CD Eye [Yep Roc] (CD 1151762),
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Eye [Yep Roc]

  • 1. Cynthia Mask
    2. Certainly Clickot
    3. Queen Elvis
    4. Flesh Cartoons
    5. Chinese Water Python
    6. Executioner
    7. Linctus House
    8. Sweet Ghost of Light
    9. Transparent Lover
    10. Beautiful Girl
    11. Clean Steve
    12. Raining Twilight Coast
    13. Agony of Pleasure
    14. Glass Hotel
    15. Satellite
    16. Aquarium
    17. Queen Elvis II
    18. Century
    19. Shimmering Distant Love
    20. Lovers Turn to Skulls
    21. Beauty of Earl's Court, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2613

  • Credits
    EngineerWendy Bardsley

    Principally recorded at Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, California in 1988 and 1989. Originally released on Twin/Tone (89175).
    Recording information: Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, CA (1988-1989).
    Photographer: Cynthia L. Hunt.
    EYE is a solo album that Robyn Hitchcock recorded and released during the years he and his band The Egyptians had a string of albums for A&M Records. It harks back to his early solo efforts, such as I OFTEN DREAM OF TRAINS, and is imbued with a personal sense of place and history. The songs range from pastoral reveries to novelty-mystical hybrids. The simple instrumentation (primarily acoustic guitar and piano, overdubbed in varying combinations and quantities) is nearly orchestral in its thoughtful arrangements.
    A palpable loneliness runs through Hitchcock's themes of remembering, forgetting, imagining, wanting, losing, and dreaming. This album serves to further delineate the artist's skills as a guitarist. The range between his complex Soft Boys electric dueting with Kimbery Rew, to these flat- and finger-picked acoustic guitar workouts is quite impressive indeed. One listen to the instrumental "Chinese Water Python" will swiftly turn the head of anyone who's only heard Hitchcock plugged in.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly - "...gentle, weird, and disturbing as ever..." - Rating: A-
    Musician (6/95, p.73) - "...a return to his John Lennon/Syd Barrett-inspired intimate recording--just Hitchcock on acoustic guitar and piano performing a batch of truly wonderful songs--and perhaps the most overlooked album of his career..."
    Goldmine - Highly Recommended
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