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The Wayward Genius of Martin Newell

  • 1. Julie Profumo
    2. Drowning Butterflies
    3. Living With Victoria Grey
    4. Girl on a Swing
    5. Blue Swan
    6. World Strikes One, The
    7. Summer in a Small Town
    8. I Will Haunt Your Room
    9. Mercury Girl, A
    10. She Rings the Changes
    11. Clockwork Train
    12. Miss Van Houten's Coffee Shop
    13. Dark Lovely Daughter of the Trashman, The
    14. Former Phonebox Vandal
    15. Popular Girl, The
    16. Mad March Hare
    17. Johnny the Moondog Is Dead
    18. It Could Have Been Cheryl
    19. Goodbye Dreaming Fields
    20. Albion's Daughter
    21. Jangling Man
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 154

  • Credits
    ProducerLouis Philippe; Martin Newell; Andy Partridge

    Liner Note Author: Brian Bell.
    Photographer: Jim Symonds.
    Newell's catalog is so big that nothing less than a box set could serve as an adequate retrospective. This 21-song compilation, though, is pretty good, with 11 songs from his Cleaners From Venus days, three by his separate group project the Brotherhood of Lizards, and seven solo cuts. Whatever the source, his songs are consistently pleasurable, melodic, and lyrically witty and insightful -- which is not the most common combination in pop music. And these songs are pop, of the very British variety, rather than singer/songwriter stuff, arty experimentation, or some such things. Drawbacks? Well, none of the original release dates or sources from which these were taken are listed, and even committed Newell fans might have a hard time placing where and when these songs originally appeared, although the booklet does include a very large discography. In addition, sometimes inferior versions of songs are used in cases where better ones appeared on his cassette-only releases. Still, it's a good collection, including some of his very best songs, such as "Living With Victoria Grey" and "Mercury Girl." ~ Richie Unterberger

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