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Eye

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Cynthia Mask
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Certainly Cliquot
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Queen Elvis
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Flesh Cartoons
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Chinese Water Python
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Executioner
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Linctus House
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Sweet Ghost Of Light
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Transparent Lover
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Beautiful Girl
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Clean Steve
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Raining Twilight Coast
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Agony Of Pleasure
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Glass Hotel
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Satellite
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Aquarium
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Queen Elvis II
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Century
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Shimmering Distant Love
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Lovers Turn To Skulls
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The Beauty Of Earl's Court
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Total Tracks: 21   Total Length: 72:09

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great songwriter... better human being...

sameoldparadise

if, indeed, he is one..... raining twilight coast and glass hotel move him beyond the weirdness quotient.... and into more rarified air..... no suprise he writes short stories..... and that he has friends in such high places..... i saw him perform kung fu fighting on this tour...... and while he has never risen to those heights...... he keeps trying.... dude.... he keeps trying.......

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Acoustic Bliss

EMUSIC-00D69391

For whatever reason this one always tops my list of Hitchock releases. Get This one and I often dream of trains. You may not be able to stop downloading the rest after that.

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Beautiful Girl

Beach

I love this album. It's almost perfect. Simple, beautiful. It's great.

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Original tracks

uselessdoug

My original A&M/TwinTone release has a track between "Sweet Ghost of Light" and "Transparent Lover" that is not on this version ("College of Ice"). Not sure why it would be dropped here. The four tracks after "Queen Elvis II" are new to this one, so that kind of makes up for it. "Beautiful Girl" is a great ostensible love song, with Robyn's combination of quirky and sweet.

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Good old Rob

tris

Satellite, Cynthia Mask and Queen Elvis ... start there.

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I can stop searching!

amovelesq

I've come SO close many, many times to plunking down large quantities of cash for this particular album. I've been a Hitchcock fan for years but somewhere between the years of burying one parent and becoming a parent myself, I stopped buying so much music. Last year I realized there were quite a few gaps to fill in my Hitchcock collection and Eye was at the top of the list. I'm especially fond of Hitchcock's solo work, though I'd love, love, LOVE for his work with the Egyptians to show up here at eMusic, too

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more more more!

fleegle

with these gems from the vault, i sure hope that the egyptians stuff gets released here too! been looking for fegmania for a long time!

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great album

Drooch

A favorite of mine for years. This reissue has four bonus tracks, but appears to be missing one song from the original release: "College of Ice."

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Omigawd, someone *did* reissue "Eye!"

NoelZevon

Please strike the last sentence from my review of "I Often Dream Of Trains." This album too is one of Hitchcock's very best. And along with their third reissue, "Black Snake Diamond Role," Yep Roc has hit the very center of the bullseye of Hitchcock's discography. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST DAYS THAT I'VE LOGGED ONTO eMUSIC EVER!

eMusic Features

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Robyn Hitchcock

By Victoria Segal, Contributor

Robyn Hitchcock first emerged as the singer with The Soft Boys, Cambridge misfits whose against-nature fusion of punk, prog and psychedelia peaked with 1980 masterpiece Underwater Moonlight, an album that would later burrow into the brains of US heroes The Replacements and REM. As a solo artist (or with backing bands The Egyptians and The Venus 3), he continued to explore the clammy absurdities and cosmic mysteries of human existence with a slew of beguiling… more »

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Y Robyn Hitchcock Matters

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

I don't know if the Y in Robyn Hitchcock's name was there on his birth certificate, but I can't imagine it spelled "Robin." That Y is the same slightly odd Y that's present in the Byrds, in Syd Barrett and in Bob Dylan - arguably the three biggest historical presences behind his music. He's got an enormous, three-decade-long discography, but the early solo albums that have just come to eMusic include some of the sweetest… more »

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The 13 Greatest Ghost Songs of All Time

By Mike McGonigal, Contributor

It's Halloween, which is the best holiday out of all the holidays that don't involve presents. On Halloween, everyone pretends to be afraid of ghosts, which are generally thought to be the spirits of dead people who, for some reason or another, are caught in between worlds. I'm not sure I believe in ghosts. It's probably all the Scooby Doo episodes I watched as a kid; ghosts were never real, but rather just Old Mr. Thompson… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Six years after his superb I Often Dream of Trains, Robyn Hitchcock returned to the acoustic format of that album with Eye, and while the surfaces of the two albums are similar and Eye was eagerly embraced by fans, the tone of the two discs is considerably different. I Often Dream of Trains was a collection of songs written as Hitchcock was slowly returning to a career in music after a two-year layoff, and there’s a striking if subtle power in the occasional tentative moments and understated tone. Eye, on the other hand, is a far more confident album, and Hitchcock’s performances boast a precision that befits a musician who had been recording and touring at a steady clip for the past six years, especially in his splendid guitar work. The surreal whimsy of I Often Dream of Trains also takes a backseat on Eye, replaced by the relative clarity of “Cynthia Mask,” an idiosyncratic but unblinking condemnation of Britain’s failings during World War II, “Raining Twilight Coast,” a point-of-view profile of various emotional hurts, and “Queen Elvis,” a meditation on the effects of fame; the most Eye can offer in the way of humor is “Clean Steve” and “Certainly Clickot.” But if Eye isn’t the understated masterpiece I Often Dream of Trains was, it’s Hitchcock’s most consistent and satisfying album of the ’80s; the songs are intelligent, effective and don’t rely on his eccentricities to work, while the melodies are winning and his vocals are beautifully modulated. While Eye lacks Hitchcock’s exciting electric guitar work, it’s still the best representation of his music from a period when he made plenty of good records but few great ones. – Mark Deming

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