. Lady Obvious

Disc Two: Gotta Let This Hen Out (Recorded live April 27, 1985, The Marquee, London)

1. Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl

2. Kingdom of Love

3. Acid Bird

4. The Cars She Used to Drive

5. My Wife and My Dead Wife

6. Brenda's Iron Sledge

7. The Fly

8. Only the Stones Remain

9. Egyptian Cream

10. Leppo and the Jooves

11. America

12. Heaven

13. Listening to the Higsons

14. The Face of Death

15. If You Were a Priest

16. Freeze

17. I'm Only You

18. Unsettled

19. Egyptian Cream #2

Disc Three: Element of Light

1. If You Were a Priest

2. Winchester

3. Somewhere Apart

4. Ted, Woody and Junior

5. The President

6. Raymond Chandler Evening

7. Bass

8. Airscape

9. Never Stop Bleeding

10. Lady Waters and the Hooded One

11. The Black Crow Knows

12. The Crawling

13. The Leopard

14. Tell Me About Your Drugs

15. Sprinkling Dots

16. Upside-Down Church Blues

17. Into It

18. Neck

19. Bass" (Demo)

20. Lady Waters and the Hooded One" (remix)

Disc Four: A Bad Case of History (Disc 1)

1. Bad Case of History

2. In Agony of Pleasure

3. Poisonous Angel

4. Live Man Die

5. Furry Baby

6. Evil Guy

7. Hangin' Out With Dad

8. Wild Mountain Thyme

9. Ivy Alone

10. I Am Not Me

11. Surfer Ghost

12. Beautiful Queen

13. Testosterone Blues

14. Zipper In My Spine

15. Lost Tribes

Disc Five: A Bad Case of History (Disc 2)

1. Child of the Universe

2. Freeze

3. Veins of the Queen

4. The Ruling Class

5. So You Think You're In Love

6. Driving Aloud

7. Wax Doll

8. The Living Years

9. Eight Miles High

10. Chimes of Freedom

11. Railway Shoes

12. Arms of Love

13. The Moon Inside

14. Globe of Frogs

15. Vegetation and Dimes

16. Wafflehead

17. "he Wreck of the Arthur Lee