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I Wanna Go Backwards [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Man Who Invented Himself, The - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    2. Brenda's Iron Sledge - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    3. Do Policemen Sing? - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    4. Lizard, The - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    5. Meat - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    6. Acid Bird - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    7. I Watch the Cars - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    8. Out of the Picture - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    9. City of Shame - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    10. Love - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    11. All I Wanna Do Is Fall in Love - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    12. Skull, A Suitcase, And a Long Red Bottle of Wine, A - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    13. It Was the Night - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    14. I Watch the Cars - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    15. Give Me a Spanner Ralph - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    16. It's a Mystic Trip - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    17. Grooving on a Inner Plane - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    18. Happy the Golden Prince - (Black Snake Diamond Role)
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Nocturne - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    2. Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    3. Cathedral - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    4. Uncorrected Personality Traits - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    5. Sounds Great When You're Dead - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    6. Flavour of Night - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    7. Ye Sleeping Knights of Jesus - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    8. This Could Be the Day - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    9. Trams of Old London - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    10. Furry Green Atom Bowl - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    11. Heart Full of Leaves - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    12. Autumn Is Your Last Chance - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    13. "I Often Dream of Trains" - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    14. Nocturne - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    15. Winter Live - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    16. Bones in the Ground, The - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    17. My Favorite Buildings - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    18. I Used to Say I Love You - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    19. Chant/Aether - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    20. Heart Full of Leaves - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    21. I Often Dream of Trains - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    22. Not Even a Nurse - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    23. Slow Chant/That's Fantastic Mother Church - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    24. Traveller's Fare - (I Often Dream Of Trains)
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Cynthia Mask - (Eye)
    2. Certainly Clickot - (Eye)
    3. Queen Elvis - (Eye)
    4. Flash Cartoons - (Eye)
    5. Chinese Water Python - (Eye)
    6. Executioner - (Eye)
    7. Linctus House - (Eye)
    8. Queen Elvis - (Eye/II)
    9. Century - (Eye)
    10. Beautiful Girl - (Eye)
    11. Raining Twilight Coast - (Eye)
    12. Clean Steve - (Eye)
    13. Agony of Pleasure - (Eye)
    14. Glass Hotel - (Eye)
    15. Satellite - (Eye)
    16. Aquarium - (Eye)
    17. Shimmering Distant Love - (Eye)
    18. Lovers Turn to Skulls - (Eye)
    19. Beauty of Earl's Cows, The - (Eye)
    20. Bonus Track 1
    21. Bonus Track 2 - (Eye)
    0. DISC 4:
    1. She Reached For a Light - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    2. August Hair - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    3. Take Your Knife Out of My Back - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    4. Fiend Before the Shrine - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    5. Raymond Chandler Evening - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    6. Birdshead - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    7. Victorian Squid - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    8. You've Got - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    9. Captain Dry - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    10. Raining Twilight Coast - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    11. Point at Gran - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    12. Vegetable Friend - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    13. Flesh Number 1 - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    14. Surgery - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    15. I Got a Message For You - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    16. If I Could Look - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    17. Parachutes & Jellyfish - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    18. Queen Elvis - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    19. Nothing - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    20. Stranded in the Future - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    21. Melting Arthur - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    22. Abandoned Brain, The - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    23. You're So Repulsive - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    24. Opiatrescence - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part One)
    0. DISC 5:
    1. September Cones - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part Two)
    2. Lovely Golden Villains - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part Two)
    3. Dr. Sticky - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part Two/Live)
    4. Toadboy - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part Two)
    5. Trash - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part Two)
    6. Pit of Souls - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part Two/Country Version)
    7. Mr. Deadly - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part Two)
    8. Let There Be More Darkness - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part Two)
    9. Listening to the Higsons - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part Two)
    10. College of Ice - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part Two)
    11. My Favourite Buildings - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part Two)
    12. Lightplug - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part Two)
    13. Sleeping Knights of Jesus - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part Two)
    14. Insect Mother - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part Two)
    15. I Wanna Go Backwards - (Eye/While Thatcher Mauled Britain/Part Two)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): YEP-2610

  • Credits
    ProducerMatthew Seligman; Pat Collier
    EngineerLain O'Higgins; Pascal Gabnol; Wendy Bardsley; Pat Collier; Andy Llewellyn; Jo Julian

    Personnel: Robyn Hitchcock (various instruments, guitar, piano, bass guitar); Kimberley Rew, Knox (guitar); James Fletcher (saxophone); Matthew Seligman (bass instrument, bass guitar); Chris Cox (bass guitar, background vocals); Morris Windsor (drums, background vocals); Vince Ely (drums); Robb Appleton, Howie Gilbert (background vocals); Tom Dolby.
    Issued by the Yep Roc label in 2007, this five-disc Robyn Hitchcock box set collects three of the beloved British singer-songwriter's finest solo albums--BLACK SNAKE DIAMOND ROLE (1981), I OFTEN DREAM OF TRAINS ('84), and EYE ('90)--and presents two discs of attendant bonus material. While BLACK SNAKE finds the witty performer in full-band mode with his former Soft Boys comrades (see the Beatlesque "Out of the Picture"), TRAINS and EYE showcase Hitchcock in spare, acoustic-oriented settings, as on the giddy "Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl" and the gentle "Queen Elvis," respectively. Highlights of the rarities portion of the collection include the beautifully morbid lo-fi ditty "Lovers Turn to Skulls" and the dreamy, Syd Barrett-like "She Reached for a Light," songs that exemplify Hitchcock's charming eccentricities. Although too in-depth for fair-weather Hitchcock fans, this well-compiled and annotated anthology will be warmly embraced by the quirky troubadour's ardent admirers.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.117) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] the trippy singer/songwriter's best bits, with hooks, melodies, and Byrdsian guitar zing..."
    Uncut (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Hitchcock's] back catalogue is finally getting the attention it deserves....The real treasure is in the demo and rarities discs...where Hitchcock's playfulness is given free rein."
    CMJ - "[With] three- to four-minute folk-pop gems delivered via Hitchcock's warm, Bowie-tinged lilt and circuitous guitar playing."
    No Depression (p.67) - "As a singer, he can be simultaneously acerbic and warm, threatening and intimate. He gets under your skin."
    Q (Magazine) (p.109) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[N]o one has done more to keep the spirit of Syd Barrett-esque psychedelia alive than one-time Soft Boy Robyn Hitchcock."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.86) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Hitchcock dabbles in pastoral psychedelia, occasionally flirting with REM's guitar-based lyricism and the social conscience of Billy Bragg. To hear these works-in-progress is like a spending a few hours in his front room."
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