Replica
REPLICA
R. Stevie Moore
3 Volume Set
Compiled, edited & sequenced by Irwin Chusid, Dec 2010
Available exclusively at iTunes
Portrait photography by -max- of nyc



VOLUME 1 (60:45) http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/replica-vol-1/id407908016

01. All Well & Good (home vers) - All Well and Good 86 (4:11)
02. Stimulus Playin' (instr) - Sentimental Ties 09 (3:47)
03. Skin Mags - Crises 83 (6:50)
04. Tapioca Tundra (Nesmith) - Unpopular Singer Vol. 3 94 (3:47)
05. Having a Real Fit (+ Billy A) - Shrigley Field/Moored 07 (2:57)
06. A Song For You to Listen To - Love Compartment 00 (2:58)
07. The Listing Attic - Senior Superlatives 97 (4:51)
08. Frank Balesteria (Berlin) - Report Card 03 (2:42)
09. We Love Ourselves, Don't We? - Sequestered 93 (1:06)
10. Ten Time - Errorism 10 (3:01)
11. A Whiter Shade of Pale (Brooker/Reid) - Report Card 03 (5:31)
12. The Essex Coast (Lovera/Moore) - Crises 83 (3:04)
13. Disinterest Rate - All Well and Good 86 (4:03)
14. Havana Moon (Berry) w/Claire Welles - Space Bar 10 (3:05)
15. Evelyn Place Tapes #1 - Love Compartment 00 (3:19)
16. The Holocaust Parade (+ Chrysanthemums) 87 (2:13)
17. Closing Credits (RSM & Ariel Pink) - Errorism 10 (3:54)


VOLUME 2 (63:05) http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/replica-vol-2/id407910522

01. Hurry Up - Errorism 10 (2:19)
02. Everyone But Everyone (+ Molly Andrews) - Errorism 10 (4:50)
03. It Sparkles (+ Victor Lovera 96) - Sentimental Ties 09 (2:55)
04. I Told You - Moore or Less 75 (4:57)
05. Let's Rest Together - All Well and Good 86 (2:38)
06. Fingers in the Water (+ Karen Griffin) - Crises 83 (2:50)
07. Traded My Heart For Your Parts - Unpopular Singer 94 (5:00)
08. Some Might Say (Gallagher) - Far Out 04 (5:20)
09. Bucked Acre - Sentimental Ties 09 (1:11)
10. Tuktoyaktuk - Unpopular Singer Vol. 3 94 (3:52)
11. Love Is For the Birds - All Well and Good 86 (3:00)
12. Play Myself Some Music (home vers) - All Well and Good 86 (3:43)
13. Both Sides of the Coin (Lovera) - Sentimental Ties 09 (4:26)
14. Alecia (dub) - All Well and Good 86 (5:26)
15. Where Were You (Mekons) - Pandemonium 86 (2:38)
16. If You're Already On Your Way, Keep Going (Moore/Little Fyodor) - Aesthetic 05 (3:12)
17. September 7/11 - Report Card 03 (2:06)
18. Let's Rest Together (inst) - All Well and Good 86 (2:37)


VOLUME 3 (67:30) http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/replica-vol-3/id407909850

01. Not Sold in Stores - Unpopular Singer Vol. 3 94 (4:01)
02. Everybody's Got Something to Hide (Monkey) (L&M) - Love Compartment 03 (2:28)
03. What Was I Thinking About? - Sequestered 93 (2:06)
04. Sentimental Ties (Moore/Jodry/Steinberg) w/Lane - Sentimental Ties 09 (3:44)
05. I'm Out of My Mind - All Well and Good 86 (7:01)
06. Another Day Slips Away (Moore/Ferguson) - Tell Laura I Love Herbert 06 (4:27)
07. Crisis - Crises 83 (3:45)
08. The Whereabouts / No Know (+ Molly Andrews) - Sentimental Ties 09 (5:58)
09. My Little Lamb (Fleming/Moore) w/Don & Jodry - Fukt! 08 (3:43)
10. Why Am I Here (Anderson/Ferguson) - Report Card 03 (3:50)
11. Unspeakable (Coleman) - Errorism 10 (4:16)
12. The Clinch - All Well & Good 86 (2:16)
13. I Cannot Stand When You Sit On My Legs - extract (Moore/Jodry) - Sentimental Ties 09 (2:13)
14. Friends (Plant/Page) - Unpopular Singer Vol. 3 94 (4:35)
15. Crises 2 - Crises 83 (3:45)
16. No One Happens/Saturday - All Well & Good 86 (5:31)
17. Sackful (w/Mike Watt) - Fakebook 09 (3:51)



R. Stevie Moore's catalog is deep and formidable. By some estimates he has composed and recorded thousands of songs. (The two verbs are redundant Moore composes as he records, so whatever he's written exists as a recording.) His musical chronicles began in the late 1960s, but he hit his stride in the mid-1970s and has maintained a steady output ever since. Hundreds of these tracks were released over the years on LPs, cassettes, singles, CDs, and various-artist compilations. All of Moore's commercial packages released since the mid-1970s are digitally available, along with some full home-recorded albums.

Because of this virtual Smithsonian of curiosities, it's often difficult for newcomers to know where to begin. Moore's longtime friend, manager, publisher, and sometimes sideman Irwin Chusid attempted to rectify this by cherry-picking "best of" collections that spotlight Moore's skills as a quirky but appealing pop craftsman. These comps, which span three decades, include The Future is Worse Than the Past (1999), Hundreds of Hiding Places (2001), and Nevertheless Optimistic (2003).

In 2010, Chusid sorted thru dozens of Moore's later home recordings and culled over 50 tracks which had not been previously released on LP, commercial CD, or digital compilations. These were collected on the three-volume (with more planned) REPLICA series. Moore's idiosyncrasies are in full-bloom, but so are his masterful guitar riffs, odd lyrics, gift for melody, and clever, twisted song constructions. Tracks feature cameo appearances by Mike Watt, Ariel Pink, Molly Andrews, Don Fleming, Claire Welles, Yukio Yung, Lane Steinberg, and a number of Moore's recurring sidekicks. Original and collaborative tunes are interspersed with imaginative covers (Mekons, Led Zep, Oasis, Chuck Berry, Killing Joke). Only one track ("I Told You") dates from the 1970s; most were recorded from 1986 to 2010.

Not termed "rarities" or "best of" albums, the REPLICA series simply gathers some neglected gems for condensed listening. Included are a number of overlooked alternates, demos, later versions, and remastering of titles which have been commercially available. The series was launched in December 2010 as Moore was preparing to leave his adopted home state of New Jersey after 32 years and move back to his birth city of Nashville, where he developed his musical genius.

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