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I Often Dream of Trains in New York

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Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl (cassette fragment)
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Nocturne (Prelude)
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Flavour of Night
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Cathedral
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Sounds Great When You're Dead
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Uncorrected Personality Traits
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I Used to Say I Love You
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Winter Love
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This Could Be the Day
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Ye Sleeping Knights of Jesus
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Trams of Old London
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My Favourite Buildings
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That's Fantastic, Mother Church
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Heart Full of Leaves
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Autumn Is Your Last Chance
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I Often Dream Of Trains
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America
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Up To Our Nex
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Goodnight I Say
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Total Tracks: 19   Total Length: 73:52

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This is a live album

djgolf

from the good folks up the highway at Yep Roc. It's actually the accompanying audio CD to a concert DVD on which Hitchcock performs his early 80's album "I Often Dream Of Trains" in more or less its entirety. His old stuff has been reissued so many times in so many different configurations I can't even remember all the tracks from the original LP, but most of them are here along with a few extras. The studio album "I Often Dream Of Trains" is an absolute classic and I recommend it highly to those seeking an introduction to RH's work; this live performance is more for those who are already fans.

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They Say All Music Guide

Recorded live at Symphony Space in New York City, I Often Dream of Trains in New York features Robyn Hitchcock and multi-instrumentalists Tim Keegan and Terry Edwards re-creating the willfully eccentric Englishman’s seminal 1983 post-Soft Boys solo outing I Often Dream of Trains in its entirety. In typical “Hitchcockian” fashion, the singer enters the stage to the tinny crackle of a hand-held tape recorder playing “Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl,” sits down at the piano, comically slows the pitch and begins playing the moody instrumental “Nocturne.” What follows is a surprisingly deft and poignant retelling of his most beloved album, peppered with the usual Dada banter about tomatoes, microorganisms, and detectives. The two-disc set includes a DVD of the performance, as well as a surreal short film that features extended footage from the original video shoot for the title track backed by random bursts of disconnected music and dialogue. – James Christopher Monger

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